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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. ...

25 June, 2015

Garden Notes

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This year’s Chelsea was very interesting. For once I agreed with the judges and thought the Chatsworth garden was the best I had ever seen. Superb wild plants nestling among rocks. Some commentators said that the wild display was not a garden but you know that if it had been a Provencal hillside they would have loved it. A new addition was that the growers were allowed to sell plants in blister packs. The first time I have been able to buy plants at Chelsea and it proved a little expensive. I also bought delphinium seed and have germinated it all on kitchen paper in a dark box. ...

25 June, 2015

Open Flower & Vegetable Show

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Saturday 4th July – Medstead Village Hall This is an Open Show and everyone is welcome to exhibit in the following show divisions: Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Produce, Floral Art. Classes for children also. ...

24 May, 2015

Garden Notes – Glorious Spring

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What a marvellous spring. The best blossom I have seen for years. I love the big magnolias, cherries and camellias in the garden but if you have a smaller plot you need to find something else. There are small magnolias. Magonlia stellata with white star shaped flowers will make 5 ft, while Susan a deep pink will make 6ft. Both easily available. For Cherries you can go very small with prunus incisa Kojo no mai to 3 ft or pick a columnar shape of tree such as Amanogawa with pale pink flowers. Remember cherry roots spread far near the surface. ...

24 May, 2015

Bentworth Garden Club

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The Bentworth Garden Club will be visiting a lovely garden in June. We are going to Colmore House at Colmore at 7.0 on Monday 22 June. This is a fascinating garden with new features being constantly added. Simon de Zoete the owner will show us round with a glass of wine and the help of his gardener Peter Neave who used to live in Bentworth. ...

24 May, 2015

Open Flower & Vegetable Show – Saturday 4th July

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2:15 to 3:30pm, Medstead Village Hall This is an Open Show and everyone is welcome to exhibit in the following Show divisions: Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Produce, Floral Art. Classes for children also. ...

26 April, 2015

Garden Notes – It’s Not Your Fault

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It’s so easy to blame yourself when something goes wrong in the garden but do not be so hard on yourself. This year mine and many other people’s daffodils have come up blind. Not a flower to be seen. If you looked up the problem you would be told to dig them up and divide them or look for narcissus fly. Ignore all this, give them a few handfuls of Growmore fertiliser, let the leaves die down and next year they will be fine. We have daffodils that have been in the same place for over thirty years. In that time we have had two or three blind years but they always come up trumps the next year. It is just that last year did not produce ideal growing conditions for them. Some have done well just to confuse you. Just tell yourself it is not your fault. ...

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