Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the October 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.