April 2012 meeting

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

May visit - Thurs.10th. May 2012 - Bourne Nursery, Wherstead
Cars Green 6.30 Assemble 7.00 pm.
April meeting – Guy Barker on Spring Flowers and Shrubs.
What a star performer Guy Barker is. Still very young, but extremely knowledgeable , he manages three private gardens in the Diss area and helps out at Blacksmith’s Cottage Nursery.
Guy brightened the village hall with a display of flowering plants and shrubs before giving us his take on their care and cultivation. He has many favourites including narcissus and tulips but ribes and bleeding hearts not so – pink of course.
A gifted, natural speaker he held our audience of 51.5 ( Ray went fishing midway) in his hands. We are due to visit the Blacksmith’s Cottage specialist plant fair on Sat. 1 Sept. and Guy will be a guest speaker and should be on the gardeners’ question time panel.

With April’s membership renewals the club’s total once again passes the hundred mark!
May visit - Bourne Nursery, Wherstead. - Thurs. 10th. May
For our first visit of the summer we make the short trip over the Orwell Bridge to Clare Mucklestone’s nursery along the Wherstead Road next to the Suffolk Food Hall.
We made a visit when Clare had just moved from Bourne Bridge and it will be interesting to see how things have developed.
Cars leave the Green at 6.30 pm or we assemble at 7.00 pm. Soft drinks, no charge.

Rouen 25/28 May 2012.
Our return to Normandy is on the horizon and this year we will be based at the Hotel D’Angleterre, Rives de Seine, Rouen. Tour schedules and labels should be delivered by mid May. Essentials are E health insurance card, passport and euros. On the subject of euros we have arranged a special VIP rate with Thos. Cook, Felixstowe and this will be available to members from 1st. May on production of membership cards.
The Parish Council have kindly agreed to parking on the Green, at owners risk.
Now the difficult part, you must be at the Green by 6.15 am to allow time for border control formalities and baggage stowage on our Galloway’s coach. We must depart promptly as we have an early eurotunnel booking and a busy schedule ahead. Any queries or concerns please contact Alma 616 or Jo 784. Bon voyage.

Open Gardens - June 2013
The club are considering staging an Open Gardens in June 2013, probably either Sat. 1st. or Sat. 8th. There is a committee meeting in May when a decision will probably be made so if you have any thoughts on the matter, can help or could open your garden contact one of the committee.

Ling’s Garden Store, Beardmore Park, Martlesham Heath.
Following the demise of our discount facility at Conkers we have been able to obtain a concessionary arrangement with Ling’s Garden Store.
Members have been granted a 10% discount of all goods provided it is not a weekend special price.
The discount is available to members on production of membership cards plus another form of identity such as credit card, store card etc.

RHS Membership The RHS are offering discounted membership to members of affiliated clubs. Price £35.70 ( 30% of normal £51) plus £5 voucher. Payment must be by direst debit. More details when application forms arrive.

Deben Flower Club – are running a coach to the Cottesbrooke Hall garden fayre on Sat. 23rd. June - tickets £23. I have more details if you are interested in going.

Committee meeting – Friday 11th. May – 7.30pm.

Tales from the Allotments
Ladies are very much part of the modern day allotment scene and indeed our gardening club has a strong majority of lady members. However the Victorian gardening scene presented a very different picture. The Victorians found it difficult to visualise the ladies ( or women as they were usually labelled) getting their soft hands dirty. Only in the area of Landscape Gardening ( a much abused term in those days – somewhat on a par with today’s banker or estate agent!) where they could be accommodated in a drawing or design office could they be accepted. In the very unlikely situation where a woman actually found employment in a real garden she would have to be very closely supervised – by a man of course! Ladies , all your complaints please on a post card to the editor.
Surprisingly, ornamental grasses were very much favoured by Victorians according to my ancient book ,( thanks Fred) , and there is a mention of the farmer’s arch enemy – wild oats, and yes, it also tells you how to sow them!!
Now you won’t be able to buy wild oats from Roselea Express but at this time of year John Coles has a wide range of veg. and bedding plants and if you are lazy like me this saves time and you do not have to worry about germinating seeds. And on the subject of plants the Methodists have their annual plant sale at the chapel with refreshments on Sat. 19th. May.

Roy Mallett 448616