May 2012 meeting

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

June visit - Thurs. 14th. June - Crown Nurseries , Ufford.
Cars Green 6.15, Assemble 7.00pm.

May visit – Bourne Nursery, Strand, Wherstead.
A murky evening did not deter 42 intrepid members making the short trip to Clare Mucklestone’s Bourne Nursery.
Clare had arranged an indoor talk/presentation coupled with new season plants and shrubs. Assisted by Gail she proceeded in her inimitable style to demonstrate some of her latest offerings. Following this colourful floral display we turned to drinks and nibbles before being let loose into the well stocked nursery to make our purchases, two clear favourites being a new hydrangea and a bush type aquiligea.
So, a good start to our busy summer season of visits.

June visit – Thurs. 14th. June, Crown Nurseries, Ufford.
Our June visit takes us to Graham Proctor’s Crown Nurseries, High Street, Ufford. Graham has been a member of Radio S’s GQT and runs RHS workshops at his nursery. Tea and coffee will be available.
Take the A12 north to the Wickham Market turn off , up the slip way , right at the top and follow signs for Crown Nursery which is in the High Street on the left just past the Crown pub. Cars Green 6.15 pm , meet 7.00 pm.

Churches’ Fete – Sat. 9th. June, 12 – 4pm, church grounds.
Members will be involved with this month’s fete and Hester Doggett and Jill Garnham will be running the plant stall. So any spare plants that you have will be welcomed and can be delivered to Hester or Jill in the week prior to the big day.
Yours truly will be grabbing your money on the gate and would also welcome help.

July events – July is a busy month as we have our annual garden party for members at Karen Allison’s and Heather Baxter’s. There will be the usual mix of tea, cakes, plus strawberries and cream and the chance just to relax and chat. 2.00 to 4.00 pm.
Our July evening visit will be to the Triffid Nurseries, Stoke Ash on Thurs. 12th. July.

Open Gardens 2013 - the club are hoping to stage a members ‘open gardens some time in 2013 and already a number of members have agreed to participate. The likely date is Sunday 23rd. June and we will keep you posted of progress.

Tales from the Allotments -
Writing notes for the Review is somewhat akin to skating on very thin ice, especially now that we are on the WWW. Formal reports of meetings and visits, year after year, can,I concede, become a tad tedious, but even a slight shift from the beaten track can get me into hot water and this was the case in May.
Clearly my notes about the role of women in the Victorian garden have ruffled a few feathers and I have been sharply reminded that the ladies had their hands full doing their bit in the home, and that without the help of today’s modern aids such as washing machines, dishwashers and vacuums. I concede the point but even without today’s technology this is hardly real work.
Anyhow I was only relaying extracts from ‘The Garden’, a fascinating book recounting gardening life in Victorian times and published over a hundred years ago. I think you should direct your fire at Fred Last as he passed his mother’s book on to me!
So perhaps I risk a blast from those of Irish descent because, oddly, the book devotes several pages to gardening in Ireland. Gardening in Ireland is largely controlled by climate and soil it extols and which I would have thought is stating the obvious, particularly with this year’s experience., noting in the extreme south conditions can be almost sub tropical. I must check with Dick.
Another section of the book is headed “ Graves Beautifying” and gives advise on planting up graves! We are told to avoid herbaceous plants as they lose their affect planted close together in small areas. Instead a grave planted up with Ageratum Heavenly Blue dotted with Lobelia is better than a mass of Lupins, Phlox and Sunflowers. Is the person six feet under going to worry – I think not? So there we are garden designers a whole new ball game for you in cemeteries and churchyards.
Back at the plots we are up to our armpits in water as we fight to ward off the worst drought since – the last one.
The dear old EU, desperate to grab the headlines, are now banning the sale of mixed salad leaves seed. So if the soft handed ladies wish to present a mixed leaf salad for high tea we now have to buy xyz packets of lettuce seed. So that will cost your hard working man more for his seeds in addition to contributing to the salaries of the idiot eurocrats who make these decisions.
Did the World Naked Gardener’s Day (gloves optional), first Saturday in May, pass you by, it did me? So who’s idea was that, probably that weird couple somewhere in the Midlands who do all their gardening in the buff.
On a more sensible note, this year’s National Allotment week runs from 6 – 12 August. Should we be doing something fellow plotholders?
What about this – the oldest allotment site in the country is the Grade II listed St. Ann’s in Nottingham!

Roy Mallett