Meeting Sept 7th – Photography in the Garden

Here’s your chance to get some advice in readiness for the photography competition in November.

The speaker will be Michael Sleigh (Derek Leary was unable to make the meeting); the subject Photography in the Garden.

Before the talk, don’t forget that we have the Bring & Buy Sale in the car park behind the hall – start 6.50 p.m.

As the name suggests you can bring plants to sell or buy some.  Your contributions will be most welcome.  There are sometimes cakes or jam too.  See you there.


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August meeting and competition entries

Rosy Hardy was an excellent speaker and brought a variety of plants for sale.  Her advice was invaluable and already some members have visited her nursery, in Whitchurch, and are busy shuffling (or replacing) border plants.

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We had a very good show of exhibits (below) in the annual competition – well done everyone for your entries.

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2017 Club Challenge Results …

Well, there were only three entries in the end of Onion ‘Red Baron’ – sadly some members forgot to bring their exhibits!!  Maisie Mattinson’s efforts won her the £5 garden token which was presented by Chairman, Brian Webb.  Well done to Maisie.

Maisie Mattinson wins the 2017 Club Challenge – A £5 garden token presented by Chairman, Brian Webb.

Just 3 entries – Onion ‘Red Baron’. Maisie’s nice shiny exhibit is on the right.



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Meeting 3rd August – Rosy Hardy on Summer Flowering Perennials

With 26 years’ exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show and 22 Gold Medals – Rosy Hardy is a talented specialist nurserywoman.  So we are delighted that she is coming to give an illustrated talk on Summer Flowering Perennials.

There will be plants for sale.

Do come and join us for this special evening – doors 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm at Sunningdale Village Hall.  Details on the notice – click on it to enlarge it.

It’s also time to bring your onions to be judged – the annual Club Challenge is upon us.  £5 garden token to the winner.

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July competition entries

It was such a hot evening, we were all melting, and it (and Wimbledon?) probably kept people away – so we had a small meeting compared to normal.  The competition entries were still smashing.  Agnes’ white phlox had such a powerful scent and Maureen’s blue hydrangea was quite exquisite.  Here are those two entries; the rest are on Past Events.


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Grass Roots #30 – Summer 2017

You should know what to expect now when you see this picture … I don’t get many thrushes on my lawn so this was a special visitor.
Click Grass Roots [#30] Summer 2017 for the latest Grass Roots update from the RHS.

A flavour of the contents:
– Bring in the pollinators
– Bee identification
– Working with schools
– Greening grey Britain
– Interview with Jekka McVicar
– Tips for wildlife ponds
– Blooms behind bars


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Nature’s way with a tulip …

Remember this leaf, half of which exactly mirrored the petals?

I asked the RHS Advice Centre about it and this is what they said …

“This is actually a relatively common phenomenon in some plants where different parts of the plant mutate or grow into a slightly unusual part that looks out of place.

“This actually happens quite regularly in tulips with petals appearing attached to leaves and vice versa, dahlias do it often too.  What with climate change and plants being pushed to the brink and suffering from all sorts of unseasonal flowering and physiological stress, I should think we will see even more of it in the years to come.

“Mother nature is essentially stressed and confused by unseasonal and extreme weather and so in plants, where in many cases many cells have the genetic material and capacity to mutate and develop in different ways, all sorts of weird, wonderful or curious things like this are possible.”


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