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Although there were a lot of chemical solutions available, a lot have been withdrawn from sale.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.

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