What can a gardener do most profitably in these winter months when you can’t do very much in the beds or borders or in the greenhouse? One thing not to do is walk on the lawn when there is a frost because it damages the turf and leaves a yellowing mark that takes some time to grow out. Garden designers often say that you should try to see there is some way of reaching the bottom of the garden without going on the grass and it is also something to bear in mind when you position a bird feeder …
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 reserve Friends group in the country with 2,200 members and they are the main financial supporters of the reserve, having contributed over £43,000 to a number of projects in recent years.
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 taken up by the demands of the present. There is still plenty of work to do outdoors though.
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 centred around the creation of a winter hanging basket but she made it clear that her comments and advice could apply equally to baskets for other seasons and containers on the ground.
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 winter and the dark nights will soon be with us. So far though, as I write this in mid –September, we haven’t had any of those treasured days. The weather has been cold and wet and it feels as if we have already moved into Autumn if not quite winter. As you read this, though, at the beginning of October we have to accept that we really are in Autumn …
Our meetings resumed in September after the August break with a talk by David Hargreaves on Walled Kitchen Gardens and their Structures. David is an engineer and surveyor specialising in historic buildings. Walled gardens have a long history stretching back to Roman times and the emperor Tiberias had one to grow cucumbers, which he had been advised by his doctor to eat daily. The great times of the British walled garden are , however, associated with country estates in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries …
The 2017 Biddenham Show was held on Sunday 10th September – despite overcast and blustery conditions, the event was well attended …
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27th Annual General Meeting of the Biddenham Gardeners’ Association held on 18th July 2017
The Chair reported on another enjoyable and successful year. The new membership scheme, where members pay an annual subscription rather than mainly paying for each meeting attended, has been successfully introduced. The Association has 59 Members. Visitors are welcome to attend on payment of £5 per meeting.
Average attendance at speaker meetings was 45.
There have been outings to Ascot House near Leighton Buzzard and Deene Park (near Corby) … Continue reading
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One of the joys of summer gardening is to be out there working early on a beautiful summer morning and ‘early’ for me means between five and six. With the sun shining and the birds singing this is a magical time which fills me with delight and probably fills the owls amongst you with horror. It is one way though of getting some extra work done at a busy time of the year …
On Tuesday, 4th July, 33 members and associates of the BGA partook in a coach outing to Deene Park in Northamptonshire. Grade 1 listed Deene Park is the ancestral and current home of the Brudenell family. The house dates back 500 years and has a fascinating history, which was relayed to the BGA visitors via a guided tour.
Many characters are commemorated with their stories being brought to life by the Deene Park guides.
Of note, the Earl of Cardigan and his faithful horse Ronald both of who were the leading characters in the Charge of the Light Brigade, are commemorated with an account of the battle being portrayed. Ronald himself can be seen (well, his head, tail and hooves) as he is preserved and on display at Deene Park!
After lunch, which was taken in the delightful old tearooms, we were free to wander the beautiful gardens. Deene Park has a beautiful box edged parterre designed by David Hicks. A striking feature throughout are the clipped box in the shape of teapots. Tea was the favourite drink of the late Edmund Brudenell.
The borders were filled with many varied herbaceous perennials, one of which was the beautiful smelling Heliotrope ‘Cherry Pie’. Many attendees purchased the Heliotrope from the gift shop, resulting in the journey home on the coach being a sensory delight.
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