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We discussed what our gardens looked like after the recent bad weather.  One of our members had taken photos of her gardens to show how bare it looks at the moment.  She will do this every month so we can see the changes.

One of the group who is very successful with pots shared what are her favourite plants for pots are:

Pot 1- Put a cordaline in the middle, and put scarlet geraniums and deep blue lobelia around it.Pot 2. Pot full of deep blue headbourne lilies  These plants do not like to be moved they like to be pot bound. Pot 3. Argyranthemum Molimba rose which is a gorgeous plant which flowers until the frost. Edged with petunias. Wheelbarrow -Scarlet geraniums, Purple nemesis, pink and white verbena, pink dassia, trailing ivy, trailing dark blue lobelia. Nita also suggests using blue pots to add to the impact.

Here are instructions of how to make an alpine trough: Use John Innes No2 compost grit 50/50.  Fill the trough to the top and tap down, pressing very hard.  Put in rocks to make a landscape.  When putting the alpines in shake off all the compost which makes it easier to plant.  Finish off which grit.

We then had a look at different herbs and their uses.  This was followed by an update on the Cottage Society last meeting. Maureen then had a go at sorting out an orchid that did not look at its best.

Summerhill School have asked if we could make use of a Polytunnel.  Maureen will investigate further.  The group thought it would be a good idea to work with some of the children growing vegetables so watch this space.

Our next meeting will be on 9th April as the first Monday in April is Easter Monday.

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