The closing month of the year, again a difficult year for gardeners, with long spells of hot dry weather during the summer and periods of very wet weather during the autumn, but judging by the entries at our autumn show in September our members struggled through & produced some amazing exhibits. Jobs in the garden this month, fortunately not so many as previous months, keep on top of clearing up the fallen leaves, and if there is any snow , remember to shake this off your shrubs as the added weight can deform branches and spoil the plant. If during cold weather your Winter flowering pansies do not look too special, just leave them and once the temperature goes above 5 degrees C. they will soon pick up and give you a good showing in the early Spring. With the unseasonably mild Autumn, pleasant though it might be, it did not kill off all those garden pests allowing them to thrive, search them out and destroy them as soon as possible. Another, not too pleasant, task that needs your attention is washing down the greenhouse, inside and out removing all algae and dirt, when this has been done give the base a good soaking of diluted Jeyes fluid paying particular attention to all the corners, nooks and crannies where bugs like to hide. On a more pleasant note, on cold wet days, nothing is better than being in the warm planning next years planting, our seeds order system, I am pleased to say is again available this year, please contact committee member Julie Dowsett, for the Dobbies catalogue, same system as last year, with your seed catalogue you will be give a unique ref. number, quote this when ordering & you will get a big discount on seeds, and a lesser discount on plug plants & garden sundries, remember with the ref. Number, you can use this throughout the coming year, you save money on your order & the club benefits financially from money spent by you, our members, every ones a winner!
On Monday 19 of October, our speaker for the evening was Christina Stapley, from Calne, the subject being “Herbs” although there were problems with the projector, it was a very interesting evening with the various herbs being passed round to members Christina was a very accomplished speaker and held everyone’s interest, we hope we can get her to come back next year with further information on these interesting plants. We have a full programme for the coming year so do not forget to renew your membership at our January meeting, no meeting as such this month, but do not forget our Christmas social, competitions, quiz an American style supper & of course great company. As I mentioned earlier, a busy year coming up, here are a few special dates for your diary; 7th of March, a “special” evening with our guest for the night Pippa Greenwood, that well known TV, radio broadcaster & writer, with a talk entitled, “grow great veg. —-& have fun” tickets are £10 each, sorry no concessions, tickets available at club nights, better hurry as theses are selling out fast! There will be plenty of free parking, refreshments a raffle & book signing. Further dates for you, Spring show on the 9th of April, plant sale on Saturday 14th of May, visit to an open garden on Monday evening, 20th of June & our Autumn show on Saturday 17th of September.
Well I think that is all for this article & for this year, so it only remains on behalf of the committee members of Wroughton & District gardener’s Society to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy gardening New year and I hope your continued interest in these series of notes throughout the coming year.