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.
Last Saturday’s Christmas Fair proved a huge success with a record amount being raised. Our stall was particularly popular thanks to your generosity. We raised £185, more than doubling last year’s total. All proceeds, well over £2,000, will go towards repairing the leaking roof!
Thank you all for your donations and to everyone who visited on the day.
Recently three of our committee, Helen, Barbara and Sue, visited Peterston-super-Ely Gardening Club for a flower arranging demonstration. They received a warm welcome and had a great evening with Helen and Barbara both winning arrangements. Helen chose wisely but we couldn’t find anywhere suitable at home for Barbara’s – it hardly fitted into Helen’s car! It inspired her to produce the following – she is still considering what to do with the anthuriums.
This Saturday Pentyrch Village Hall is holding its Christmas fair starting at 2.30 pm. There will be all sorts to see and do including our own bottle stall which will be burgeoning thanks to your generosity. Please come along and support us, all proceeds will go towards the cost of repairing the leaking roof!
The Autumn weather has been kind to us so far – some bright sunny days and only a few chilly nights, but with the clocks going back and darker evenings there will be less opportunity to get outside. So take advantage of these dry days and get on with some of the following jobs:
- Keep raking those leaves – can’t believe that in October I actually said that I enjoyed this. Well, maybe the first couple of times it was fun, but it seems that every day produces another couple of bags to be raked and shredded!
- Now is a good opportunity to clear all the rubbish from your veg. plot. Dig over the ground and prepare for next spring’s planting; incorporate some good farmyard or horse manure so that it can rot down over the winter
- I have been busy working on the flower beds – clearing all the old annuals, and cutting down/splitting/moving perennials, and of course lifting the dahlia tubers
- Now is also a good time to re-arrange planting schemes for a refresh next year
- The Kings Seeds order has been finalised. If you missed out there are plenty of other seed catalogues dropping through the post box around now but they will cost you a lot more.
Last Saturday sixty Garth Gardeners set off in lovely autumn weather to visit Thenford Arboretum, Lord Heseltine’s modest little estate, all seventy acres of it. The garden is only open three times a year so we were extremely lucky to have the opportunity.
Everywhere we went had something new to offer. There is a beautifully restored Victorian walled garden and a rill garden with water spouts edged with cone-shaped yews. Around and beyond that is a tree lover’s delight – hundreds of different species from all over the world (collected by many explorers including Roy Lancaster).
You then drift into a series of garden rooms, each surrounded by hedges. Each one contains themed sculptures ranging from an elephant to a huge statue of Lenin.
The house is Georgian and fronted by two life-size Great Dane sculptures. At the rear are two giant cormorants looking out towards the lakes and ponds below the house.
We completed the afternoon with tea and cake in the Church Barn before wending our way back to South Wales. A long journey but well worth the effort to see something so special.
More photos can be found in our Gallery.