We are a gardening group for everyone living around Garth Mountain in South Wales and beyond. We have a full programme of meetings from September to May and run numerous trips throughout the year. We are an RHS affiliated society and are always keen to welcome new members and visitors.
A packed hall with more than 100 members to welcome Adele Nozedar, the author and foraging expert. Her talk on “The Fun of Foraging” opened our eyes to what we can eat that is just growing in the garden and how it can help us. The evening was most enjoyable and informative with a light snack of tulip petal and other delights for a few!
A couple of ideas for Mother’s Day. For more information, and some other ideas, visit their What’s on page.
Time to get busy! Lots to do this month, so here are a few ideas to get you started.
It is time to tidy up the flower borders. Early perennials should be showing growth now and daffodils going over – deadhead the daffs and leave the foliage to die down. You can start to sow hardy annuals outdoors as it warms up. I like to give the flower borders a general feed with pelleted chicken manure around now.
If you are over-wintering dahlias, these should be coming into growth now, so bring them into the light and give them a water and feed. When strong shoots start to show, take a few cuttings to create new healthy plants.
You will probably need to start mowing your lawn this month as the lush spring growth starts. Hopefully you gave your mower a good clean and service at the end of last season. If not, check it over before use and give it a clean – if it’s petrol, change the oil. Keep the mower on a high cut for the first few mows.
I think slugs are going to be a real pest this season – with the relatively mild and wet winter it seems ideal conditions for them – it seems every pot I look at has a sneaky slug concealed underneath. There’s always something to keep us busy!
A very enjoyable evening with Richard Bramley from Farmyard Nurseries. He has a passion for Hellebores which he shared in a most informative and interesting talk. He had lovely slides and covered not only the wide variety of plants and colours available but gave hints on propagation and care.
He had brought a lovely selection of plants for us to buy and most people took advantage. We plan to visit his lovely nursery next year.