We started our May meeting discussing what we are currently enjoying in our gardens. This included Azaleas, Camellias – ‘Donation’ variety reported to be gorgeous but were just finishing, Tulips, Iris, Magnolias Soulangeana and Stellata, Welsh Poppies, Geums, Centaura, Scabious, Skimmia plus many more. A Chilean Firebush Embothrium coccineum ( -photo right) was much desired by one member. Apple trees and any number of veg varieties are also being grown by some members
Based on a past recommendation within the group, another member has purchased a waspinator-
essentially a false wasps’ nest, to hang up in the garden. It apparently discourages other wasps from coming into the garden as they believe another wasp swarm has already settled there. Results will be fed back in future.
All agreed again to propagate and share plants within the group and a range of donated seeds were offered and taken by some to try.
Cuttings of aloe vera were shared with advice that the aloe liquid which can be extracted by breaking a leaf, is excellent in relieving the effects of minor kitchen etc burns. Advice was provided that the plants need only a good desert spoon full of water a week to survive well.
Roberta read a poem she had written:
Appearances are deceptive
I know you don’t think much of me
Just as I am at present, a small and wrinkly thing
As brown as a county pheasant
But oh my dear just wait and see
If you plant me in the ground
With scant attention you will see
A beauty to astound.
So on some cold and wintry day
When sun peeps through the clouds
There I will be for all to see
A crocus straight and proud.
Last year one member had brought an Acer Shirasawanum to show members, which clearly had some bugs on and reported back progress at this meeting. The group had identified the bugs were mealy bugs. Based on the advice given and having bought an appropriate spray, repeat spraying until the mealy bugs left/died and repotting the acer in ericaceous compost, the acer is now in great health and more beautiful than it has ever been. (Photo right is not the actual tree but is equally gorgeous)