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Our final speaker for the year is Steve Bradley. Many of you will remember Steve from July last year when he kept us amused with hugely entertaining stories about Summer in the Garden. He will again be speaking to us on Tuesday 8 November about Bug Eats Bug, no doubt in his customary down to earth manner. Steve is a well-known horticultural teacher and prolific writer of gardening books. He writes articles for several magazines and answers live phone-in questions almost every weekend throughout the year on BBC local radio in Kent, Surrey/Sussex and Essex.


At our October meeting we were very pleased to welcome new member Sally Mattock.



The annual Quiz and AGM takes place on Sunday 6 November 2:30 am - 5:00 pm. at Normandy Village Hall, 9 Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Surrey, GU3 2DD. This is a lovely hall, easy to find in the centre of the village with plenty of free parking. The AGM is very brief and it is interesting to find out what the SHF does and also what other Gardening Clubs are doing.  

The Inter-Club Quiz is good fun with the questions being set by SHF President Brian Deaville who came to judge our Summer Show this year. You can still do the quiz even if you are not part of a team and there is a prize for the highest points from a member of the audience. Refreshments are included plus a very good raffle. All in all this is a very good afternoon’s entertainment.


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

November is not always the most inviting of months to do garden work, but it is a good time to wander around the garden. This last year's failures or disappointments will soon come to the fore, so you can determine now, to do something about them so that you are not faced with the same next year. Tender plants (such as bananas) will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you can't, it is worth wrapping plants or pots in situ, bubble wrap works well. Leaves are falling rapidly, and wind and rain are on the increase. Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock and plant out winter bedding. Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem. Weed and edge up beds and borders. Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks. Pot up Hippeastrum (amaryllis) bulbs, and bring them back into active growth with regular watering and feeding. They should give you beautiful flowers for the festive season. Reduce watering and feeding of houseplants as the days shorten. Cacti and succulents need a period of relative dormancy over the winter: keep them barely moist, and do not feed. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up.


Squires at Portsmouth Road, Milford are once again kindly offering Club members a 10% discount on all plants and gardening products throughout 2017. You will need to show your Club card to receive the discount. Offer not available on garden furniture, gifts, craft, Christmas products, pet food and accessories, Café Bar, gas and vouchers.


Honey fungus is the common name given to several different species of fungi (Armillaria) that attack and kill the roots of many woody and perennial plants. The most characteristic symptom of honey fungus is white fungal growth between the bark and wood smelling strongly of mushrooms. Clumps of honey coloured toadstools sometimes appear briefly on infected stumps in autumn. Honey fungus spreads underground, attacking and killing the roots of perennial plants and then decaying the dead wood. It is the most destructive fungal disease in UK gardens. There is no cure other than digging up the plant and destroying it by burning or landfill. Plants which show some resistance to the disease include: bamboo, box, hornbeam, flowering quince, phlomis, callicarpa, erica, santolina, clematis, cotinus, hawthorn, beech, holly, hebe, oak, false acacia, lime, douglas fir and yew.


·                     WGC - Christmas Social Tuesday 13 December. Make a note in your diary or Club calendar as this item is not in your programme as it was decided by Members vote. A relaxing evening with games, quizzes, festive refreshments and a free raffle.


·                     WGC - The Annual Club Lunch will be on Sunday 15 January 2017 at Rokers Farmhouse Restaurant. The cost is £28 for 3 courses and £24 for 2 courses. Sign up at November Club meeting.


·                     SHF - Spring Talk on Thursday 23 March 2017 will be Jekka McVicar, who will talk about herbs. Jekka’s Herbetum contains over 300 culinary herbs.  Tickets are £10 and will be on sale at the SHF AGM and Quiz on Sunday 6th November



Wondering where to get that special plant from? Looking forward over winter to planning next year’s Garden Visits? The Club has a copy of the Plant Finder and the National Garden Scheme’s Gardens to Visit, both available for Members to use. These two books are available at every Club meeting or see Lesley if you would like to borrow one or both.