Spring Newsletter 2013
I would like to begin this newsletter with a humble apology to those members who were misdirected when trying to see the snowdrops in Jill Mayo’s garden. Although my notes clearly said Longcroft Lane somehow this translated to Long Lane when I typed it. Sorry! Thank you to Jill for opening her garden – the snowdrops were beautiful although the day was bitterly cold.
Moving on to the Spring Show we are hoping that the weather will have warmed and the daffodils are putting on a bright display by April 6th. As usual all entries need to be in by Thursday noon at Jarman’s in the High Street – this means 4th April this year. There are many classes for daffodils and we have some excellent local growers. The ultimate prize, the Daffodil Society medal, was fiercely contested last year. Let’s see if someone can beat Brian Stewart. In this spring show James Bond meets floral art, “Skyfall” being one of the inspiring themes set. I am looking forward to seeing how this is interpreted. Other themes are “Blue” and “Spring is Sprung”. The floral art section of the show used to be well
represented, but in recent years the number of entries has declined steeply. Why not have a go at creating a floral arrangement? We have a £15 prize to award donated by Lily Rose florist. Also on the same day at 2pm is the AGM. Please come along and give us your thoughts about the Society; your opinions are really valued. The agenda for the meeting is with this newsletter.
From 16th March to 22nd June the trading hut behind the Memorial Hall will be open every Saturday (except show days) from 10.00 to 11.00. One of the advantages of this facility for members ( membership card should be shown) is that you can buy small amounts of garden fertilisers, such
as lawn food and moss killer, Growmore, blood, fish and bone or liquid tomato feed, that usually come in large (and expensive) packs.
Two important dates to remember in May are the 11th for the annual Plant Sale and the 19th when we will be making a visit to The Savill Garden. If you are not familiar with this garden you are in for a treat.
There are 35 acres of ornamental gardens and woodland, a rose garden and The Queen Elizabeth Temperate House displaying tender plants. During May there should be lots to see in the gardens including Rhododendrons, Azaleas and perhaps some early roses. On site there is a restaurant, café and shop and a gallery showing art of the British countryside. If you are interested please contact me Doreen Woods on 01442 833520. We need a minimum of 12 members to qualify for the group entrance fee of £6.95 per adult. This means we must also arrive at the same time which I have booked for 11a.m. If you would like a preview their website is www.theroyallandscape.co.uk
We have two talks this Spring. The first is by Aubrey Barker of Hopleys Plants, Much Hadham. He will be giving an illustrated talk on The modern Herbaceous Border on Thursday 11th April and bringing along some plants for sale. Finding feeding your family expensive? Then you might wish to come to the second talk by John Branham on Thursday 6th June. He will be explaining How to Feed a Family for a Year from a Modest Vegetable Garden plus giving some tips on growing vegetables for showing. This will be followed up with a visit to John’s garden in Wingrave, further details later. Both talks will be in the Bovingdon Baptist Hall starting at 8:00 pm.
I love picnics but last year was not the best summer to indulge in outdoor eating. However there is nothing better than a picnic and a visit to an interesting garden. Ashridge House could be a good destination. This year there will be more public access to the gardens and from Easter until the
end of September they will be open every weekend from 10 – 6 p.m.
Another new opening for this year is Hitchin Lavender at Ickleford. They will be opening on 4 evenings for the National Gardens Scheme. The first evening is Wednesday 12th June from 5 - 9p.m. This sounds like a lovely place to spend an evening perhaps with a picnic, take some photographs and watch the sun go down on the rows of lavender. I can smell it now! You can also visit during the day and pick lavender to take home – see their website www.hitchinlavender.com for details and some stunning pictures.
Nearer to home The Abbots House in Abbots Langley is apparently still opening even though I had heard that 2012 was to be the last year. Monday 27th May 2-5 p.m is the time to see this well-established 2 acre garden. Last but not least Brian Bradnock, in Bushfield Road Bovingdon, is also opening his garden for the National Gardens Scheme on Sundays 21 April and 15th September 2-6 p.m.
Enjoy the spring !