I would like to share a quote with you. “ We in Britain have to remember that summer is something that happens in other countries.” Fortunately the man who said this on the radio a couple of months ago was wrong. This year we have enjoyed a gloriously warm summer. Gardeners might say we need more rain, but at night only please!
All are shows have their own particular scent which fills the hall. In spring the intoxicating scent of narcissi, in summer the heady perfume of sweet peas and roses, and in the autumn that curious smell of
chrysanthemums. Last year we missed the scent of sweet peas as the wet weather destroyed most of them, but they made a welcome return in June for this year’s summer show. Since then the weather has
improved further and we expect a bumper number of entries in the flower, fruit and vegetable sections of our autumn show. All entries need to be in to Jarman’s by Thursday 5th. September at noon.
We hope that the pupils from Bovingdon Academy who entered exhibits in the summer show have considered entering a model or cooking in the autumn show. We realise that school has been out for 6 weeks but perhaps they now have the confidence to go it alone and choose something from the Horticultural Society schedule as there is no school project. We were delighted at the number and standard of the entries from the pupils which added more interest to our last show. A new cup,
donated by Steven Bowen, one of our committee members, and Teresa Paddington was awarded to Leila Davy-Kite, aged 7, for her garden on a plate. This was judged to be the most meritorious entry by a pupil from the academy. This cup, the Springfield cup, will not be awarded at the autumn show but our own Junior Cup for the child who gains the most points will be given as usual.
Our High Street always looks colourful in the summer months thanks to the traders who pay for and tend the hanging baskets put up by our society. This year 43 baskets were hung and carefully fed and watered. Which would win the bottle of champagne? They were judged by Vic Coe a member of the Middlesex Guild of Horticultural Judges. The winners were the Hospice of St. Francis shop who narrowly beat Parish Electrical store. In third place were Pendley Estate Agents, the first time they have won a prize. Well done and thank you to all who took part in the competition.
As a horticultural society we do try to be involved with projects around the village that are related to our gardening activities. One of these is the planting and care of the beds in front of the village gates on behalf of the parish council. Sadly the bed at the top of Green Lane was vandalised in May. This is very discouraging for our 4 members who give up their time and energy for free to try to improve our local
environment. Please work with us to ensure that this kind of behaviour is discouraged.
On a lighter note we would like to remind our members of the coming social evening on November 8th in the Memorial Hall. This year we are planning a skittles evening where everyone can take part and enjoy a two course supper for £10 per person. If you would like to come please phone Shirley Masterson on 01442 832062 to book. Shirley is also taking bookings for our trip to Wisley on 15th September. This year a coach will be provided for which there will be a charge but entry to the garden is free. We know that our members enjoy the Wisley trip as there is lots to see and very good facilities. Bring a friend along as we have a coach to fill!
As we approach autumn some of us will already be planning for next year. I hope to be doing a society seed order from Thompson and Morgan if there is enough demand. If you would like a catalogue ring me
on 01442 833520 or put your name on the list at the autumn show. I do not order potatoes from T&M but if you would like to order them this autumn contact Mike Leon who will tell you how you can join Dagnall society’s bulk order. This could be cheaper than buying in a local garden centre. The Dagnall Allotment Society has a very good trading hut which is open on Sunday mornings from March through to October. You may like to look at this as unfortunately we will no longer be running our trading hut on Saturday mornings due to lack of demand.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and happy gardening!