May 2015

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

Thurs. 11th. June – visit – ‘ Suffolk Seasons Flower Farm, Cratfield,
Meet the Green 6.00pm or assemble 7.00pm.

May visit – ‘Fernatix’

A damp evening for our first visit of the summer, but we received a warm welcome from Fernatix ( pronounced ‘ fanatics’ ) joint owners Steve and Kerry on our arrival at Stoke Ash. The couple started as an orchid nursery using ferns as ground cover but went on to specialise in ferns and stock everything up to giant tree ferns. Remarkably in their twelve years of operation they have won 65 RHS gold medals and this year achieved best in show at Harrogate Spring Show. They attend all the major shows and are widely known on the circuit. The 17 who made the journey enjoyed Steve’s wicked cream scones before setting off home with the usual purchases. Fernatix is worth a visit and it’s not just ferns.
June visit - Suffolk Seasons Flower farm, Cantley Farm, The Street, Cratfield, Near Halesworth IP19 0BT.
Depart Green 6.00pm, assemble 7.00pm
Elizabeth Mobbs and friend Alison established their flower farm in March 2013, both having horticultural and floristry experience. The cut flower season for businesses is available from March to October with flowers, ( annuals and perennials), herbs and shrubs for all occasions.
Tea, coffee and cakes ( as much as you want) will be £6 per person payable on the night. Cars at the Green for 6.00pm or assemble 7.00pm.

Summer Garden party - Sat. 27th. June Jenny Hollinger’s home at 9, Rectory Lane , 2.00 – 4.00 pm.
Jenny Hollinger is kindly hosting our summer garden party when we will be hoping for better weather than last year, but there is shelter in the event of rain.
Jo, Jenny B and Alma are master minding refreshments including the traditional strawberries and cream, cakes and tea.
So we look forward to seeing you and a relaxing afternoon. No charge but members only.

International Dept. (aka Shaw’s Tours) – Troyes 2015
Our latest venture into Euroland will be history by the time this edition of the Review hits the streets so hopefully a report for the July mag.

Committee meeting
A reminder to committee members that there is a meeting at 50, Meadowlands, Friday 12th. June, 7.30pm.

Fete - Sat. 6 June
A reminder that the King family are organising the plant stall and will welcome any surplus plants or gardening accessories you may have, contact Sarah on 448963.

Open Gardens
Lord Fairhaven’s Kirtling Tower is open under the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 21 June – contact Roy on 616 for details.

Summer Outing – Sat. 18 July
Jenny still has a few tickets available for the club’s annual summer outing which is getting closer. We have a conducted tour of the famous King’s Seeds at Coggeshall before moving on to Marks Hall Gardens where there will be time for a snack before our conducted tour of the grounds. Coach departs the green 9.00 am, returning around 6.00 pm. Tickets, £17, from Jenny on 448571.

Tales from the Allotments
Busy times on the plots, a spring clean has taken place in the shape of a skip to remove surplus bits and pieces accumulated over the years , allotmentiers are great horders, nothing should be let go just in case! So ancient wheelbarrows, assorted carpets, netting, timber, window frames all on their final journey to the tip, hopefully with no plot holders in the back!!. Untended plots have been cleared and rotovated and one or two new faces have joined us.
May and June are the main sowing and planting months and if you have not had the chance to sow your own seeds, fear not, get down to Roselea Express where a wide range of veg and flower plants can be yours. Tagetes ( marigold) are ideal for companion planting and will help ward off carrot root fly and white fly, while in the greenhouse a pot of basil will deter unwanted bugs.

Roy Mallett 616