July 2018

Visit to Old Bladbean Stud Gardens

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Flower Arranging Suggestions for the Annual Show

by Marilyn Marsh – Tuesday 10th July 2018

Preparation for the Annual Show and the Fun of the Show

Saturday 4th August 2018

A party of 13 members wended their way in convoy through small lanes east of Stelling Minnis to Carol Bruce’s amazing garden on 3 acres of former stud facilities and grassland.

Six interlinked gardens all designed and created from scratch between 2003 and 2011 by Carol are a wonder to behold.

Carol greeted us at the gate and gave us a brief history and explanation of her philosophy of the garden being a managed ecosystem with large numbers of perennial species encouraged to set seed and propogate naturally with very much a survival of the fittest.

Plants cover the entire area of the borders allowing everything to thrive without irrigation and with absolute minimum use of chemicals, nutrients are returned to the soil annually by mulching with the shredded perennials where they grow.

The first of the six gardens is a beautiful rose garden underplanted with perennials and our timing was perfect with a great display of roses.

Between the Rose garden and the adjacent Yellow garden there were 92 varieties of roses many of them older varieties rarely seen today.

The Pastel garden a square lawn flanked by borders with perennials and a Victorian style greenhouse provides a different feeling.  But next is a 300ft long vista with double borders with mixed planting of shrubs and perennials with colours graduated from the centre with deep blues to pale blues at the extremities, a truly exciting vista.

The Kitchen garden is again organic with rainwater collection irrigation and the final area Lamby’s Walk is a curved area flanked by more exciting perennial collections.

The visit was concluded by a visit to the nursery and most came away with a selection of plants or seeds.  Carol introduced each garden as we progressed through the garden with inspirational fervour.  Our thanks to Carol for a wonderful visit.

On Tuesday 10th July our speaker will be Marilyn Marsh.  Marilyn will be providing inspiration for the Show’s Floral Art Classes particularly on the theme of A Song Title.  We look forward to welcoming Marilyn on 10th July.

We look forward to welcoming you at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 10th July at Waltham Village Hall.

The Annual Show will take place on Saturday 4th August, the weather has been variable this year with periods of hot and sunny weather.  Preparation for the Show has therefore been daunting, many flowers are late this year.

But the Annual Show is not only about Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables but baking with examples of sweet and savoury exhibits.

So it is now your turn to challenge the judges at the Annual Show at Waltham Village Hall on Saturday 4th August.  Competition entries are invited in the Vegetable and Fruit classes, Flower, Foliage and Floral Art contributions and of course the cooker classes.

If you have not exhibited before come and give it a try and for those stalwart regular contributors we look forward to your continued support.

We look forward to seeing contributors with their entries by 11.00 a.m. and all of you for the Show opening at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday 4th August.

Winners of the various cups and trophies will be announced at 3.30 p.m. as will be winners of Special Garden Feature and Prettiest Garden competitions.