The Oulton Broad and Lowestoft Horticutural Society held their final meeting of the year, a special time as the presentation of the cups went to the worthy winners having the most points at the Grand Flower and Vegetable show which took place in August.
Unfortunately some of our winners were unable to receive their awards as they had prior engagements (such as a Chrysanthemum show) or they lived too far away.
Following the awards we then had the AGM and it is good to know the club is going from strength to strength enabling funds to be ploughed back into better speakers and subsidising our entertainments. The August show in particular was a great success and we hope that next year we can better it. Our president John Thomson thanked all the committee for their sterling work and our chairman gave a resume of the year and thanked our president who is also the show secretary and works so hard to make the show a success. We said goodbye to Christine Crisp who has been membership secretary for many years and she will be sadly missed.
Our president then gave us a demonstration on growing sweet peas by starting them off in the autumn thereby getting bigger flower for showing. He planted 3 varieties, Gwendoline a well known reliable sweet pea for showing, White Supreme and Just Julia a deep blue sweet pea. The seeds were sown in root trainers enabling the plants to be planted out with little root disturbance. After germination leave in the green house for about 12 days and then put in a cold frame unless there is several days of frost forecast and then they will need extra protection. Before planting out in March the top needs to be nipped out and in a mild winter it might be necessary to nip the sideshoots twice more so a good strong leader is formed. By using this method show flowers can be produced.