31 July 2013


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I noticed quite a few plants of Hordeum Jubutum for sales at Parham. I bought one last year on an outing with Green fingers but I can't remember where. What I do remember is, I didn't pay anywhere near the price they were charging!
I really love it and it did survive last winter. Mine had already lost it's pink tinge when we went to Parham. I wish I had loads o

Posted by sylview to GARDEN FRIENDS at 31 July 2013 16:29

July 2013 meeting.

The meeting this month was all about Clematis, and  Pauline and Gerald, of Priorswood Clematis Nursery, were there to educate us about them. They had bought along a lot of plants to show us also to sell, it made a very colourful display.
Pauline with the plants.
They gave us a lot of hints and tips for planting and pruning  them. Soil preparation is very important as they are going to be in that same position for many years if they are started off correctly and cared for.  Gerald says to dig a large hole, much bigger than the plant, put the top soil and sub soil in different piles and add manure to both, mixing it up well. Fork the sides and base of the hole to ensure good drainage & water well. plant the clematis deeper than it is in the pot, fill in with the soils and heel in firmly. Keep well watered and fed. They had bags of feed for sale, also catalogues with all the varieties of clematis and their care, a good buy for anybody who was still concerned about how to look after their own plants.
Pauline had a good tip for planting into pots, she said to use a large pot, about 18 inches to 2 feet deep, line it with foil, shiny side to the pot, then thick layers of newspaper, finally multi-purpose compost. This helps the pots from drying out.
Every year the compost will need to be topped up with fresh.

Gerald with their catalogue.

After the tea break, during which time the plants were on sale and the raffle was called, Gerald showed us some photos of the various varieties. there were a lot of different colours and forms, some like little bells. He stressed that when choosing a plant, to bear in mind the position it will occupy and when you want it to flower. Pruning was discussed, as it was causing a lot of confusion among many of the members.
It was a very thought-provoking evening and we all came away with new knowledge about Clematis.

22 July 2013

Parham Garden Show. July 2013.

As we wended our way to Parham in the middle of a gorgeous heatwave, the driver decided to take the scenic route, he had been sitting in traffic jams on the M25 all week, so decided to go the country way. I must say, it made a change, and was definitely better than sitting on the motorway breathing all the fumes. My son and his family live in Brighton, so I got to see all the pretty little villages I had only seen the signposts for previously. It made a good start to the day and only added a short time to the journey.
We were the only coach there, so it was not too crowded, there were just enough people to make it interesting and create an atmosphere. The house was lovely. It was divided into two sections, one part for the family living there, and the other open to the public. We were not allowed to take photos, so I'm afraid I couldn't get any from the interior (being a good law-abiding citizen)! However, here is the outside:

Parham House.

There were lots of stalls selling plants and sundries, the local Scout troupe were doing a roaring trade, ferrying the purchases to peoples' cars. They also had a plant creche so plants could be left there for people to collect at the end of the day.

A loaded trolley to be transported to a car.
The Scout band was playing music throughout the day, alternating with another local band, they were both really good and added to the atmosphere.

Here are some of the plants that were for sale:
Erygngium 'Sapphire Blue"
Delphinium "Coral Sunset".
Albizia julibrissin "Silk Tree".

This looks a bit like a fern when it is small, and will take about 2 years to flower. It is hardy down to minus 15, the label says. Unfortunately, the mother plant was not for sale, but I did buy a baby.

Hordeun Jubatum.
Although not obvious in the photo, this grass had a lovely red tinge to the feathery seed heads, most attractive. It self seeds as well, so I thought it would be a good buy.
There were hoards more plants and sundries, too many to show here, so it made for a very interesting day. The marque did a roaring trade in lunches , snacks and drinks and there were also various exotic burger stalls.
Lt. to Rt:  Anne B, Annabell, Susie & Kathy.
After an initial walk around, members headed for a shady spot and some refreshments.
The house had the largest walled garden I have ever seen, it was huge. Part of the garden is undergoing a change of use, from the area where the compost and leaf bins used to be stored, to growing squashes & marrows. This was accomplished by clearing old logs and perennial weeds then bringing in two Tamworth pigs to clear the area, all for regular cabbage and apples! The fruits will be harvested in September, leaving the ground fertile & weed free. The aim is to grow more spring flowering bulbs to increase bio-diversity.

In another part of the garden were these water lilies growing under a grating, they looked most effective.
There was a small church in the grounds which was serving refreshments, there was also a raffle in aid of the church funds. When I first went in I noticed heads poking out of the gated pews, and thought people were praying, but it turned out that the pews were being used as an extension to the cafe, and they were actually consuming tea and cakes!
By now the day was drawing to a close and we all wended our way back to the coach to load our purchases into the luggage compartment. We went back via the scenic route again, as there was yet more trouble on the M25. No wonder it is known as "The biggest car park in Britain!"

15 July 2013

Catch up after technical problems.

The Blog has been on hold since we had the technical problems, so, fingers crossed it works well now. I am afraid that Gemma's contribution re Wisley & Daphne Foulsham's garden has had to be deleted. However, not to despair, they will be in the newsletter.
On 22nd June a lot of the club went to visit Harry Brickwood's garden at Raleigh, it was open under the National garden Scheme. We made our own ways there instead of going by coach. Harry was one of our speakers last year, his garden has been featured on Gardener's World, also in the Garden News. 
Harry greets Peter.

The driveway was very impressive, sweeping up to the entrance of the cottage with a large central bed. Either side were large borders with a colourful collection of  Aquilegias . The back of the cottage had wide borders around the side of a well tended lawn. In the centre was a pond with a stream and waterfall. Unfortunately, none of the lilies, for which Harry is famous, were in bloom.

Beautiful Aquilegias.

 We all had a good browse around, there were several little sheltered places to sit and admire the garden.
Part of the garden.
Harry and his wife served refreshments, including some tasty cream & Jam scones and other delicious cakes. As we finished consuming them the clouds gathered and it looked like the heavens were going to open, so we all made a speedy exit to our cars.

The June Meeting.
The speaker at the club meeting in June was Geoff Hodge, speaking about bugs. He covered a wide spectrum of bugs and infections and showed us the various sprays and chemicals to treat them. As usual, his talk was very entertaining. He added several prizes to the raffle.

Geoff with his slug trap.

After the tea break he answered questions, covering many subjects.

A lot of bug solutions.
Although there were a lot of chemical solutions available, a lot have been withdrawn from sale. This is due to the cost of testing them and then re-registering, which can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.