Garden Club

18 February, 2018

Garden Club The Villager

The Garden Club will meet on Tuesday 20 March for its AGM and the first speaker of the season. We are looking forward to Andrew Humphries, talking about Wollerton Old Hall garden. He has worked at many well known gardens such as Biddulph and the Saville gardens. This should be a great start to our gardening year. ...

18 February, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

We have a range of soil types over our area, from the thick bands of red clay to the chalk bedrock. The clay seems to go in waves over the chalk so it varies in thickness. Those who struggle with heavy clay soil will enjoy the free draining nature of the chalk. I love my clay soil because it is slightly acid and allows me to grow camellias and rhododendrons. It is not acid enough to make blueberries happy though. March is a great month for these plants. Do try some if you have a couple of feet of clay before you reach the chalk. Rhododendrons have very shallow root balls and could make do with a foot of clay. I usually add some peat and tend to plant on a slight mound to make sure the drainage is good. Rhododendrons are one plant you do not stamp on to make sure they are firmly planted. ...

29 January, 2018

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

Winter Beauty is the name of a clematis that I would hate to be without. It is flowering now with thick petalled creamy white bells. The leaves are evergreen and it is a vigorous grower. It is labelled borderline hardy but I have had it for years growing up the outside of my conservatory, with no nice warming wall at its back. The roots are covered by an abelia shrub so that offers it some protection. If it gets too big you cut it back after flowering. I prefer it to the rather flimsy clematis cirrhosa, again a creamy white bell, this time with varying amounts of maroon spots inside it. This can be very vigorous. The later flowering clematis armandii is very vigorous and the leaves are tough and dark green. I think this can be a bit of a thug and it often retains ugly dead leaves. ...

27 December, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

You must have some plants to cheer you up in winter and viburnum tinus is one of them, evergreen with white flowers for months. The variety Eve Price is more compact than the type and has pink buds opening white. This is a useful shrub that will flower in some shade if needed and can be treated like a hedge and cut back in spring after flowering. The other taller shrub I have is another viburnum, viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’, not evergreen but with pink scented flowers whenever the weather is kind. Shorter than these is the winter flowering honeysuckle. lonicera x purpusii. This is a bush not a climber and has very scented flowers. They are not showy, but brought into the house to put with other flowers they are lovely. It is semi evergreen but I pick the leaves off to enjoy it. You can hack this back after flowering if you need to. ...

24 November, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club

I expect you have collected all your leaves by now. Mine all go on the shrub borders where they keep the weeds down all year. You do have to keep an eye out for rogue tree seedlings. Do not pile it too high round the base of the shrubs. I find the netting I have round them against rabbits keeps them clear of too many leaves. ...

17 October, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

This is the time to assess your garden before everything has died down. What plant has grown too large and flops on others, or which shrub could do with a prune. ...

29 September, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

The last meeting of the year for Bentworth Garden Club is the Quiz night at Bentworth Hall on Oct 17 at 7.30. Do come and meet your friends and puzzle over the dreadful questions you will be set. We will have our competition then. We want you to evoke the spirit of autumn in any way you like. You will be judged by your peers. ...

23 August, 2017

Garden Notes – Yellow

Garden Club The Villager

So many people do not like yellow in the garden which is such a pity and rather awkward as Autumn approaches. Many of the stalwarts of the border at this time of the year are the yellow and brown daises. The rudbekias, heleniums solidago and achillea. Even the hosta leaves fade to yellow. However it is easily possible to keep the pink and blue summer borders going into Autumn. ...

20 July, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

Bentworth Garden club will visit a garden in Medstead on Tuesday 8 August. We are going to Church House where Paul and Alice Berrisford will show us round their beautiful garden. We will meet at 7.0 as usual. This is our last garden visit of the season so I do hope you will come to it. ...

20 July, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

I think there should be book written on the etiquette of garden visiting. “How not to annoy your host.” Do you comment loudly on the fact that their hostas aren’t a patch on yours and how slug bitten they are. Or do you kindly walk past them and pretend that you have not seen them. Do you point out that obvious nettle that your host has overlooked. Perhaps you make a joke about having one’s nose too close to the ground weeding and never looking up. ...

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