Our last meeting was a home grown event. We had a review of the wildflower meadow which Barbara and Gloria presented. New and old members were updated with the history of the Garden Club caring for the site. Suffolk Wildlife Trust were asked to be involved giving help with management ie haymaking, adding seed to the site, plug plants as well. The club have done all of these things since 2013 although the haymaking has been diffi-cult to achieve every year; 2018 has been successful in taking hay.
We will be recording wildflowers for future records. It is a difficult site because it is large, and has damp areas with thistles/docks/nettles/ and ragwort which need to be weeded out. We will continue in enhancing the area for the village. We had a session from Gloria demonstrating how to take cuttings from Penstemons and a brilliant quiz set by Suellen with a wildlife twist. Mary Nesling from The Lodge in Bedfield had the highest mark so won the shrubby salvia plant prize. All this was followed by delicious offerings of food made in members kitchens.
Our next Garden Club date is September 21st when Lucy from Wootten’s Nursery will be giving an illustrated talk on everything to do with herbaceous borders. Lucy always brings some lovely plants with her to purchase.
We will be outside with an update on the progress of the wildflower meadow area. This year we hopefully will be able to cut for hay. Meadow management is impor-tant for wildflowers. We will have a Garden Club Quiz with a prize and a short session on plants you can propagate in August/September.
Please bring a dish to share at the end of the evening and a drink if you wish. We shall serve tea and coffee. Bring a friend and introduce them to the garden club. Non members £3
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In June we visited two gardens in the village belonging to garden club members, Marion & Steve, Anita & Graham. Each owner had questions about their gardens hoping that the members could give some ideas to help. Both gardens had different challenges, one small and one large. Each owner had several questions which we hope had good helpful answers. Anita & Graham kindly gave us teas & coffees with cakes & scones in the garden cooked by Anita and other members. Thank you to all who contributed to the evening.
Our May meeting was taken by member Barbara Lee. Barbara’s talk was Crafts for and from the Garden. Barbara demonstrated with a slide show and numerous lovely crafts to pass round that she had made. Barbara talked through the seasons of how we could make useful and beautiful objects using crafts such as stencilling, mosaics with broken china, crochet work and dying with bark and plants and much more. So well planned and beautifully presented.
Mel from Mickfield Hostas, gave an illustrated talk on the genus of hostas. She also covered the care and dealing with pests of hostas, and planting associations that go well with them. Mel answered a number of questions at the end of the meeting. We then indulged in a fabulous rhubarb crumble cake made by Debbie with coffee and tea
The subject was ‘The Magic of Herbs”. Karen Kenny from Ipswich who, in her own words ‘does not do serious', took us back to the very beginning of using herbs in a culinary and medical way. We discovered the many ways that the monastic orders applied them to human disorders.
Karen brought with her a large trug of herbs from her allotment and gave us lots of information on using them in culinary ways. Karen is a very lively speaker and we thoroughly enjoyed her presentation and would definitely have her back again.
The August challenge was "make a dish with vegetables or fruit that you have grown ( or buy the ingredients if you don't grow veg or fruit)" The most
amazing array of dishes turned up, fourteen altogether, some amazing savoury dishes, a courgette cake, an apple pie, and plum crumble to finish with. The other challenge was to bring a favourite tool and tell us about it . The tools ranged from flower snippers to heavy duty spades and everything in-between . Everyone went home rather full. Radio Suffolk and has taken talks on many subjects to numerous garden clubs. She is someone who is very practical, entertaining and good at passing on her knowledge .
On June 16th the club had an away night at Batteleys Cottage Wortham. The cottage is on the edge of the Ling which is a very special natural area of heather and shrubby growth.
Andy and Linda Simpson welcomed us. Before we walked round the garden Linda briefly told us what the garden was like when they first moved in and then took us round the one acre garden which is planted up for all seasons. Linda's plant knowledge is incredible. The gar-den has light and shade areas, streams and ponds, very impressive vegeta-bles and fruit and wildflower patches. Climbing roses spilled from trees and the house roof and the borders were stuffed with plants that complimented each other. We finished the evening sitting in the garden drinking tea and eating cake and asking Linda lots of questions. It was a great evening.