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.

The Show is in waiting!

We’ve had quite a few entries and the webmaster is busy uploading them all and getting the virtual show ready.

Special thanks to the Barnes Meadow entrants who had their own potato unveiling and award ceremony (see above). Nice to see people entering into the socially-distanced spirit!

Come 1pm on Saturday, you’ll be able to see all the entries on the Summer Show page.

Our Virtual Summer Flower and Produce Fair

Undaunted by coronavirus, the Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society has replaced its real summer show with a virtual one.  The event will go live on Saturday 11 July at 1pm, the same time as the original show would have opened.

The virtual Summer Flower and Produce Fair will consist of galleries of photographs to be displayed on the Summer Show 2020 page of the website. There will be one gallery for each of 12 classes, covering flowers, fruit and veg, floral art, baking, art and craft, and photography.

The popular Potato in a Bucket competition will still run and there is a class for under-16 year olds, as well as two classes themed to reflect our lives under lockdown.

The show classes will be for fun and there will be no judging. A maximum of two entries is allowed per class. People are encouraged to start compiling their entries now for submission in July.

Entries need to be emailed as landscape images and must be submitted between Monday 6 July and Wednesday 8 July. The photo galleries will be live on the Society website at 1pm on Saturday 11 July.

For further information about the classes and details of how to enter the show, please download the Schedule from the link below (PDF file).

Virtual Summer Show Classes 2020

Virtual Show Poster
Virtual Show Poster, 2020

 

Roy Keeley – a tribute

Roy Keeley, one of our long standing Uplyme members and Horticultural Show exhibitors, passed away at the age of 80 in May.

Roy came to Uplyme from Charmouth aged 9 and started gardening with his dad, Walt, aged 10. From 1968 Roy, his wife Ann and Walt ran Blossom Hill Nursery in Pound Lane growing plants, flowers, fruit and veg. Over the years they supplied Hartleys with fruit and veg for their shop in Lyme Regis, Potters Funeral Directors in Axminster with flowers and Otter Nurseries with plants, as well as selling direct to the public from their nursery and home.

Roy exhibited his produce at the Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Shows for over 40 years, both summer and autumn, initially in the Professional classes when we had Amateur and Professional classes, a distinction abandoned in 2003. He regularly won prizes and cups including the 1977 Woodroffe Challenge Cup for the most points in flowers and foliage.

He won the Banksian medal for the most points in the horticultural classes at least six times, most recently in 2014. Roy had many successes with tomatoes and onions, and begonias and carnations, winning the Williams Challenge Cup for the most points in fruit and veg in 2014 and the Worshipful Company of Gardeners Award for the best flowering plant in 2016.

Fittingly in 2019, the 90th anniversary of the Horticultural Show, Roy won his final cup – the Seamark cup for the best exhibit in flowers and foliage. He’s 5th from the right in the photo above.

Gardening to the end, Roy took pride and joy in consistently producing high quality plants, flowers and vegetables which we were lucky enough to share when he exhibited at the Horticultural Shows.

Tomato plant sale this weekend

At this time of year, we’d normally be running our fund-raising Plant Sale and eager queues of gardeners would be lining up to stock their veg plots. Sadly this isn’t the case in 2020, but a few lucky people can still get some plants.

Our member Bob Mercer has been busily raising seeds for the Society, and they now need to go to new homes. Bob will put his plants out in the pull-in for Yawl Farm from 10am on Saturday 16th, with an honesty box for the Food Bank. We suggest a donation of £1 per pot for this worthy local cause. Get them while you can – anything left over on Sunday evening will go on the compost heap – so don’t miss out!

There will be 50-60 plants in all – 20-30 Shirley toms, similar Rose de Berne, plus other such as his own JB tomatoes (small cherries), plus a few cucumbers, chillis and aubergines. These are on a first come-first served basis, so please leave some for other people! As usual, the tomatoes are bigger and better grown than most at this time of year – about 15 inches tall (and supported).

We hope not to see a swarm of people, but a steady trickle of socially distanced but happy plant hunters! Yawl Farm is on the right hand side of the B3165 going towards Hunter’s Lodge – look for the curved stone wall.

If you plan to walk from Uplyme, please take care on the road – the traffic can be intimidating on some stretches.

With best wishes from the committee, and hoping to see you at an event in the not too distant future.

Robin

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