September 2018

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Dear all,
Autumn seems to be well on its way with much shorter days but the weather forecast for next week is showing quite mild temperatures for the end of September. Japanese anenomes are in full bloom in many gardens. They are happy growing in a variety of soil types and light levels and have a knack of invading surrounding areas but if you want a mass of autumn colour, then these are the plants for you. Dahlias are another favourite flower at this time of the year. The “dahlia walk” at Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire, is at its best at the moment. The whole garden (National Trust) is well worth a visit with its themed areas – Italianate, Chinese and Egyptian. There is even a Cheshire cottage.

Anthony Norman, our speaker at the September meeting, had some excellent ideas for evergreens and other foliage plants for the smaller garden which could just as easily be incorporated into areas of a large garden. During the late autumn and winter there can still be plenty of colour. Acers are already showing red hues as they prepare to shed their leaves and there seems to an abundance of berries on the holly. Elizabeth Maddock has arranged a guided tour of The Parsonage gardens in Didsbury to see the impressive range of shrubs and trees that are starting to change colour. The visit will take place on Monday October 22nd at 11 a.m. Car sharing may be available. On Friday October 5th, she will be hosting an illustrated talk on cyclamen by Bob Worsley. This will also start at 11 a.m. Cyclamen are such beautiful, delicate looking flowers whether they treated as indoor or outdoor plants. There are far more varieties than many of us realise. Elizabeth’s address is – 7, Kingsley Avenue, SK9 4EN. Parking can be limited so if HGS members are able to car share it would be helpful. If you are interested in either of these events, please reply to this e mail or give your name to one of the committee members at our next meeting on Tuesday October 2nd.

It was good to see so many new faces at the September meeting (not that existing members look old!). We have a wide range of talks, visits and other events planned for the 2018/2019 season so if anyone has a friend or neighbour who might be interested, please bring them along to the next meeting. David Gilbert will, again, be collecting annual subscriptions (visitors £1.00). If you haven’t already confirmed your e mail address, please could you do so? This is only so that we can send the newsletter and information about other events to the correct address. Most members receive the newsletter by e mail but much of the information is also on the HGS website
Or on our Facebook page
And, of course, in the programme given out to HGS members.
There will also be an HGS members’ “interest” table plus plants/produce sales at the meeting.

Our speaker on Tuesday October 2nd will be Sue Beesley who has transformed Bluebell Cottage Gardens to the delight that they are now. Her website
gives a glimpse into this beautiful site in Dutton, near Warrington. Hers is one of the many RHS partner gardens. RHS members are free, only additional visitors pay.

Finally, the next “drop in”/ chat/ gardening advice / magazine swap / just coffee is at Cafe Aroma, St. Chad’s church hall, this Friday, September 21st 10.30 – 11.30. Please come along!

Hoping to see as many as possible there or at the October meeting.
Regards, Sarah.

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