On Monday the 16th of April, our speaker was Richard & Dennis West, from Witney, Richard who is incidentally also a member of our Club, giving us a talk on Dahlias. As keen dahlia exhibitors there was nothing that they did not know about growing exhibition quality dahlias being previous West of England Champions on several occasions, Dennis took us through growing from the various ways to start them off at the beginning of the year, right through to staging & finally on to storing the tubers over the Winter. As the talk progressed, members were invited to ask questions which produced an interesting two way discussion, we all learn a lot, even if not ardent dahlia growers. Our member’s monthly competition “ a Spring flower” was jointly won by Angela Salaman & Tina Grice. On Saturday the 7th of April, we held our annual Spring show, I must confess that the committee were getting the “jitters” with the low number of entries and the awful weather we had “enjoyed” up to this date, but all was well at the end of the day members and guest exhibitors came up with more exhibits than last year, a great entry no doubt in part to those committee & Club members who pushed so hard at the last couple of days. The weather, initially was wet and cold, but dried out later but still a cold wind. We had our usual sales stand outside from about 8-30 and did a brisk trade all day, thanks to those members who donated plants & items for “Jessies junk yard”, some great bargains to be had, from hand tools to motor mowers! Inside the main hall there were an amazing display of Spring flowers & some early vegetables, plus the home economics table, always a favourite, great shame we could not all taste the “goodies” on display. There was also a fine collection of handicraft on display, covering crochet work, woodcraft & seascape paintings, we have a lot of talent in Wroughton! The children’s classes were all well supported, with some interesting exhibits from the gardeners of the future, we hope. It was very pleasing to the see the “young gardeners” faces when they were presented with their trophies, some of which I understand found their way to school, the following week! Thanks go to Jess Bailey & her sub-committee for running, yet another, great Spring show. Thanks also to everyone who helped on the day, from judges lunches, afternoon teas & especial thanks to Chris Cossey & his daughter, from the smooth entry system through to the winners sheets & photographs, a final thanks to those stalwarts who spent all day manning the sales stall. There will be no meeting this month at the Ellendune hall, as we will be visiting an “open garden”, as an evening meeting instead, the venue will be Cerney house gardens, near Cirencester GL7 7BX, at 7-00 pm, comprising of a romantic walled garden filled with old fashioned roses & herbaceous borders. Working kitchen garden, scented garden, knot garden, general borders, bothy & woodland walks. Tea/coffee,& cakes to be served in the Bothy, these are included as part of our visit, Club members are free guests are £10 per head. Full details of the gardens can be found on their website www.cerneygardens.com .I hope to see you all there. With my mention of weeds earlier in this article, the following old country rhyme, I thought, was rather apt.
Cut thistles in May, they grow in a day,
Cut them in June that’s too soon
Cut then in July, then they die,