OGC Newsletter February 2013
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....... Pat Robertson and Sally Small for volunteering to
prepare the refreshments for us this evening. We do need a third
person to help with the washing and drying up afterwards. If you are
able to spare about half an hour after the meeting, please see a
committee member. Many hands make light work!
....... Ruth Tune for her terracotta flower pots. Last month we
raised £11.00 from the sale of them on our plant stall. There are
more available this month.
The Club welcomes Nicola Batten from Lucton, David Bird
from Leominster and Lou Hopla-Clements from Orleton.
Sadly, Dorothy has passed away. Long
standing members will remember Dorothy being a member of the Club’s
committee and helping Sybil and Louise on the plant stall.
Speaker this month:
Our speaker for the February meeting is Will Scott on
the subject “Tool Sharpening For The Terrified”. Will has said
that members are welcome to bring along their tools
(secateurs/loppers/spades etc.) but not TOO many please!
Annual Club Dinner at The Riverside Inn, Aymestrey is on 20th
March 2013 (7.00pm for 7.30pm). Booking forms and menus available
tonight from Jennifer Kelley or click here to print a copy. The last date for applications is
Monday, March 11th
2013. Places are limited and it is filling up fast. Do not delay!
During the winter months, when we do not have many
plants on our plant stall, we would be pleased to have any spare
unwanted seeds that you may have. You can swap them with others or
give a small donation to the club funds if you have nothing to swap.
Again, this will be doing the rounds during the meeting.
Please remember we really need THREE people. We ask you to provide
milk and biscuits but the Club will refund you for any money spent.
It is a good way to get to know other members over a cup or tea
first trip this year is to Hanbury Hall on Thursday, 11th
April. We are also including a visit (and tea and coffee in the
morning) to the Jinney Ring Craft Centre in Hanbury where there are
lots of glorious craft studios to visit before we go on to Hanbury
Hall. Don't forget, guests and family are also welcome as we would
like a full coach. Forms for this visit available to download from the website and also on the table in the hall.
Forms must be returned by
the March meeting (26th
March) as we need to inform the National Trust of numbers in
Hinton’s are offering an early season bargain – 75 litres of Levington’s
compost at £6.49 a bag – but buy two, get one free. Collection only from the
Worcester Road, Leominster shop.
August Show : Saturday 17th
Now is the time to start planning your entries for the
show. We have already published the Floral Art and
Craft classes in last month's newsletter. Other classes will be
similar to last year's.
So, get started on your craft entries and decide what to
grow for your Floral Art displays.
Also, don't forget to take your camera with you on our
forthcoming outings. Last year's winning photo was taken on one of
We have finalised the schedule with the local school and
some of the children will be making lemon curd using eggs from their
own school chickens
to do, places to visit:
Seed Potato Day, Sunday 3rd
March. This will be held at Harper Adams University in Edgmond near
Newport from 12pm -3pm, entrance £1.00. However, early bird pre-registered access is available from 10 am - click here. Over 100 different varieties of potatoes available in small
quantities or even single tubers. There will also be 20+ varieties
of peas and beans and various onions and shallots. You can also get
growing advice from an RHS Gold Medal winner of over 380 varieties.
The Harper Adams Farmers Market is alongside with over 60 food and
craft stalls that day. As it is the weekend before Mothering Sunday,
it is the perfect time to pick up a little something for one's mother
(or oneself!) and for the garden at the same time. A good Sunday
- Finish pruning your roses to encourage strong and
- Prune Hydrangeas now, cutting back to just above a
healthy pair of buds. On established
- plants you can cut one or two of the oldest stems to the
base to encourage new and floriferous growth.
- Now is your last chance to cut back autumn-fruiting
raspberry canes to the ground to encourage new fruiting canes for
this year. Make sure you feed them with a general purpose fertiliser
to help boost new growth.
- Mulch all your plants including trees, shrubs,
perennials, rhubarb and asparagus with well-rotted manure or compost.
This helps the soil to retain moisture in dry weather (?!) and
improves soil fertility.
- Top-dress all your permanent container displays by
clearing the top 2.5cm (1 inch) of compost and replacing it with
fresh. You can also mix in a slow-release fertiliser whilst you are
our speaker will be Nick Dunn from Frank P Matthew's talking about
“Small Ornamental Trees”.