Gardening Group – May

By | May 15, 2020

All meetings are currently postponed until further notice.

I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself – Alice Sebold.

Hello Everyone –  Helen here from the Gardening  Group.  I do hope that you are all staying safe and well and enjoying your garden or outdoor spaces. Garden centres are now opening so we can get on with planting up lovely colourful summer baskets and containers. For anyone isolating many are still offering local delivery and online ordering.

Here are a few contact details: 

Ring o bells Lathom  ringobellsnursery.com 01767 660617

Pimbo Upholland pimbogardencentre.co.uk 01695 622601

Newgate New Longton newgatedirect.co.uk 01772 612336

Hartleys  Aughton hartleysnurseries.co.uk

Robins Bridge Aughton robinsbridge nursery.co.uk 01695 424037

Warbreck Ormskirk warbreck.co.uk 01695 722960

I hope you all enjoyed the last month’s quiz.  Here are the answers – and a new quiz for this month.

The quiz answers:

  1. Hydrangea
  2. Lavender
  3. Lawn
  4. Hyacinth
  5. Bizzie Lizzie
  6. Sweet William
  7. Forget-me-not
  8. Holly Hock
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Barbie Q
  11. Green house
  12. Hornbeam
  13. Crab apple
  14. Carrot
  15. Cabbage
  16. Dandelion
  17. Swowdrop
  18. Laurel
  19. Forsythia

New Quiz:

  1. A part of the body
  2. Ribes Niger fruit is
  3. Lonely ladies
  4. Reynards hand warmer
  5. Small change by the sea shore
  6. Fathers like using the shears
  7. A friend of Bill and Ben
  8. If you borrow you…………
  9. What is the common name for salix babylonica?
  10. Which flower’s name comes from the Ancient Greek word for star?
  11. What common name was dianthus barbatus given to honour the Duke of Cumberland’s victory at the Battle of Culloden? And, in contrast, what name do the Scots sometimes call the weed noxious ragwort also in memory of the infamous Duke? (Two answers required)
  12. Which plant, widespread in Britain, if touched causes a serious chemical reaction which makes skin hypersensitive to ultraviolet light?

Answers to be revealed next month.

A Few Jobs to do now:

On dry, sunny days, remove weeds as they germinate with a hoe, you can leave the weed seedlings to shrivel in the sun.

It’s not too late to sow seeds- In the vegetable plot you can sow spring onions, beetroot & lettuce in the gaps between other veg. Herbs like Basil & Coriander, Chives & Flat leaved Parsley can be sown in pots. For the flower borders, it’s a great time to sow quick growing annuals like Cosmos, Nasturtiums, Nigella, Calendula & Cornflowers.

Sow half hardy annual climbers like Morning Glory, Mina Lobata, Black Eyed Suzy.

You can start to take cuttings from Fuchsias, Lavatera & Hydrangeas. Use stem cuttings about 4ins long.

Keep an eye out for Aphids on plants such as Roses, Lupins & fruit trees & combat.

If you haven’t done it already, lightly prune Rosemary (just the top couple of ins)

If your tomatoes are putting up the first truss of flowers – start to feed (High Potash Feed)

Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better – Albert Einstein.

When the going gets tough, the tough get growing’.

Happy Gardening!! Stay safe and healthy.

Hopefully we can look forward to meeting in September with a talk and an opportunity for members to share their garden successes with a show. Further details and information to be announced but please give some consideration now to your entries for flower and vegetable classes and let’s look to the future and enjoyment of our gardens.