Garden Club

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

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. ...

12 November, 2016

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

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. ...

30 October, 2016

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

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. ...

21 September, 2016

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

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. ...

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. ...

26 August, 2016

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

The September meeting of the Bentworth Garden Club will be held at the Jubilee Hall on Wednesday 21 September at 7.30. The Speaker will be Jim Dickinson whose talk is ‘The hidden aspects of trees in Alton’. Everyone is welcome. ...

26 August, 2016

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

What an odd year. So much rain earlier causing tremendous growth and then the ground cracking in August from lack of rain. The first flowering of the roses was good but damaged by rain. While they are resting I have great colour from phlox, dahlias and crocosmias. With the geranium Rozanne tying them all together. One rose that fills the gap is The Fairy. This is a 2-3ft shrub covered in July with sprays of double pink flowers. Think of the small sprays on some of the ramblers. It is tough and bushy and does not seem to suffer from blackspot. I have it with the grey stachys lanata (lamb’s ears) a very pale pink hardy geranium and backed by berberis Rose Glow. This combination reminds me of the planting in the Jekyll garden at Upton Grey. There the effect is done by larger pink roses, lambs ears and white, pink stained lilies. I have just been to Bowood House in Wiltshire where they filled box edged beds on the terrace with The Fairy. ...

26 June, 2016

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

The Garden Club will visit Shalden Park House on Monday 4 July at 7.0. Linda and Michael Campbell have kindly agreed to show us round their garden. This is not just a flower garden but has some interesting young trees that Michael has planted. ...

25 May, 2016

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Plant Sale and those who came to buy. We made the staggering sum of £718.50. This is a record for us and I hope you all went away with something good. ...

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