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By ticknallgc, May 8 2018 06:30PM

Philip Aubury was director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens for many years so it was no surprise to find that he was exactly the right person to talk to Ticknall Garden Club about the care of houseplants at their February meeting.


Apart from beautifying the home, plants also help to filter out pollutants from the air. Ivy, peace lily and spider plant are particularly good. The virtually indestructible aspidistra, beloved of Victorians, served the same purpose.


Despite the wide range of houseplants available, their care is broadly similar.


Watering weekly with tap water is a rough guide but more plants are killed by overwatering than underwatering. Check by touching the soil or feeling the lightness of the pot and leave them on the dry side. Feed on a weekly basis. Green leaved plants thrive on baby bio and flowering plants need phostrogen. It is important to provide humidity in our centrally heated rooms. This can be done by resting pots on a bed of damp gravel and clustering plants together for mutual humidity. Misting weekly is also very beneficial. Where plants are positioned is important. Cyclamen, primula and daffodils need cool conditions. Streptocarpus and African violets need a warmer spot and poinsettia will thrive in centrally heated rooms. Dark green foliage plants will cope with poor light. The majority of plants need good light but not direct sunshine. However there are some like hoya, lantana and plumbago that do need direct sunlight.


Most plants will be happy in a mix of three parts moss peat to one of sharp sand enriched with Vitax 4 or slow release granules.


Philip moved on to demonstrating different methods of propagation. Nodal tip cuttings taken from a geranium were dipped in hormone rooting powder and placed round the edge of a pot and covered with a plastic bag. Internodal cuttings taken from a fuschia treated in the same way. Leaf cuttings from an African violet, butterfly cuttings from a streptocarcus and “bunny ear” cuttings from a Christmas cactus made it all look so easy to increase ones supply of plants or make a lot from a little.


Pests are normally tackled quite easily. A rose fungicide can treat mildew. A soap solution made from fairy liquid in water can be sprayed on aphids. Hang up insect traps in Winter for whitefly. However he did recommend biological control for the efficient management of pests such as mealy bug, scale insects and vine weevil because nematodes work most efficiently in the confined conditions of a conservatory, greenhouse or home.


The popularity of houseplants is very much in vogue at the moment so this visit from an undoubted expert was very timely. It was good to be reminded that they not only enhance the home but also with a bit of tender loving care can go on doing so for a very long time.

By ticknallgc, Apr 10 2018 06:30PM

Jeff Bates made a welcome return to Ticknall Garden Club for their April meeting. He gave a guided tour of seven of his favourite English gardens. He illustrated his choice with his own stunning photographs taken on location.


He started the journey at Consall Hall, Podmore, a little known underrated gem near Stole on Trent. It has been created over the last fifty years from redundant pit banks by William Podmore. Its seventy acres includes six lakes, various follies, summerhouses and even a packhorse bridge. Its various vantage points are designed to admire eye-catching vistas. A fantasy in the romantic style, it is an eighteenth century garden created in the twentieth century.


He then moved on to Hampton Court Castle in Herefordshire which, despite an ancient setting with a traditional ha-ha, has a modern garden. Geometric lines abound. Hedges of box, a rectangular pool and rows of agapanthus in pots are examples. The perennial border has strictly themed colour planting.


Cholmondeley Castle Garden in Malpas, Cheshire is a romantic fantasy of the nineteenth century with its Gothic Castle as a backdrop. An ever-changing plantsman’s garden creates a picturesque scene with follies and terraced glades surrounding a large lake.


Next stop was the truly unique Sezincote Garden near Moreton in March. The house was an inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion being in the Persian style and evoking the Moghul Paradise Gardens. The theme is reinforced with a temple to Surya the sun god, the Indian bridge adorned with Brahmin bulls and a temple pool of still water for quiet contemplation.


Knightshayes Court at Tiverton has fine woodland and formal gardens but is memorable for its recently restored large Victorian walled kitchen garden.


Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe has a romantic feel with its Castle ruins. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden so named because four English queens; Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I walked in the the Tudor gardens there. Katherine Parr is buried in the chapel.


Jeff Bates’ final stop was at the finest eighteenth century English garden of them all.  Stourhead in Wiltshire was the earliest example of a garden not attached to the house itself. It was designed to be an immersive experience where planned vistas would incorporate features such as lakes, follies, statues and grottos. This vision of a classical landscape influenced garden design for many years to come.


In his armchair tour Jeff Bates had reinforced the view that we are lucky to have so many truly magnificent gardens in England.

By ticknallgc, Mar 13 2018 07:30PM

John Stirland has been giving gardening advice on Radio Nottingham for 45 years so he knows a thing or two about gardening. When he came to talk to Ticknall Garden Club in March, he was a man on a mission. That was to convince his audience that Winter is a fantastic season of the year in the garden.


Evergreens come into their own but they are enhanced when they contrast with other plants around them. The flowers on mahonia, daphne, viburnum, witch hazel and winter sweet may be small but they are all deliciously fragrant. Trees and shrubs may still be displaying their bright red and yellow berries, glowing like Christmas baubles. Sorbus, pyracantha, euonymus and rowan can be really eye-catching. The brightly coloured stems of cornus and salix light up the garden. The white bark of the silver birch glows and the delicate peeling bark of acer griseum attracts the eye. Even frost can add an extra dimension as it makes clumps of grass; seed heads and leaf edges sparkle. And do not restrict nursery visits to Spring and Summer. Visits to Cambridge Botanical Garden and local Bluebell Nursery at Smisby came highly recommended as worth a Winter visit. While most plants in Winter are subdued and low key, crocus, cyclamen, hellebores and pansies provide a welcome splash of colour. Iris unguiculares is positively blowsy if it survives the early onslaught of slugs. John Stirland showed lovely photographs to demonstrate his talk. These, added to his infectious enthusiasm and lively sense of humour, meant that he could go away satisfied that his mission had been accomplished.


The garden in Winter can be a wonderful place!

By ticknallgc, Feb 13 2018 07:30PM

Philip Aubury was director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens for many years so it was no surprise to find that he was exactly the right person to talk to Ticknall Garden Club about the care of houseplants at their February meeting.


Apart from beautifying the home, plants also help to filter out pollutants from the air. Ivy, peace lily and spider plant are particularly good. The virtually indestructible aspidistra, beloved of Victorians, served the same purpose.


Despite the wide range of houseplants available, their care is broadly similar.


Watering weekly with tap water is a rough guide but more plants are killed by overwatering than underwatering. Check by touching the soil or feeling the lightness of the pot and leave them on the dry side. Feed on a weekly basis. Green leaved plants thrive on baby bio and flowering plants need phostrogen. It is important to provide humidity in our centrally heated rooms. This can be done by resting pots on a bed of damp gravel and clustering plants together for mutual humidity. Misting weekly is also very beneficial. Where plants are positioned is important. Cyclamen, primula and daffodils need cool conditions. Streptocarpus and African violets need a warmer spot and poinsettia will thrive in centrally heated rooms. Dark green foliage plants will cope with poor light. The majority of plants need good light but not direct sunshine. However there are some like hoya, lantana and plumbago that do need direct sunlight.


Most plants will be happy in a mix of three parts moss peat to one of sharp sand enriched with Vitax 4 or slow release granules.


Philip moved on to demonstrating different methods of propagation. Nodal tip cuttings taken from a geranium were dipped in hormone rooting powder and placed round the edge of a pot and covered with a plastic bag. Internodal cuttings taken from a fuschia treated in the same way. Leaf cuttings from an African violet, butterfly cuttings from a streptocarcus and “bunny ear” cuttings from a Christmas cactus made it all look so easy to increase ones supply of plants or make a lot from a little.


Pests are normally tackled quite easily. A rose fungicide can treat mildew. A soap solution made from fairy liquid in water can be sprayed on aphids. Hang up insect traps in Winter for whitefly. However he did recommend biological control for the efficient management of pests such as mealy bug, scale insects and vine weevil because nematodes work most efficiently in the confined conditions of a conservatory, greenhouse or home.


The popularity of houseplants is very much in vogue at the moment so this visit from an undoubted expert was very timely. It was good to be reminded that they not only enhance the home but also with a bit of tender loving care can go on doing so for a very long time.

By ticknallgc, Jan 9 2018 07:30PM

Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones travelled from Crug Farm Plants in North Wales to talk to Ticknall Garden Club at their January meeting. They diversified from farming in 1991 to the cultivation and sale of garden plants. Along with Kew Gardens they are the only people in England with a licence to bring back seeds and live plants into this country. Plants have to stay in quarantine for 12 months before they can be used for propagation purposes. Since then they have become world renowned for travelling the world in search of rare and unusual plants to propagate in their own nursery.


They have explored most of Asia and much of Central America and neighbouring Colombia. Before setting off they have to gain the necessary permits needed in that country and source knowledgeable guides and employ sufficient porters to carry their equipment. They gave a vivid account of one such expedition to Vietnam. They struggled through dense forests and climbed steep mountainsides in their successful search for new plants. Porters carried camping equipment along with fresh fruit, vegetables and live chickens. Their first area of search was that of Fransipan where they found new types of magnolia, viburnum, daphne and schefflera. Sarcococca bleddynii and viburnum fansipanense demonstrate the source of such discoveries. At the second summit of their climb they found a welcome newly protected area but were disturbed to find expanding clusters of buildings and a cable car for tourist access. Their second area of exploration was Y Ty on the Chinese border. Great care had to be taken not to encroach into China. Here among jungle clearings they found many new species of aspidistra as well as lillium, acer and polyspora. They were concerned about the amount of deforestation in the area as wood was used for fuel and dwellings for an expanding population. They feared that many rare plants may already have disappeared.


With lovely photographs of a wide array of their plant discoveries, Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones proved why they have justly earned their reputation as renowned plant hunters.

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