Talk of the Month

Friday, 14th June: The Scented Garden – Jeremy Wilson

What’s On This Month

Friday, 14th June: Talk on The Scented Garden – Jeremy Wilson

Sunday, 16th June, 1.30-5.00 p.m. Open Garden at Breach (off Shute Road)
in aid of Hospiscare. Teas will be available.

14th, 15th and 16th June
Country Garden Festival -Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset BS5 2PD
This long weekend celebrates ‘the Great British garden’ featuring expert speakers, tours, stalls, live music and food and drink.

16th June 2019 – Burrow Farm Gardens. Practically on our doorstep, Burrow Farm Gardens is holding its annual Summer plant fair in aid of the Devon Hardy Plants Society. Up to 12 selected nurseries from throughout the South West of England bringing their best plants for summer 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

  • If you haven’t already done so, it’s ‘Chelsea Chop’ time! Late May/early June, shear back plants by about a third to ensure that border perennials produce more compact, neater plants with slightly smaller but more abundant flowers. Echinaceas, Phlox, Sedum and Heleniums are particularly responsive to the ‘chop’!
  • Snap off tomato side shoots as they appear.
  • Plant out summer bedding plants.
  • Tie in sweet peas and other annual climbers regularly.
  • Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of bulbs!

Did you know?

There are over 180 varieties of honeysuckle, which include both deciduous and evergreen types. All varieties have sweet-smelling flowers that range from white and yellow to red. These plants are hardy and grow easily—almost too easily; if not pruned and carefully controlled, this ornamental plant can become invasive.
The most common honeysuckle is the Japanese variety. The vine has deciduous green leaves one to three inches in length and yellow, trumpet-like, two-lipped flowers. The vine can grow in excess of 30 feet and can be supported by a trellis or grow up a structure. Honeysuckle is an invasive plant, so it must be constantly clipped back so it does not escape from the garden. The stems are slightly hairy when new and form a bark as they get a little older. The plant dies back in the winter in cold climates but comes back in the spring. Honeysuckle attracts bees and butterflies.

Japanese honeysuckle is native to Japan and Korea. It was taken to the state of New York in 1806 to be used as a food source for wildlife in the state, and because of its appeal as a plant. It was used to control and prevent earth erosion, and it worked well. In fact, the plant became invasive and had to be controlled after a while.

In Greek mythology Daphnis and Chloe were lovers, but they lived far apart and only could see each other while the honeysuckle bloomed. Daphnis asked the god of love if the plant could bloom longer than a season, so they could be together longer, which is why, according to legend, honeysuckle blooms continually throughout warm weather periods.

In some countries, bringing the blooms of honeysuckle into the house means there is going to be a wedding within the year. In Scotland honeysuckle vines were hung on barns to prevent cattle from being bewitched.

Japanese honeysuckle is edible and contains calcium, magnesium and potassium. Children learned long ago to remove a flower from the vine and pull the stem at the small end. The whole inside part of the flower will come out from the petals. They would suck on the long skinny tubes, which tasted sweet, almost like honey. In the past, honeysuckle vines were often boiled and eaten like a vegetable. Flowers were boiled into syrups or placed in puddings. The ancient Chinese used honeysuckle for snake bites. Physicians in Middle Age Europe found that honeysuckle was antibacterial, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. Stems have been eaten since the Middle Ages for arthritis, mumps, hepatitis, upper respiratory infections and pneumonia and were used to treat dysentery. The flowers were commonly used to cure skin diseases, tumours, rashes and sores from the Middle Ages all the way up to the late 1800s.

Honeysuckle is the symbol of love. In the language of flowers, it stands for the bond of love, devoted love and fidelity, probably because of the Greek legend of Daphnis and Chloe. The fragrance is supposed to induce dreams of passion.


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The importance of bees is big news these days. Have you ever thought how important bees are? What did you have for breakfast today? Jam on toast? Fresh fruit? Dried fruit in your muesli or some grilled tomatoes with your fry-up? Maybe fruit juice or a coffee? All of this was brought to you by bees! It’s tempting to think bees just provide us with honey – but in fact they’re behind much of the food we eat, including most fruit and vegetables. Bees are incredibly important – they pollinate plants in gardens, parks and the wider countryside, including more than three-quarters of the UK’s wildflowers. Bees are a sign of how healthy, or otherwise, our environment is.

As you are probably aware, numbers of bees are declining but we can all do our bit to improve matters. One of the easiest ways to make a difference is by providing valuable food for bees and other pollinating insects through the seasons. As well as planting flowers, think about herbs, fruit, vegetables, shrubs and trees – they can all provide nectar when they are in flower. Here are some ideas to make your space bee friendly.

No garden?
No problem. Plant herbs in a pot outside your front door or in a window box – bees will love them.

Fruity flavours
When soft fruits are in flower they are great for bees and they don’t have to take up huge amounts of space. Home-grown raspberries and strawberries are delicious too.

Drinking water
Leave a shallow dish of water for bees, especially in the warmer months. Fill it with pebbles so they have somewhere to land.

Think about bees when planning your entries for the Annual Fayre and Flower Show on 27th July – you could be inspired by bees when making your art work! (There is a link to the Show Schedule and details of the classes on the ‘Show page’).

It’s time to start thinking about your entries for the Show, especially if you are going to grow your entry! So 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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