The Results are in for the GG Virtual Summer Show

Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who entered our virtual Summer Show.

In total there were 99 entries across the eight classes, and the quality of the entries was very high.  The judges had a hard task to agree the placings, as you will no doubt see from the photos – which are displayed here  Shows | Grayshott Gardeners

There were some very interesting and unusual plants entered – if you would like to know what a particular plant is, please email shows@grayshottgardeners.net, and we will contact the entrant and let you know.

Grayshott Gardeners Summer Show 2021: Class 76 – Photography “A Cosy Corner”

This year there were 12 entries, far more than we would normally expect to see at a Summer Show in the Village Hall.  There was a wide range of interpretations of the brief “A Cosy Corner”.

Once again, Kathleen Bird, President of the Ludshott Photographic Club, kindly agreed to judge the entries.  Kathleen chose the photograph of Karen Cozens of a snake tucked away in the corner of her little pond as the winner.

Kathleen said that it fitted the brief perfectly and was the most imaginative of all the entries.  It would have been difficult to capture that instant, but it had been well done.  The photograph was well exposed and composed.  The snake eyeing the fly on the rock made it! Karen wins the £20 first prize.

Kathleen also highly commended:

2nd Place: Liz Munson’s “Cat amongst the Fuchsias”

3rd Place: Sheila Aitken’s “A Cosy Garden Scene”

4th Place: Carol Wass’s “Squirrel in the Feeder”

Highly Commended: Lynne Callender

Thanks to all that entered – it is much appreciated.

Daisy Days, by Helen Picton

On 14th July 2021, Grayshott Gardeners virtually welcomed Helen Picton from Old Court Nurseries and the Picton Garden in Colwall, near Malvern. Helen comes from a long line of horticulturalists and is the third generation of her family to be involved in the breeding and cultivation of Michaelmas Daisies. Her talk was entitled ‘Daisy Days’.

Michaelmas Daisies are of the Asteraceae family; Helen explained that they are the second largest family of plants. Despite appearances, the head of a Michaelmas Daisy is made up of hundreds of tiny florets – which make up the centre of the bloom known as the disc floret – the part of the plant which is attractive to the insect pollinators. Gardeners are generally more interested in the petals (or ray florets) of the flower and in particular the range of colours.

The name Aster means star-like, and the plant has been known since ancient times. In earlier times it was called Starwort. From the 1920’s it became known as the Michaelmas Daisy; in recent years there has been a re-evaluation of the many different species from different parts of the world with new names now being attributed to the existing groups. There are five main groups: Aster Amellus and Associates (the first to be introduced into the U.K,), Symphyotrichum Novi Belgii (New York, the biggest group), Symphyotrichum Novae Anglicae (New England), Small Flowered Species & Cut Flower Hybrids and Other Species.

The heyday of the Michaelmas Daisy was in the large country estate gardens of late 19th century and early 20th century with the development of the more naturalistic approach to borders as extolled by such famous gardeners as William Robinson, Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Beckett. The founder of Old Court Nurseries, Ernest Ballard (who was in cider vinegar production and from a wealthy Herefordshire family), led the way in the breeding of new stronger colours and more complex flowers (from about 1907 onwards until his death in 1950) making Michaelmas Daisies freely available to the ordinary gardener. Post the Second World War, Helen’s grandfather – Percy Picton – took over as Nursery Manager and the 50’s and 60’s saw Michaelmas Daisies become hugely popular with numerous new varieties coming onto the market. By the 1970’s, however, they fell out of favour (as did many old herbaceous border favourites) and many cultivars were lost. Largely thanks to the work and dedication of two ladies from Bristol, Miss Isabel Allen and Miss Joy Huish, who began collecting in the 1940’s, many cultivars were saved and eventually the Michaelmas Daisy was recognised by the Plant Heritage Society as one of the first National Collections.

The most important requirements seemed to be to provide a rich, moisture retentive soil and to divide regularly. Helen said that in Grayshott, with its acidic, free-draining soil, probably the best Michaelmas Daisies to grow are from the New England group and the Small Flowered Species group.

Helen’s closing advice to her attentive audience was that there is no excuse for poor colour in autumn and her slides certainly demonstrated this – from good companion plants with other herbaceous perennials, good performance in containers and excellent cut flowers.

Grayshott Gardeners Summer Show 2021: Class 49-Potato Competition

Gordon Rae thanked everyone who entered the competition and was delighted with the results. Grayshott Gardeners excelled themselves. There were 19 entries out of the 25 who collected their seed potatoes in February, more than any previous year. One more and they would not have fitted on Paul Coleman’s table!

As we were unable to hold a Summer Show in the Village Hall, undaunted, we held the potato competition out of the rain, in the garage.

There was a wide range of shapes and sizes. Helen Deighan’s were the largest by far and looked as though they had been fed on steroids and Helen Sanderson’s were very close behind.

That said our judge, Mavis Hallt, the wife of the late Mike Hallt, after whom the cup for class 49 is named, arrived armed with her list of ‘Judging Criteria and Staging Hints’, ready to make some difficult decisions. Mavis used the following guidance to come to her final decision.

The three potatoes exhibited should :-

  • Be carefully washed
  • Be shallow eyed
  • Be of uniform size
  • Be similarly sized as this is more desirable than being the largest/heaviest.
  • Have clean unbroken skins
  • Have no sign of disease or scab
  • Be of a good size

After considerable deliberation, sorting and re-sorting, Mavis delivered the result.

First Prize and the Mike Hallt Cup     Andy Karayianni

Second Prize                                      Dick Smith

Third prize                                           Gordon Rae

Fourth Prize                                        Mary Herbert

Mavis considered that Andy’s potatoes, taking into account and balancing all the above criteria were worthy winners of the First Prize and the Mike Hallt Cup.

The cup will be presented to Andy, by the chairman Anne Waddell, at the first meeting we are able to hold back in the Village Hall.

Thanks once again to everyone who entered what is a fun competition when the GGs cannot hold a proper show.

There are particular thanks from the President and ‘Mrs President’ who have several fine boilings of exhibition spuds!

Newsletter July 2021

Grayshott Gardeners Newsletter

July 2021

FROM THE CHAIR

Dear Members 

Welcome to our July newsletter. I do hope you are continuing to stay safe.

I am sure that you are as disappointed as I am that the Summer Show has had to be cancelled because of the delay in easing COVID restrictions. However, all is not lost. We have a VIRTUAL Summer Show! You should have received details a few days back – and they are set out on page 3. I very much hope you will submit some entries (closing date 9th July) and my warm thanks to the Shows Committee for their sterling work at organising this at relatively short notice.

There also is a Potato Competition and a Photography Competition – thanks are due to Gordon who has done the organising of these. Details are on page 4 and 5.

Finally, I want to mention the survey. It will be sent to you (from GG Comms) on Monday 5th July and needs to be done within two weeks. It is very quick to do, and the feedback will help the Committee enormously to make improvements for Grayshott Gardeners. Thank you.

All the best, Anne Waddell, Chairman

WHAT IS IT? Results for No. 7 & Photo for No. 8

The answer for June 2021 was a sweet chestnut. It was in St. Luke’s church yard. Yet again,

member, Karen Cozens, was the only member who correctly identified the photo.

Photos no. 7 above.

And here is photo no. 8:

If you think you know what it is (and no, it’s NOT Paddington Bear!), please e-mail Gordon Rae president@grayshottgardeners.net by 15th July 2021. We will provide the answer and the names of those who correctly identified the photo in our August newsletter.

MY TOP FIVE PLANTS – from a GRAYSHOTT GARDENER

This month we feature the ‘Top 5 Plants’ of Committee member, John Price, our data protection lead and ZOOM coordinator, and his wife Margaret.

  Allium Siculum bulgaricum Nectaroscordum    This pretty flower with bells, which is very popular with the bees, is something different in the garden, because when in seed head form it looks castle like and remains attractive.
      Achillea Filipendulina Cloth of Gold        This has always been one of John’s favourites and we have them around our garden in pink form as well as the gold.
  Lathyrus Odoratus Sweet Peas  What can’t you say about these prolific and multicoloured flowers which have such sweet perfume? Like most things, we have had more success in Grayshott than Skipton – they don’t seem to like the wind and rain in Yorkshire!
              WisteriaWe have always admired these beautiful flowers on houses and hotels, thinking we had made it when we bought an old Victorian house in Skipton with an established wisteria growing against the house. After two years and two blooms a year, we happened to be in London and saw a sign in Selfridges saying there was a gardening expert in the basement to help you with your gardening problems. We rushed down to find this chap  all by himself, so asked him for help. He said, “where do you live?”, we said “Skipton in Yorkshire”! Thinking this would challenge him, he said ” I know it well – I was brought up in Ilkley a few miles away”! It was Alan Titchmarsh prior to his TV fame. He gave us suggestions, but despite feeding and pruning, when we left nearly 20 years later there was no change. So, when we arrived back in the sun belt of Grayshott (everything is relative), we bought a plant in bloom to make certain we knew it did bloom. We transplanted it into a large pot and placed it in a sunny spot against a large tree stump. NO BLOOMS the next year. Karen Flood assured us it was just settling into its new pot. She was right! This year at last we had a wisteria with nearly 100 blooms.
  Family Iridaceae FreesiasMargaret loves the perfume and beautiful colours, also, the novelty of growing your own, because again they would not grow in Skipton. Don’t get us wrong Skipton is a lovely town on the edge of the Dales where we enjoyed living for 46 years, but it’s not a gardener’s paradise!

As yet, we don’t have any member lined up for a contribution to our next newsletter. So how about something from you? Don’t forget that any member can submit an article; it can be about your ‘Top Five Plants’ or about any garden related topic – the only criterion is that it is about your garden! Contact the editor at newsletter@grayshottgardeners.net

14th July 2021 MEETING

This month, on Wednesday 14th July, we are delighted to welcome, via ZOOM, Helen Picton, whose lecture is ‘Daisy Days’. Helen is a specialist grower of autumn-flowering asters. The Picton family operates Old Court Nurseries and the Picton Garden in Herefordshire. The nursery was established in 1906 by Ernest Ballard, the first nurseryman to popularize autumn-flowering asters. The Pictons hold the Plant Heritage National Plant Collection of autumn-flowering asters, with more than four hundred forms present in the collection.

Helen joined the business after completing a botany degree at the University of Reading, and since has been working full time with asters. She also lectures and gives talks throughout the U.K. and is the author of ‘Plant Lover’s Guide to Asters’.

This club night lecture is open to all members starting at 8pm, but as always you can log in at 7.30pm for a bit of a chat, before we are all ‘muted’ ready for the lecture.

Further details about logging in can be obtained from Helen Deighan at comms@grayshottgardeners.net, if you are not already registered. Details automatically will be sent to all those members who registered for the previous ZOOM lectures. On the night of the lecture, it will be possible to admit up to 100 people on ZOOM – so first come, first served.

As COVID restrictions gradually start to ease, we are looking forward to returning to the Village Hall. We very much hope that the August lecture is in-person – watch this space!

SUMMER SHOW 2021

We are really excited to be putting on a virtual Summer Show in the light of the cancellation of our Show scheduled to take place on 10th July. You all should have received details recently (from ‘GG Comms’), and they are on website too here . Here they are again, in case you need them:

The Show is just for fun and there are no prizes, but we do hope you will get a lot of pleasure out of going round your garden to take your photos and then deciding which ones to enter. If nothing else, you will have a wonderful record of your garden this summer. The deadline for sending in your photos is 5pm on Friday 9th July.  The classes are:

  1. One large, flowered rose
  2. One spray of cluster flowered rose
  3. Three leaves of different hostas
  4. One hydrangea bloom
  5. A single stem of any garden plant
  6. One stem of a hardy (herbaceous) perennial
  7. One stem of a flowering tree or shrub
  8. A floral arrangement of mixed blooms from your garden

You can enter one photo for each class, and you can send your entries separately.  You cannot enter a class more than once, and members are asked that the photos have been taken in the month leading up to 9th July. Please send your entries to: shows@grayshottgardeners.net.

E-mails should have the subject line “Show Entry from (your name)”, and your attached photos should be named with “Your name and class being entered”.

The judging will be undertaken by members of the Show Committee, and results will be published on the website. Please do submit entries and enjoy!

GG OUTING 28th JULY 2021

Unfortunately, our GG outing on Wednesday 23rd June to Sandhill Farm near Romsey, home of Andy and Ros McIndoe, had to be cancelled. If any of you would still like to visit this private garden, please do look on Andy’s website here and keep an eye out for days when he and Ros are hosting individual bookings.

Our next Grayshott Gardeners outing is on Wednesday 28th July 2021, to Houghton Lodge Gardens near Stockbridge. Idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test, there are both formal and informal gardens, a traditional kitchen garden enclosed within chalk cob walls, an orchid house, topiary dragon and peacock garden; see here for more information.

If you are interested in joining this outing, you’ll need to contact Sue Wheeler, our Programme Coordinator, programme@grayshottgardeners.net.

As always, we need to ensure we are COVID-compliant and do all we can to keep ourselves and fellow members safe.

WE WANT YOUR VIEWS

This month, Grayshott Gardeners Committee is running a brief survey for your views on the newsletter and the website. The Committee will

be so appreciative if each member completes it …remember that Grayshott Gardeners club is only as good as its members – so please do tell us what you think so we can consider your feedback and where, we can, make improvements. The survey will be sent to you on Monday 5th July 2021; it closes on Monday 19th July 2021.

POTATO COMPETITION 2021

Once again, we are running our Potato Competition at arm’s length.

Class 49 of the Summer Show Schedule

3 potatoes of the variety supplied by the Society for the Potato Competition and grown however the exhibitor wishes.

For the competition:

– Please deliver your 3 potatoes in a bag with your contact details – including name, address, telephone number – and confirm in an e-mail to Gordon Rae, by 6pm on Friday 9th July 2021

– Please state if you wish to reclaim your exhibit from Gordon’s house on Sunday 11th July

– Gordon has arranged for Mavis Haltt (the widow of Mike Haltt, after whom the cup was named, but donated by our ex-president, Olive Robinson) to judge the competition this year at 10am on Saturday 10th July at Gordon’s house

– The winner, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced by e-mail to members and the Mike Haltt Cup will be presented to the winner at a future meeting

– We know that many of you have been growing the Grayshott Gardeners potatoes and we hope that you will enter and yet again help to keep Grayshott Gardeners alive during these difficult months

– The other reason for wanting a good entry is that the President and Mrs President hope to get another decent sized boiling from any unclaimed potatoes left at their house after the event!

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

SUMMER 2021

Although our Summer Show scheduled for 10th July has reluctantly had to be cancelled, by the Committee, due to Bojo’s ongoing COVID restrictions, the Photographic Competition will still go ahead by e-mail.

Class 76 of the Summer Show Schedule 2021

‘A Cosy Corner’ – a photograph taken by the exhibitor.

To enter, please e-mail your entry (one entry per member) to president@grayshottgardeners.net .

Entries will close at 6pm on Friday 9th July 2021.

CROSSWORD PUZZLE

Attached is our Grayshott Gardeners crossword puzzle for July.

Please look out for the answers in the August newsletter. For those who can’t wait a whole month…or perhaps need a clue, the answers to the crossword will be posted on the website here on 7th July 2021, in the ‘newsletter’ tab.

Attached to this newsletter are the answers to the June crossword puzzle which featured in our last newsletter. These answers also are on our website grayshottgardeners.net in the ‘newsletter’ tab.

SURREY HORTICULTURAL FEDERATION: GARDEN VISITS ON 18th JULY 2021

We have received notification of the SHF Garden Visits on Sunday 18th July 2021, and they look like a great afternoon out. One is in Wonersh and the other in Albury. Here are further details.

 2 CHINTHURST LODGE, WONERSH COMMON, GU5 0PR. Open from 11.30 am, Closes 5pm.

VALE END, CHILWORTH ROAD, ALBURY, GU5 9BE. Open from 2.30 pm, Closes 5pm.

Refreshments will be available at each garden. Tickets £5 – gives entrance to both gardens.

Grayshott Gardeners Summer Show goes Virtual!

We’re delighted to announce that we will be holding a virtual Summer Show this year!

This is just for fun and there are no prizes, but we do  hope you will get a lot of pleasure out of going round your garden to take your photos and then deciding which ones to enter. If nothing else you will have a wonderful record of your garden this summer.

The deadline for sending in your photos is 5pm on Friday 9th July, and the classes are:

1One large flowered rose
2One spray of cluster flowered rose
3Three leaves of different hostas
4One hydrangea bloom
5A single stem of any garden plant
6One stem of a hardy (herbaceous) perennial
7One stem of a flowering tree or shrub
8A floral arrangement of mixed blooms from your garden

You can enter one photo for each class, and you can send your entries separately.  You cannot enter a class more than once, and members are asked that the photos have been taken in the month leading up to 9th July.

Please send your entries to:

Shows@grayshottgardeners.net

Emails should have the subject line “Show entry from (your name)”, and  your attached photos should be named with “Your name and class being entered”.

If you have any queries regarding taking photos of your entries, please contact John Price.

The judging will be undertaken by members of the Show Committee, and results will be published on the website.

Please do enter – and enjoy!

Why buy from abroad? by Iain Pentney

On 9th June Grayshott Gardeners gave a virtual welcome to Iain Pentney of Classiflora Imports, a wholesale nursery in North London which specialises in the import of hardy European specimen plants, trees, shrubs and topiary.  His lecture addressed the pros and cons of importing plants to Britain.

The disadvantages are perhaps more obvious – given the transport miles and their associated carbon emissions, and the potential for importing pests and diseases.  So why buy from abroad at all?  Iain took us through some of the benefits that we enjoy when we use plants that have been grown in Mediterranean regions.

The first, and perhaps biggest benefit is that we can “buy time”.  Plants mature much faster in a climate where winters are much shorter and growing seasons are much longer.  And plants need to have reached maturity to flower, when they become most desirable to gardeners.  If we choose climates where winters are as harsh as Britain then we know that the plants will be hardy in our gardens.  So mature, garden worthy plants can be raised in about half the time it would take if they were raised in the UK – and, as we all know, time is money. 

Another advantage of the Mediterranean climate is that it has two dormant seasons – one in the winter and one in midsummer, when it is too hot for plants to grow.  Since plants are best lifted in the dormant season, this means there are two windows for lifting, as opposed to one in Britain.

There are also many trees that are being displaced by development, or no longer produce a commercial crop – for example olive trees and grapevines.  These plants have ornamental value, and there is a growing market for them in Britain.

Iain also explained how the issue of importing pests and diseases is now managed, with many controls, passports and certificates. So lots of paperwork, but providing vital safeguards.

So next time we see an imported plant on sale in a Garden Centre,  we will understand why.  Our choices would be poorer (and so would our pockets) if the plant had not made that journey!

Newsletter June 2021

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Grayshott Gardeners newsletter

June 2021

FROM THE CHAIR

Dear Members 

Welcome to our June newsletter. We are inching closer to ‘normal’ and, fingers crossed, we may be able to host our summer show in the Village Hall on Saturday 10th July, so please check your yellow Schedules for what you might enter. Wouldn’t it be marvellous to have a bumper number of entries – the results of all your labour during the long, hard months of lockdown. Whether or not we can hold the show depends on the government advice and the views of the Village Hall Trustees at the time, so please look out for information on our website here and in the July newsletter.

We know that both our June and July lectures will continue to be on ZOOM – please see page 3 for further details.

The recent rain might have dampened our spirits and put paid to some of our walks in the beautiful local countryside, but our gardens have literally soaked it up. Everything is greening up beautifully, our seedlings are being potted on, the trees are abundant with leaves and hopefully the frosts have passed. We have even managed mows of the lawns in-between the showers.


Keep well and enjoy your summer gardening.

All the best, Anne Waddell, Chairman

WHAT IS IT?

Results for No. 6 & Photo for No. 7

The winner for May 2021 was member, Karen Cozens (yet again!), who correctly identified the photo as the base of a pumpkin.

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Photos no. 6 above.

Karen is to be congratulated for her success in identifying all the mystery photos over the past six months – sometimes others identified the photos correctly too, but no-one, except Karen, has had a 100% winning streak. It will be lovely to receive entries from other GG members too and have your name(s), as ‘winners’, featured in the newsletter.

And here is photo no. 7:

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If you think you know what it is, please e-mail Gordon Rae president@grayshottgardeners.net

by 15 June 2021. We will provide the answer and the names of those who correctly identified the photo in our July newsletter.

MY TOP FIVE PLANTS – from a GRAYSHOTT GARDENER

This month we feature the ‘Top 5 Plants’ of our Communications lead, Helen Deighan.

I must admit that I am not the best gardener in the world. I love my garden, but it really must do a lot of looking after itself, while I am weaving in my little studio. Consequently, my favourite plants are plants that do just that.

Common VioletsOr, in fact, violets in any shape or form. I love the way they just pop up in unexpected places and give a little joy. I also love them as they remind me of my wedding day. I carried a small posy of violets to match Michael’s purple jabot!
CosmosCosmos plants in any colour are essential for my summer garden, reaching varying heights and in many colours, adding frilly texture to the flower bed. Growing cosmos is simple and cosmos flower care is easy and rewarding when single or double blooms appear on stems reaching 1 to 4 feet (0.5 to 1 m.) Just a bit of dead heading – that’s all they ask.         
  SchizostylisThis is a plant that blooms when everything else is closing down – that’s why I love it. It is a genus of flowering plants within the Iridaceae family, native to South Africa. Within this region, it is commonly referred to as the Scarlet River Lily or the Kaffir Lily. Schizostylis coccinea are semi-evergreen rhizomatous perennials. They fashion slender, sword-shaped leaves and star-like blooms that flourish from late summer through to late autumn.
Mme. Alfred Carrière RoseOnce again, I must admit I am not good at growing roses – they always seem to die on me! But this lovely lady comes good every year and can be seen flowering in November. It bears large, cupped, rather informal, creamy white blooms tinged with pink, which have a strong, sweet fruity fragrance. First flowering in June/July, it repeats until late in the season.
BergeniaBergenia comes into flower when you need it – at that time when you think Spring will never come you get a wonderful display of pink flowers. They are evergreen rhizomatous perennials with leathery, rounded leaves and dense, erect clusters of bell-shaped pink or white flowers in spring. If you’ve got a shady spot you want to brighten in your garden but you’re tired and bored with hostas, then Bergenia might be just the plant you’re looking for. Bergenia, also known aspigs squeak’ for the sound it makes when two leaves are rubbed together, fills that shady or dappled spot in your garden where so many flowers shy away. And they are low-maintenance plants – another reason to love them.

Next month John Price (who does the ‘techy’ side of our ZOOM lectures) and his wife, Margaret, are going to share with us their list of their top five plants. Don’t forget that any member can submit an article; it can be about your ‘Top Five Plants’ or about any garden related topic – the only criterion is that it is about your garden! Contact the editor at newsletter@grayshottgardeners.net.

JUNE  2021 MEETING

This month, on Wednesday 9 June, we are delighted to welcome Iain Pentney to our ZOOM stage. Ian is the Sales Manager at Classiflora Imports Ltd., in north London, which specialises in the import of hardy European specimen, plants, trees and shrubs; amongst his customers is Windsor Castle. Ian will talk about “Mediterranean Plants, Why Buy from Abroad” and will be letting us into the secret of using European plants in our English gardens.

This club night lecture is open to all members starting at 8pm, but as always you can log in at 7.30pm for a bit of a chat, before we are all ‘muted’ ready for the lecture.

Further details about logging in can be obtained from Helen Deighan at comms@grayshottgardeners.net, if you are not already registered. Details automatically will be sent to all those members who registered for the previous ZOOM lectures. On the night of the lecture, it will be possible to admit up to 100 people on ZOOM – so first come, first served.

As COVID restrictions gradually start to ease, we are looking forward to returning to the Village Hall for Club nights.

Our July speaker, Helen Picton, will be talking to us about asters – in a lecture called ‘Daisy Days’. This will be a ZOOM lecture.

We will keep the format of our August lecture under review. By then, well will have more idea about Village Hall capacity, rules etc. in a post-COVID world.

RECORDINGS OF ZOOM LECTURES

Don’t forget that, when possible, we record our lectures too and they are available, after the lecture, for a time limited period if you didn’t have a chance to ZOOM in or want to listen to it again. You will receive details of the recordings via e-mail from comms@grayshottgardeners.net .

GG OUTINGS MAY & JUNE 2021

Over 20 of us enjoyed our first GG outing, post-lockdown, to West End Flower Farm in May. We started with a socially-distanced coffee in the tepee, then had a walk ‘n talk in the poly tunnel with Will Butler, co-owner with his wife Bella, followed by a self-guided tour of the farm where gorgeous flowers are grown. Wellies were essential! Most of us rounded off our visit with a wonderful lunch. Thank you to Barbara Homer for coordinating this visit.

Our next GG outing on Wednesday 23rd June is to Sandhill Farm near Romsey, home of Andy and Ros McIndoe. Andy was the speaker at our May ZOOM lecture, and he inspired us with his journeys through some wonderful English gardens. Sandhill Farm is around 2 acres in area, a sloping hillside with a large area of meadow. The planting is naturalistic and includes a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials. The terrace features numerous pots and containers: there is a small gravel garden and two ponds.

The afternoon visit starts at 14.00 and finishes around 16.30-17.00. It includes a tour, followed by tea and cakes or Pimms + nibbles and there is the opportunity to ask questions and explore the garden individually. Books and plants are for sale. The outing is self-drive and there is a £10.00 entry fee per person.

If you are interested in joining this outing, you’ll need to e-mail Anne Waddell, our chairman. Anne will send out further information, to those signed up, nearer the date of the visit.

As always, we need to ensure we are COVID-compliant and do all we can to keep ourselves and fellow members safe.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION – SPRING

Thank you again to everyone who submitted photos in our Spring Photographic competition. We had an amazing 21 entries – compared to our usual 4 or 5. The competition “It Looks Like Spring” was judged by Eileen Bird, past-Chairman of Ludshott Photographic Club.

The winner, who was awarded a prize of £20.00, was Carol Wass – well done Carol. She submitted this idyllic picture of ‘My Garden’.

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Carol also sent in a short video of what Mr.

pheasant gets up to in her garden apart from

eating the chicken food and prancing around with his wives. See the attachment to this newsletter.

In second place was ‘It Looks Like Spring’ by Liz Munson; in third place, ‘Spring Colour’ by Alex Anderson; highly commended was ‘Spring Iris’ by Sue Wheeler. Two photos which didn’t make it into the winners, but none the less caught the eye of the judge with their humour, were ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ by Jan Bebbington and ‘Spring has Sprung’ by Karen Cozens.

Congratulations to all entrants; full details and winning photos can be found on our website here .

GRAYSHOTT GARDENERS’ TALES

Kitty Holden and her long-time friend, Eileen Bond, were members and supporters of Grayshott Gardeners for many years.

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Kitty (l) and Eileen (r)

Kitty lived in Church Lane and outside her front door was a pink, semi-double Camellia, which we think is most probably ‘Donation’. When Kitty was over 90 years old, she moved into residential care near to her son but, before leaving, Gordon Rae, our President, took some cuttings from her much-loved Camellia. Having never tried to root Camellias before, Gordon was pleasantly surprised that they rooted. He is bringing them on and, in due course, will offer the plants for sale to help our GG funds along.

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‘Donation’ is easy to grow and highly floriferous. It is considered one of the best Camellias of the 20th century.

If you have a Grayshott Gardeners Tale you’d like to share, please get in touch with the editor at newsletter@grayshottgardeners.net.

PLANT SALES – WHAT WE’VE ACCHIEVED

What an amazing club Grayshott Gardeners is! During April and May this year, members held plant sales which have raised an amazing £686 to go towards GG funds. Rosario, our secretary, had a raffle at a plant sale she hosted, raising £60. The plant sale itself, with contributions from Dennis (our treasurer), Gordon (our President) and Rosario, generated £304. Gordon also had numerous snowdrop sales raising £260. And Anne (our Chairman) raised £62. Well done!

CROSSWORD PUZZLE

Attached is our Grayshott Gardeners crossword puzzle for June.

Please look out for the answers in the July newsletter. For those who can’t wait a whole month…or perhaps need a clue, the answers to the crossword will be posted on the website here on 7th June 2021, in the ‘newsletter’ tab.

Attached to this newsletter are the answers to the May crossword puzzle which featured in our last newsletter. These answers also are on our website grayshottgardeners.net in the ‘newsletter’ tab.

PLANT SALES – AND MORE – TO COME

We have been contacted by three members who have plants or garden related items that need good homes. We would just ask, if you get any of these, that a small donation is made to GG.

Leslia (our crossword maker!) has some spare brassicas and other veg. Those that are ready are Brussel Sprouts, Calabrese, and Cabbage. Coming soon are Cavolo Nero and Swede. If anyone would like any then please email Leslia and she will arrange delivery/collection.

Member Margaret Penfold has the following items which might be of use – a dozen seed trays, approx. size 36 x 22 x 5 cms. and 5 tomato rings for putting in gro-bags. If you are interested, please call Margaret.

And another member, Anne Noyce, will pot up some woodruff for anyone who may be interested. She says: ‘I know that many people might view these as “weeds”!  But I have a good population of woodruff in my front garden and would be happy to give some plants to anyone who would like some.  I think it is a beautiful plant, wonderful, pretty ground cover, and, as well as being evergreen, it’s a herb, so it can be used in summer drinks too! It’s not fully out yet but will be a carpet of white flowers soon’. Please contact Anne via e-mail if you are interested in the woodruff.

Thank you to everyone who, through these sales, help boost our funds.

Spring Photographic Competition

Unfortunately our Spring Show was cancelled this year. Gordon Rae stepped into the breach, once again, and organised a photographic competition.

KathleenBird LRPS, CPAGB, and past chairman of Ludshott PC kindly agreed to be the judge for this competition.

Kathleen was impressed by the number of members who had entered and by the wide range of interpretations of the theme ‘It looks like Spring’.

First place ‘My Garden’ by Carol Wass.

The Judge said that this totally filled the brief with Spring colour. Well balanced and the cock pheasant made it!

Second Place ‘It Looks Like Spring’ by Liz Munson

Kathleen loved the soft colours offprint, soft Spring blossom and blue sky and the smiling face which added some ‘happiness’ to the photo.

Third place ‘Spring Colour’ by Alex Anderson

An imaginative interpretation of the brief. The repetition of red and yellow across the photo was well seen by the photographer. The single figure added further interest to the photo.

Highly commended ‘Spring Iris’ by Sue Wheeler

Gorgeous colour which just shouted ‘Spring”!

We had asked for a touch of humour if possible. These two photographs were chosen for their originality.

‘Rhubarb and Custard’ by Jan Bebbington

‘Spring has Sprung’ by Karen Cozens

Thank you to everyone who entered. There were 21 entries. Normally we would have received about 4 or 5 maximum at the Spring Flower Show.

Beautiful English Gardens, by Andy McIndoe

With Covid restrictions gradually easing many of us are eager to start visiting beautiful gardens again, so it was very timely for Grayshott Gardeners to welcome Andy McIndoe to our zoom screens, to give us an inspirational tour of some of the most beautiful gardens England has to offer.

As Andy demonstrated, England has a wealth of beautiful gardens, with a huge variety of styles. Our temperate climate gives us the charms of four distinct seasons to enjoy, each with their own moments of magic.  Winter, which often used to be ignored by gardeners, is now a season which is celebrated by many gardens planted specifically for winter interest.  The colours and light of autumn, the unfurling excitement of spring and the extravagance of summer mean that all seasons have their attractions, and clever gardeners can make the most of all of them.

Andy began his tour at home, showing us areas of his own garden near Romsey, and explaining how he had developed the space.  He emphasised the importance of evaluating your garden from the point you see it most often – this is where your major decisions should be made.  In reality, most of us make decisions whilst wandering round the garden, not whilst looking at it from where we normally view it.

He then explored some of the classic English gardens like Hidcote, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.  He observed that the passage of time is a fourth dimension for a garden; structure matures to give an atmosphere and weight that we see today, and their creators never saw.  When we admire these gardens we are enjoying someone else’s legacy.

Andy took us round Prairie gardens, wildflower meadows, rose gardens and plant lovers gardens, all beautifully illustrated with his own photographs.  His talk really celebrated the diversity of the thousands of gardens that welcome visitors in our country. 

However, he left us with the thought that the garden that you should enjoy the most is your own – if it appeals to you then you’ve got it right!