Eight members of the group met at member Chris’s house on Hillside Road on 15 June 2015.
Chris has a lovely South facing garden which she describes as a ‘work in progress’! She is experimenting with the position of various shrubs and intends to develop the south-east corner as a vegetable plot. A pretty west-facing summer house and raised seating area add to the interest. Such a comfortable garden and one with plenty of scope.
Members discussed a range of topics which included Mary’s roses in the front garden – yellow and red and such bright colours.
Several members commented on the marvellous colours of flowers this year; the recent open gardens at Mill End, Bradwell in aid of Farleigh Hospice – well worth a visit next year; Bev’s picture of her Kiftsgate rose, transplanted from her Devon garden and doing very well in Burnham – full of flowers; discussions on successful cuttings; the amount of wind damage in our gardens recently especially with the NE winds; plant-swapping ideas; how good the gooseberries are this year in at least two members’ gardens/allotments; why some members’ potatoes don’t seem to be flowering and how important it is to water them thoroughly; how important it is to remove flower buds if they develop on onions; ideas on spinach recipes which for some members is growing in abundance; the pleasure of taking cuttings from family and friends’ gardens so that you remember them when wandering round your own garden; how to stop dogwoods suckering and/or agreeing that sometimes gardeners just have to cut their losses and get rid of a troublesome plant/shrub; how best to grow broad beans – Clive planted seeds in his allotment in November and since early June has been picking beans. He generously provided an enormous bag full of beans for members to take home. There was also much discussion about birds and what attracts them to gardens and how to attract bees – plenty of mauve/purple coloured flowers was one suggestion.
Dates to remember:
- Saturday 27 June at 2 p.m. – Open Gardens in Burnham in aid of St Mary’s Church
- The Group meets for its next monthly meeting on Monday 20 July at the allotments where two members each have a plot
- On Thursday 24 September Maplin WI are organising a coach outing to Beth Chatto’s garden and Perrywoods Gerden Centre. Pick-up will be in Burnham only. Cost £13 each. Phone Chris on 783414 if you are interested in going as there will be a few spare seats available.