Autumn is time for looking forward to next year, when all the seed catalogues arrive and one can plan for next years growing. Continue reading “Gardening for the Autumn By Bob Coutts. Wednesday 16th October 2019”
The Interclub Quiz is an important date in the Societies’ calendar, when all the local gardening clubs take part. Last year The Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticutural Society came first. The Quiz was held at Blyburgate Hall in Beccles. It was good to see so many members of our society present to support our team and provide audience participation. There were 5 teams taking part, Gorleston, Bradwell, Halesworth, Beccles and us, The Question Master was Matt Tanton Brown well known in Suffolk from Place for Plants, East Bergholt. There were 10 rounds. The questions were mainly horticultural though not all and were quite taxing especially the acronyms, one of which was The Naked Gardeners Society the clue being that it happened in Midsummer! The last round was plant identification, most fairly easy for our experts apart from a pot of grass, it was a member of the audience who got it right after tasting it as it had no smell, it turned out to be Garlic Chives. Beccles provided a wonderful spread of food , tea and coffee for the interval and there were plants for sale. There was also a raffle where the plants from the quiz were also raffled. A very entertaining evening. Once again Lowerstoft & Oulton Broad were the winners . Very well done to our team!
The Society welcomed the return of Jill Hazell, who previously spoke about Gladiolus. Tonight it was the turn of sweet peas. Jill started her talk telling us how she came to grow sweet peas by taking over from someone else and then becoming hooked. There are many grown just for ornamental purposes and their scent. Some of these are perennial and can take over your garden, sweet pea Belinensis also comes in yellow and orange. Continue reading “Sweet Peas by Jill Hazell, Wednesday 19th June 2019”
Jill lives in a village in Bristol that has had a flower show for the last 82 years. She has exhibited begonias and sweet peas , then the villagers decided to compete with one another and exhibit gladioli. Jill and her husband then decided to buy the Great Western business which was for sale so started growing and selling Gladioli. Continue reading “So You Think You Know Gladiolus – A talk by Jill Hazel (May 2018)”