Category Archives: Autumn

This Month in the Garden – November 2018

After weeks of being passed by when most of the country was getting some rain we have, at last, had a significant amount of rain. The water butts have been filled up and my pond water level is where it … Continue reading

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A zest for herbs by Caroline Holmes

The speaker at our meeting on 16th October was Caroline Holmes who gave a talk entitled “A Zest for Herbs”. Caroline is a well-known gardening author and lecturer who has written eleven books including works on garden history, studies of … Continue reading

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This Month in the Garden – October 2018

Although much of the country has had useful amounts of rain,the drought continues in Bedford and we are likely to enter October with very dry conditions. Cooler weather and a little rain at the end of August and in September … Continue reading

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“Garden Bugs”  Cohabit, Conserve or Control

We were pleased to welcome Dr Ian Bedford to our September meeting. Ian is head of the Entomology facility at the John Innes Centre in Norwich which is one of the UK’s leading Plant Science Research Centres. From a childhood … Continue reading

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Paxton Pits – A Community Nature Reserve by Trevor Gunton

The subject of our meeting on 21 November was Paxton Pits, a community Nature Reserve, and our speaker was Trevor Gunton who was a founder member of the Friends of Paxton Pits. The Paxton Pits Friends are the largest nature … Continue reading

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This Month in the Garden – November 2017

The craze for instant gardening programmes like Ground Force seems to have passed and the real nature of gardening which needs a long-term view is increasingly recognised. November, particularly, is a month for planning for the future rather than being … Continue reading

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Seasonal Hanging Baskets Demonstration by Lamorna Thomas

At our meeting on 17th October our speaker, Lamorna Thomas, gave a practical demonstration on seasonal hanging baskets. Lamorna runs a garden design and maintenance business and works as a ‘Garden Angel’ giving advice at  Scotsdale’s Garden Centre. Lamorna‘s demonstration … Continue reading

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This Month in the Garden – October 2017

I love those still, warm, sunny September days which conjure up thoughts of mist and mellow fruitfulness, with a feeling of summer but also a hint of nostalgia from the knowledge that time has moved on and autumn and then … Continue reading

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Wildlife in the Pond

At our November meeting Linda Smith spoke on the subject of ‘Planting for Wildlife in your Garden Pond’. Linda runs Waterside Nursery in Leicestershire. For the last six years Linda has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show … Continue reading

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This Month in the Garden – November 2016

As the pace of gardening slows down this is a good time for looking back over the past year and making preparations for next year. It was a strange year for weather with a very wet June and then a … Continue reading

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