Sadly, Summer seems to be drawing to a close. What Summer? You may ask. I can remember two warm weeks! 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 9th 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 7th at 12 noon in Jarman’s store, or by 10 p.m. if you use the online entry form. This can be found on our lovely 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 events with a theme of “Royal Ascot”. Expect fancy hats, bright colours and perhaps a bit of turf.
Our Bovingdon Bake-off is fostering renewed interest in the cooking and preserves section of the show. Competition has been hotting up and we are seeing more entries from male competitors. This year the cake recipe is for Dorset Apple Cake and exhibitors are asked to follow the recipe in the handbook. If your apples are not up to show standard make them into an apple cake and you might just win the cup. This is the only time in the year where drinks feature in the schedule. Unfortunately we have reduced the number of classes to two, a fruit liqueur and a non- alcoholic drink. We used to have a section for home brewed beer but home brewers seem to have disappeared; perhaps they have decided that drinking wine is preferable. The Eva Stone cup will be awarded to the best among the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The competition extends to the High Street here in Bovingdon with our annual hanging baskets. This year they look particularly good and caused the judge some real difficulty in deciding the best three. The results are as follows: 1st Pendley Estate Agents, 2nd Fyfe’s the butchers, and 3rd The Gentlemen’s Barbers. Thanks to all the local businesses who took on the responsibility of caring for a basket. This is not an easy task as the High Street can be a hostile place for plants with gusty winds, hot sun (some of the time) and traffic fumes. Our thanks too to the grower Steve Foskett who gets everyone off to a good start with his quality planted baskets.
On 28th June 18 of our members headed for The Plant Specialist, a wonderful nursery in Great Missenden. Here a small team of hard-working plantsmen and women grow and sell a fantastic range of hardy perennials, ferns and grasses of excellent quality. We were given a tour of the growing area, which is usually off limits to the public, and were impressed by the organisation of this relatively small space. Unlike in many garden centres most of the plants are grown on site; so the staff has lots of knowledge about the growing requirements of their plants. You get real customer service here! Many members left with several purchases and a promise to return.
Our second summer social on 15th July was kindly hosted by Jane and Brian Bradnock at “Huntsmoor” in Stoney Lane. We enjoyed a sunny afternoon and the most delicious tea and cakes. This stunning garden is loosely divided into areas showcasing different types of planting. The area closest to the house has a large lawn with a very impressive mixed border along one side. Wandering through the garden you can find a pond, vegetable plot, a rose garden, a shrubby walk designed for spring flowers and a wooded area leading to views of the open countryside. Jane and Brian are very “hands on” so were able to answer lots of questions and name plants for us. Thank you both. If you missed this event the garden will be open for the NGS on September 10th but you will have to pay to visit!
Of course, the Winter Social will be our final event for 2017. This year it will be on November 10th in the Memorial Hall. The theme is ferret racing, something that we have done before about 10 years ago. 7:15 for a 7:30 start.
If you would like to come along and bring friends you will need to book a ticket as space is limited. Please contact Shirley Masterson on 01442 832062. The ticket price is £5 per head and this does not include food. Please bring your own food and drink, cutlery, crockery, glasses and table decorations if you wish. Don’t forget a corkscrew as there are none in the Memorial Hall kitchen! You will also need some cash for the tote and of course a winning streak.
At a recent committee meeting we discussed whether we should change the name of the society to “Bovingdon and District Garden Society”. We would like to hear your views so if you have any thoughts on the subject please email Ron Smith our chairman on firstname.lastname@example.org