Garden Club

29 May, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

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The Bentworth Garden Club sale on April 29 was its usual success. We had a superb selection of plants and the free refreshments were much appreciated. Thank you to every one who contributed and supported us on the day. ...

29 May, 2017

Garden Notes – Frost!

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What a shock that late frost was. My hydrangeas leaves are destroyed and I wonder if we will see any flowers this year. Perhaps this is the time to buy more of the ones that flower on new wood as well as old. The Endless Summer range will do this. Hostas are limp and even the really tough bergenias suffered. Otherwise the blossom has been superb. The poor vineyards have lost most of their crop. ...

30 April, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

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The May meeting of the club is a visit to Bentworth Hall West with a talk by Marcus Dancer on “Climbing plants for sun and shade”. Do come and join us on Tuesday, May 16 at 7.0 and have a walk round the garden first. ...

30 April, 2017

Garden Notes – The Race

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What a lovely time of year. Every thing is growing madly and you are desperately trying to finish staking plants before they get out of hand. It is Chelsea chop time again. This works very well on phlox and campanula lactiflora. If you cut half the stems you can extend the flowering period. With sedums, which look dreadful if you take the shears to them, break the top few inches off with your finger and thumb. This gives a clean and unobtrusive cut and works really well. The plant becomes shorter and bushier with broader flower heads. ...

20 March, 2017

Garden Notes

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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. ...

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! ...

19 February, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

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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. ...

19 February, 2017

Garden Notes

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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. ...

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. ...

24 January, 2017

Garden Notes

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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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