Stalbridge Garden Society - June Meeting
This evenings meeting was opened by our chairman Brian Spiller, Michelle gave out the information regarding the evening outing in July.
This month we were in the congregational church, which was nice, Neil Lovesey was our speaker, the talk was titled “My year at Picket Lane”, we have had Neil many times at the Society, and he is always so interesting.
Neil explained how the family usually get Christmas day off, then Boxing Day they start sorting the nursery, cleaning it ready for all of the plants that come out of the Polly tunnels.
Then nearly every day of the year, they take cuttings of ten different plants, pot up ten of each type, so forty plants every day, as well as cleaning, moving five tonnes of compost every week, manure, chipped bark and also gravel to put on the selling area.
Neil has made 65 selling benches, which all have to be painted with wood preserve, wheel barrowed everything which arrives in the car park, all the way down to the bottom of the nursery.
Made all of the plant labels, made sure a lot of the plants are in bloom so they will sell better, planted and tended the large borders, cut the grass. As well as selling on site which has no phone or electricity, the family, sell at markets and events.
In the early part of the year, all of the selling area gets a face lift, but this year, Neil also decided to create a pond, a very large pond, which is work in progress.
This was a brilliant talk by Neil, it looks like the whole year is work, work, and work. Not an easy life, a plant lover’s dream.
Thank you Neil for selling us some of your wonderful plants.
This month was also the rose competition, kindly judged by Chris Wiles with help from Geoff.
There was not as many as we hoped as the weather had been very very windy and spoilt a lot of the roses.
The results were as follows;-
Single bloom: - 1st Geoff Jeans 2nd Angela Flavel 3rd Brian Spiller h/c Michelle
Rose Cluster: - 1st Michelle Howell 2nd Tony Moore 3rd Geoff Jeans
Thank you to all of you that managed to find some roses for the competition, they looked and smelt lovely.
Next month is our evening outing to “Frankham Farm”, I have a coach load so we look forward to our trip out, and we hope that the weather will be kind.
Thursday 13th July
June is a nice time to sit and enjoy your garden, most plants should be in now, the gardens are looking good, as we have had rain and sun, as long as the wind stays away, the flowers and vegetables should do well this year.