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25 March, 2016

Plant Sale

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Bentworth Garden Club is hosting a plant sale at Bentworth Jubilee Hall on Saturday 30th April, from 10am to 12pm. Free coffee and tea, and Stella’s lemon drizzle cake. ...

28 February, 2016

Bentworth Garden Club

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The first meeting of the Bentworth Garden Club in 2016 will be on Wed March 16 at 7.30 at the Jubilee Hall. We will have our AGM followed by a talk by Ray Broughton from Sparsholt College. Everyone is welcome. Membership is still £5. ...

27 February, 2016

Garden Notes

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We have all spent the last few months marvelling at the range of plants that are behaving in unusual ways. What it has shown is the difference between everyone’s garden and the differences within each garden. You now know where the warmest, most sheltered and probably best drained places are in your garden. They are where those plants were exceptionally early. Of course some plants are sticking to their normal routine, but enough have flowered to show the favoured spots. Now you need to build on this. That plant that you know is a bit tender, can be tried in these spots. Think of the fun you can have! ...

27 January, 2016

Garden Notes

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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. ...

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