Preparing for Spring

A talk by Bob Coutts.

Our speaker for the Waveney Gardeners group for the February meeting was Bob Coutts (our president) who arrived laden down with pots, compost, and various twigs. He then went on to demonstrate how to prepare for spring starting with seed sowing with advice not to sow too early and to be sure one has enough space to accommodate all the seedlings under cover while the weather is cold. A perennial problem all gardeners complain about every year. He also emphasised the importance of clean pots and seed trays and if using rain water for the seedlings to use a fungicide to kill any spores. He showed us how to sow seeds and then went on to talk about potting on cuttings moving to a bigger pot and keeping an eye out for vine weevil especially in Fuchsias. Using his twigs of various trees and shrubs he demonstrated how to prune them, saying that timing was important and all stone fruit should be pruned in summer, apples and pears pruned now to encourage fruiting, and raspberries should also be pruned now. plants such as hydrangea, penstemon, and hardy fuchsias should be left until the end of March before cutting back. A very enjoyable talk with much humour and lots of questions from the members.

PHOTO BY: Sheila Pettett
Gardening Club in Lowestoft

News & Updates

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more information re coach trip.

The first pick up point will now be the bus stop opposite St Benedicts Church on the corner of Hollingsworth Road. Parking permitted at the church.

Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion, Apart from tea and cake at Rosemary, we pay for all other refreshments (coffee at Place for Plants and lunch at Flatford). Outstanding coach costs and parking will be subsidised by the club. All friends have a seat on the coach.

Coach trip to East Bergholt.

Can all monies for the coach trip pleased be paid either at the March meeting or Wednesday 20th of April meeting. Just a reminder , all cheques to be made payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Following payment your name will marked as paid.

Payment for garden trip on Saturday June 11th.

Please make all cheques, £25, for the trip payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Changing details such as the name of the club with the bank is somewhat problematical.

Garden Trip

We are planning a trip by coach to East Bergholt for club members although non members may come if there is spare room on the coach. The trip will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 and we plan to go to Place for Plants for a visit to their garden along with coffee and a chance to buy some plants. This will be followed by a visit to Flatford for lunch and a stroll or just chilling out. At 2pm we will be visiting the Garden of Mrs Natalie Finch, called Rosemary, the garden appeared on Gardeners World back in 1997. Here we will have tea, and a tour of the garden and all the wonderful roses leaving for home at 4pm.

The cost of the trip is £25 which includes cost of the gardens and tea at Rosemary, all other costs will be subsidised by the club. Contact me using the form provided in ‘get in touch’. The deadline for replies is the 7th March. Pick up’s will be Yarmouth Rd, opposite Gunton St Peter’s Ave, 8.45am and the Co-op at Ashburnham rd, 9am arriving about 10.30am.

Book Table

We have had a large donation of Gardening books, so we have decided to have a book table at our meetings where members can purchase  a book for a donation to the club.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.