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20 March, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

At last we can start the annual battle against the weeds. In medieval times there was a fighting season and this is it. If you have dug a new area for a border or just dug round things in an existing one it is worth letting the weed seeds, that you have brought to the surface, germinate. You will also be able to treat those deep rooted weeds like dock and thistle. Using Roundup will get rid of them, though there must be enough leaf area to absorb the poison. I miss the plastic bags from the supermarket, they were ideal for covering all the plants in the border that you need to protect from the weed killer spray. I have found that this is the ideal time to start the battle against bindweed. You can see it now and it has not had time to twine round everything. Yes, you will have to spray it again but it will be easier to deal with having less top growth to unwind. ...

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20 March, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club Plant Sale – 29th April 2017

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Bentworth Jubilee Hall, Saturday 29 April 2017, 10am until noon. Free coffee and tea, and Stella’s lemon drizzle cake Come early! The plants always sell out immediately! ...

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19 February, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

The first meeting of the year will be on Tuesday Mar 21 in the Jubilee Hall at 7.30. We have Wolfgang Bopp the Director of the Hilliers Arboretum giving us a talk on Japanese Gardens. I hope to see you all there. Membership is still £5 and you will be able to join then. ...

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19 February, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

Spring has rushed upon us and nothing seems to have got done over the winter. It was too wet, too cold, I was away and any other excuses I can think up. The first thing needed is a list of jobs to do so that you can place them in order of importance. Tackle some smaller ones first to get yourself back into harness. ...

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24 January, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

The Bentworth Garden Club will have its first meeting of the year on Tuesday 21 March. We will meet at 7.30 in the Jubilee Hall for the AGM followed by a talk by Wolfgang Bopp, director of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. He will talk on ‘Gardens of Japan’. He is a very enthusiastic speaker and we are lucky to have his expertise available. ...

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24 January, 2017

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

My love of flower arranging has led me to plant every possible foliage plant in my garden. This does not mean that the plants do not flower or add colour to the garden but they have the additional benefit of decent foliage. Think of brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ with good ground covering silvered leaves and very pretty blue flowers or rodgersia with leaves like a horsechestnut and spires of pink or white. At this time of year I have been picking skimmias. The green budded ‘Kew Green’ and the red budded rubella. Combine these with some of the enormous range of pittosporum now available and you have a really colourful display. My favourite pittosporum is ‘Warnham Gold’ a shrub that I have picked bits off since it was tiny and it has still managed to grow and glows in the garden. The holly bushes I am picking have taken a long time to grow to a decent size but once started they romp away. If you want berries on your holly check its sex. ‘Golden King’ is female and ‘Silver Queen’ is male, very confusing! You need both sexes to have berries. Perhaps the neighbours have the ones you need. The euonymus like ‘Silver Queen’ and a similar gold one are also slow to get going but eventually turn into climbers and give you lots to pick. I do not have many conifers but a gold one, a blue one and yew give me all I need. ...

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12 November, 2016

Garden Notes

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Reading Julian’s farming notes in last month’s Villager I found that he was not ploughing his fields. He was cutting up the soil and disturbing the surface but was not turning the soil over. This has improved the soil and made it easier to work. He also makes sure that he does not compact the soil with heavy machinery in wet weather. We can learn from this. ...

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30 October, 2016

Garden Notes

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What a lovely late summer we have had. I have been reluctant to take the tender things inside. The tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth has brought gardening into the spotlight but I am not sure how much can be transferred to the average back garden. Some ideas would work. Using glossy light reflecting evergreens to brighten winter shrubberies and dark corners. Sinking a path between shrubs to give an enclosed feeling and adding sudden peeps through to the light between those shrubs. Serpentine paths to draw the eye onwards and make you explore what is round the corner. ...

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21 September, 2016

Bentworth Garden Club

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The October meeting of the Bentworth Garden Club is the End of Season meeting and Quiz held at Bentworth Hall West at 7.30pm on 10th October. Everyone is welcome. ...

David Robinson-031
21 September, 2016

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

I have made a real blunder in part of my garden. We all do it. Planting things too close, putting tall plants in front of short ones, or having to cut back a shrub every year because it is too big for its position. My mistake was to plant iris at the feet of clematis. I know very well that clematis like lots of water and to have their bases in shade, while iris like it well drained and love the sun on their tubers. This has been proved by the clematis in a full border flowering well into September and those with the sun on their roots giving up in mid August. I have to make a choice and the iris will have to go and I must find something to plant in front of the clematis that will provide the cool root run they like. There has been mildew on one clematis because of the lack of water. ...

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