Garden Club

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. ...

25 May, 2016

Garden Notes – You Have to Start Somewhere

Garden Club The Villager

I have been helping my son-in-law with his garden. He is a complete beginner and I find it very useful to have to explain things to him, even how to sow radishes. Sometimes it makes me query why we do something, just because we always have. ...

29 April, 2016

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

Bentworth Garden Club will be going on its first garden visit of the year on Monday May 9th. We will be visiting Barbara Jeremiah’s garden at Brick Kiln Cottage on The Avenue Herriard at 7.00pm. Barbara opens for the National Garden scheme. The bluebells may be going over but there is plenty more to see. ...

29 April, 2016

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

GARDEN NOTES – SO MUCH TO DO Stella Strachan When you buy plants have you wondered how they get such a well filled pot? Take a close look and you will see that they have often put several cuttings in to create a quick result. This does not only apply to herbaceous plants. I bought a leucothoe which turned out to have three well grown plants in the pot. These were easily separated to provide a good clump in the garden. That bigger pot may be a better investment than the cheap small pot. ...

25 March, 2016

Bentworth Garden Club

Garden Club The Villager

The Bentworth Garden Club will meet on Wednesday 20th April in the Jubilee Hall at 7-30 for a talk by Patricia Elkington on ‘Harmonious colour in the garden’. Having been round her garden at Crawley nr Winchester I am sure we are in for a treat. The Garden Club Plant Sale will be on Saturday 30th April in the Jubilee Hall, 10-12. Free drinks and cake as usual so come along to meet your friends and buy a plant. ...

25 March, 2016

Garden Notes – What do you need?

Garden Club The Villager

I wrote a long piece on the essential tools in a garden, but it was so boring. Everyone knows that a two wheeled wheelbarrow saves the strain on your back and can be pulled when full. A sharp spade can chop up those perennials and lift the turf to plant bulbs. Who is going to use a push mower when you can do everything with a rotary? ...

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