ODGC Newsletter March 2013
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This month's speaker is
Nick Dunn from Frank P Matthews talking about “Ornamental Trees”
for yet again, preparing the recipes for the Annual Show. This is
not an easy task and takes a lot of time. An unsung heroine! They
look delicious (see
and we hope you will be tempted to try them out and enter.
Powell and Linda Caldicott
for providing the refreshments tonight. Would anyone be prepared to
offer their services to wash/dry up afterwards to assist them?
organising a wonderful Club supper at the Riverside on Wednesday,
March. A great evening and enjoyed by all who attended.
The Club welcomes new
members Anna and Frank Reed from Orleton.
WILL be running a stall for this on Saturday, 8th
June but it will be slightly different. All plants, vegetables and shrub
offerings are very welcome. Also any unused or unwanted gardening
tools and equipment (spring clean your sheds!). There are many
people starting out gardening who would be grateful to buy equipment
at a cheap price.
We are hoping, as well, to run various small
competitions to encourage young people to take an interest in
gardening. If any members have quirky ideas, we would be pleased to
hear about them.
Please, as you sort out and divide plants, don't
throw things on the compost heap. Pot them up, label them and drop
them round to Kate Snape at Orleton House (a good central location - Thank you, Kate). The Village Hall DOES desperately need funds so
we hope you will all contribute, in whatever way, to help raise a lot
of money for it.
to Hanbury Hall and the Jinney Ring Craft Centre, 11th
date, numbers for this trip are not good although perhaps a lot of
you are handing in forms at this month's meeting. The long drawn out
winter is perhaps not conducive to planning an outing but maybe the
weather will improve and we will have a glorious, sunny day! If you
have any friends who would like an interesting, informative and jolly
day out, do encourage them to join us. We MUST know final numbers by
April. Contact Shelley Choat on 01585 831518 or
Click here for application form
August Show – Saturday, 17th
The recipes for the
Cookery Section in the Annual Show have now been selected.
| Class 58||Gluten Free Banana
Bread || Class 61||Carrot Cake|
| Class 59||Almond
Fingers||Class 62||Irish Soda Bread|
| Class 60||White Chocolate Brownies
with raspberries ||Class 63||Courgette and Goats' Cheese Tart|
The recipes will be
published on the Gardening Club website shortly and we will have
copies of the schedule available at the next meeting.
Start planning your
entries for the show. You can already plan your entries for the
Craft classes and, next month, you will be able to try out the new
Don't forget to take your
camera with you on our forthcoming outings so that you have some
interesting photographs to enter in the photographic section.
Paul Hand, well known to
us for his talks to the Gardening Club,(voted Best Speaker twice) is
on a search for the elusive and, sadly, rare “Bastard Blenheim”
apple. He has asked the Gardening Club to put in the following
years ago, in the first flush of my apple variety collecting, I
visited Mr Jim Griffiths at Comberton House, Orleton. He had many
apples and knew them all well. As I remember, the one that was his
favourite was a Bastard Blenheim at the top of his orchard. For some
unfathomable reason I did not graft that one.
I was later very
fortunate to track down a Bastard Blenheim near to Putley in
Herefordshire. This has history provenance and quality and I suppose
I thought that I had done the job by collecting that one. It is, as
Mr. Griffiths said of his Bastard Blenheim “a dessert apple of the
highest quality. Everything you would want from an English apple”
problem I have is that I have a sneaking inkling that there may well
be more than one Bastard Blenheim so I should
taken a graft from Mr Griffiths' tree 20 years ago. I called at
Comberton House this week but, inevitably and sadly, Mr Griffiths had
died and the current owner, your Chairman, Shelley Choat, had no
knowledge of the Bastard Blenheim although invited me back later in
the year to check the apple trees in her orchard. She fears that
tree no longer exists.
My questions are:
- Does anyone know
anything about Mr. Griffiths's trees?
- Does anyone know of
another Bastard Blenheim in or near Orleton?
If anyone can help in any
way I would be massively grateful. Who knows, we might find a “lost
variety of Orleton” and, at least, we might replant a Bastard
Blenheim tree (a Mr Stanier's Bastard Blenheim) in honour of Jim
Griffiths, a man of Orleton who knew his land and his apples so well.
contact Paul Hand
or Shelley Choat (01584 831518)
if you have any information.
(Picture: found on the web of quince, medlars and the elusive Bastard Blenheim - Abergavenney food show)
to Do, Places to Visit
Monday, 1st April: Preen Manor, Church Preen: 6 acre garden on the site of a Cluniac monastery
and Norman Shaw mansion. Developed over 30 years with changes always
April:The Walled Garden, Knill, Presteigne, LD8 2PR: 4 acres: walled
garden, river, bog garden and small grotto. Primulas.
April: Radnor Cottage, Clun, Shropshire, SY7 0JA: 2 acres on south
facing slope overlooking the Clun Valley. This is the garden of Pam and David Pittwood who have given talks to our Club several times.
April: Witlenge Gardens, Witlenge Lane, Hartlebury, Worcestershire
DY10 4HD: 3 acre show garden of professional designers with over 800
varieties of trees, shrubs, etc.
April: Shuttifield Cottage, Birthwood, Storridge, Worcestershire,
WR13 5HA: 3 acre plantsman's garden. Many unusual trees, shrubs,
perennials. Walks in 20 acre wood with pond, bluebells, anemones,
Next Month's Speaker:
Hidcote Manor Gardens
The Club have arranged a trip to Hidcote on 11th June in conjunction with a visit to Kiftsgate Court..