July Meeting – My Garden in July

Our talk on the 6th July will be by Bob Hares and is entitled ‘My Garden in July’.

Bob Hares trained at Pershore College and RHS Wisley, before returning to Pershore to work in the decorative glasshouse and nursery as well as lecturing. While there he discovered new plants including Ceanothus ‘Zanzibar’, Penstemon ‘Pershore Pink Necklace’ and Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Pershore Fantasia’. Since retirement he has continued to fill his RHS advisory role and run a gardening club at a local primary school.

The talk will commence at 7:30pm with complimentary refreshments available from 7pm.  Visitors are always welcome and we charge £4 per visitors – membership is £12 per year.

Members are reminded that trophys for the annual show need to be returned by the 1st July to the Secretary.  We would also welcome contributions for the tombola for the Annual Show.

 

A Review: June Meeting – Microclimates

Visitors are always welcome on the first Monday of the month at Colwall Village Hall WR13 6EQ. We arrive from 7pm and a talk is given by a person well versed in their speciality at about 7.30. Arrive early, meet the members and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee. There are several “Meeting Points” where people with particular interests can exchange experiences on subjects such as Pests and diseases, What is It? Vegetables and garden Visits are but four.

On Monday 1st June we welcomed Nick Wray. Nick is the Curator of Bristol University Botanic Garden. His topic was Microclimates in Your Garden. No one went to sleep, not even the most hardened practitioners. With fine pictures to illustrate how plants adapt to an unlikely situation he explained what made those places so welcoming for the plant/tree/shrub/bulb etc.

No where in a UK garden is it cold and wet”; it is damp and cool. The north and north-east shadows of our houses may seem daunting but there are plants which thrive and add quality to gardens in these conditions; it’s all a matter of learning. Soil conditions vary; the variety of plants adding value to gardens is enormous but several will not cohabit because of the state of the bed.

One, of several, lessons learned by your writer and is plainly obvious when explained concerned Japanese maples; come from a monsoon climate, where they thrive magnificently.

Sun and shade; walls and hedges (preferred) all create their own microclimate and to keep and get the best from our expensive special specimens, it is worth wrapping them up snugly in the winter, against the wet and cold!

Next month, on July 6th, we are visited by Bob Hares with a return visit of inspiration, My Garden in July. On August 8th, Saturday, it is our 72nd Annual Show. Details are obtainable from http://www.wychecolwallhorticulturalsoc.wordpress.com

Come early on the 6th; make/meet friends and discuss your gardening interests (and challenges). There are many experienced and knowledgeable gardeners who are happy to answer questions. Subscriptions, payable in January, are £12.00; visitors are charged £4.00.

Tim Beaumont (Joint Speaker Finder)

Time to think about entering the Annual Show

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Our Annual Show will be on the 8th August at Colwall Village Hall.

Why not have a go at entering something, its fun and you never know you might win a prize.  You can see photographs and a report of last year’s show here

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There are classes for flowers (and foliage), flower arranging and vegetables and fruit.

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and it wouldn’t be a show without some cakes!

1st - Bunch of annual flowers - Helen & Ross Barbour

1st – Bunch of annual flowers – Helen & Ross Barbour

We even have classes for photography and crafts as well as a special section of junior entrants.

So why not have a go.  You can access the show schedule by clicking here and access an entry form here.  You don’t even need to be a member of the society, although of course we would love you  to join.  If you have any questions there are contact details for each of the sections in the show schedule.

We hope to see you and your entries in August.