Mid April News Update

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On Saturday 11th we made the 170 mile trip to Wimborne to give a new talk, "Stunning Summer Perennials" to the East Dorset Plant Heritage Group (formerly National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens). This was the second time in less than a year that we had delieverd a talk in Wimborne, the previous one being to The Hardy Plant Society. There was another 100 plus attendance and the same warm welcome from extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic gardeners and plantspeople, some of whom are National Collection holders.


Most of the plant societies we visit have their meetings on a Saturday afternoon which means that there is more time than an evening meeting. The talk can therefore be in depth and there is time to admire the plant displays mounted by members, browse the book table and the usually exceptional members plant stall where some real treasures can often be found.  And when it comes to plant sales we were overwhelmed when the eager hordes of members descended on the plants we had taken and almost cleared us out!

Very many thanks members of East Dorset Plant Heritage for such a memorable day, your kind comments about the talk and plants we had for sale, and most of all for making us feel so much at home. We look forward to seeing you again. Happy gardening!


Just a few pics to give a flavour of the day



Yours truly just about to start the talk having had some fun being fitted up with a lapel microphone





This fabulous display of camelias, some of which had been in flower since last November



Two lachenalias from a wonderful display by a National Collection holder





During the course of the talk it became clear to me how different the growing conditions are in Dorset compared with our part of Wales. Many members were growing on chalky soil with a PH well above neutral and driving home we saw examples of this in the fields which were white on any uncultivated parts





And the fields and landscapes are huge: this picture taken on the Dorset/Wiltshire boundary on a road from the villages of Toller Royal  to Sixpenny Handley. What marvellous names!