Garden Club

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. ...

25 June, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

The garden club will meet on July 18 at 7.0. We are going to see three gardens in Bentworth, all near each other. We will visit Maggie Brooks at the White House first, then armed with a drink will also wander round Maxine Wood’s garden at 2 Crookhams Cottages and Brenda Mills at the corner of Drury Lane. Come and see what you can grow on the Bentworth soil. ...

25 June, 2017

Garden Notes – Keep it Going

Garden Club The Villager

I love going to Chelsea but this year it was not the exciting place it usually is. I only really liked one garden, The Silk Road, that the pundits talked down, while as for the best in show!! It was supposed to be a quarry in Malta with native plants. It was the tidiest quarry you have ever seen with all the stones cut to the same size and laid out in rows. ...

29 May, 2017

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

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. ...

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