The weather always seems to be a dominant factor in the minds of British gardeners, especially when reflecting on growing conditions during the preceding twelve months. In 2018 we contended with the Storm Eleanor at the beginning of January, the Beast from the East in March and then suffered from scorched lawns throughout the summer.
A mild autumn has given way to mild weather over Christmas and New Year with bulbs already pushing through! Let us have your experiences of early flowering – we can contribute to the statistics on global warming! Are we having more storms since the Met. Office started naming them? It feels like it! It could be prudent to ensure your garden includes some wind-resistant plants. You will find some advice on plants which are wind-resistant under ‘Did you know?’, courtesy of Gardeners’ World.
Kilmington Gardening Club is starting the year of talks with the welcome arrival of Toby Buckland, who is the speaker at our first meeting on Friday, 11th January. Many of you will know Toby from his appearances on Gardeners’ World on BBC 2 but his gardening pedigree can be traced back to his grandfather who was a gardener and his uncle who showed him how putting seaweed round potato plants would convert to bucketsful of potatoes, showing that a little effort could reap huge rewards. We look forward to hearing all about how to raise ‘Plants for Plenty’.
This is a ticket-only event with the cost £5 for members and £10 for non-members to include refreshments. There are only a few tickets left so don’t miss out – contact Lesley Rew on 07900-827689 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your ticket.
Our Visits programme is taking shape and Christine Mills will let us have more information at the talk in February and details will appear here in due course.