Fabulously ferny October meeting

Fabulously ferny October meeting

‘All you ever needed to know to get you started growing ferns’ would just about cover the subject of our October meeting last Sunday. But it was so much more than that.  (more…)
Garden Tea Party

Garden Tea Party

Garden Tea Party

Last Saturday, 6 August, we had our Garden Tea Party at Malliet’s garden in Postling. Somebody ordered some glorious weather; Malliet and John worked really hard mowing the lawn and getting the borders just so, and the garden looked wonderful; the committee made sandwiches, baked cakes, sausage rolls and scones and prepared the plant stall and raffle; friends and family carried tables and chairs, arranged them in the garden and put flowers on each one; crockery was borrowed so that everyone could be sure of a cup of tea; signs were put up in the road and bunting round the house. Everything was ready and waiting for the members to arrive.  
They came with plants for the plant stall and went home with many more, much to the amusement of visiting Dutch family! They enjoyed wandering round the garden in glorious sunshine looking at the vast collection of lovely plants. They challenged their brains on the treasure hunt with great success. They chatted with fellow members and caught up with all the latest news.

And they ate all the cake!

Here’s a gallery of photos of the whole afternoon.
Photographic Show 2016

Photographic Show 2016

Photographic Competition winners

As part of our Special Spring Meeting at Lenham on Sunday 20 March 2016 we held a photographic competition. Here are the winning images in each of the six classes. Click on an image to view full size and to scroll through each class, and F11 for a full screen experience.

Class 1

A close-up of the detail of part of a plant For example, stamens, veins in a flower or leaf, markings on a seedpod or stem etc.

Class 2

A picture of part of a plant For example, one or more whole flowers, buds, leaves, stems, seed heads etc.

Class 3

A picture of a whole plant

Class 4

Plants in association Two or more plants in the garden, or in the wild, to show an attractive or interesting combination.

Class 5

Garden ornament A garden view showing an attractive man-made ornamental feature, such as statuary, urns or pots, seats, garden structures, gates, etc.

Class 6

Life in the garden A light-hearted look at people, pets and wildlife in the garden.
How are your seeds doing?

How are your seeds doing?

With our Spring Meeting and Plant Fair over we are now looking forward to our next meeting when we will welcome Rosy Hardy as our speaker. She is a very well known and respected authority on perennial plants and we’re anticipating a full house. But that’s not all – as usual, our April meeting will also include the Seedling Swap. How are your seeds doing? Hopefully, germination has been good and you’ll have lots of spare seedlings to bring along. See here for full details on how it works. But if you haven’t sown any seed yet it’s certainly not too late for some things. Fast-growing annuals germinate very quickly – sometimes it seems to happen almost overnight! Have a look through any seeds you have to see what you can still sow now. Our Seedling Swap is a great way to try something new. I enjoyed Cistanthe ‘Twinky Pinky’ (worth growing just for the name!) when I took a few seedlings last year and another member had compliments on the bright pink flowers from visitors when she opened her garden. One of our members, who is also a botanical artist, grew Pelargonium quinquelobatum and then painted the flowers and seed heads. We’ve often had vegetable seedlings and tomatoes are always popular, perhaps a variety you haven’t tried before. We sometimes have tree seedlings too – a far cry form the aforementioned annuals, much slower growing and long lasting. Do please join in if you possibly can – the more seedlings we have the better it will be. Here are some images of plants we’ve had seedlings of in the past. I wonder what will turn up this year. Only time will tell!
Goodnestone 2016

Goodnestone 2016

We had a successful event at our Snowdrop and Hellebore Extravaganza at Goodnestone last Sunday.   (more…)