Fuchsia Growing 2018
Jean Griffin, our President, has provided a number of Fushsia Plug Plants. Members collected their plant at our last Talk – Land of the Giant Vegetables.
The challenge for Members is to grow on the plug plant and bring your plant to The Summer Show where your plant will be judged by Jean!
Grow on the plug plant in a frost free, warm environment. Choose a final pot which should not exceed 12 inches across the top. Do not be tempted to pot the plug directly into its final pot size. Gradually increase the size as the roots fill the existing pot. Pinch out the growing tips when still small to make a bushier plant with more flowers. Water regularly – but avoid waterlogging. Feed every two weeks with a high potash fertiliser. Frequent dead heading is essential.
Plant Fairs 2018
All within driving distance from Leigh… A great trip out!
Spring Plant Fair, Hall Place & Gardens
Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ
22nd April between 10:00 – 15:00
Spring Plant Fair & Tulip Festival
Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB
29th April between 10:00 – 17:00
Specialist Plant Fair, Sussex Prairies
Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield, West Sussex
10th June between 12:00 noon – 17:00
Summer Plant Fair, Hall Place & Gardens
Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ
24th June between 10:00 – 15:00
Summer Plant Fair, Tilgate Park
Tilgate Drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ
2nd July between 11:00 – 16:00
Late Summer Plant Fair, The Walled Nursery
Water Lane, Hawkshurst, Kent TN18 5DH
26th August 11:00 16:00
Did you know?
A mole likes to live alone…
Their diet is mostly earthworms and need to eat the equivalent of its own bodyweight everyday – that’s a huge amount of earthworms!
They breed mostly between March & May and can have between 1 & 2 litters a year with 3 – 4 kittens in each litter…
They are not blind… although they do have poor eyesight…
They have an area of bare pink skin on the snout covered in tiny pimples that help detect movement when they are underground and the scents of prey and other moles.
The American mole is much larger than those found in the UK
Ireland doesn’t have any moles!
Chris Stewart delivered a brilliant presentation on all you ever wanted to know about moles to the Leigh & District Cottage Garden Society members and guests on Monday evening (19th February) at Leigh Village Hall.
Chris gave an entertaining talk on the history of mole trapping, the life of a mole and took great delight in explaining the different traps used in managing moles in a humane and compliant way.
A huge thanks to Lesley Eley who provided everyone with a delicious spread of food, including cake in the style of mole hills and moles.
Mark – Chair of Leigh and District Cottage Garden Society – offers some useful advice on growing Wisteria in your cottage garden…
South & South East in Bloom Trustees, Judges and Assessors regularly pass through many attractive and well-managed parishes and often wonder why they are not involved.
As you will see from the attached assessment form we are about the environment, local people and everyday gardening, wanting to see Parish’s and Villages thriving and being at the heart of community life in the region.
This 2018 pilot is to provide an opportunity for Parishes to receive a visit and be assessed under simple non-competitive criteria.
Click here for more information on the scheme.
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