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JULY


MEETINGS AND MET UPS

Our Speaker on Tuesday 09 July is Stefan White whose somewhat intriguing sounding talk is entitled Come into the Garden Maud. Alternatively; The Great Women Gardening Pioneers.  Stefan has a reputation for his engaging and interesting talks, mostly on subjects of special interest to him. He has lectured at Universities, The Royal Horticultural Society, leading Societies and Special Interest Groups, including a Private Members Group in the House of Commons. He is the author of 2 books on golf and wine and has travelled to 94 countries.

 SUMMER SHOW CUPS

To all the lucky members who won a cup at last year’s Summer show, please return them – suitably polished – at the July Club meeting. Quick reminder that this year’s Summer Show and Social Evening is on Tuesday 13 August at Fairlands Community Centre.

 JUDGING FAIRLANDS FRONT GARDENS

Fairlands are once again running a Best Front Garden competition and have asked members of the Club to be the judges. The judging will be on Sunday 7 July 2.30pm – 4.30pm approximately. If you can help as a volunteer judge, please just turn up on the day. Parking and meeting point are at the Community Centre. Gardens for judging will be allocated once everyone has arrived. Many thanks.

MEMBERS GARDENS VISIT

This year the visit is on Sunday 14 July. We shall be visiting the gardens of Margaret and Gary Parker, Charles and Gwen Graham and Peggy Jordan finishing up at the newly renovated garden of Tim and Keith for tea. Details and timings will be sent separately.

 

PLANT PROBLEMS

Flower balling is a disorder in which flower buds develop normally but do not open. Cool, wet weather saturates the outer petals and then the sunshine dries and fuses them into a tight, papery shell, preventing the bud from opening. Thin-petalled, double flowers such as rose, peony and camellia cultivars are most susceptible to this condition. Remove balled buds promptly before grey mould sets in as it can infect other blooms or nearby plants and cause dieback of stems. Or try removing the brown outer petals to release the inner petals which may still be normal.



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

Start taking cuttings of tender perennials such as salvias, pelargoniums and penstemons. Prune back the long whippy shoots of wisteria. Pinch off the growing tips of squash and courgette to encourage branching, and water regularly. Keep pinching out side shoots of cordon varieties of tomato and make sure the tops are pinched, even of cherry varieties, by this stage of the year. Feed once a week and in the hot weather, water every morning. Apply a high-potash fertiliser once fruits start to form on peppers, cucumber and tomatoes. Sow autumn and winter Swiss chard towards the end of the month. Perennial herbs, such as chives, lovage, sorrel, fennel and marjoram, benefit from being reduced to the ground and then they will be up again in a couple of weeks with fresh, tasty leaves. Lift and divide rhubarb plants. Prune plum trees now to avoid the risk of silver leaf disease and canker. Propagate strawberries by using the runners. Feed roses after the first flush of flowers, to encourage more. Keep the greenhouse well ventilated – open doors and roof windows and apply shading if necessary. Put water out for the birds.

 

PICTURE OF THE MONTH                                             Bishop’s Palace Garden, Wells

LOOKING FORWARD 

·           The Summer Garden Show at Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS Friday 26 – Sunday 28 July 10am – 5.00pm. With a vast range of exhibitors in Marquees and Gardens to enhance your home and garden, there is something for everyone. Plenty of children's entertainment and lots of fun for all. https://www.thegardenshowonline.com/gardenshow_loseley/

 ·           NGS - The Thatched Cottage, Church Road, Upper Farringdon, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3EG Sunday 21 July 14:00 - 17:00. A 1½ acre garden hidden behind a 16th century thatched cottage (not open). The terrace is furnished with overflowing pots, a pond with a waterfall provides the sound of running water. Borders bursting with colour surround the main lawn which then leads through clipped hollies into another area with a small greenhouse, raised vegetable beds, a rose bed and a pergola smothered with roses, clematis, honeysuckle and wisteria. Chickens and ducks wander under a walnut tree. Fruit trees, raised vegetable beds, roses and a fruit cage are to be found at the far end. Admission £8, refreshments available. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/31074/

 ·           WGC – Sunday 22 September - Visit to Robins Salvia Garden, Bagshot. Robin started collecting salvias more than 20 years ago and now has one of the largest collections in the UK. http://www.robinssalvias.com

 




 



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