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Potter, photographer and technical author living in Devon, England. A bit of a geek too.

The Summer Show is only hours away!

The Summer Flower and Produce Fair is going ahead tomorrow – it doesn’t look like beach weather, so come and see what we’ve got under cover! Please observe the notices and follow the guidance of the stewards on the day – it is for your own good…

We hope to see the marquee chock-full of flowers and produce. For newer members who have not experienced our Show before, this is an opportunity to meet your fellow members, and see how you do.

This show promises to be excellent with 115 competition classes in the open-sided marquee, the catering team will be offering takeaway refreshments from the doors of the Village Hall with their usual skill and enthusiasm, and we have the Monkton Morris Dancers, dog show, stilt walkers, entertainments and around 25 stalls.

We would love any plant donations for the Society’s plant stall, a new addition to the summer show as we were unable to hold our annual plant sale this year. Please bring along your plants, ideally on the morning of Saturday 10th, but you can also bring them when you come to the show.

Entry £2.50, under-16s (and volunteers) free. Please bring cash with you for the entrance fee, catering and many of the stalls.

Chairman’s spring bulbs competition

Members and supporters of the Society were asked to send photos of their spring flowering bulbs for our virtual replacement for our Chairman’s ‘competition’. The bulbs can be growing in the garden or indoors but they must have been grown by the person submitting the photo, and not a purchased arrangement of bulbs.

Click on the photos to see them larger. The photos appear in reverse alphabetical order as they happened to be added to this page – no order of preference can be inferred 🙂

Spring bulb competition

Send in your photos of spring bulbs!

In place of the Chairman’s competition for spring flowering bulbs that we usually hold at our April meeting, we’re holding a virtual display of your wonderful entries. Your bulbs, corms or tubers can be growing in your garden or indoors. The only stipulation is that they must have been grown by you and not a purchased arrangement of bulbs. 

Jean Stacey – Crocus speciosus

As there are so many spring bulbs to enjoy you may enter up to FOUR photographs. Please send your entries between Wednesday 19th May and Sunday 23rd May to tricia@thegardenersblacksmith.co.uk

There will be no judging or competition as such – all photos will be welcomed. We’ll put the photos live on the website on Wednesday 26th May and then publish a selection in next month’s newsletter.

Take the Potato Challenge!

ULRHS Potato in a Bucket Challenge 2021

We shall be distributing the seed potatoes for this popular event this Saturday February 27th from 10 am-12 noon, outside the Uplyme Village Hall. For anyone who doesn’t know, we are challenging you to see how heavy a crop you can grow from a single potato! Results to be judged at the Summer Show.

In order to operate as Covid-safely as possible, please observe these precautions:

  • Masks to be worn – please observe distancing and do not hang around to chat
  • If you have a 2020 bucket, there is no need to bring it with you – simply pick up a tuber from the tray and make sure your name has been recorded
  • If you need a bucket, please ask – a sanitised bucket will be given to you with a tuber. Your name and phone number will need to be recorded
  • Take your tuber away and grow it on ready for the Show

If you are not able to come along to collect a tuber, please ring Robin Britton on 01297 631850 and delivery can be arranged.

Sam Pennington shows off her entry in the 2020 virtual show

We anticipate that the plug plants to grow on for the Show will be distributed in the same way in March and April, dates to be advised when Groves can let us have them.  Subscribe to our newsletter to get first dibs and invitations to our free online events!

Visit our virtual Autumn Show!

We had an amazing number of photographic entries for our first virtual Autumn Show – so many thanks to everyone who took the trouble to enter! You can see the galleries of photos here.

There are unusual heritage varieties, an astoundingly productive squash plant, a wonderful show of autumn flowers, apples galore, table decorations and floral creations, yummy cakes and a large number of autumn-themed photos to see. Pop in and enjoy! 🙂

Brian Tomsett – Kale in Lockdown

On tonight and tomorrow

General knowledge quiz tonight

Jim Moseley will be our quizmaster and has a range of devious categories to test your little grey cells. The quiz is general so you don’t need to know the name of a single plant!  Why not join with other members of your household, or even pit your wits against them for a bit of fun.  Please join at 7pm using the following link https://zoom.us/j/95077138728?pwd=ajBPUlhsTkFmWUJkTDcyTUhMaVVnQT09
 so that we can start promptly at 7.15pm. The quiz will last for 1.5 hours. Bring paper and pen for your answers.

Autumn Show entries from tomorrow

On October 22nd, entries open for our virtual autumn show. We have eight classes: 

  1. Autumn flowers – displayed or growing
  2. Autumn table decoration – floral or craft
  3. Home grown fruit, displayed or growing
  4. Home grown autumn vegetables, displayed or growing
  5. Hedgerow harvest
  6. Apple cake – whole cake and with a slice from the centre
  7. Carved pumpkin
  8. Photography – images of autumn. 

Please email landscape (horizontal) photographs to tricia@thegardenersblacksmith.co.uk, with your name, class of entry and, if you wish, a title. Submissions should be made between Thursday 22nd and Sunday 25th October. The show galleries will go live here on Wednesday 28th October.

We’re asking all our members and supporters to send in at least one photo to make this a worthwhile event! The classes are broad in nature and we’ve made it as easy as possible to enter. All you have to do is take one snapshot before the closing date to send to us. You don’t even have to arrange your flowers or produce as you can send photographs of entries that are growing or displayed. And there’s plenty of opportunity to be creative with classes such as ‘Hedgerow harvest’ and ‘Images of autumn’.

October events – Quiz and Show

We’ve had to reconsider a lot of the planned programme especially with increased Government restrictions and the lack of public venues, but we still have some things in store for you.

General knowledge quiz

Our first event in October is a Zoom quiz on Wednesday 21st. Jim Moseley will be our quizmaster and has a range of devious categories to test your little grey cells. The quiz is general so you don’t need to know the name of a single plant!  Why not join with other members of your household, or even pit your wits against them for a bit of fun.  Please join at 7pm using the following link https://zoom.us/j/95077138728?pwd=ajBPUlhsTkFmWUJkTDcyTUhMaVVnQT09
 so that we can start promptly at 7.15pm. The quiz will last for 1.5 hours. Bring paper and pen for your answers.
 
If you would like an introduction to Zoom or need a refresher, there will be a half hour introductory session on Tuesday 20th from 5.30-6pm. Please contact tricia@thegardenersblacksmith.co.uk if you would like to join this session.

Autumn Show

On October 22nd, entries open for our virtual autumn show. We have eight classes: 

  1. Autumn flowers – displayed or growing
  2. Autumn table decoration – floral or craft
  3. Home grown fruit, displayed or growing
  4. Home grown autumn vegetables, displayed or growing
  5. Hedgerow harvest
  6. Apple cake – whole cake and with a slice from the centre
  7. Carved pumpkin
  8. Photography – images of autumn. 

Please email landscape (horizontal) photographs to tricia@thegardenersblacksmith.co.uk, with your name, class of entry and, if you wish, a title. Submissions should be made between Thursday 22nd and Sunday 25th October. The show galleries will go live here on Wednesday 28th October.

We’re asking all our members and supporters to send in at least one photo to make this a worthwhile event! The classes are broad in nature and we’ve made it as easy as possible to enter. All you have to do is take one snapshot before the closing date to send to us. You don’t even have to arrange your flowers or produce as you can send photographs of entries that are growing or displayed. And there’s plenty of opportunity to be creative with classes such as ‘Hedgerow harvest’ and ‘Images of autumn’.

Two special gardens to visit – 15th September

An invitation to visit two private gardens on Tuesday 15th September

We have the opportunity to visit two private gardens north east of Beaminster on Tuesday 15th September – Corscombe House, Corscombe and Harvard Farm, near Halstock. You are able to visit either or both of the gardens as you choose and need to book by Thursday 10th September latest.

The gardens

These two gardens are not usually open to the public, not even through the National Garden Scheme, so it’s a special opportunity.

In the morning we’ll be visiting Corscombe House, arriving in own cars for 11am. James Bartos, owner, will be giving us an introductory talk and then you will be free to wander round this ‘room’-based garden. It’s a formal garden on axes, with vegetable area, wildflower meadow, orchard, pond, lower garden and secret garden. Cost £10 per head.

In the afternoon at 2.15pm, we’ll be visiting Harvard Farm, about 12 minutes drive away. Harvard Farm has been featured in both Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. It’s an Arts and Crafts-style garden with apple tunnel, cloud pruning and topiary, evergreens, trees and pond. Dilly Hobson, owner, will be giving an introduction to the garden. Her son Jake Hobson, is a specialist in topiary and cloud pruning so you should see some good examples in the garden. Cost £12 per head.

The photo above shows some of Jake’s work at Harvard. Image © Niwaki Ltd, used with permission

Arrangements

As Covid restrictions mean no coaches are running at this time, we need to be a bit more resourceful about our arrangements. People will need to organise their own travel and lunch arrangements. We have travel directions and lists of potential places for lunch/picnic and coffee on a separate sheet for those who book.

If you would like to visit either or both of the gardens, please book with Tricia Boyd (tricia@thegardenersblacksmith.co.uk, 07767 261444) by Thursday 10 September at the latest. Payment will be required in advance of the trip. As these trips are specifically arranged for us, we will not be in a position to give refunds after Thursday 10th as we shall be paying the garden owners in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia.

We hope you will be able to join us on this special trip!

ULRHS goes Zooming!

Our last meeting on 26th August was ‘attended’ by about 20 people, who had photo tours and talks round four members’ gardens. We learnt about the habits and care of three favourite alpines from Jean Stacey, heard about Jennie Pearson’s love of recycled art to enhance her cottage garden, had a video tour of Jo and Brian Cursley’s garden, and finally, heard about a wildlife pond and associated habitats from Lois Wakeman. The meeting finished with a professional tour video from John Massey’s garden, owner of Ashwood Nurseries.

The meeting was positively received:

“Just to tell you how fantastic it was tonight and what a wonderful job you all did to achieve it. It’s so lovely to be able to continue our monthly meetings in this way, and such a good idea to look at members gardens which I found interesting and valuable”

“Many thanks for this evening’s chat, it was a great success and fascinating to see other people’s garden. I enjoyed it every bit as much as the usual talks. Lovely to look at four different gardens, lots of ideas and as I am also very keen on found objects, pieces of wood and stones in my garden, I had a ball! It was a great evening.”

“Thanks again for the zoom session last night – very informative and enjoyable.”

“Thank you for arranging it all.  It was all so interesting to to hear and see what people are up to in their gardens and pick up tips about all sorts of things.”

“That was great 👍,thoroughly enjoyed last night, so glad that I had had a practice before the meeting”

“Thank you for organising and helping me through the Zoom event. I am now a believer in the benefits of social media for such purposes and look forward to future events and will be thinking of how I might be able to make a useful contribution.”

– which makes all the work put into organising it worthwhile. We are planning a real-life meeting at two special gardens near Corscombe on 15th September, but may well have more online meetings, especially when the weather gets colder and wetter!

Time to get in touch!

Two Horticultural Society events coming up which need action today if you’d like to take part!

Group visit to Mapperton House August 11th

There will be a group visit to Mapperton House on Tuesday August 11th. Tickets can be purchased via Jenny Harding (jennyhlyme@hotmail.co.uk; 07773 604137) at £10 each, or £8 if ten or more people purchase.

The gardens are open but not the house. The café is also open or you may take a picnic. Opening times 11-5. Please advise Jenny if you wish to visit by end of day on Friday 7 August.

Share people’s gardens in our next Zoom meeting

Our next Zoom meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 August at 7.30pm. Members will be speaking about and showing some of their favourite plants and recent garden projects. There will be time for Q&A after each speaker so that we can learn from each other. We will also intersperse the chats with a virtual tour of a sumptuous garden.

We already have some speakers lined up for the evening and would like a few more who would be willing to share aspects of their garden with others. All you would need to do is provide 2-4 photos illustrating your chosen topic. We would look for people to chat for around 3-6 minutes (depending on how many photos they have) and then answer questions from other members.

Please send your name and a sentence about what you might like to share with others to tricia@thegardenersblacksmith.co.uk by Friday 7 August.