Cothi Gardeners Growing Challenge and Meetings Updates

2016 Growing Challenge

Do you like a challenge? The 2016 gardening challenge was launched last month by our chairperson Daisy. After a successful Tomato Growing Challenge last year, this time it’s a quite different theme: “What can you grow in one pot?” Daisy suggested a medium-sized (about 20 cm diameter) plant pot, either plastic or terracotta, whichever you prefer. You can grow whatever you like, however, you need to be able to bring your pot along to the August meeting, so try and make sure it won’t be too heavy or awkward to lift. As with all our challenges, it is not a competition, just good fun and a chance to be creative.

Meetings Update

Keith Treadaway talk              Keith Treadaway talk 2

We had an excellent meeting on March 16th when Keith Treadaway gave a very informative talk on Clematis and how we could have Clematis in flower all the year round, by choosing the right varieties. He showed us examples of the different Clematis categories, explaining which were relatively easy to grow, along with those that were rather tender or prone to disease, and concluded with a summary of how to plant, care for and most importantly prune them. For those who were not able to make the meeting, or weren’t able to get a handout on the night, Keith’s list of all the Clematis he mentioned or illustrated in his talk  is shown below – remember that not all those in the list are necessarily suitable for our gardens so it is best to look them up before buying. Keith also gave out another handout with  a few useful addresses and some basic tips which is shown below the list. His garden, ‘Rosewood’ is open for the NGS on 17th July – for more info click here.

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Keith Treadaway summary 1

Our next meeting is on April 20th at 7.30pm when we welcome back Richard Cain from Penlan Perennials. The theme of Richard’s talk this time is ‘Colourful Shade’ and he will also be bringing some of his excellent plants for us to buy. Penlan Perennials in N. Pembrokeshire specialise in hardy plants used to coping with low temperatures and high rainfall. The nursery is completely organic and has recently won an Environmental Excellence Award from Horticulture Wales. Click on the link to go to their website, penlanperennials.co.uk , to learn more. We do hope you will be able to come and join us for what will prove to be a highly informative and enjoyable evening.

The Plant Shop – this has started well so please do come and support it at each meeting. Remember:  good quality, potted up, labelled, and priced plants to be donated. A table will be set up for the ‘Plant Shop’ at the back of the hall, with a tin for the money to be left in. Please price your donation/s according to size of pot, type of plant and so that it reflects the true value while being less than a garden centre would charge. This way those purchasing will have a good quality product at an advantageous price.

Cothi plant shop

 

PLANT SHOP AT COTHI GARDENERS MONTHLY MEETINGS

Many thanks to Anne for this excellent suggestion to help increase club funds and provide a little plant retail therapy for all members without breaking the bank! Do try and find something to bring/be prepared to buy/both (!) at our next meeting:

Wednesday 16th March when Keith Treadaway will be talking to us about Clematis – Start time of 7.30pm

Montanas

Clematis montana ‘Broughton Star’

 PLANT SHOP AT COTHI GARDENERS MONTHLY MEETINGS

By definition all Cothi Garden Club members are likely to be plant lovers. Therefore it makes sense to have a stall at each of our meetings where plants can be purchased. This can then raise much needed funds for the continuation of the club and also feed our ‘plant habits’! Surely a ‘win- win’ situation.

This is therefore a request for good quality, potted up, labelled, and priced plants to be donated each meeting. A table will be set up for such a ‘Plant Shop’ at the back of the hall, with a tin for the money to be left in. Please price your donation/s according to size of pot, type of plant and so that it reflects the true value while being less than a garden centre would charge. This way those purchasing will have a good quality product at an advantageous price- again a ‘win – win’ situation!

Plant sales

 

It would be good if the ‘Plant Shop’ involved as many members as possible. It is understood that not everyone will be in a position to offer plants so perhaps they could consider purchasing one instead so that this is a fully inclusive venture.

The Plant Shop will be open for business before the meeting while refreshments are served so it will not be competition for any of the speakers who may also be selling their plants after their talks. Please remember to take home your unsold plants at the end of the meeting.

Many thanks and look forward to seeing what interesting plants are available for sale.

New Programme Kicks off to a Great Start……..

Now that one of the wettest winters on record is behind us, Cothi Gardeners have launched their 2016 programme.

At our February meeting we learned much about photography in the garden from Mary Pipkin; from how to use the various functions on our cameras to composing the scene or subject before actually taking the photograph. A really practical and informative evening which will hopefully improve our ability to take great pictures of our garden favourites. Below is one of Mary’s beautiful photographs many of which she brought to show us.
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On March 16th at 7.30pm we are  looking forward to our next speaker, Keith Treadaway, who will inspire us with his talk about the ever-popular Clematis. Join us to hear his advice on choosing the right species, where to plant them and how to look after them.

Keith has a wonderful collection of clematis at his garden near Tenby which is open to visitors under the NGS – definitely worth a visit. For details click here.

Keith Treadaway Clematis

Photo by Keith Treadaway

Further speakers this year will include experts on perennials, growing vegetables and roses. We will also welcome representatives from some local gardens which are open to the public. For full details please contact Daisy on 01558 650829.

Cothi Gardeners meet at the Coronation Hall, Pumsaint on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. Annual membership costs £14, visitors and guests are most welcome too, £3 including refreshments.