The club meets from September to March on the second Thursday in the month. Meetings, with speakers on various subjects, are in the Village Hall, LN8 3LD, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start
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Meetings & Events
The September & March meetings are small shows for members with the points going towards The Hubbert Trophy for the most points throughout the year. September also being the AGM. meeting the December & January meeting may be a little different as it may be the Christmas Dinner.
Two shows take place in the year. The 3rd Saturday in June is The Sweet Pea Show The 3rd Saturday in July is The Annual Show & Fete, both are now held in the Village Hall.
Dobies seed catalogues come in late September & distributed to members, usually having to share. The orders to be back to the seed secretary by 1st December at the very latest, so that hopefully no one is disappointed with their order. We usually get 40% off the seeds & 10% of plantletts & garden equipment, with buying in bulk & the orders distributed at the February meeting.
Gardening tips from Community Spirit by John & May Bennett
Colourful Flowers for Cutting The Gladioli
Plant corms in deeply dug, well drained soil with added sand and leaf-mould, especially if your soil is heavy.
Plant the corms in succession from the 2 nd week in March to the 2 nd week in May, at fortnightly intervals.
You will get continuity of flowers until the autumn.
Plant the corms 6 inches apart and 6 8 inches deep. They should not need staking.
Can grow in rows for cutting but as border flowers, plant in groups.
If growing for exhibition, can give weekly feeds of liquid manure once the flower spikes have started to open, but water first, if the ground is dry.
When the flowers have finished at the end of the season, allow to dry naturally. As soon as the corms are very brown, dig them up and tie in bunches, each variety labelled if this applies to you. Hang in the shed!
Can be cleaned and stored in sand.
You may have small offsets forming you can plant them immediately in a prepared bed of good soil, over old manure and leave to grow on for 2 years until they have reached the required size.
Enjoy! They are superb cut flowers for the home.
Planning a WHITE GARDEN for all the year round interest.
This was brought on by our favourite Snowdrops - slit the plants now whilst they are in the green. Plant immediately, do not allow to dry out. They will look lovely under shrubs, naturalized or anywhere in the garden or tubs.
Other bulbs to plant in the Autumn Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, Allium, Anemone blanda, or Leucojum vernum ( known as the snowflake).
Annuals to sow seed in March Cornflower, Statice, Achillia, Cosmos, Busy Lizzie, etc.
Biennials- Honesty, Foxglove.
Shrubs Camellia, Philadelphus, Buddleja, Jasmine, Spiraea, or Choisya ternata.
Perennials Delphinium, Peony, Phlox, Primula denticulata, Pulmonaria, Lily-of the valley, Hellebores, Campanula, Astilbe etc.
Climbers like Roses and Clematis or Sweet peas.
Agapanthus in pots. Then can be placed in the garden where a gap needs filling.
For soil types, height and exact planting time, and also the months they flower, do research from catalogues or the internet.
You may find many more favourite flowers to include.
Grow some NERINES for autumn flowering.
Someone asked when to plant Nerine bulbs so that sparked the subject for us to do for January. Beautiful bulbs that are out now.
1.Beautiful. Comes in shades of pink, red, and white.
2.Grown from a bulb.
3.Nerine bowdenii is hardy and can be grown outside.
4.Plant bulbs in spring or early summer.
5.Plant outdoors in a well drained soil or in a container, or at the foot of a wall.
6. Will NOT FLOWER in a shaded area. Must be in full sun.
7. Leavers appear in spring, die down at the end of summer. Flowers follow in the autumn. Average height is 60cms.
8. Clear away foliage when it has died back.
9. Lift very congested clumps in early summer and divide.
10. If the summer is very hot like last year, containers etc. may need a little water.
11. Suggested varieties to grow are:- Nerine bowdenii Isabel dark pink flowers. HT. 18 inches. Nerine bowdenii Nikita- pale pink flowers. HT 20 inches and Nerine bowdenii Blanca Perla white. Ht 30 inches.
We wish you all the best of health for 2019 and happy gardening!
WHEELBARROWS and/or TUBS
Hints from The Horticultural Society to Middle Rasen Residents.
1. In both cases make sure that there are drainage holes. Add a layer of broken pots or gravel to allow drainage.
2. Use a John Innes No.3 soil based compost or a multi purpose compost.
3. Before planting water all plants and allow them to drain.
4. Go for mixed colours or a colour co-ordinated scheme.
5. Can use bedding plants, home grown geraniums, annuals, begonia corms or plants, herbs, ivies and other foliage type plants, also succulents.
6. Could do a herb planter
7. Or a mixed variety of succulents dressed with gravel. This is a cheap way if you grow them yourself.
8. Bedding plants of your choice in the wheelbarrow or planter. Could use grasses as a focal point in the wheelbarrow.
9. Another cheap way is to plant calendula seed NOW direct into the container and put nasturtium seeds around the edge.
10. Do not put bedding plants outside in containers until risk of frost has gone in May.
11. Water regularly, and dead head too to keep in peak condition.
12. Put container undercover when rain is forecast, to prevent the blooms from becoming marked.
John & May Bennett, Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society.
Earlier Articles By John and May
Naturalising bulbs in grass or putting bulbs and plants in containers. Baskets, pots and all shapes of containers can be used. In lawns plant crocus, daffodils and dwarf iris or aconites. Scatter the bulbs randomly and plant where they fall.
You can grow many types of bulbs in containers, daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, alliums, crocus, dwarf iris, anemone blanda is a favourite of ours.
To guarantee dense display of colour-on your patio next spring by layering bulbs in pots. Put large bulbs like daffodils and tulips at the bottom and smaller bulbs like crocus and iris at the top. Cover each layer with multipurpose compost.
Plant pansies, violas, heathers, ivies etc in tubs or baskets along with crocus, dwarf iris, etc.
A bowl packed with single colour dwarf tulips can be stunning.
SEMI RIPE CUTTINGS FROM SHRUBS
Can be taken from: Buddleia; Camellia; Choisya; Forsythia; Hebe; Hydrangea; Potentilla; Weigela; Lavender etc. Choose shoots that are almost fully grown except for the soft tip. Pinch the soft tip out.
Length of cutting 3 - 4" long. Strip the lower leaves from each cutting.
Can use root hormone if you wish, but not essential. Insert cuttings around the edge of a pot. Put in a cold frame or cloche.
Remember to label and water thoroughly.
Check that they do not dry out at any time.
You can supply your friends with your new plants as well as stocking up your own garden.
John & May Bennett Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society
SWEET PEA SHOW
The Horticultural Society holds it's Annual Sweet Pea & Summer Flower show in the Village Hall on a Saturday in early June.
There are normally more than 30 classes of exhibits and thers for children's art work & plants they have grown. Visitors see an array of fragrant displays of sweet peas and other early summer flowers such as Delphiniums, Carnations and Roses.
For more information and an exhibitors entry form contact May Bennett (843206). Raffle prizes donated by local well wishers and businesses are gratefully received
Reports & News (3 months)
March is a very busy month for both members and committee members. Our monthly meeting is on Thursday 14th March and is both our small Spring Show and Quiz night which includes a bring and share supper if you would like to join us the meeting is at 7.30 in Middle Rasen Church Hall. Entrance is £1
Also we are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 17th March in The Middle Rasen Methodist School Room, as well as refreshments there will also be plants and cakes for sale and games and a raffle, so come and join us. Doors open at 10-00 am and Entrance is £1-00
The beginning of January bought great sadness to all our members when we learnt that Kath Stephenson, our treasurer and good friend, had sadly passed away. Kath retired in September as Treasurer a task she had undertaken with dedication for a number of years, Kath will be missed by us all.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 14th February when well-known local speaker Titch Rivett will give a talk " The Language of Flowers " celebrating Valentine's Day. The meeting will be in Middle Rasen Church Hall at 7.30pm. Entrance is £1-00, which includes refreshments, come and join us. We look forward to seeing you.
Janet Davies (Jan 19)
Our last meeting of the year in November was well attended as usual and members enjoyed an interesting talk by Geoff Trinder on Wildlife Gardening. We would like to welcome the folk of
Faldingworth and Buslingthorpe especially all you gardeners and invite you to join us at one of our monthly meetings. Our next meeting is on Thursday January 11th in Middle Rasen Church Hall at 7·30pm, Catherine Fordham will speaking on Epworth Physic Garden. You do not need to be a member to enjoy one of our evenings just come along you will be made very welcome.
I'm settling in for the winter looking forward to Christmas and planning my garden for next year
On behalf of the members I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful 2019
Janet Davies (December 2018)
The society's year began in September with the AGM, which was opened by the Chairman. Attending members discussed the Annual reports and elected committee members for another term, they remain the same as last year with the President, Mrs Joyce Rhodes, Chairman Mr John Bennett and General Secretary Mrs Janet Davies. Kath Stephenson retired after many years service as Treasurer, the committee and members would like to thank Kath for all her dedication in keeping the Society's accounts in such good order. The members also held their small show, which included plants, flowers, vegetables, fruit and produce; we would like to thank Irene and John who kindly came to judge the entries.
We had our first open meeting in October, when we invited guests from other gardening clubs and members to enjoy an evening with speaker Janette Merilion followed by a lovely supper. Our next meeting is on Thursday 8th November when our speaker Geoff Grinder will be introducing us to Wildlife Gardening. The meeting starts at 7.30p.m in the Middle Rasen Church Hall, admission being £1.00 which includes light refreshments. Please come and join us, you will be made very welcome.
Janet Davies (Nov 18)
Dobies Seed & Equipment Catalogue 2019
The new catalogue for 2019 will be out at the beginning of October. You don't have to belong to the Horticultural Society to qualify for 50% off seeds & 12% off equipment.
If you wish to receive a catalogue please contact
Carole Sellars 01673 842645
REMEBERING JOYCE HEATH
May Bennett sent a very special thanks went to Mrs Joyce Heath and family for hosting the show for some 41 years. The committee offered thanks to the Heath family for the use of their garden and for everything Joyce and her family had contributed over the years. It was Joyce and the family made every show a huge success. May Bennett
Mrs Joyce Heath enjoying a quiet moment in her garden after a very busy and emotional day
Rev'd Chris & Julia Harrington with the winners at the 67th Annual Horticultural Show and Fete held by kind permission of Mrs Joyce Heath (front)
The members of Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society would like to express how sad they were to hear of the passing of one of their active long-term members, Mrs. Joyce Heath on 23rd May having suffered from ill health for several years.
Joyce had been a Vice-President and an Honorary member of the society. The Annual Show had been hosted by the Heath family at "Rosslyn" for around 40 years. In the early years Joyce would knock on doors collecting prizes towards the tombola on show day and organise it in her garage. She also acted as a steward on the day, after baking, making lemon curd and doing flowers to enter in the show, winning many trophies. That was not all, she would bake for the refreshments too. Joyce was well known for her very tasty sausage rolls whenever we had a meal coming up.
Her home was also open for many tasks on show day. Committee meetings were also held at her home for many years. We could go on, but the hospitality of Joyce and the whole family will never be forgotten. A true member of the community, and our society. Joyce was also a regular worshipper at Middle Rasen Parish Church where she helped with the brass cleaning, flower arranging and after Church coffee. She loved her garden and would potter around for hours. She wouldn't give in until whatever she had started had been finished! She loved company and was always pleased when someone popped in for a chat and a cuppa! She loved her family, enjoying spending time with her 3 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren!
Thank you Joyce, we will all miss you.