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27 January, 2016

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

What an odd year. The daffodils are racing up and the snowdrops are going slow. My May flowering exochorda shrub was in bloom in December and iris reticulata and grape hyacinth have flowered. The ground has been so wet that it has been impossible to get on with many jobs. I finally gave up trying to garden and fled down to Cornwall. I expected to find the whole county ablaze with flowers but it was just like any other January. True the ...

23 December, 2015

Garden Notes

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What a curious year we have had, a dreary summer and the warmest greyest November that I can remember. All sorts of plants have been confused by it. Some alliums I planted are eight inches high already. Hellebores are showing their flowers before I have managed to cut the old leaves off. ...

28 November, 2015

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What a mild November. It has allowed me to get on with clearing a herbaceous border and replanting it. I do not do this very often but when I found I had lost a delphinium in the crush of plants and my phlox were looking very woody I decided to have a clear out. Most of my alstroemerias are still flowering but the one in this border flowers in mid summer and then leaves a great gap for the rest of the year. It was such a large gap that I bought four plants from Ray on the market to fill the space. It had to go! I have dug it all out, or I hope I have. The roots have gone down over a spade’s depth. They are supposed to like good drainage but mine like to get down to the soggy clay. You dig them out and they are glistening with water. Luckily the newer alstroemerias will flower all summer and come in all sizes. The very small ones are perfect for the front of a border, some only six inches high. Just pull the dead stems out and they will quickly fill the space with new shoots. I cannot think of many plants that flower for such a long time. They last for ages when picked. This is one plant with spreading habits that your friends will welcome. ...

26 September, 2015

Bentworth Garden Club

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The last meeting of the year for Bentworth Garden club will be the annual Quiz. We meet at Bentworth Hall West, at 7.30 on Monday Oct 19. I do hope you will come and test your skill at the easiest quiz ever!!! ...

25 September, 2015

Garden Notes – Makeover Time

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At last this very odd summer is over. Now is the time to walk round the garden with a note book and decide what needs working on. Do the perennials need splitting? Are they in the wrong place? Has that shrub got too big? Some of my borders need a total overhaul. I like to plant things in spring on our heavy clay but as with all garden work you do it when you have time, so I shall start splitting and replanting now. The grasses resent splitting in autumn as they make their new roots in spring. Perhaps I will dig them up with lots of soil and pot them up for winter. ...

24 August, 2015

Bentworth Garden Club

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The garden club had a delightful visit to the garden in Medstead of Peter and Margery Hart. Beautifully kept it just seemed to stretch out forever. The best wildlife pond you will ever see. ...

24 August, 2015

Garden Notes

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What an odd year it has been. So cold in spring that everything got off to a late start and it has not improved much. The nights have been so cold. My dahlias have been very slow to come into flower and everything has grown so tall. We have seen very few rabbits this year which is a bonus. ...

24 July, 2015

Bentworth Garden Club

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The August garden visit for the Bentworth Garden Club will be on Mon August 3, when we visit Peter and Marjorie Hart. We will meet at The Willows, Paice Lane, Medstead at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome. ...

24 July, 2015

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

I am amazed how the garden has survived such a dry spell. Now that meters have been introduced, it is important to reserve water for those things that need it. I would stretch that to things that would really enjoy it. I have watered my clematis, they would survive without extra water, but it will make them keep growing and putting on new flowers. The vegetables will get some though my snap peas are past help. Surface rooters like phlox need it. Phlox are very happy in half shade so perhaps we should think of moving them rather than supporting them in full sun. We could replace them with alstroemeria which have deep roots and come in similar colours or if you are well drained enough the achilleas will thrive. Cassis is one colour of them that would fit in and seems tougher than the others. The larger catmints would also be happy. I have an upright one called nepeta longipes. This comes in soft blues, and I have just bought one called Leeds Castle that is pale lilac. The white gaura can get quite tall if it gets through the winter. Kniphophia Ice Queen would also fit in. It comes as a surprise to those who thought the red hot pokers were only orange. ...

25 June, 2015

Bentworth Garden Club

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The Bentworth Garden club will meet on Mon 6 July at 7:00pm to visit the garden of Poppity and Peter Nutting at Field House Bentworth. The outing to West Dean and Parham House was a great success. Glorious weather, beautiful gardens, and Parham house is a gem. ...

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