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June & July 2010

Our annual coach trip this year was to Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk on the 16th June.  When we left the M.S.C. at 9 o’clock the weather had not decided what it was going to do, so everyone was armed with coats, umbrellas and even sun-hats.  In the event the weather was lovely, not the searing heat that we had later in the month, but very pleasant for walking round the grounds and admiring the gardens.  The house was also open to visit, but it was the huge, walled garden that we all jealously admired.  One of our members, Diane Clarke, organised the outing for the Society and many thanks to her for making such a splendid job of picking the venue, booking the coach and all the other bits and bobs entailed in organising a coach outing.  Hopefully, Diane will be willing to organise another outing for us next year.

On Monday 21st June, our monthly meeting was a talk entitled “Sweet peas are the Queen of Annuals” given by Mr John Hewson.  As can be gathered from the title of the talk, Sweet Peas are Mr Hewson’s favourite flowers and he has grown them for many, many years and is still growing them with as much energy and joy as he always has.  He advised members of the best times to plant the seeds and the care they need during their growth.  He patiently answered many questions from our members and it was obvious that many in the audience loved sweet peas almost as much as our speaker. 

On the following Thursday evening, about ten of our members visited Linda and Mike Draper’s garden at The Wallows, Near Bury St Edmunds.  Some of us had visited this garden before, but it is well worth a second (or even more) viewings.  Linda came around the garden with us and shared her enthusiasm, energy and love for her garden with us.  Ten years ago, when Linda and her husband, moved to their home, the garden consisted of lawns, but now it is just delightful and they still have lots and lots of plans to improve and alter their gardens.  The evening ended with tea/coffee and delicious savoury snacks made using her own garden produce.  A lovely evening.  I am now waiting for my beetroot to be big enough to make her beetroot, yoghurt and horseradish dip which is yummy.  (As I write this, my beetroot is about as big as a marble, so I have got a long wait!!)

Our second evening visit this year was to Horringer Manor on Thursday 15th July.   This garden had been open the previous Sunday (for the first time) for the National Gardens Scheme and the one full-time gardener and two part-time gardeners had obviously been extremely busy for that occasion.  We were met by two of the gardeners on arrival and given a short talk on the development of the garden and future plans for it.  We were then able to go round the gardens either with them or to wonder on our own.  What a wonderful setting to have a house and garden and it was a beautiful Summer evening to enjoy the setting at it’s best.  After we had finished wondering around we were treated to tea and cakes on the lawn, which were very much appreciated.  At the end of the evening Mr and Mrs Phillips were warmly thanked for their hospitality by Jackie.

As I write this it seems a long time to our next monthly meeting - Monday 20th September, as usual at 7.30 p.m. in the W.I. Hall.  This will be a talk entitled “Brush with Fuchsias” given by Alison Jones.

On Monday 25th October Mr Peter Jackson from Scotsdales Garden Centre is coming to give us a talk on Plants for Winter Interest.  (Time and place as above)
Hope to see you there.

Jackie Fieldsend

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Monday 26th February
The next Horticultural Society meeting will be on Monday 26th February at 7.30pm in the WI Hall.  Garden Bugs: Cohabit, Conserve or Control - A presentation by Dr Ian Bedford (Head of Entomology), John Innes Research Institute, Norwich, everyone welcome.

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Our Annual Membership is 5, with meetings costing 1 to members and 2 to non-members. We would love to see some new members and you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.

Subscriptions are payable to the Treasurer each January.

Our talks usually last for about an hour and then we have a chat with other members whilst enjoying tea/coffee and biscuits. The talks cover a range of different aspects of gardening and our programme is planned to provide something of interest to each and everyone of us.

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