Edington and District Gardening Club news for June 2018

Edington & District Gardening Club         First Thursday in the Month 7.30pm Parish Hall

This month we have 2 reports – from Stella and Jacky

In Praise of Apples, Charlotte Popescu (June meeting)

Charlotte was brought up in Oxfordshire when her parents had a big garden and apple orchard. She now has a small orchard in her garden.

The apple was derived from the crab apple and mentioned in Greek and Roman mythology. All over the world there is a lot of folklore and customs celebrating the apple. In England many villages have wassailing events with games such as apple bobbing etc.

There are over 2,400 varieties of apples in our country and over 7,000 worldwide and are usually named after a person or a place.

A medium apple consists of fructose (natural sugar) and many vitamins and minerals and is 52 calories, so is very healthy especially if fresh from the tree.

Charlotte’s favourite apples are ‘Sunset’, ‘Ashmeads Kernel’ and ‘Sturmer Pippen’ which are not usually sold in supermarkets.

We were also told about pollinators and diseases and how best to store apples – wrap them individually in newspaper and store in a very cool place.

Midney Gardens Visit.

14 members were met by Alison and David giving us a brief introductory talk about at these gardens in Somerton. David removed almost everything when they arrived in 2009 and then began the task of planting and replanting. It is a very creative and quirky garden with different colour or themed areas including Seaside, Plantsman, Vegetable, Herbs, Woodland and Wildlife Pond and Grasses all linking together in an enjoyable walk. ‘’Gloria’’, a model air hostess, positioned herself at the entrance of the poly tunnel introducing plants from around the world. We finished with beautiful homemade cakes and tea.

The next visit will be to Hestercombe on July 4th and then to the Taunton Flower Show on August 5th.

If you wish to come along contact me on 830133.

The 5th July meeting,  will be Catrinel Matthew of Edington Flowers, talking on growing for cut flowers.

Visitors are most welcome.

Don’t forget if you grow then show! See you at the Flower & Produce Show on September 8th.