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Farringdon Gardens Open Day & (Hopefully!) A Vintage Car Display

 


Farringdon Horticultural Society is a gardening club which, in normal times,organises a number of public events throughout the year.

The Spring and Summer Horticultural Shows and The Farringdon Open Gardens Afternoon
and a number of other events for Members.

To join the Society £5.00 per household.
(Due 1st April 2021.)
Direct Debit:- see FHS web site for details

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Cash: - in an envelope,
(Inc fee plus name, address, e-mail contact phone number)
in the letterbox at:
Berry Cottage, Church Road (opp. the church)
Weycroft, A32 Gosport Road (opp. Barnstormers)

Summer Show 2019

The February/March Garden

Looking out of the window on an overcast chilly day you could be forgiven for thinking spring was a long way off. Nothing much happening, but you would be wrong. Just take a walk around the garden and you will see that the plants don’t agree.
Hellebores are all out in flower from yellow, white and pink to almost dark maroon.
The Aconites with their bright yellow flowers surrounded by a bright green ruff.
Scylla flowering in their beautiful blue.
Magenta flowers of the Cyclamen corm are like little jewels.
Crocus of all colours popping up.
Daffodils and Alliums pushing through the soil just waiting for their time in the limelight.
Shrubs and climbers are all coming into bud. Take heart there’s plenty of interest to brighten each day.
A garden is for every day not just for summer.


Jobs for February / March

Plant Broad Beans in 3″ pots & put them in a cold greenhouse or a coldframe.
Plant Peas in a length of unwanted guttering spacing evenly in a double row and keep as for Broad Beans.
Raspberries cut out last years fruiting canes, give a feed with an organic fertilizer and tie in the new canes to the wires. Dahlias check overwintered tubers.
HAPPY GARDENING

 

 

If you have any garden problems or questions post them on the Society web site And we will attempt to answer them.

The January Garden

This month can be dark and grey, why not invest in a few plants that ‘Strut their stuff’ now.

At this time of year, many small bulbs and corms are getting ready to burst onto the scene. Snowdrops, Aconites, Ipheion, and Chicnodoxa. The Snowdrops are the best known with their pendant pristine white flowers.

Snowdrop

GALANTHUS (Snowdrop) nivalis.
These charming little bulbs are very accommodating and will grow almost anywhere. Their favoured place is dappled shade and damp soil. They don’t enjoy hot dry places.

Always plant them in ‘In the green’. ‘In the green’ means bulbs that have flowered but still have green leaves.
The small dried Snowdrop bulbs often sold in garden centres rarely survive, if they do, flowering is usually poor. Most gardening magazines will have ‘In the green’ bulbs for sale in February/March/April. Your order will come by post.
Plant them as soon as you can to stop them drying out. This method is recommended and highly reliable:- Plant 3mm deep in groups of 3 or 4 bulbs about 4 inches apart.

 

CornusCORNUS ‘Midwinter Fire’
Small deciduous shrub grows to 1 metre tall; buttercup yellow leaves in the autumn, when fallen the stems turn bright yellow through to pink, orange and red. This lasts until new leaves appear. Prune the thickest stems down to 15cm from the base every 3 years, and cut off any suckers that might shoot up.

SarcococcaSARCOCOCCA ‘Humilis’ (Christmas Box)
Small evergreen shrub with shiny leathery mid green leaves. Covered in small pinkish/white and very highly scented flowers. Flowers from January to March. Grows to 1metre tall. Plant near the house or next to a path to take advantage of the strong scent. Cut a few sprigs and bring them into the house, you will not be disappointed.

ClematisCLEMATIS CIRRHOSA ‘Freckles’
Evergreen ferny leafed climber with creamy/pink flowers followed by attractive seed heads. Spreads 5ft by 8ft high. Can be reduced in late spring or summer by trimming back.

All the above plants can be grown in good garden soil. If you have heavy clay dig over the planting area three times the size of the pot holding the plant, incorporate one bucket of compost to lighten the soil. Keep all newly planted plants well watered in hot summer weather, damp not saturated.

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