All meetings are currently postponed until further notice.
Hello everyone. We hope you are keeping well, it’s disappointing that we are still not able to plan future meetings of the group but rest assured that as soon as it becomes possible we are ready and willing to restart the garden group and we hope you will wish to continue to enjoy the group.
Now that the nights are drawing in and the weather is getting colder and wetter there is still plenty to do in the garden. I expect many of you are keeping busy with cutting back and tidying up. Pam has been very busy planting lots of seeds in the greenhouse, Helen has been taking cuttings of pelargoniums and salvias. Now is a good time to sow sweet peas, winter salad leaves and broad beans. It will soon be time to lift dahlias (after the first frost) although as long as it isn’t arctic conditions I have found they will survive being left in, particularly, with a good layer of mulch.
PERENNIALS, SHRUBS AND TREES
Pruning and Tidying
- Prune your roses. Cut off most of the year’s growth and take out large woody stems.
- Cut peonies back to promote healthy growth next spring.
- Cut back and tidy borders and make a note of any changes, additions or divisions you wish to make next spring whilst the thought is fresh in your mind, as it’s hard to remember back to how it looked once spring comes around.
- Divide perennials that flower before midsummer’s day, such as oriental poppies, peonies and lupins, as well as spring-flowering hellebores, pulmonarias and Solomon’s seal. Dig up, divide and replant straight away. Perennials that flower after midsummer are best divided in the spring – that’s a good general rule.
Salad and herbs
- Sow boxes of salad leaves and hardy herbs for putting right outside your kitchen door.
- Pot up leafy herbs to bring inside on a windowsill and use in winter.
Answers to the quiz from the June Newsletter
- Busy Lizzie
- Transplant seedlings and small plants
- Venus Flytrap
- Staple food for Reindeers
- Which part of the tree can be used to make cork
- What is the largest and tallest tree in the world
- What general term is used to describe those trees whose leaves fall in the winter
- Which tissue beneath the bark of trees forms wood
- Where in the flowering plant does the male gamete come from
- Which cereal must be grown in water
- What grain is used to make semolina
- Which part of the flower becomes the fruit
- Which part of a flowering plant is often used to make oil
- What is the name of the technique of clipping trees and hedges
- What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter: PUMPKIN PI
- ‘Plant and your spouse plants with you – weed and you weed alone’
- When weeding the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant . If it comes out of the ground easily it is a valuable plant.
- The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly –William Wordsworth
We would like to keep in touch with garden group members and we miss sharing ideas and information through the meetings so we wondered whether you would like to share your own ideas/tips/experiences with the rest of the group. One way to do this would be to email any information to Helen and then it can be coordinated and sent out as a group email by Helen. Any items for inclusion should be sent to Helen by 27th November and will then be incorporated into a garden group email before Christmas!
Happy gardening and stay safe.
Pam Higgins (Gardening Group Leader)
Helen Wilson (Gardening Group Coordinator)