Dec/Jan 2018/19

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Christmas meeting - Thurs. 13th. December 7.30 pm Church Hall.

November meeting – Sarah Cook - National Plant Collection of Iris ( Sir Cedric Morris Introductions).
Cedric Morris was best known as an artist and ran an art school with his partner Lett Haines in East Anglia from 1930 to his death in 1982.
Morris also was a keen gardener and plantsman who introduced a number of plants from the wild and is credited by Beth Chatto as being a major influence on her gardening. He was an acclaimed iris breeder, introducing around 90 cultivars between 1940 and 1960, however by the year 2000 only 5 remained in the horticulture trade.
Sarah Cook now has the national collection and contains 25 named cultivars collected from Britain, Europe and USA.
Sarah’s illustrated talk at the village hall demonstrated the dedication needed to maintain a national collection which can be seen at her Hullwood Barn home , Shelly near Hadleigh.
Sarah with her partner Jim gave a large gathering an entertaining evening with the bonus of iris’s for sale.

Christmas meeting - our Christmas meeting this year takes the form of a quiz night. There will be teams of 6 but don’t worry if you can’t make that number as we will fix teams on the night .
Tickets are on sale from Sheila Fothergill at £3 per person, or on the door, to include a glass of mulled wine or juice. You can bring your own drinks for the evening and if you can help with food contact Jo Shaw.
There will be the usual grand draw on the night for club funds and we would be grateful for any prizes – contact any committee member or just bring on the night.
So don’t forget we are in the Church Hall , 7.30pm, Thurs. 13th. December.

January meeting - there will be no issue of the Review for January so advance notice that we will be back in the Village Hall , on Thurs. 10th. January, 7.30pm start when Alan Bourne will be speaking on ‘ Minsmere and beyond’.
January is the month for membership renewal and the committee have fixed the membership fee at £10 for 2019. So come along and get your 2019 membership card with full details of next year’s meetings and visits.

Dobies seeds - the club will again be using Dobies seeds for the 2019 season and catalogues are now available. You can get yours at the December meeting or if you can’t wait contact Ray Bignell on 448291. Remember Dobies offer members generous discounts for both seeds and other products.

Tales from the Allotments - it has been a difficult year with extremes of weather but at the end of the day we are gardeners and can deal with these turns of nature. For the first time ever I have picked raspberries well into November and root crops have done exceptionally well.
So it all starts again and we are up for the challenge!
As there is no January issue of the Review I must wish you all a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year and enjoy your gardening!

Roy Mallett 616