Looking Back and Looking Forward, 2015 – 2016

This is a time of reflection and new beginnings, and here are a few updates.  At the start of 2015 the club agreed to support a charity for the first time; The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Money collected from the plants, seeds, books and other garden effects donated at each meeting and at a plant swap, over the year amounted to a healthy £332.16. In addition, Jane’s Open Garden Party held in July raised an amazing £4582.62. Many thanks to everyone who supported this charity.

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Back in November at our last meeting of 2015, we were guided through the different methods of plant propagation by market gardener Michelle Drayton. She and her husband Phil, sell produce from their Temple Bar smallholding at local farmers markets. Michelle covered plant division, taking cuttings, layering, grafting and budding and of course seed sowing. We shall be able to get started on some of those techniques over the next few weeks to provide new plants for the coming season.

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In December our annual Christmas lunch was held this year at The Angel in Llandeilo with over 30 club members enjoying socializing and the traditional fare provided.

The New Year sees a change in some of the committee personnel and a programme for the speakers and events of 2016 will be published.  The February meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 17th is titled ‘A Photographer in the Garden’ with Mary Pipkin. Do join us and bring along your camera and flower and foliage to photograph. Should be fun. The March meeting will be Keith Treadaway giving a talk on Clematis.

Happy New Year to all; Colesbourne Park Snowdrops

A very Happy New Year to you all.

Llinos sent the following photos of the snowdrops at Colesbourne Park to cheer us up amidst all the rain! Click here to see their website

Snowdrops Colesbourne 1 

Snowdrops Colesbourne 2


Snowdrops Colesbourne 3


Snowdrops Colesbourne 4


Apologies for the lack of activity on the website/blog over the last few months but we have been without internet since the beginning of November. A new satellite system has now been installed so we will (hopefully) be back in action from now onwards.

The incessant rain over the last months and the unseasonable warmth we have experienced have combined to make gardening both miserable and surprising! Weeding and general maintenance have been challenging with the ground badly waterlogged and many bulbs (including a poor deluded Camassia) and other early flowering plants have been out weeks earlier than normal with us.

Hellebores & Cyclamen

Hellebores and Cyclamen

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Daphne Jaqueline Postl started flowering in early December this year

Looking forward to meeting up again at the AGM on Wednesday 20th January.