Newsletter – March 2018

Thanks To:

Kim Jackson and Martin Page for the refreshments this month, and to those who help put out and tidy up the chairs and donating plants to the plant stall.

Also, to Bobbie Stubbs, who has decided to leave the committee. We thank her for all her past efforts on behalf of the Club.

Also, to Christine Berry who has up-dated our “Discounts List” and this is now available on the website.  Please remember to take your membership card with you when asking for discount and, of course, remember to sign it first!

 Welcome to:

Returning members Pru Kemsley and Simon Snape.

Don’t Forget:

  • This month’s speaker is Richard Baldwin, the title of whose talk is “Choosing the right cultivar, hybrids, seeds and storage etc”, shown on our Programme cards as “Vegetable Growing”
  • If you haven’t already renewed, your Membership Subscription is due.  Please see Trisha Clanzy- Hodge (Membership Secretary)
  • We will be agreeing the slight change to our rules to cover the new General Data Protection Regulations
  • If you haven’t already let us have your new membership form, please remember to bring it along
  • The form for the visit to the Lavender Farm is now on our website

Banking Regulations:

Banks are getting stricter about how cheques are completed, and we have had to advise our Bank our agreed forms of address.  In future we will only be able to accept cheques made payable to either “Orleton and District Gardening Club” or “ODGC”.  To make cheque completion easier we now have a stamp available to save you having to write out the full name!

38th Annual Show:

This is the time of year when we should be turning our attention to planting seeds whether for vegetables or cut flowers.  In spite of the recent inclement weather, flower seeds can be sown indoors and planted out when the weather warms up a little, so they are ready for the August Show.

Study the 5 classes in the Floral Art Section listed below and see if any of the flowers required could be home grown rather than bought from the florists.

Dahlias are particularly good for flower arranging but they need to be picked and stood in water for 24 hours before using with oasis.  This ensures that the stems are full of water and therefore rigid. Dahlias are easy to grow and provide plentiful blooms from July until the first severe frosts.

Section F – Floral Art

75      Storm in a Teacup           Miniature arrangement no more than 6” width and 8” height.

                                                     (Can include the saucer which on average is 6”)

76      Bold as Brass                  Bold bright colours in a brass container

77      Green Medley                   Foliage arrangement but can include green flowers as well.

                                                    (NOT dyed flowers)

78      Standing Tall                   Think tall in this composition – either flowers, container or both

79      Tools of the Trade           GARDEN FLOWERS – Accessories allowed

Material may be brought in from external sources in every class EXCEPT Class 79.  Accessories allowed only in Class 79.  You may attach a written description of your entry to help the judge interpret your exhibit.

We would love to see more entries in Floral Art, it’s not difficult to do, so come on members.  You still have time to grow those flowers and practice those creations.  Your Show Committee have been working for months preparing for this annual event and are relying on your support – ALL of you.

Full Schedules can be downloaded from our website, or printed Schedules are available on club nights or from Orleton Village Shop.

Club Night timings for 2019 Programme:

You may recall that last year we had various discussions about changing our timings back to having Tea, Coffee and Biscuits at the end of the speaker’s talk rather than before as we do at present.

We asked you to vote on which you prefer; both have their advantages and disadvantages…and the vote was a fairly equal split.

It has now been decided to revert back to refreshments at the end of the talk, facilitating conversation between members about the talk itself (or any other topic!) and allowing further time to chat with the speaker. However, the compromise is an earlier start time so both members and committee members can get home at a reasonable time (especially on dark winter nights and for those who have to work the next morning).

It was too late to implement this decision for the 2018 Programme which had been organised months in advance. So, the conclusion to this is that from January 2019 the format of Club Nights will be as follows:

7.00pm. START

for plant stall sales, membership, dinner and outings bookings, sales of gardening gloves and other items, purchase of raffle tickets…and finding a seat etc!

7.30pm. SPEAKER

8.30pm. TEA and COFFEE and further time to spend money

9.00pm. FINISH and start of putting chairs and tables away

9.30pm. LOCKING UP.

We will try this format during our 2019 Programme and of course assess how it goes. Members’ thoughts and opinions are always welcome, and we will revisit again at a later date to evaluate whether it has worked. Nothing is written in stone and as a Club we are flexible to make changes for the benefit of the majority.

Plant sale – 20th May:

Now is the time to start thinking about sowing seeds, splitting plants, taking cuttings, and definitely about growing for our plant sale.  Let’s see if we can beat the total raised in 2017 as this will go towards us possibly having another “Celebrity Speaker” in 2020.  Hilary will be looking for offers of help and donations.

Notice Board:

The notice board at the back of the Hall contains programme cards for other local gardening groups – these are also on our website – together with details of other gardening related items.  This month, Yarpole Village Hall is offering for sale tables that are perfect for use in your greenhouse – see the photograph.  There are often details of garden visits and talks.

Next meeting:

Our speaker on April 24th is Helen Picton giving a talk on ‘Daisy Days – the rise, fall and renaissance of Michaelmas Daisies’.