February 2017

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

March meeting – Thurs. 9
th. March : Simon White
‘Chrysanthemum Growing ‘ - Village Hall 7. 30pm.

February meeting ;- Dr. Ian Bedford –‘ Butterfly Gardening’.
For our February meeting we welcomed back Ian Bedford from the John Innes Research Centre, Norwich talking on ‘ Butterfly Gardening’.
Ian explained how to tell the difference between butterflies and moths and said that changed weather patterns, farming methods and house building have led to a decline in the numbers of UK species and what we can do to encourage butterflies into our gardens by growing plants and shrubs that the species favour e.g. buddleia and lavender.
Ian suggested nasturtiums as a companion plant to deter the dreaded cabbage white!
On a freezing, cold evening 55 members were grateful for a warm village hall and some summer pictures to help forget the bitter conditions outside.
Ian is my kind of speaker, friendly, on Christian names from the off and he even offered help with clearing the hall at the end! Very nice things to say about the club and our excellent support as well.

March meeting - Simon White – ‘ Chrysanthemum Growing’ Thurs. 9th. March, - Village Hall 7.30 pm.
March, and we welcome back another popular speaker in Simon White of Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough. Simon will be talking on ‘ Chrysanthemum Growing’ and is a very popular speaker so come early for this one. If you have not yet renewed your membership you can do so for £8 and tickets will be on sale for our summer outing Wed 26th. July. AGM follows this meeting.

AGM
Our AGM will follow the March meeting when there will be a report on 2016 and the treasurer will present the club’s accounts for the year.
We also have to elect chairman, secretary, treasurer and auditor.
2017 – Programme
Jenny has done us proud with a great programme for this year, with 8 meetings and 4 evening visits.
In October we welcome Jim Buttress, top RHS judge and star of The Great Allotment Challenge, speaking on his time in charge of the royal parks. I have heard this talk and it is something special. Another star to welcome back in November is Sonya Burrows and for Christmas it’s Charlie Haylock when I expect some flack for my Norfolk background!
Sat. 8th July is our summer garden party hosted by Mick and Dianne Elms at 41, Westmorland Road, Felixstowe.
Wed. 26th July is the date for our summer outing, again a two venue event. In the morning we visit William Dyson’s Great Comp Garden, Sevenoaks , a 7 acres paradise for garden lovers, listed as one of the finest twentieth century gardens in South East England.
In the afternoon our long awaited visit to Tom Hart Dyke’s World Garden at Lullingstone Castle. The reason for making this a Wednesday event is because this was the only day when conducted tours are made, we also have a conducted tour of the Great Comp Garden.
Tickets are £32 and include coach, entrance to gardens and conducted tours, and will be on sale at March and April meetings or from Jenny Bearcroft. My advise is get your ticket early as we can only take one coach.

Tales from the Allotments .
At the time of typing these notes it is freezing, there are snow flurries and the allotments are looking pretty drab. But February is a strange month for weather and last year at this time we were basking in warm sunshine. So we must be patient and wait for better conditions before getting on with planting.
There are still one or two plots available if you want to give it a try – enquiries to Susan Harvey. .

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