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December Garden Colour 8

Our plant today is the Sedum – or Hylotelephium as the botanists have renamed it. Even the leaves add a splash of brightness as they turn a golden yellow. And once the wind, rain and frost have done their worst the different shades of brown (especially in the sunshine – if only) are still colourful. The red seeds of the Crocosmia are adding to the colour in this photo too.

Don’t forget to sign up for the FREE talk via Zoom from Barlaston Garden Club tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7.30.

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Virtual meetings

Before we post our seventh December photo we have news from Barlaston Garden Club. They are hosting their meetings via Zoom and would like to invite everyone along:-

We are having fortnightly casual meetings and occasionally an expert speaker.   Our next expert talk is on Wednesday 9th Dec at 7.30pm from the Head Gardener of Wollerton Old Hall (Market Drayton) which featured on Gardeners World twice previously.  Talk is entitled ‘The Fragrant Garden‘. If you’ve not used zoom before we have a trial/test run event on Tuesday 8th at 7.30pm.
To join the meeting on Wed or the trial on Tues, please contact us via our website or email us at
If you are unable to use zoom, you can also either: 1 – See part of the meeting via our FaceBook page – or 2. You can dial into the meeting from a telephone line.
If you want to see a short highlights video of our fortnightly casual meetings click here We may also run a Christmas gardening quiz, so would be nice to have other clubs involved.
Please forward this post onto any friends or other local clubs who might be interested in joining the talks for free. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us, we’d like everyone to be able to participate.

Over on our Photo Gallery page we now have a slide show of our Autumn garden pictures. Our seventh December photo is of the few Cotoneaster berries the blackbirds haven’t eaten – yet.

Don’t forget to contact Barlaston Garden Club to join in with their FREE meeting on Wednesday.

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December garden colour

Our meeting this month should have been about December Flower Arrangements (not to mention the afternoon tea) but events are still conspiring against us. We thought instead we would try, with members’ help, to have at least one picture each day of a something providing a little colour in our December gardens – whether its flowers, leaves, berries or ornaments/pots. So, Garden Club Members – this is your challenge. You have our email address for photos. You rose to the Virtual Flower Show Challenge a couple of months ago. Can you rise to this one too?

As a starter here is a mallow still clinging on in Chris’s garden.

Photos will also be appearing on our Instagram feed (stone_candd_garden_club) too.

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Virtual Show – the Grand Finale

Among the many photos received for the Virtual Show this last week have been quite a few taken at other times of the year so we thought as the final part of the Show we could have a round-up of this (very peculiar) year so far.

We start with January through to April

Then May



and finally August

We hope you have enjoyed this peek at members’ gardens and flowers over the last week. We have missed being able to meet up every month and our chats about our gardens over a cup of something after our speaker has finished for the evening – and we’ve really missed hearing all those inspirational and informative talks. This looks likely to continue well into next year as well, sadly. In the meantime we will try to keep the blog going with as many photos, hints, tips and links as we can find as it is one way to stay in touch with each other until something approaching ‘normal life’ can resume.

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Virtual Show Part 5

After a flurry of late entries we are able to bring you lots of flowers from our gardens today – all the photos taken in the last ten days or so.

plus a few more

and even more . .

and finally Fiona sent us this photo with a note – “I know this one isn’t exactly flowers in my garden, but I got it into Garden News and members might be interested? I’ve raised over £1000 now for Little Hearts Matter ( at the garden gate”.

Congratulations to Fiona – and “well done” to all the members who have managed to get photos here on time.

As a finale to our Show tomorrow’s slides will feature those photos taken at other times of the year – gardens and flowers.