July 2018

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Dear all,
What a summer so far! Whatever statistics we read or hear about, it seems that the dry weather is here to stay for some time and next month’s proposed hosepipe ban for the majority of the north west will have everyone thinking of ways to keep gardens and lawns “ticking over” until the rain returns. We were away for the last two weeks in June on a very wet Greek island that has never known such a “bad” summer. We returned to a yellow lawn and potted perennials that looked totally frazzled. Watering from saved rainwater every day has seen new shoots appearing and although they probably won’t flower this year, they should be back to full strength next year. Even the lawn should recover once autumn and winter rains have their effect.

With this in mind, it was pleasantly surprising to see so many entries in the plants, flowers and produce sections at the Village Show earlier this month. The cookery and craft sections were also well supported. Many thanks to all those who submitted entries. Further details and photographs are on the website “”.
The website also has the calendar of speakers and events for 2018 / 2019.

The National Gardens Scheme is going ahead with its “open gardens”. Well worth a visit is “Hilltop Country House” in Prestbury, SK10 4ED, open on Sunday July 29th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Money raised from entrance fees, refreshments and plant sales (at some gardens) go to charity. Look out for the NGS yellow book at garden centres and other venues for further details of open gardens.

Wishing you all well for the rest of the summer.
Regards, Sarah.

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