Summer Newsletter 2013
The weather seems to be brightening up! Or perhaps because of the long gloomy winter this is just an illusion. I am sure that by this time last year we had had 3 or 4 inches of rain and gloomy skies to boot. So after a disappointing Spring Show we are full of anticipation for our Summer one on June 29th. Whether we will have had enough sunshine by then to ripen soft fruit remains to be seen but some growers may be lucky and scoop the prizes when others are struggling to produce exhibits. This happened in the spring show with the lowest number of daffodil entries for years. At least strawberries can be ripened by placing cloches over them or by bringing them in pots into the greenhouse. It will be a challenge but then gardening is always a challenge!
The cookery section has a whiff of nostalgia about it this summer with classics such as treacle tart, Bakewell tart and Madeira cake to be baked and entered. The children should not miss out either as there is a chance to make jam tarts for their section. Photography is a hobby that is increasing in popularity with the aid of digital cameras. This year’s themes for the show include “Olympic Memory”. It seems hardly credible that it is now almost a year since the Olympics began; so it will be interesting to see what made a real impact on us when visiting those events. Please remember to get all your entries into Jarman’s by Thursday 27th June. So far this year the society has staged the Spring Show and a talk by Aubrey Barker of Hopley’s Plants. This was quite an intensive talk with Aubrey showing slides and giving lots of information about specific herbaceous plants. Unfortunately there was little about design but he probably assumed that our tastes would differ too widely for that and time was limited.
Our second talk, which should have taken place on 6th June, had to be cancelled due to our speaker John Branham going into hospital unexpectedly. The good news is that he is now out and we are still able to visit his garden in Wingrave on 20th June at 6pm. If you are interested in going please contact Pam Rose on 07504192253.
The Plant Sale on 11th May was well attended and we had a steady flow of visitors throughout the morning. The two charity stalls, for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and the Hospice of St. Francis, made £120 and £160 respectively. Sadly our beautiful new banner, advertising the plant sale, which had been put up at the bottom of Box Lane was stolen the weekend before.
As a village society we try to be involved in as many activities as we can to improve our village
environment. The hanging baskets have just been hung along the High Street, the village gate beds are attended by 4 of our members and we have helped in the maintenance of the pond on the green. We would also like to encourage our members to support the “Open Gardens Day” on Sunday 7th July. Six of our villagers are throwing open their gardens and providing entertainment, cream teas and a plant sale too. A £5 entry fee covers all gardens (children under 11 free) and the proceeds will go to The Hospice of St. Francis and St. Lawrence church. Let’s hope for a warm, sunny day.
A warm sunny day is exactly what a few of our members enjoyed when we visited The Savill Garden on 19th May. Sadly some people pulled out thinking the weather was going to be bad. Never believe the weather forecast! A beautiful garden is a beautiful garden whatever the weather and this one lived up to all expectations. There were bonuses as the late spring meant that many flowers were seen together that would not be seen in a “normal” year. If you are receiving this newsletter by email you will be able to appreciate the stunning photographs provided by Ron Smith. A 15 minute walk from the Savill Garden took us to the Valley Gardens where a large dell called the Punch Bowl was an all- round blaze of colour from the banks of Azaleas – a fantastic sight! Our next garden visit is to RHS Wisley on 15th September. If you are interested please sign up at the Summer Show or phone Shirley Masterson on 01442 832062. The entry to Wisley is free but as yet no transport is provided.
Finally, returning to the theme of growing, you may recall that we have been trying to persuade the council to find us some allotment space in the village. There has been some progress but nothing has yet been agreed. For information and to register your interest please contact the Parish Council.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at the summer show.
Until then happy gardening!