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MARCH


MEETINGS AND MET UPS

 Our speaker on Tuesday 12 March is Alison Marsden who will tell us about Nature Friendly Gardening which is Good for People Too. Sounds like a good solution all round.

Alison has gardened in Kent for more than 20 years, first in Sevenoaks and then in Southborough, near Tunbridge Wells, so is familiar with both acid sand and heavy clay soils.  

Her formal gardening education started with the Royal Horticultural Society’s General Certificate and she continued to study plants and garden design.  She passed the two RHS Level 3 Theory Certificates and qualified as an adult education tutor. Since then she has become involved in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture, taking an undergraduate award with the charity Thrive and Coventry University.

 

PLUG PLANT FOR THE SUMMER SHOW ON 13 AUGUST

Our plant for you to grow on this year will be a fuchsia, not necessarily the one pictured. Club member Derek Dexter, who many of you will remember for his excellent talk on overwintering fuchsias in October last year, is trying to source one called Jubilee. This is to celebrate the golden jubilee of Worplesdon Garden Club which is this year.

Which ever fuchsia it is, you can purchase one or a few at the March Club meeting, modestly priced at 50p each. Pinch out tips (if there are any) on purchase and continue to pinch out until end of May-beginning of June depending on what the plant looks like. Keep the pot rotated to the light for an evenly shaped plant. Protect from frost.


PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE 2020 CLUB CALENDAR

Just a reminder that we will be looking for photographs for twelve gardening months so have your camera ready when you go out visiting. The photos can be of anything of general interest that you must have taken yourself. This would include things from your own garden, or from anywhere that you pass by. Close-ups, landscapes, plants with insects, whatever takes your fancy. This is also a great opportunity to collect entries for the photographic competition at the Club Summer Show on Tuesday

13 August. Entries should preferably be digital, but photographs can be scanned in. Whilst all entries will be considered, not all entries may be included - the Committee’s decision is final.

 

JOBS FOR THE GARDEN IN MARCH (as always dependant on the weather!)

A busy time in the garden as everything is waking up and raring to go. Protect new spring shoots from slugs. Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes. Cut autumn-fruiting raspberry canes to the ground to stimulate new canes, which will fruit in the autumn. Mulch rhubarb with a thick layer of well-rotted manure to keep it healthy and reduce moisture loss through the soil. Take care not to cover the crown. Plant summer-flowering bulbs. Prune roses to encourage strong new growth and plant bare root roses.

Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials. Move deciduous trees or shrubs and lay new turf provided the soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged. If any of your garden plants need supporting this year, put them in now, so plants can grow up through them. Adding supports afterwards is trickier and often looks unattractive. Top dress containers with fresh compost. Mow your lawn if it needs it. Choose a dry day and set your blades higher than usual. Begin weeding as the weather warms - it’s easier to control weeds if you remove them while they’re still young. Scrub watering cans to prevent fungal diseases. Continue to ensure birds have a fresh supply of food and water. Install water butts for the season ahead. Position them under a downpipe to make the most of rainfall. The forecast is for another summer like 2018 so get what water you can while you can.

 

PLANT PROBLEMS

Cushion scale or pulvinaria floccifera is a sap-sucking insect that attacks the foliage of mainly evergreen trees and shrubs, especially camellia, holly, euonymus japonicus, rhododendron, trachelospermum and yew. Black sooty mould appears on the upper leaf surface in winter-spring. Rectangular white waxy egg masses, up to 10mm long and 2-3mm wide, are produced by the adult scales in early summer and the remains of these egg masses persist on the foliage throughout the year. Sooty mould will gradually flake off the leaves during the summer. On small plants it can be removed by wiping the foliage with a damp cloth.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO GROW ON GERMINATED SEEDLINGS

In order to keep Club subscriptions as low as possible, the Club fundraises by selling plants which have been grown on from seed. This year the Club is planning on attending the Guildford Lions Fayre and Fairlands Table Top Sale. The seedlings would consist of summer bedding (mainly hardy annuals) and vegetables. The germinated seedlings will be available for you to take home and grow on from the March meeting so please give some thought as to whether you can help. 


MEMBERS GARDENS VISIT

Every year members have the opportunity to open their garden for the interest of other members. Visits last 20-30 minutes and are usually very social with gasps of admiration at prize blooms or commiserations when the slugs have been out having a party. Whether you have a few pots on the patio, a large country estate or anything in between, please consider opening your garden on the afternoon of Sunday 14 July. It is just about gardening and having a chat! Please see Barbara if you can help.

 

LOOKING FORWARD

·                     RHS – Wisley Spring Community Day Tuesday 19 March. Free entry for everyone. https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/viewevent?EFID=1427&ESRC=CMS

 

·                     Surrey Police Band Concert – Saturday 23 March at 7.00pm. Emmanuel Church, Stoughton, Guildford, GU2 9SJ in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. Advance tickets £7 (to include refreshments). Tickets on the door £8. To book call 07460 623860 or email sheilawillis38@gmail.com

 

·         Loseley Park Spring Garden Show Friday 26 to Sunday 28 April. Entrance £3.50. Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm. Extensive plant sales, garden stalls, garden equipment, furniture and bygones, decorative home furnishings and food stallsExtensive pl Extensive plant sales, garden stalls, garden equipment, furniture and bygones, decorative home furnishings and food stalls.  Whichford Pottery will also be returning to the Show this year.ant sales, garden stalls, garden equipment, furniture and bygones, decorative home furnishings and  food stalls. Plus, a chance to preview the spectacular Spring bedding displays in the Walled Garden. www.loseleypark.co.uk

 

·                     Fairlands Table Top Sale – Sunday 28 April 11.00am – 3.00pm. Fairlands Community Centre, Fairlands, GU3 3NA. Refreshments available. The Club will be attending and hoping to sell lots of young plants grown from seed, so come along and give your support.

 

·                     WGC – The Annual Coach day trip this year is to the newly opened Leonardslee Lakes, Gardens and Dolls House Museum. Saturday 18 May. https://www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk/ In the afternoon we shall visit the NGS garden Saffron Gate near Cranleigh where we shall also have tea. Tickets, inclusive of coach, entrance to Leonardslee and Saffron Gate and afternoon tea are £28.50 per person. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/31967/ Sign up at March Club meeting.


AND FINALLY.....

The first plant sale of the year will be at the March club meeting, so look out for plants in your garden which need dividing and get them potted up ready. Remember to label each one as not everyone likes to take pot luck.

 




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