June 2018

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Dear all,
Here we are at the end of another week of well above average temperatures for May / early June. It seems incredible that whilst we have seen so little rain in this area, parts of the West Midlands and the south east have experienced thunderstorms, lightning strikes and flash flooding. Such are the idiosyncrasies of the British “temperate” climate.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been out watering tubs and hanging baskets in the early morning and often, again, in the evening. The violas in the photograph have been soaking up the sunshine, and water, for some weeks now and the giant yellow scabious (cephalaria gigantea) which is so attractive to bees and hoverflies, is in full flower. This is one of my memories of my father’s garden in Buxton in the 1960’s and 70s. Thinking of Buxton …. on June 2nd 1975, the cricket match between Derbyshire and Lancashire had to be abandoned owing to treacherous conditions caused by snow! Buxton has not been used for County cricket since that date! Ironically, the following day saw the start of a long, hot summer, even in north Derbyshire.

Many thanks to those who came along to the plant sale at David and Valerie Gilbert’s home on May 19th. The next HGS plant sale will be at the Village Show on Saturday July 14th. As usual, any “spare” plants will be very welcome.

The show schedule is on the HGS website –

This year we have a sponsor for the show in the form of AHDB Quality Standard Beef and Lamb Promotion Agency, for which we are very grateful.

Just a reminder that Tress and Peter Attwell have kindly offered to open their garden to HGS members on Wednesday June 6th from 2.30 p.m.

As this is a busy main road, parking immediately outside the house is not recommended. There is parking on nearby Overhill Road but please park with consideration for residents and ensure that the junction is kept clear. If anyone is able to car share, this would be a great help. Refreshments will be available at a small charge with proceeds going towards Wilmslow Wells. Tress and Peter’s garden will also be open on Saturday June 30th as part of the Wilmslow Wells “open gardens”.

Finally, if anyone hasn’t yet returned their GDPR (data protection) form, please could you bring it to the open garden or return it, electronically, to Simon Poucher ASAP. Sadly, without your consent, we will no longer be able to contact you with news about forthcoming events.

Regards, Sarah.

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