An important reminder...
Please note that the October meeting will now be held in the Congregational Church Room. The November and December meetings will be in the Village Hall as usual - Wendy Bailey
The Annual Stalbridge Garden Show in the heart of Hardy country lays out a blooming marvellous display...
"The Sun came out and the residents came to support Stalbridge Garden Society at their Annual Flower & Produce Show. Stalbridge Hall was buzzing all afternoon and the tea ladies were swept off their feet. In the competitions Wendy Bailey won the Westminster Rose for the Highest number of points in the Show and also The Frith Cup (Domestic), The Challenge Cup (Best Floral Decoration), The W.I. Cup (Best W.I. entry) and Wendy and Tony Moore shared The Betty Godwin Trophy (Heaviest weight of potato). There were a good number of children’s entries and Jake Gould won the Betty Godwin Cup (Highest points under 5) William Dike and St. Nicholas School shared The Junior Cup (Highest points 6-9 years). Carenza Howell (highest points 10-13 years). Georgina Dike won The Keith Dumper Memorial Cup for the Best Children’s Entry and also The Stalbridge Cup for the Best Children’s entry in photography. There were many other winners, including John Tinsley who won The Anglesey Bowl for Highest points in vegetables and also The Goblet for the best vegetable exhibit. Jenny Draycott won the William Dike Memorial Cup for the Annual Hanging Basket Competition, sponsored by Dike & Son. In all a very successful and rewarding afternoon".
Why not come and join us?
We would love to see you.
Annual subscription £10.00
or just come as a visitor for £2 per evening.
Each month we have a talk by an expert
on an aspect of gardening or garden related topic.
This year’s programme included:
NATURE IN THE GARDEN
PLOT TO PLATE
BEES & BUTTERFLIES TO ATTRACT TO YOUR GARDEN
SPRING PLANT & JUMBLE SALE
ANNUAL PRODUCE & FLOWER SHOW
ALL ABOUT GRASSES
KINGCOMBE MEADOWS WILDLIFE
HERBS, MUCH MORE THAN COOKING
Alongside some of these talks we hold
season-related informal competitions.
Just come along,
or for more information please telephone:
Brian 01963 362115
or Anne 01963 362670.
Our 2017 show will take place on Saturday 19th August!
Our 2017 Plant Sale, with Jumble will be on Saturday 6th May.
Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the October 2017 edition...
Brian Spiller our chairman welcomed everyone to the October meeting in the congregational church.
This evening was our “Apple competition” and it was great to see a nice display of dessert and cooking apples.
Our speaker was Marcus Dancer who has his own plant nursery on the edge of the New Forest, in Fordingbridge. He brought along some of his more unusual perennial plants. As the talk was entitled “New and exciting plants for your garden”.
Marcus talked about the plants he had brought along then passed around lots of nice coloured photographs for us to see these plants when they are in bloom.
He explained to us how he goes about collecting new varieties and seed, he goes to great lengths to track down different hardy plants.
Some of which I have listed below:-
Leucanthemum called real charmer, a coreopsis called daybreak, a nice red and yellow form, a toadflax named peachy, a lovely campanula, ringabell mulberry rose very free flowering.
New autumn colour plants such as euphorbia Tasmanian tiger and a lovely variegated eryngium called jade frost, which I purchased myself.
Just a few more that you might like to add to your garden. Clematis Cassandra a self-supporting dwarf blue variety, a dwarf choisya named white dazzler, Salvias, Wendy’s wish and blue note and three new varieties of thalictrums look out for hewilts double pink.
This was a brilliant talk by Marcus, the photos made it really interesting, and we had the chance to buy some of his unusual plants at the end of his talk.
Moving onto the apple competition which was kindly judged by Eric Williams.
These results were as follows:-
Cooking: - 1st Angela Flavell 2nd Joan Bryon 3rd Dennis Ketcher h/c Geoff Greenough
Dessert: - 1st Brian Spiller 2nd Gordan Spiller 3rd Geoff Greenough h/c Michelle Howell
Next month the talk is “Views from the saddle” with Eric Watson this an interesting and different talk so do come and join us in Stalbridge hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 9th November.
The weather seems to be very mild for this time of year with dahlias and even sweet peas still flowering, carrots and even courgettes are still hanging on, and primroses are also in bloom.
Enjoy the rest of your harvest in this mild spell I am sure” jack frost” will appear soon.
Photographic Classes for Garden and Produce Show 19th August 2017:
1. A Vegetable Plot or Allotment.
2. Texture(s) in Nature
3. Flag(s) (one or more)
4. Clock(s) (one or more)
5. Garden Bird(s) (one or more)
My Favourite Day Out
Classes for Dahlias competition, September:
Classes for Spring Flower Show (alongside AGM)
1. Daffodils - Three blooms of trumpet Daffodils, the trumpet to be as long or longer than the petals.
2. Large Cup Narcissi - Three blooms of Narcissi, the cup to be less than the length of the petals, but more than one-third the length.
3. Small Cup Narcissi - Three blooms of Narcissi, the cup to be less than one-third the length of the petals.
4. Narcissi - Six blooms of one or more varieties of Narcissi, arranged with own foliage.
5. Miniature Daffodils - any variety - 5 blooms.
6. Narcissi - Growing in a pot or a bowl.
7. Other Spring Bulbs - growing in a pot or bowl.
8. Cut Spring Flowers - A vase or bowl of any Cut Spring Flowers other than Narcissi. Number of blooms optional.
9. One Pot Plant - Flowering.
10. One Pot Plant - Foliage.
11. Spring Bulbs - One variety of cut flowers.
Look at the map below to see where the Hall is in Stalbridge