September 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

October meeting - Thurs. 11th. October - David Mitchell
‘The Right Tree in the Right Place’.
7.30 pm Village Hall.

September meeting - the Beth Chatto gardens.
For our September meeting we welcomed David Ward and his daughter . David , a caretaker, has been at the gardens for some 35 years and his illustrated talk covered the origins, the present day and plans for the future. The 15 acres of land originally came from orchards owned by Beth’s husband Andrew and the gardens account for around half of the area. These are made up of various rooms and gardens and David ‘s talk covered the development of the Water, Wood, Gravel and Mediterranean areas.Beth’s work has been influenced by mentors , husband Andrew , Cedric Morris and Christopher Lloyd. Beth sadly died last May but her legacy will go forward under the guidance of managing director and grand daughter Julia Boulton and the caretakers. The gardens have over 2000 different plants and are a must visit for garden lovers.

October meeting - David Mitchell - ‘ Right Tree in the Right Place’.
For our October meeting we welcome David Mitchell talking on trees.
This is Thurs. 11th Oct, 7.30pm Village Hall. Tickets for our Christmas party quiz will be on sale at £3.

November meeting - Thurs. 8th. November - Sarah Cook talking on ‘ Sir Cedric Morris , Iris Breeder, Gardener and Artist ‘.
Sarah Cook is a retired head gardener at Sissinghurst and on her retirement in 2004 moved to Suffolk and is the champion of Morris irises.
In collaboration with Howard Nurseries Sarah won a gold medal at Chelsea in 2015.
This should be a rather special evening so come along early for a good seat!
7.30 pm Village Hall .

Christmas meeting - Thurs. 13th. December , 7.30pm Church Hall.
Our Christmas party this year takes the form of a quiz night. There will be teams of 6, don’t worry if you can’t make a six as we will make up teams on the night.
Tickets will be on sale from the October meeting at £3 each and will include mulled wine or juice. You can bring your own drinks for the evening. More details in the November review. Don’t forget – Church Hall.

Committee meeting – We have a committee meeting 10th. October. So your chance to have a say on all things gardening at your club. Just contact a committee member.

Tales from the Allotments
Early October and all is well on the plots. After the heat and drought of summer the rains of August have saved the later crops which are now looking good.
The root veg have stood up to the heat and in particular carrots cropping well. Also there has been no sign of the dreaded carrot root fly damage.. My theory is that the roots have gone down deep in search of moisture , out of reach of the fly.
Autumn raspberries have cropped well and given decent weather will produce to late October. The butternut squash have enjoyed the summer’s weather and look like being a record crop, in particular the Argentine variety, ‘Golden’ which is deliciously sweet, with red flesh. This is the first year of this variety for me , very large fruits with small seed heads, ideal for roasting and soups. I should have some seed if required.
Courgettes are now slowing down , they do not like the cold nights. They have cropped non stop through the summer and I am grateful to friends and neighbours for helping out with the surplus!
Bob Price has been keeping me up to date with EADT reports on the nude plotholders of London Road allotments. I notice good old Charlie Haylock has been getting involved with cartoons and amusing comments – ‘ Rangers told to weed out nudity amongst the leeks’! As far as I know the craze has not reached Kirton , you will be the first to know if it does!! Could be some nasty sunburn!
My gold medal for October must go to the gentleman from Innocence Lane who has taken up the baton in the fight against industrial development on our doorsteps. We should all get behind him to fight this threat. As he says he cannot do it on his own.

Roy Mallett 616