June Meeting – Siberian Iris

Have you been wowed by the beautiful irises at the recent RHS Malvern and Chelsea Flower Shows, maybe you have been lucky enough to see the Siberian iris display at Bryans Ground in Herefordshire (above) and are wondering if you could grow Siberian irises in your garden? Your questions will be answered at our June meeting on the 5th June when Alun Whitehead, will be talking to us about his and his wife, Jill’s national collection at their home near Leominster.

Visitors’ tickets are £4 per person including complimentary refreshments.  The talk commences at 7:30 at Colwall Village Hall with refreshments available from 7pm.

Don’t forget your donations for the members plant stall and if you want to book a place on one of the two garden visits please make sure you register with Tim Beaumont as places are limited – more information on the visits is available on the programme

Finally, the Show Schedule for the Annual Show in August is now available, both in hard copy at the meeting and on-line from this page. We welcome entries from members and non-members, the more the merrier so why not make this the year when you pluck up courage and have a go.

 

December Meeting – Mistletoe

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On the 5th December we will be welcoming Jonathan Briggs, of Mistletoe Matters, who will be talking to us about all things Mistletoe.  Jonathan has over 30 years research into this parasitic plant and will be talking to us about other varieties of mistletoe from around the world, the myths and legends surrounding this seasonal plant and how to cultivate it – or not.

The talk will commence at 7:30pm but the meeting will commence at 7:00pm to allow for the AGM; so please come early so we can start the AGM promptly.  Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm.

Annual membership is £12 per year, payable in January, and we are always glad to see new faces so why not come along and attend as a visitor, there is a charge of £4.

November Meeting – Easy Alpines

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Our talk on the 7th November is by Julie Ritchie of Hoo House Nursery.  Julie will be talking to us about easy alpines and low growing perennials.  She will probably also have some plants for sale.

The talk commences at 7:30pm with complimentary refreshments from 7:00pm.  Visitors are always welcome at £4 per visit with annual membership £12.  We meet at Colwall Village Hall which has plenty of car parking.

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th November.

 

September meeting – A Complete Guide to Clematis

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On the 5th September we will be joined by Peter Skeggs-Gooch of Thorncroft Clematis who will immerse in the world of Clematis.

As ever the talk will commence at 7:30 with complimentary tea and coffee from 7:00pm.  Entry is free to members and £4 for visitors.

Annual membership is £12 a year which is payable in January but if you join between now and January you don’t need to pay membership again until January 2018 – so 16 meetings for the price of 12!

Our meetings are held at Colwall Village Hall which has plenty of car parking.

 

 

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)

May’s Meeting – Cacti and Succulents

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At the end of the long bank holiday weekend why not join us for a potentially prickly talk on cacti and succulents. Our speaker on the 4th May is Ian Thwaites, an International Garden Photographer of the year with a special interest in cacti and succulents. As well as photographing cacti and succulents Ian is an avid grower, shower and judge and an elected official of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. Who knows Ian might inspire you to try to grow something new and with the Malvern Spring Show the following weekend bringing lots of specialist nurseries the timing is perfect.

The talk will commence at 7:30 at Colwall Village Hall but come early as there are complimentary refreshments from 7:00 and this month there will be a members’ plant stall, all contributions very welcomed.

Visitors are always welcome at a charge of £4. Annual membership is £12 payable in January.