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The High Lane gardening group is a small group which meets in each others' houses and gardens, and visits nearby public gardens using shared cars. Meetings are held monthly, on the third Wednesday in each month, and occasionally the first Wednesday. Nearer the dates, confirmation details of meeting times/place will be sent to group members by email and letter.
ENQUIRIES FOR MEMBERSHIP TO WALTER MASON.
The group starts off the New Year with a meal at the Deanwater on January 18th.
At a house meeting in March, Freda entertained the group with ideas for simple flower arranging.
In mid April we visited Lea Gardens, possibly the most impressive of the local azalea/rhododendron gardens, which were full of colour which we really enjoyed.
In May a small group visited Rode Hall (better known for its snowdrop walks), but on this visit there was a mass of bluebells in myriad shades of blue. Timing has to be right for the bluebell visit, which is only available over a 10-day period around the beginning of May – but was well worth the trip.
Our June trip was to Abbeywood in Delamere where our members were impressed with the quality of the garden, especially the tropical section – with an imposing echium as centrepiece.
July and August 2017
Visits to Deidre’s and Janet’s very different gardens took pride of place in July/August.
Deirdre’s garden is perched high above Disley, with extensive views; yet well sheltered on 3 sides. Superb specimen rose varieties, a thriving grandchild’s mini-garden, and flowerful clematis caught the eye.
Janet’s, by contrast fell steeply away on terraces above Torkington Brook, Hazel Grove with thriving acers, magnolia, and lacecap hydrangeas, and many healthy potted plants. A sculptural pillar was a striking feature, as well as an attractive twin bird ornament.
September and October 2017
A visit to Carol's garden was combined with a talk by Walter “Gardening – Heaven or Hell?” which provoked a lively discussion, particularly about how we each got interested in gardening, and about the things which don’t always go to plan! Meanwhile we also toured Carol’s garden, which looked very attractive, with lush vegetation and plenty of late flowers.
A repeat visit to Walkden Gardens was very much enjoyed, with the profusion of butterflies a notable feature. The contrasts between different “rooms”, the skilful layout, and the variety of unusual plants and shrubs, mean this garden looks well during all seasons of the year – and it is free!
The last meeting of the year had to be altered to Walter’s house. Cuttings of tall Michaelmas daisies were in demand, and after looking at the colourful late borders of Rudbeckia, Asters, lemon and gold Helianthus, and Sedum, we settled down to agreeing a programme for 2018, and having thoughts about a winter lunch getogether after the Christmas break.
Group Leader, Walter Mason