Newsletter November 2021


Dear Members 

It was lovely to see so many of you at our keynote lecture last month when James Alexander-Sinclair talked about “A Life in Five Gardens” – well actually it was more than five! He was very entertaining.

This month on 10th November we have the A.G.M., followed by a buffet and drinks – see page 3. I, together with Rosario, Dennis and Leslia all stand down – with new officers at the helm for next year. I should like to convey warm thanks to my retiring colleagues and to thank all the Committee for what they have achieved in particularly challenging times. Our member numbers are as high as they have ever been, and we can look forward with confidence that Grayshott Gardeners will have even more success in the future. We are looking for new Committee members – particularly someone who can organise our outings. If you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy gardening and hope to see you at our A.G.M. on 10th November.

Best wishes, Anne Waddell


The good news is that we’ve identified the plant featured in the October 2021 Newsletter as a Spirea – Sorbaria sorbifolia. Many thanks to Barbara Homer for confirming. 

This plant likes full sun to partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline. It’s fully hardy and the feathery foliage emerges each spring in a bright pinkish-bronze flush, which quickly turns to fresh lime – and then a rich, dark green. Forming an attractive leafy mound, it is topped from midsummer with large cone-shaped clusters of small white flowers. The interest continues well into autumn, when the foliage changes colour once again – this time taking on reddish tones before the leaves are shed. It grows to 1.5m x 1.5m in 2-5 years, and it’s been awarded the RHS AGM, so a great addition to a Grayshott garden.

The next plant we’d like some help with please is:

If you think you know, please email Pamela Wright at by 15 November 2021. Hopefully, we will be able to “name that plant” in our December newsletter.


This month, our President, Gordon Rae, is providing information on Nerines which do well in the local area, and which flower in the month of November. Please do let us know what you think of this feature which was introduced last month in response to reader request. You can contact Gordon at


There are few plants to match the long-lasting burst of vivid reds, pinks, or whites of Nerines. They belong to the Lily family and are natives of South Africa. Not surprisingly, Nerines thrive best in sunny borders or under walls in free-draining soils.

There are over 20 different species of Nerines, but Nerine bowdenii is best suited to our Grayshott soils and conditions. N. bowdenii is fully hardy. It produces its leaves in spring. These die back in the summer and the bulbs flower without leaves in October/November.

Bulbs are best planted in spring, just below the surface and left for several years until they become crowded, at which point bulbs should be lifted, divided, and replanted.

Our Nerines came from my mother about 40 years ago. Nerines are highly recommended and cannot be bettered for a show of colour in October and November, when little else is in flower.

Please see this R.H.S. link for more information

And here’s a place where you can buy them……. although Grayshott Gardeners does not endorse any particular supplier and you may wish to shop around.


10th November 2021

As notified to you already, this month, on Wednesday 10th November, we have our Annual General Meeting. It is in the Village Hall at 8pm; doors open at 7.30pm. This will be followed by our ever-popular light buffet with wine and soft drinks. Given that COVID is still prevalent, we will be doing all we can to keep us all safe – the nibbles will be ‘stand-alone’ items (so no diving into communal bowls of crisps or nuts!) and beverages will be served in disposable, compostable cups. You are encouraged to go onto the Grayshott Gardeners website for previous minutes and reports.

Our Chairman, Anne Waddell, Hon. Secretary, Rosario Henshall, Hon. Treasurer, Dennis Homer, and Shows Coordinator, Leslia Farnfield, all will be standing down from their roles and from the Committee. We warmly thank them for their many years of service to Grayshott Gardeners. It is hoped to confirm successors to Anne, Rosario, Dennis and Leslia at the meeting.

We ask that face coverings are worn on arrival, when moving around and on leaving the Hall, but optional when seated.

Chairs will be appropriately spaced out and you are requested not to move them.

The Hall will be well ventilated, so please come suitably dressed in case it is chilly.

Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you on the 10th.



1. Clear up fallen leaves – especially from lawns, ponds, and beds

2. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging

3. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year

4. Prune roses to prevent wind rock

5. Plant out winter bedding

6. Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem

7. Insulate outdoor containers from frost – bubble wrap works well

8. Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees, using grease bands around the trunks

9. Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden

10. Use a seasonal bonfire – where this is allowed – to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting

The above list was taken from the R.H.S. website, but you also may wish to see

these links for more information:


Gardeners World

I’ve been advised that Bunny Guinness’ videos – on YouTube – are extremely good … lots of gardening hacks, design information and money saving suggestions

Sarah Raven

Thanks to Karen Cozens who suggested the last of the above two links.


It’s that time of the year again – Bonfire Night! It is a tradition on November 5th to light sparklers, fireworks, bonfires and eat candy apples and treacle toffee for the anniversary of an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, known as the Gunpowder Plot. Did you know that it’s a common fact that the most firework bursts and effects are named after flowers/plants/trees? There are, for example, Chrysanthemum, dahlia, willow, palm, and peony bursts. In fact, several firework arrangements are known as bouquets. So, if you don’t want to head out to the local park to see the community fireworks display, you can lay out in your garden (in the warmer months!) and just look at nature’s version. The colours are just as spectacular, except it’s a lot quieter.

See the JParkers website for information about some spectacular blooms to light up your garden in the spring, summer and  autumn, together with safety  tips for bonfire night in the garden.



Allium Fireworks

1.      Allium Fireworks

2.      Agapanthus Mixed

3.      Allium Schubertii

4.      Asters Alpinus Mixed

5.      Monarda Mixed

6.      Euphorbia Bonfire

7.      Pieris Forest Flame

8.      Salix Caprea Pendula

9.      Astrantia Moulin Rouge

10.   Aquilegia Barlow Mixed

Euphorbia ‘Bonfire’