May 2016

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Thurs. 9th. June - Visit - Home Farm Nacton – Times TBA

May visit – Garnett’s Nursery, Hacheston.
Ah the merry month of May when we vacate our winter village hall home and with some trepidation head for the vast open spaces of the Suffolk countryside, trepidation because over the years members have got lost, arrived as the rest where leaving, or simply made for the nearest pub! Last year one Felixstowe couple who arrived late decided to follow one of our members back safe in the knowledge they could find their way from Kirton to Felixstowe. Unfortunately for them the driver was making for the wilds of Rendelsham forest. This year Jenny has been very considerate and the journeys should be less taxing, although one member thought we were going to Hasketon!
It is always nice to come across an independent, family business thriving in the countryside and David and Jenny’s plant nursery and garden centre is a fine example. David, from Yorkshire, started the nursery from scratch some 20 odd years ago and it has grown into a thriving business now employing four permanent staff. David is passionate about plant growing and the nursery has a wide selection .
He gave us a conducted tour of the extensive site, then 40 members had the chance to make purchases before Jenny served up complementary refreshments. A great start to our summer travels and a warm evening as a bonus.

June visit - Thurs. 9th. June - Home Farm Nacton.
Last year we had an enjoyable, and for me, intriguing talk by Andrew Williams from Home Farm, Nacton about modern day farming. Andrew offered to host a visit to Home Farm and I for one am looking forward to it. I spent a lot of my childhood on a Norfolk farm and things have changed a bit since then . I remember Andrew recounting how he could operate his field irrigation system from his I pad whilst having his breakfast - could this be the answer on the plots! We will see.

Summer Garden Party – Sat 11th. June - 2 – 4 pm.
Our annual members’ garden party will have the lovely setting of Kirton Old Rectory, home of Gill and Neil Garnham. By tradition this is a very relaxed event, just tea, cakes strawberries and cream and a chance to chat . Hope to see you there.
Parking at the church hall but space for those with disabilities.
Summer Outing - Sat 9th. July.
The club’s summer outing takes in two venues, in the morning the Exotic Gardens, Henstead and in the afternoon Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough. There is a restaurant at Beales for lunch or you can take picnics. We have conducted tours at both venues and there is no fear of getting lost as we travel by coach throughout!
We expect to leave Kirton green at 9.00 am . Jenny Bearcroft may have a few tickets left, £25 to include coach, conducted tours, tea coffee and cakes.

East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens - Thurs 16 June.
We have been invited to join this outing organised by Kesgrave WI , cost £19 coach and entry. This is a brilliant venue in sunny north Norfolk - if interested contact me on 448616.
Hidden Gardens of Kirton Sun. 26 June – 12 - 5 pm
A summer treat for all garden lovers, 15 famed Kirton gardens will be open including the Kirton Light Railway where weekend bus replacements have been suspended and a full summer train service will be in operation! Refreshments will be served at the Methodist Chapel . There will be parking on the village green where yours truly will sell you a ticket for a mere £5 , your passport to all these fab gardens ( children free). A bit like planet Mercury this only happens every few years so come along and enjoy a great day out. All in aid of the Chapel funds.

Tales from the Allotments
I mentioned the excellent show of large daffodils this year and in fact the last in my garden finally collapsed with the sudden heat wave of mid May. I then realised I had daffs flowering over 6 months, late December to May . This must be a record.
The warm weather has had the plot holders rushing into action and this is the time of year for the annual mouse gala when they come from near and far to feast on Bob’s early pea seeds. We should be grateful for him hosting this event as it keeps the blighters of our plots! So its all go at this time of the year, with lots of planting to do and there’s always the need to keep the marauding pigeons at bay, some use netting but I rely on the old Cliff Richards, guaranteed to scare any bird!

Roy Mallett 616