- Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants.
- Move tender plants into the greenhouse or conservatory.
- Prune climbing roses.
- Plant out spring cabbages.
- Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas.
The Late Summer Show proved to be a success after last minute entries boosted classes that seemed destined for fewer than normal exhibits. In fact many of these entries ended up with the prizes. It was no surprise to see Roger Simmons dominate the vegetable classes and he duly ended up as top money winner with £24.50. However it was a close run thing as Pat Grimes had entries in many categories, earning her £24.00. Christine Goodey took third place honours with £12.50.
Although there weren’t as many entries as expected in the cookery classes, the preserves were competitive and looked delicious. The floral art was again of a high standard with Tricia White leading the way, while the craft classes had some quality knitwear and art. The Children’s and Junior sections were dominated by one family, the Drakes, who produced some charming vegetable men and mouth watering chocolate chip cookies. With some excellent catering available, plants and books on sale and the ever popular raffle, the show can be rated an all round success.
- Divide herbaceous perennials.
- Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them.
- Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs.
The Late Summer Show is only a week and a half away, so now is the time to be selecting your entries and making sure that they will be at their best on the day (1st September). Make sure that you notify Christine of your entries by Tuesday 28th August, and good luck!
- Deadhead flowering plants regularly.
- Watering, particularly containers and new plants.
- Harvest vegetables as they become ready.
- Feed the soil with green manures.
- Clear algae, blanket weed and debris from ponds.
- Give lawn a quick acting summer feed.
- Pick courgettes before they become marrows.
- Treat apple scab.
- Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds.
- Plant out summer bedding plants.
- Prune spring flowering shrubs.
- Stake tall or floppy plants.
- Regularly hoe off weeds.
- Plant out summer bedding plants at the end of the month.
- Earth up potatoes and plant any remaining.
- Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs.
The Society held a very successful Spring Show today. The number of visitors was up as was the number of exhibitors. Despite unforgiving spring weather there were plenty of flowers on show including some excellent daffodils. The cookery attracted an increase in entries, while the floral art was up to its usual high standard. Top prize money winners were P. Grimes £12.50, D. Woodcock £11, B. Robinson £11.
A video of the flower table can be viewed at https://youtu.be/WwNDEvw5Cqw
The Spring Show is on Saturday (7th April) so get any entries in to Christine by Tuesday.