As the hot summer weather continued the group had a further garden visit, on Sunday 5th August, to Brick Kiln House at Shotesham St Mary. This is a two acre garden with fully stocked herbaceous flower borders as well as a large area of mature trees in a woodland setting. A link under previous visits opens a new gallery of pictures.
Simon Harrup has taken a group of members on a wild flower walk for a number of years. On Thursday 26th July a small group of members met at Beach Road, Holme-next-the-sea, a good sunny evening, for the latest walk across the sand dunes and beach. With the temperature approaching 30C, thankfully, a sea breeze helped cool the walkers. In spite of the long drought there was no shortage of flowers and grasses to see. A second walk the following evening had to be postponed a week due to a thunderstorm over west Norfolk. Pictures of the first walk are linked under previous events.
The second summer garden visit was on Sunday 8th July, another very hot summer's day. The first garden visited was Birchwood, Snow Street, in Roydon, a long two acre garden full of flower, heavily laden fruit trees and a pond area that normally floods in the winter. Members then travelled a short distance to the second garden in Common Road, Bressingham. This is a new garden still in the process of development. The pond area near the house is well developed and well planted. Like most gardens in the area the long hot dry days days has taken its toll but both gardens had plenty to see. A gallery of pictures is linked from previous events.
Although Bank Holiday Monday has many attractions for people to go to the Summer Plant Sale at Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday 26th August attracted a large number of plant buyers yet again. A new gallery of pictures is linked under previous event.
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NORFOLK PLANT HERITAGE
Sunday 25th August, 2019
Hethersett Village Hall, NR9 3JJ
10am to 1pm
Specialist nurseries, choice plants, displays, refreshments, plant doctor, tombola
Entrance £1 (free to members)
The 2018 Summer Social was held at Raveningham Hall on the evening of Thursday 14th June, 2018. Members were able to enjoy a glass of wine on arrival followed by a finger buffet. A celebration cake for the 40th anniversary of Plant Heritage was cut by chair, Janet Sleep. Members were then able to enjoy the gardens in warm sunshine. A gallery is linked through previous events.
About a dozen members attended a Rose Workshop on Wednesday 20th June given by Richard Hobbs at Seamere Study Centre in Hingham. An interesting and informative session finished with a tour round the garden, under clear blue skies and warm sunshine, to see the National Collection of Gunnera held by Judy Watson.
CLICK PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
1. A GARDEN SEAT
2. A PHOTOGRAPH INCLUDING A PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING A PHOTO
Exhibit up to two photographs in each category
Photographs must be taken after 25th November 2018
Submit your entries by email here. (please indicate which category the entries are for)
Entries can also be submitted by Dropbox using the same email address for the invitation
Entries to be submitted by 9pm on Monday 21st October, 2019
This is a NPH members only competition
G. 'Brian Ellis'
A FIRST FOR
NORFOLK PLANT HERITAGE?
What was once the garden of Heyrick Greatorex, the first deliberate snowdrop breeder in the country, is now known locally as ‘Snowdrop Acre’. For over seventy years a mixture of Galanthus nivalis, G. plicatus, G.woronowii and G. ikariae have been quietly crossing in nature and producing a profusion of interesting snowdrops. Some have been worth naming and, apart from Greatorex’s deliberate crosses known as ‘Shakespeare Ladies’ such as ‘Nerissa’, ‘Hippolyta’ and ‘Lavinia’ others have been found. In 2009 Richard Hobbs took some galanthophile friends, including member Brian Ellis, to the old garden and Brian selected a snowdrop with two flowers per scape which he was subsequently allowed to name ‘Saraband’ based on Snowdrop Acre, Richard and Brian and David. In all there are well over twenty named snowdrops originating from this small patch of Norfolk.
Probably the most desirable of the selections was named G. ’Greenfinch’, it has large inner and outer marks of a very strong dark green and pinched outer segments. It is one of Brian's favourites. The latest snowdrop originating from this area refers to ‘Greenfinch’ but is the first to have a virtually solid inner mark with just a little bleeding near the base towards the receptacle and a good white margin, the inside of the inner segments is also fairly complete and it has four green lines on the outer segments. It is a handsome snowdrop and Brian says "I am somewhat humbled to think that Richard Hobbs and Joe Sharman thought it should be worthy of naming for me as Galanthus ‘Brian Ellis’ ".
THE WILDLIFE WALK ON TUESDAY 18th JUNE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
IF THERE IS ENOUGH SUPPORT, HOWEVER,
A SECOND WALK CAN BE ARRANGED FOR WEDESDAY 19th JUNE.
PLEASE CONTACT KATHY GRAY HERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST
Sunday 14th April saw the latest of Norfolk Plant Heritage's Gala days at the East Tuddenham Village Hall. This year the theme was 'Cutting Edge Plants'. The morning talk was given by Paul Barney of Edulis Plants and followed after lunch by Nick Macer of Pan Global Plants. A new gallery of pictures from the day is linked under previous events.
Unlike the 2018 Spring Plant Sale, the latest sale on Sunday 5th May, 2019 was held in rather cold and cloudy weather although, fortunately, the rain held off during the sale. A Large number of buyers again crowded onto the sales field and inside the village hall where hot refreshments were, as always, ready and waiting. A new gallery of pictures is listed under previous events.
The visit to Honeysuckle Cottage, Chris Grey-Wilson's garden, on Sunday 2nd June was fine, dry and very warm. Over 50 members gathered to see the garden which had been created over the last 4 years from a rough patch that had been used as a motorcycle track. The garden now brims with colour and form with many familiar and some not so familiar plants. The Irises and Roses were looking particularly fine and Dictamnus var. purpureus was very striking. It was a lovely social occasion and through donations, £357 was raised which will all be given to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust