Friday, 13th July: Salvias – Jo Fox.
What’s On This Month
Friday, 13th July: This month’s talk is Salvias by Jo Fox. 7.30 p.m. Kilmington Village Hall.
Saturday, 21st July at Kilmington Village Hall – 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon. Children’s Workshop.
Kilmington Village Fayre and Flower Show, Saturday, 28th July – Gates Open 1.00 p.m.
Arena Programme begins at 1.30 p.m. Kilmington Village Hall and field behind. Exhibits may be brought to the Show on Friday, 27th July after 6.00 p.m. and on Saturday, 28th July before 9.45 a.m.
What to do in the garden this month
- As your Penstemon flowers fade, cut them back to just above a bud to encourage more flowers.
- Cut back growth in hanging baskets to encourage new flowers and foliage. Make sure you that feed your baskets well after doing this.
- Cut back hardy Geraniums and Delphiniums after the first flush of flowers to encourage new growth and further blooms.
- Prune Wisteria now. Just remove the whippy side-shoots from the main branch framework to about 20cm from their base (about five leaves from the main stem).
- If you need to prune your deciduous Magnolia, now is the best time to do it.
- Pinch out tomato side shoots each week. Cut off any leaves growing below the lowest ripening fruit trusses to improve air circulation and prevent diseases. Feed tomato plants with dilute tomato fertiliser once a week.
- Now is the time to order spring bulbs ready for autumn planting.
- Make a note of your garden’s pros and cons at this time of year to remind you of any changes that you need to make for next year.
Did you know?
The mention of the ranunculus flower typically conjures images of showy flowers with ruffles of paper thin petals in bold colours that range from white and pastel pink to fiery reds and sunny yellows and golds. These impressive flowers are the Tecolote ranunculus, also called Persian ranunculus. They are the most common species of the genus ranunculus which contains over 600 hundred species of flowers. Common buttercups, with their bright yellow petals are also ranunculus.
The name ranunculus is a combination of two Latin words, rana meaning frog and unculus meaning little. It is assumed that ranunculus flowers earned this name because they grew along streams and were as plentiful as little frogs in the spring.
According to Persian legend, a young Persian Prince who always wore green and gold, became enamoured with one of the beautiful nymphs and sang to her night and day. According to one version, the nymphs became so tired of listening to the young Prince sing that they turned him into a ranunculus flower. Another version declares the young prince died of heartbreak when his love was not returned and up sprang a giant ranunculus flower in his place.
The ranunculus flower appears to symbolise charm and attractiveness across cultures and generations. In the Victorian language of flowers, the ranunculus flower tells the lady you think she is charming and attractive.
The Persian ranunculus is native to the Middle East while the common wild buttercup grows wild along roadsides and in meadows across much of the UK. These perennial flowers grow from bulbs and can be planted in the home garden and can be grown in pots or in containers.
Annual MembershipThe 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.
KILMINGTON KIDS' CORNERDon’t forget that if you have any gardening stories or photos to share with us, we would love to hear from you!
Calling All Crafty Children!
We invite you to join us at the KGC Junior Workshop to be held at Kilmington Village Hall on Saturday, 21st July from 10am until 12 noon. The workshop is open to all children in Year 8 and below. Any Mums & Dads who would like to come and help with the younger ones would be very welcome.
Year Group 2 and below will be decorating a paper plate with a scene from a favourite story or rhyme and making a paper bag hand puppet. Year groups 3 to 8 will be painting a picture of their choice and creating a hand puppet from a sock, a mitten or a paper bag. All children will have the opportunity to decorate, paint or dress a wooden spoon – lots of scope for imagination here!
Everyone will have three activities to choose from – you can do them all or just one or two. All materials will be provided free, apart from old socks and mittens for the hand puppets – we might not have enough of these.
Your creations will be entered in the Junior classes at the Flower Show on Saturday, 28th July and you might win a prize. We do hope you can come!
Have a look at these photos – lots of ideas for decorating wooden spoons and making puppets from socks here!
Note: Young people under 16 years of age on 30th June 2018 may enter adult classes using the adult entry form. (Junior entries in adult classes will NOT be judged separately).