31 May 2015

IT IS WITH REGRET......

HELLO, ALL, IT IS WITH REGRET THAT WE ARE HAVING TO STOP PUTTING POSTS ON TO THIS BLOG. THIS IS DUE TO CONSTANT TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, HOWEVER, THE GREENFINGERS GARDENING CLUB CONTINUES & I WILL CONTINUE WITH THE NEWSLETTER, 
BEST WISHES, HILDA 
(FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING IT, MY BIZZIE LIZZIES DID EVENTUALLY STRAIGHTEN UP)
HERE IS A NICE HAPPY FACE TO SIGN OFF WITH:

VARIOUS HAPPY SCARE CROWS FROM OUR LAST OUTING



6 May 2015

Testing.

This blog is to see if we are still able to access the blog site, it has been a long time since the last item was published. Here is a photo of my very drunk looking double Buzzie Lizzie. There were 6 plants & all but one were bent double, they had obviously been kept in completely wrong conditions, the top leaves were below the roots!  They are supposed to be replacing them, but no sign yet. Amazingly, they are beginning to straighten up, allbeit very slowly.

Rather drunk Bizzie Lizzie!

Here is a photo of my posh, newly painted, shed. Now all I need is a magic broom to clear it out, it is VERY untidy inside!!
Newly painted shed.
Now let's see if it will be made into a draft.









5 October 2014

INFORMATION ABOUT NOVEMBER 2014 MEETING.

A MESSAGE FROM PETER:

Nov Meeting 2014.
 
Over recent years, our last meeting of the year has consisted of the  Christmas Goodies, and of course Club Plans and Programme for the following year.

In the past years, members have given items of food for the buffet and it’s been difficult to get the balance right to suit everyone.

Therefore I have decided to have a caterer to organise a buffet.

The cost of buffet will be £5 per head, Kathy will have to know if you will be attending the November meeting and joining us in the buffet.
Please can you let Kathy know and the money needs to be paid by the next meeting in October so we know how many to cater for.

Thank you, Peter.

Peter's Open Garden, 2014.

Hello All, Hilda here, I am going to have an attempt at the blog, to try to see how this dreaded technical hitch is behaving. Fingers crossed.
The weather forecast on the day of the garden opening was terrible, with heavy rain and winds. The morning went true to the prediction, but come 1pm, when it was due to open, as if on cue, the sun shone. People started coming in gradually and all commented favourably on it. This is part of what they saw as they entered the front gate:

The front garden.
Down the side entrance they went, where Richard was waiting to take their entrance money. They spread out in the garden then eventually found their way, either to me, as I was selling the plants, or to the kitchen where Kathy, Susie and Jeannette were waiting to sell them hot drinks and delicious home made cakes.

An overview of the garden.  
Later on, the skies darkened again and the heavens opened! people ran for shelter into the greenhouse & kitchen. Poor Betty & Cynthia decided to stay in their chairs outside with their macs and umbrellas. Most people thought they were enjoying the shower, but the truth of the matter was, they couldn't get out of their low garden chairs while balancing their tea and cakes, so they decided to stick it out. However, the shower soon stopped and the sun shone again, their damp clothes soon were drying, you could see the colour of Cynthia's trousers changing as they did so.

More visitors arrived when the sun continued to shine, the garden was a hive of activity, my plant stall was busy & the kitchen was doing a roaring trade.

This gorgeous cake was soon eaten up!
 Here are some of my favourite flowers in the garden:

Massive trailing Begonia.

Close up of the flower.
Plants for sale.
It was a very successful day, both in terms of visitors and money raised for the charity. There were nearly 100 people (95 to be exact), past Richard, and the day raised £509 all together. In fact, we did much better than Sussex Prairie Gardens, whom we visited in September. They had their open garden on the same day. They normally have several thousand visitors for their open garden, but, because of the weather, only had about 11!

3 October 2014

TECHNICAL HITCH

TECHNICAL HITCHES SUCH  PAIN !!
WE, ARE VERY SORRY FOR THE LACK OF POSTS DURING THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN SO MUCH HAS BEEN GOING ON, IE MEETINGS AND BRILLIANT OUTINGS .
I AM GOING TO POST A MELODY OF PHOTOS OF SOME OF OUR TRIPS, BUT AS THE REPORTS WILL TAKE TO LONG THERE WILL JUST BE A BRIEF INSIGHT TO THE PLACES WE VISITED THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND THE LONG WAIT,

FIRST                                      HELMINGHAM HALL

The house is surrounded by a moat and with the sun shining and still air the reflections of the hall in the water were a mirror image. The walled garden is a work of art demonstrating great fruit, vegetable and flower planting. There is an almost dreamy quality about the gardens and looking across the parkland is like stepping back to a by gone era. Someone there has a sense of humour - the topiary is great esp the snail and Father Christmas
 
 
 
 
 
 




                     





29 September 2014

POPPY FACTORY VISIT


POPPY factory Tour, Richmond.             
A prompt start 8.15am from Kidd House, this is the only pick up point.
 
The Poppy Factory was established in 1922 as an independent charity to provide employment for disabled servicemen after the First World War.
The volunteer tour guild will welcome us before and the tour will start about 10.30am and should finish at approximately at 12.30am
 
Visits to The Poppy Factory are free through donations are always welcome and appreciated. There are donation boxes in the Showroom. 
We should have time to buy any souvenirs before we leave at 1pm
 
The Garden Centre Notcutts is about 30 minutes drive.
It may be advisable to bring a snack with you in case needed
The restaurant stops hot food at 2.30pm
Time is very important traffic travelling to London is can been heavy.
The Raffle will be for the Drivers Tip/ My Mobile 0751 3940 905
Peter
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23 July 2014

UPCYCLING AT ITS BEST

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR OLD BEDFRAME AND HAND BASIN? WELL HERE IS ONE IDEA I WAS SENT THIS PHOTO FROM A FRIEND, VERY EFFECTIVE IDEA, REGARDS JEANNETTE