Welcome to the website / blog for Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society and Garden Club.
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The 1st of March is not only St David’s Day, it also the first day of meteorological Spring and over in our Photo Gallery you will see some lovely Spring flowers starting to appear in our gardens thanks to the beautiful warm and sunny weather we have had over the last couple of February days – even if the nights have been rather frosty.
And as it is St David’s Day we bring you a daffodil (or two) in celebration.
(Although as we’re in England our Welsh members perhaps shouldn’t mention the rugby?!)
There’s a new talk scheduled for today as well.
There are several Zoom meetings planned for March – you can find details about this on our Programme page. – but here is a brief outline –
Monday March 1st – 2.30pm (rooms open 2.15pm) – Talk from Katherine Crouch (Chelsea Gold Medalist) – New tricks for old gardeners – Sponsored by Sutton Coldfield Ladies Gardening Club
Wednesday March 3rd at 7.15pm – “Love & War, How we created our garden birds” Speaker – Kevin Reynolds. Sponsored by Great Bridgeford & District Garden Guild
Wednesday March 10th at 7.15pm – “The Making of Bridgewater Garden: Plans & Progress”. Speaker – Marcus Chiltern Jones. Sponsored by Wolverhampton Horticultural Society.
Thursday March 11th at 7.15pm – “Brilliant Borages” Speaker – Dr. Andrew Ward, Norwell Nurseries. Sponsored by Stone Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society Garden Club
Wednesday Mar 17th at 7.15pm – Quiz – from Kings Bromley Garden Club
Don’t forget to join our Breakout Room at the beginning and end of the meetings so you can catch up with your friends and fellow members even if, for now, it is only via video.
If only! However there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel now. First – places to go – the NGS are releasing their Yellow Book soon and you can pre-order from their website where you will also find details of gardens you can visit now for exercise if you pre-book, and as its snowdrop time you will find there are still snowdrop walks to go on; you will just have to go alone rather than in a group and stay local, remember. The NGS are also holding talks about some of their gardens and have virtual tours too. But as we need to keep local for now the National Garden Scheme, Staffordshire & West Midlands Booklet 2021 is now available and if you would like a copy you can send for one by post. You will need to send a self addressed STAMPED envelope size 22cm x 11cm to:- Peter Longstaff, 18 Newport Road, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, ST18 9PR. Please note all visits will be subject to national restrictions so do check before you travel.
As for people to see ? Well, we have virtual talks and meetings still so, yes, you can meet people but only via video. It is better than nothing though. Our upcoming talks are all listed on our Programmes page but the next few are –
Mon Feb 22nd – 2.30pm (rooms open 2.15pm) Talk from John Chambers (Knaresborough) “Wildflowers – Establishing & maintaining a wildflower area” – sponsored by Barlaston Village Garden Club
Wed Mar 3rd 7.30 (rooms open at 7.15) – Talk from Kevin Reynolds – “Love & War, How we created our garden birds” – sponsored by Great Bridgeford & District Garden Guild
Wed Mar 10th 7.30 (rooms open at 7.15) – Talk from Marcus Chiltern Jones – “The Making of Bridgewater Garden: Plans & Progress” – Sponsored by Wolverhampton Horticultural Society
Thu Mar 11th 7.30 (rooms open at 7.15) – Talk from Dr. Andrew Ward, Norwell Nurseries – “Brilliant Borages” – Sponsored by Stone, Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society.
Links to fact sheets and plant lists that come with these talks are put on the Programmes page as soon as they are received. You will also find details there of the YouTube channel where any talks that have been recorded are available for you to watch for about a month after the talk. Also on YouTube are some ‘how to use Zoom’ tutorials that Indy (Barlaston Village Garden Club) has done. Each participating club now has its own ‘Breakout’ room so you can ‘meet’ with fellow members before and after the main event of the day for a chat. We hope to see some of you soon.
FURTHER UPDATE – our next talk is on February 15th – this is an afternoon talk on a Monday at 2.30pm (rooms open 2.15pm) by Nigel Hopes, Head Gardener at Ashwood Nurseries who will take us through ‘A Year in Johns Garden’. This talk is sponsored by Sutton Coldfield Ladies Gardening Club.
Our last talk was February 10th at 7.30. The speaker was Ingrid Millington from Hillview Hardy Plants talking about Auriculas and the talk was sponsored by Wolverhampton Horticultural Society. This was a really interesting talk covering both Auriculas and Primulas – download the factsheet. Ingrid has kindly offered a discount to paid-up members of Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society’s Garden Club (and other clubs sponsoring these Zoom talks) for the next 14 days only. Order online and then phone to claim your discount.
On the subject of discounts we can also now claim a discount from Suttons. Again this only available to paid-up members and you will need the discount code which you can get from Helen, who also has a limited number of catalogues available for those unable to get online or order one by post.
As you may know by now our meetings are being held in conjunction with several other garden clubs as part of the Tender Shoots Garden Club Network. They are all via Zoom and some have been recorded and posted on the YouTube channel. These include the January talk by Darren Rudge on gardening on a budget – and you can download the information sheet that accompanied his talk. The fascinating lecture from Simon Gulliver of the National Trust on the Secret Life of Trees will be available for a few more days – until about Feb 20th.
Jim Almond’s talk on Snowdrops and other Winter Joys was not recorded but you can download the list of plants he mentioned.
A list of talks scheduled so far is now on our Programme page and the next talk is Feb 15th – this is an afternoon talk on a Monday at 2.30pm (rooms open 2.15pm) by Nigel Hopes, Head Gardener at Ashwood Nurseries who will take us through ‘A Year in Johns Garden’. This talk is sponsored by Sutton Coldfield Ladies Gardening Club.
On Wednesday February 17th at 7.30 (rooms open at 7.15) is a talk from Jo Bird – ‘The Story Behind David Austin Roses’ – Sponsored by a Barlaston Village Garden Club member. Download the plant list.
Keep checking here and watch out for emails as further talks are organised by other clubs and notified to the Network.
If you are unsure about Zoom there are videos on the TSGCN YouTube channel on using Zoom and also how to access the talks via YouTube instead.
As a club we will continue to have “virtual” speakers, in conjunction with Barlaston under the Tender Shoots Gardening Club Network, all via Zoom. The network now have a full programme booked for February, please note not all are on Thursdays and the times may vary.
Wednesday 3rd February 7-30pm ‘Snowdrops & Winter/Spring Bulbs’ Jim Almond from Shrewsbury Sponsored by Stone Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society.
Monday 15 February 2-30pm ‘A Year in John’s Garden’ Nigel Hopes, Head Gardener at Ashwood Nurseries. Sponsored by Sutton Coldfield Ladies Gardening Club
Wednesday 17th February 7-30pm ‘The Story Behind David Austin Roses’ Jo Bird. Sponsored by Barlaston Village Garden Club Member
Monday 22nd February 2-30pm ‘Establishing & Maintaining A Wildflower Area’ a talk from John Chambers, Wildflowers, Knaresborough.
For each of these talks do log in about 15 mins before and join the Waiting Room , if you need any Zoom help/training please contact the Tendershoots Garden Club Network as Indy, the Barlaston Chair, is proposing to run a session at the beginning of February.
Members and friends should have received an email or letter with all the details. We will send out a full list for March later in February but do put March 11th in your very busy diary as Dr. Andrew Ward from Norwell Nurseries will be the speaker.
We hope to ‘see’ some of you at these meetings and are looking forward to the time when we may be able to meet safely in person.
PS – Have you seen that the NGS are now offering live online talks from some of the gardens and gardeners in their scheme? They mostly cost around £10 a talk but there are some interesting ones coming up and it is one way to ‘visit’ those gardens we are currently unable to, as well as helping to raise money for the charity.
In the meantime – here’s a photo of Helen’s Hamamelis ‘Wisley Supreme’
Our January meeting will be held this coming Thursday January 14th. This will be via Zoom with the Tender Shoots Gardening Clubs Network.
Our speaker is Darren Rudge with a talk entitled Gardening on a Budget – Teabags, Bras and Tights. It promises to be a very entertaining evening and one not to be missed.
Members and friends should have received an email or letter with details for joining in with these meetings. It is very easy and you do not need to install anything on your tablet or computer – you can even join in by phone.
The meeting is due to start at 7.30 but the ‘waiting room’ will open at 7.15 and you should find the opportunity to then move into the our club’s breakout room so you can meet and chat with friends beforehand – each club has its own ‘room’.
On Wednesday January 20th at 7.30 we have the opportunity to join in with another Tender Shoots Zoom talk – this will be given by Simon Gulliver from the National Trust on The Secret Life of Trees.
For the foreseeable future our meetings will be held online via Zoom. You do not have to install this on your computer or tablet – you can join in a meeting directly via the internet. You can also enjoy a sound-only meeting if you have no computer by using your phone and dialling in to the meeting.
We will be joining with Barlaston Village Garden Club and other local groups under the joint title of:-
Tender Shoots Garden Club Network www.facebook.com/tsgcn1
(Here we must add our thanks to Indy, Chairman of the Barlaston Garden Club, for setting all this up and organising it.)
Wednesday 6th January at 7-30pm will be a Barlaston Club meeting with the chance for you to join and try out Zoom and ask any questions you may have.
Future dates for your diary:-
Thursday 14th January at 7-30pm “Gardening on a Budget – Teabags, Bras and Tights”.
Speaker Darren Rudge
Wednesday 20th January at 7-30 pm “The Secret Life of Trees”
Speaker Simon Gulliver — National Trust.
Wednesday 3rd February at 7-30pm “Snowdrops and Winter/Spring Bulbs”
Speaker Jim Almond
Wednesday 17th February at 7-30pm “The Story Behind David Austin Roses”
Speaker Jo Bird
We hope you will join in with this network of clubs and enjoy linking up with like-minded gardeners.
Please contact Indy for any help or advice on joining the Zoom meetings via email@example.com.
Members and Friends will all be sent details of future events but do keep up-to date with Stone C & D via our website.
Tier 4 isn’t the best way to start 2021 but here’s saying a big thank you to all the NHS, care workers, and other essential workers who have kept everything going – and an equally big thank you to the researchers who have managed to produce vaccines that work. Hopefully this coming year will see us (eventually) return to some form of normality.
In the meantime let us celebrate our gardens, the joy and solace they brought over the difficult months of last year and the hope they bring for this year
On the final day of December – and this awful year – most of the gardens are still buried under the snow but a few more evergreen and variegated little shrubs are peeping through
When everything is covered in snow, or is just brown and twiggy, we shouldn’t forget our evergreen shrubs when thinking about colour in our winter gardens. These ones are (once again) to be found in Stonefield Park – and taken before the recent snow.
It’s still snowing but these two little plants are managing to keep their heads up high (for now)