Sadly Summer seems to be drawing to a close. What Summer? you may ask. I can remember two warm days! Now it is time to abandon the flip-flops and pull on the wellies and get out into the garden and start picking flowers, fruit and vegetables for the Autumn Show. This will take place on Saturday 12th September in the Memorial Hall. You do not have to be a member to enter an exhibit so try to encourage friends and neighbours to take part too. Entries need to be in by Thursday 10th at 12 noon in Jarman’s store, or by 10 p.m. if you use the on-line entry form. This can be found on our lovely new website www.bovingdonhortsoc.org.uk under SHOWS. For hints and tips on preparing your exhibits look under the TECHNICAL menu on the site or in your members’ handbook. Specialist sections in our autumn show are for Dahlias, Chrysanthemums and Fuchsias. Once again our floral art section is reflecting popular trends with a theme of “Strictly Come Dancing”. Expect flowing arrangements and frilly petals or even a row of flower pot judges!
Last year our Bovingdon Bake-off resulted in renewed interest in the cooking and preserves section of the show. Competition is hotting up and with a male champion emerging at the Summer Show this year there could be a battle of the sexes! The recipe for the carrot cake is in the handbook; so if your carrots are not up to show standard make them into carrot cake and you might just win the cup. This is the only time in the year where drinks feature in the schedule and in the past this has attracted the attention particularly of men. So if you like to brew your own beer, turn your grapes into wine or use your surplus fruit to make cordials why not bring some along to the show for our judge to taste. The Eva Stone cup will be awarded to the best among the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Our Summer Show was a great success with particularly good entries in the fruit sections. We had a new winner of the Doubleday cup for floral art, Angie Page; in the cookery section Stephen Rickard triumphed over the ladies with his pickles, jam and bread to carry off the Crawley cup. Carole Duke, obviously a green-fingered lady, won our own horticultural society cup, the Banksian medal and the R.H.S. vegetable medal. Congratulations! Bovingdon Primary Academy through their cookery, gardening and pottery clubs supported the show with 47 exhibits making a wonderful display. Our thanks go to the enthusiastic teachers and Glynis for getting all the entries to the hall.
Whilst on the subject of fruit and vegetables members may not be aware that there is a National Vegetable Society. The nearest branch of this is Buckinghamshire. They host monthly talks at Pitstone Memorial Hall and the one in November promises to be particularly interesting. It will be given by Charles Dowding, a prestigious writer, presenter and gardener. He will be talking about his no-dig method of growing organic vegetables. For more details or to become a member contact the secretary David Elkins at email@example.com
or phone 01296 630659.
Lastly if you would like to order Thompson & Morgan seeds this year please contact me asap for a catalogue. 01442 833520
We hope to see you at one of our events.