Our year began on Monday January 6th, with a new feature for our meetings. Annie Robinson introduced us to "Anisodontea" - an evergreen member of the Mallow family. The variety she brought along is probably "El Reyo", although the RHS also lists it as "El Rayo". Annie hopes to have some cuttings available for us later in the year, and will have another plant to tell us about next month. A great addition to our programme.
Our speaker was Dr Twigs Way, returning after her visit last year, and this time talking on "Digging for Victory: The Wartime Garden". This was such an interesting talk, concentrating on the Second World War, and illustrated by pictures, posters and brochures of the time. The amount of food that we imported before the war came as a real surprise, but the need to grow more of our own food did lead to the creation of some three million new allotments and an increase in home vegetable gardening.
Next month the meeting is on February 3rd - with an excellent subject for the time of year - "Winter Plants". The speaker is Helen Worvill, who has a small nursery where she grows and propagates winter interest shrubs, sub-shrubs and herbaceaous perennials for year-round interest. She describes running her little nursery, named "Helen's 4 Seasons Plants" as her dream job. She will bring a variety of plants with her, which will be laid out as a border to demonstrate her talk, as well as showing slides. And plants will be available to buy!
Only £2 entry for members, and £3 for visitors and guests.
Annie Robinson collecting the Silver Salver from judge Peter Fisk at the 2019 Show. (One of her six trophies!)
Pat Tebbit and Michelle Worrall in the background.
Clive Gare as a gnome at Drinkstone Park and John Kemp winning the gnome competition at our June meeting!
The two Peter's at the 2016 Show
During the visit to Richmond House in Clare in June, 2016.
Our display in the Church to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.