Alternative plants for alternative places – Gold Club speaker

What’s On This Month

The RHS Shows get under way this month with the RHS Flower Show, Cardiff. Click here for more information.

A favourite with our members and much closer to home, Burrow Farm Gardens re-opens on 1st April. On Easter Sunday, 21st April, they will be holding their annual Spring Plant Fair in aid of Plant Heritage. Up to 12 selected nurseries from throughout the South West of England bringing their best plants for spring to sell! £1 entrance to plant fair which is taken off your entrance to the garden if you do go around the garden.

What to do in the garden this month

  • Pinch out fuchsias to ensure bushy growth with plenty of flowers.
  • Deadhead daffodils and tulips as the flowers disappear but leave the foliage to die back naturally. Leave the flower heads on snowdrops and scillas so that they can self-seed.
  • Sow hardy annual flowers directly into beds and plant herbaceous perennials.
  • Feed fruit trees and bushes.
  • Dig in a 5cm layer of compost or well-rotted manure into your vegetable beds.
  • Divide Hostas before they come into leaf.
  • Plant new asparagus beds.
  • Plant potatoes, shallots and onion sets.
  • Lift and divide perennial plants now to improve their vigour and create new plants for your garden.

Did you know?


Borage is an edible plant that has been used medicinally since ancient times. It is nutritious, being a good source of vitamins, minerals and phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties.

Borage, (Borago officinalis) also known as burage, ox-tongue, bee plant, bee bread, or star flower, is an annual herb with pretty blue, star shaped, flowers that is thought to have originated from the north-eastern Mediterranean, and in particular the region that is now Syria. It grows satisfactorily in gardens in the UK climate, remaining in the garden from year to year by self-seeding. Borage flowers are cooked and eaten like spinach and borage seeds are used to make essential oil for medicinal uses.

The origins of borage can be traced back to ancient Greece and in particular Greek Mythology. Some experts believe that the herb called nepenthe, as described by the poet Homer, was in fact borage. A potion of nepenthe was given to Helen of Troy by the Egyptian queen Polidamma, in order to relieve her sorrow and encourage forgetfulness.

In ancient times borage is said to have been given to Roman soldiers before they marched in battle, in order to give them courage and to calm their nerves. However, it is more likely the courage was induced by the wine and brandy that the borage flowers were often steeped in, and the sense of comfort came from the sight of the colourful star-shaped flowers. The tradition of giving borage to warriors to induce courage continued through the time of the crusaders’ religious military campaigns, and into medieval times when men had borage flowers embroidered on their battle dress. Charles Dickens was also a fan of borage which he included in a potent punch made with brandy, sherry, cider, lemon juice and sugar.

Borage is used in companion planting. It is said to protect or nurse legumes, spinach, brassicas, and even strawberries. It is also said to be a good companion plant to tomatoes. Claims that it improves tomato growth and makes them taste better remain unsubstantiated.



Annual Membership

The cost of annual membership remains at only £5 per person, which entitles you to free admission to our interesting monthly talks held in Kilmington Village Hall on the second Friday of the month.
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Don’t forget that if you have any gardening stories or photos to share with us, we would love to hear from you!

Here are the Junior Classes for the Annual Fayre and Flower Show:


(For the Colyer Shield, Barrel Cup, Pavilion Cup and Miller Cup)
Entrant’s year group on 31st July 2019 should be stated on all exhibits.

An art and craft morning workshop is arranged for Saturday 20th July in the
Village Hall. Children who attend will be helped with ideas and techniques
for the Junior classes (141, 142, 145, 146). Materials will be provided. There
may be a small charge to cover the cost of materials.
More information about the workshop will be published in Postscript and on
the Gardening Club website nearer the time of the Show.

For the Pavilion Cup – school year group 2 and below
141. A finger painting of a garden
142. A junk model animal (max 32cm square)

For the Colyer Shield – school year groups 3 to 6 inclusive
145. Design and make a carnival mask
146. Decorate a flower pot (max size 10cm diameter at top)

For the Miller Cup – school year groups 6-8 inclusive
147. Design and grow a garden in a flower pot (max size 25cm diameter at

For the Barrel Cup – years 7 and 8 ONLY
148. Make and decorate a sponge cake (own recipe)

Note: Young people under 16 years of age on 31st July 2019 may enter adult
classes using the adult entry form. See rule 12.

NB. Junior entries in adult classes will NOT be judged separately.

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Gill Gibbs (Chair)


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