Sad News

Written by Chris Davies. Posted in News

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Flora Bloom, second wife of Alan Bloom, who was our major celebrity, and cut the cake for us, at the ALD in March, this year.

Flora passed away on Tuesday, 19th September, 2017.  The cause was given as multiple organ failure.

On behalf of the Group, I offer our condolences to Adrian, Anthea, Jaime, Liz and the other members of Flora's family.

Chris Davies, ( Group Chairman)

Special Event: 'Strictly come Gardening' for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice

Written by Chris Davies. Posted in News

 
This is a Fundraiser to be held on the 16th October 2017, for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice.
 
An amusing event, entitled 'Strictly come Gardening', provided by Sir Nicholas Bacon, James Alexander Sinclair and Tom Hoblyn, at the Assembly House, Norwich.
 
Places cost £25 each. Contact:-  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. for further information.'
 

Garden Visit: Peter Beales Nursery, Attleborough

Written by Chris Davies. Posted in Events Past

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9th September 2017

16 members, including 3 new ones, met for Simon White’s talk, on a sunny September afternoon.

Simon showed us numerous roses, some with hips, eg.  R.pimpinellafolia, with black, marble-sized hips, near the beginning, and R.moyesii,  with orange, bottle-shaped hips, nearer the end.

In addition, many roses were in flower. Simon described the monthly feeding regime, took us up the spiral stairs to see the garden from above, then down ago, to see R. ‘Pippin’, named for Peter Beales, after his death. This was his nickname at school.

We were also shown the ‘ladder arch’ and walked through the ‘wild garden’ to the children’s play area, tantalisingly close to the back of the adjacent pub.

Simon took us back, a slightly longer-than-usual way, around Peter Beales’ bungalow, toward the garden centre, where he completed his talk, and we disbanded into small groups to examine nearbyitens of interest, either in the garden or garden centre.

At this point, no doubt carefully planned by Simon, the heavens opened, and everyone dashed fir cover, either to the main building or to the Clematis tunnel. By the time Simon had kindly sent a’lad’ with umbrellas, the whole area was awash, resulting in wet feet for the unsuspecting.

A dramatic end to an interesting and informative talk.

Chris Davies 

Our October Meeting with Gail & John Summerfield of West Shore Nurseries

Written by Chris Davies. Posted in News

Gail and John Summerfield, and dog as you know, are coming to talk to us at our October meeting at Hethersett.

They have offered to bring plants, to place an order see their website: [westshores.co.uk], email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01724 733940 / 07875732536.

Garden Visit: 'The Beeches', Waltham-le-Willows

Written by Chris Davies. Posted in Events Past

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12th August 2017

Following an alarming start, - when Barbra’s reminder to the prospective host, Dr. Russell, was answered by his daughter, Penelope, saying that he had died before Christmas, that she had only recently moved in, but would be happy to have us, and generous enough to provide refreshments as well, - preparations went smoothly.

Members were asked to make donations for the refreshments.

This was a very established garden, one of it’s features being the range of huge specimen trees, Pawlonia, Davidia, Catalpa etc. There was an array of box topiary ranging from animals to abstracts and a number of old stone contrasts to the foliage and mixed flower borders. There were also a couple of Peter Rabbits in the border. ( not live ones).

The front boundary was contained within a flowing ditch, also used to make points of interest, and Penelope opened a gate so that we could go through to the village hall, where the local flowers and produce show was in full swing. Another gate took members around the house past an old mulberry tree and to the very pretty church.

When Penelope has had time to impose her own personality on the garden, it would be good to visit again.

*See poster advertising talk on ‘ Buckingham Palace Garden’ by Head Gardener, Mark Lane, on 16th September at 2.30pm. etc. £6.

Chris Davies 

Garden Visit: Redisham Hall

Written by Chris Davies. Posted in Events Past

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15th July 2017

Colin arrived early and put out HPS signs - always a comforting sight when travelling in a strange area.

Immediate excitement was raised by the plant sales area, with a good range of plants at ‘cup of coffee’ prices. This took many members’ attention for some time, before proceeding.

 The huge walled vegetable garden was most impressive with quantities of immaculately grown vegetables, including rows of contrasting coloured cabbages, cold frames, glasshouse and netted fruit areas.

Beyond the wall a little doorway led past a Judas tree ( Cercis siliquastrum ) quantities of purple seed pods, crowded onto branches and the main stem. Past the shrubbery, with the house to our left, where there were areas of formal garden, including a formal pond with large Koi carp, whilst to our right was a large lawn and further across, another pond, much larger, ( and a little boat), crossed by a bridge and fairly newly planted on the surrounding sloping banks.

Drifting further across the expanse of lawn there were tables and chairs set out and a little summer-house with more seats and a table supporting an excellent range of cakes and tea and coffee to complete our visit.

(One member expressed the opinion that at £7, this was not best value for money.)

There will be a longer review in the next Newsletter.

Chris Davies