Beryl Boswell held a friendly house meeting for 7 of the group,
discussed the 2013 programme, each other’s garden
and puzzled over a quiz and photo-collages prepared by the (absent)
GARDENING GROUP VISIT – WEDNESDAY 20th
A chill air
greeted 8 of us at Dunham Massey, but it didn’t stop our
admiration of the Winter Garden, as its massive planting scheme
coming into fruition.
Snowdrops were in abundance, backed up by cyclamen, iris, and a
early daffodils. A large variety of unusual herbacious
plants, shrubs and
trees formed the background planting, with rhododendron
Cheer”, hellebore “Green Shade Spotted”, cornus
(dogwood) alba “Siberian Pearls”, and massed ranks of
betula (silver birch) szechuanica “Liuba White” catching
the eye. A few modern structures had been strategically
positioned to add interest, around the garden.
Obviously, many more flowers are due to appear soon –
especially 85 varieties of narcissus (daffodil) and 50 varieties
of camellia; but there were notable exceptions in the planting
scheme – not a single spring crocus is planted, and only 2
varieties of primrose. What has Roy Lancaster, who designed the
garden transformation, got against crocus and primula?
But all in all, our group seemed well pleased with the visit, as they
clutched their purchases of dwarf irises, and went to warm up again in
the National Trust tea rooms.
Shahnaz Chowdrey was a welcome host for 8 of the gardening group,
we saw a number of garden slide shows, looked at a small
Hellebore flowers, and discussed a number of garden
GARDENING REPORT WEDNESDAY 17th APRIL
of us travelled to Bluebell Cottage Garden/Lodge Lane Nursery on
a windy, but sunny day. With the extremely cold Spring, plants
behind schedule, so no bluebells. The cowslip meadow was
still in bud,
and the flower garden had hardly sprung into life, so we were
entrance. But there were plenty of varied primulas,
others, and the woods had wood anemones, celandines, and many
setts, so plenty to interest us. Interestingly, the RHS magazine
“The Garden” has just featured this garden/nursery, and
showed how gorgeous it can look at its Summer best.
The current owner is Sue Beesley, a former winner of Gardener of
the Year, and she was busy with a potting workshop for a group of 12
– a useful reminder that Spring must spring soon, and there will
be plenty of gardening jobs to keep us busy.
A group of five braved the rain to visit Dunge Gardens in Kettleshulme,
but after a pleasant sandwich lunch in their conservatory, the rain
ceased and enabled a pleasant stroll round. Plenty of rhododendrons
were in bloom, accompanied by late spring flowers, so it made a
GARDENING REPORT – 19th
The hottest day of the year gave eight in the gardening group a rest
from visits, and a chance to relax in hot sunshine
with a glass of wine, and later with strawberries and cream. All this
in Jackie’s very pleasant garden. We did have some serious
discussion on gardening problems as well, to justify our later
relaxation, but thanks to Jackie it was a lovely friendly afternoon.
Mount Pleasant Garden, just off the A556 near Kelsall, deserves to be
much better known. The 7 of us were bowled over by the lush
vegetation, a lovely blend of unusual plants and bushes, and the maze
of wandering paths, all coexisting beneath specimen trees and woodland.
The gardens hug the sandstone slopes beyond Delamere, with views
towards the Dee valley plain, and vary from real hot suntraps with
tropical palms, to cool areas with candelabra primroses and even
a Japanese garden, too. The gardens are punctuated with
fascinating carvings and features, and are less planned than most, but
our group found them very appealing. A hot sunny day was ideal
for a garden visit, but the cups of tea before leaving, were very
welcome. Also welcome to see, was a nearby garden centre, with
good choice at reasonable prices. Altogether a good day out!
GARDENING REPORT – 21st
Seven travelled to Arley Hall Gardens and had a very good
visit in warm
sunshine. The double herbacious border was looking really lovely,
and there was plenty to see in the rest of the garden too. Thoughts of
visiting the hall as well were thwarted by a wedding party in progress,
but this didn’t detract from a very pleasant day.
GARDENING REPORT – 18th
Poor weather and other activities prevented the advertised
visit to Biddulph Grange. Instead a group of 3 enjoyed a light lunch
and retail garden therapy at Woodford Park garden centre.
GARDENING REPORT – 16th
OCTOBER 6 members
came to Walter’s house, and discussed various
plants (eg Cordyline
and Yucca – this was in bloom - a fairly
rare event). There was still plenty of
colour from a large selection of
Michaelmas Daisies (in the Aster family), and
several late flowering
yellow herbacious plants (eg Rudbeckia). There was an
exchange of Southernwood cuttings grown by Betty, and Michaelmas
Rod offcuts were taken from the garden. – until the approaching
damp weather caused a retreat inside to mark the first year of
group with sherry and cake.
We discussed several gardening topics, viewed pictures taken over the
last 12 months, a programme was agreed for 2014, and a booking made at
the White Horse, Disley for a pre-Christmas meal.
GARDENING 4th DECEMBER
Members of the gardening group had a pleasant lunch at the White Horse