Garden Club meeting on June 15th 7.pm Note change of usual time from 7.30pm We will be visiting two club member gardens in the village this month. Marion Harvey 2 Mill Farm, and then on to Anita Beamish, Birch Drive , where there will be refreshments. Please park at Bedfield Sports Pavilion and walk or cycle to Marion's garden for 7.pm start. Limited parking at both houses but there will be lifts available to Anita’s and back to the Pavilion. Non members are welcome @ £3.00 For further details ring Barbara Lee 628 048
Well rotted horse manure for gardens and allotments. If you would like some, please ring 685442
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.