April Meeting – Bulb Competition and Vegetable Growing

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Most importantly please note that due to Easter the date of the meeting is the 8th April

This month our meeting is two-fold.

Firstly, we will be holding the Michael Jefferson-Brown Spring Bulb Competition.

There are two classes you can enter:

  1. Pot or container or flowering bulbs, corms or tubers growing in a pot or container
  2. Vase/container of cut flowers grown from bulbs, corms or tubers.

Entries are restricted to one per person and members of the Society only.  Exhibits will be judged on quality and presentation and the Michael Jefferson-Brown Memorial trophy will be awarded for the best overall exhibit.

For those of you who don’t know Michael he was a part chairman of the Society.  He was a prolific breeder of daffodils and lilies which he grew on a bulb farm and won many gold medals for.  Michael also served on RHS committees, wrote, judged and lectured on bulbs.  Sadly he died unexpectedly in 2003 and the competition was set up to remember him.

So why not spend some time over Easter having a look and seeing what you can enter.

The second part of the evening will be a talk from Charles Dowding on Growing Vegetables Without Digging.  Charles is often consulted for advice on creating, maintaining and improving vegetable gardens and allotments.  Charles will open your mind to new possibilities and show the beauty you can create with vegetable growing.  Given the awful season we had last year maybe this is an approach we should all be considering?!

Review of March Meeting – Pruning, Made Simple

A large and enthusiastic audience attended our March meeting, including some new members and visitors who were particularly welcome.

The well-stocked information table included leaflets giving details of NGS garden openings in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and a number of other publications of interest to keen gardeners.

Our speaker Geoff Hodge is a prolific garden writer and author of several books for the RHS.  He is also an extremely busy lecturer and broadcaster. His topic for the meeting was “ Pruning – Making it simple”.  His talk began with a live survey of pruning tools and timely advice on the importance of sharpening and caring for our tools.  He then went on to explain the theory and practice of good pruning. He empathised the four Ds  – that is “ cut out the dead, dying, diseased and damaged”!  The theory behind the promotion of flowering in flowering shrubs was covered, with advice on the right timing for pruning for winter, spring and summer flowers.  Geoff also advised on the perennial question of the correct pruning for the different groups of clematis.  All of this invaluable advice was peppered with jokes and informality that was much appreciated by the audience, and Geoff completed the evening by answering a good number of questions.

At our next meeting in April, the Michael Jefferson-Brown Spring Flowering Bulb Competition will take place.  Members are encouraged to bring either a pot of flowering bulbs, corms or tubers or a vase of cut flowers grown from bulbs corms or tubers.  The speaker will be Charles Dowding and his topic is “ Growing vegetables without digging”.

Our meetings start at 7pm with free coffee and biscuits.  Membership is £12 a year.  (Visitors are very welcome – there is a small charge of £4)

PLEASE NOTE:  our April meeting is on the second Monday of the month –

MONDAY 8TH APRIL. 

Meg Taylor

Dates for the Diary – March 2013

We thought members might like a reminder of local gardening events  that were announced at the meeting on 4th March

7th and 14th MarchSnowdrops and Winter Garden, Ragley Hall
The gardens at Ragley Hall will be open between 10am and 3pm on the 7th and 14th March.  Visitors can explore the gardens and Head Gardener, Ross Barbour, a regular attendee of our meetings, will be on hand to answer questions.

17th MarchLittle Malvern Court opening for the NGS
The gardens will be open on the 17th March as part of the NGS Scheme from 2:00 to 5:00
The gardens and house are also open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from the 17th April to the 18th July 2013

21st AprilSpetchley Plant Fair
A fantastic opportunity to buy from 30 specialist nurseries with Spetchley Park as the backdrop