Plant Sale

The Garden Club Spring Plant Sale was well supported and a great success.

The atmosphere was buzzing with  excitement as visitors perused the lovely stalls; on offer was a great range of plants and products.

Vegetables to ‘grow your own’, annuals to plant up your containers and perennials for your borders. You could purchase a wreath, a jar of jam or a jam jar of blooms, buy eco-friendly face cream, loo cleaner and washing up liquid,  seek advice about recycling and how to keep our plant healthy and then enjoy a cuppa with delicious cake.

The eco businesses and environmental stalls attracted lots of interest, sold their products and recruited new members; Club members, Bloomers, Twigs and Page Green Flowers all made lots of sales and the Garden Club funds were increased.

Well done  and thanks to all those who organised and helped to make this a most enjoyable event.

May Meeting

A talk by Jess Jones is like catching up with a friend, so we welcomed her and a lovely display back for an evening entitled’ ‘We need to talk bout Buxus’

Jess started with her favourite evergreen plants, stressing these were not replacements for box, rather she uses them with box to add structure, colour, shape and height to a garden.

First was yew, Taxus baccata, which she described as ‘not liking wet roots but otherwise bombproof and not as slow growing as people think’. She clips twice-yearly keeping them dense and uses fastigiate or Irish yew for its columnar habit.

Jess likes Pittosporum tenuifolium for its variety of colour, particularly ‘Golf Ball’ saying as well as taking a good clipping it’s great in Christmas wreaths adding a touch of roundness.

Osmanthus x burkwoodii with its small white, scented flowers was next which Jess uses neatly clipped against walls and in the open garden.

Jess then went onto box, Buxus sempervirens, explaining that box blight fungal infection arrived in London in in 1997/8 and is still spreading, box moth with its destructive caterpillar appeared in 2007. Jess took us through the moths lifecycle adding, although there is no natural predators, jackdaws have been seen eating caterpillars, a small ray of hope.

Not a fan of ripping out box Jess encouraged us to be vigilant,  look inside our plants, break off any brown bits, burn or bag for the tip,  not to clip when raining as this leaves cut ends open to spores that need moisture to travel, also clip and open up centres allowing air flow.  Mulching to lessen splash back and feeding to strengthen plants were also advised.

Such was the friendly mood of the meeting that a member told us of a fungal foot infection, saying that cider vinegar had been recommended as treatment and wondered if it would work on box? If you try it do get in touch, we would all love to know the outcome!

Jess Jones
What a lovely display
A beautiful example of the use of box