I would like to thank everyone who helped to set -up and run the Flower and Vegetable show. It is always absolutely exhausting and you all worked so hard. Hopefully we will impress the producers of ‘ Village of the Year’.
Thank you also to everyone who entered or came along on the day. It was a great atmosphere and showed Aynho at its best.
Carol McClellan (Show Organiser)
Gardening Club’s Flower and Vegetable Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 19th August.
The show is open to all residents of Aynho so please enter as many classes as you can. Tea and cakes will be served during the afternoon and there will be a raffle as usual.
For those of you who enjoy the produce, this will be auctioned at the end of the afternoon.
Any cakes and raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated.
Contact: Carol McClellan – Show Organiser– 810346 or any Member of the Committee.
Schedule and Rules of the show.
Spiced Butternut Squash Cake recipe.
On a warm Spring evening last Wednesday Gardening Club members visited the delightful garden at Placketts, near the library in Adderbury. We were greeted by the owner and creator, Dr White, who gave a friendly but knowledgeable tour of his garden and answered all our questions. The variety and colour in a relatively small area was amazing, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
A full coach took us to Wisley, the RHS gardens, just off the M25 last Wednesday. There was lots of sunshine and one or two sudden showers, but we spent a very enjoyable day exploring everything from the tropical plants in the glasshouses to the trial gardens and the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden. there was a heron on the water garden after the shoals of fish and the keen gardeners among us admired the vast range of plants for every season. As we returned to the bus many members were laden with bags of new plants for their gardens at home.
This year’s show provided another display of outstanding flowers, vegetables and cookery. There were also very impressive art and craft entries. We were pleased to welcome a wide range of exhibitors and visitors and grateful to the organisers and the providers of refreshments in the committee room.
Forty two Gardening Club members and friends set off for the Ashwood Nurseries in Kingswinford in the West Midlands. It was a sunny day, but showers were forecast. After an hour and a half in the coach we were glad of a coffee break before we met John, whose garden is attached to the nurseries. He led us round to a wide grassy area and pointed to a passing long boat on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal which provided a border for the garden and protection from invading deer. John delighted us with his deep knowledge of the plants, the plan to have colour in his garden throughout the year and his delightful sense of humour. he had many sculptures, commisioned and placed in appropriate areas but emphasised how much of the planting was to some extend affected by chance or mistake. It was widely agreed that it was one of the very best gardens we had ever seen and John was one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining hosts.
After a late lunch and a tour of the nurseries members loaded the coach with a wide range of plants they had purchased from a very healthy and varied collection.
For our June meeting our members met at Friars Well to enjoy the extensive gardens which Anne and Nick Attenborough are working to restore to their former glory. We gathered outside the summer house in front of what was, for a time, the swimming pool. The pool has been reduced to a third of its size to become an ornamental pond. Beyond is the wilderness walk, a trail from the stables along the wooded boundary to the paddocks below. On the far side of the house is a series of hedged gardens, each with its unique and colourful display. After an hour enjoying the garden in the warm summer evening we returned to the summer house for Prosecco and nibbles. We thanked Anne and Nick for a very enjoyable visit and congratulated them on the progress of their project so far.
There was a cold wind and an overcast sky when we arrived at Lord Leycester’s Hospital but the warmth of the greeting from the Master, who led us on a fascinating tour of the Elizabethan building made up for the weather. The garden was a delight as the sun began to warm up the outside. We had a good lunch at the Hospital and then moved down to the river for our second visit.
The Mill Street Gardens, on the banks of the river, overlooked by Warwick Castle were also of great interest. By now the sun was out and we enjoyed browsing around or having a quiet sit surrounded by lovely views. Another great success for the Committee and organiser, Jean Skuce.
A full coach load of club members and friends arrived at Cliveden on a disappointingly cold and cloudy morning. After a brief explanation, from Peter Cole, of the link between the estate and Friars Well at the time of Lady Ward, we ventured forth. An assistant at the information office gave us a description of what was available and from there we went our separate ways. Some to the Video show, others for coffee but most to explore the gardens. After a short while the sun came out and from then on the day was warm and sunny for the most part. We all enjoyed the Water Gardens. The Maze was a trial for some but they were efficiently rescued. The Long Garden, the Rose Garden and the Parterre were beautifully maintained and full of colour and the descent to the Thames for the fitter members was a very enjoyable extra, although the return climb was a challenge to the fittest. Various viewpoints offered stunning views across the countryside and the Orangery offered very satisfying refreshments, although some members could not resist the delicious ice creams from the nearby van. A big thank you to Jean Skuce for organising such a wonderful day out.