Stone Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society

Incorporating The Garden Club

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Garden Photography

We’ve been really pleased with all the photos we’ve received of your gardens and plants over the last two years and even quietly pleased with some of our own efforts. Thank you all and please keep them coming. You can see some of our photos in the Photo Gallery.

But . . . if you want to see really stunning photos, can I suggest you look at the winners in various categories from the latest International Garden Photographer of the Year – they are mind-blowing. You can find these photos on the winners page of the website – scroll down and click on the various categories to see more, and more, and more . .

If you are planning a holiday or a day out this year, selected photos are being exhibited at various venues in the UK and one in Germany – at Kew until March 6th; Cambridge University Botanic Gardens March 15 – May 6; The Dock Museum, Barrow in Furness March 19 –June 15; Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham April 30 – June 30 and Herrenhausen Gardens Hanover until April 30th.

At this point I would usually put a photo. However . . . !

At our next meeting at the Christ Church Centre we have Steve Hickman from Hoyland Plants talking about Agapanthus on Thursday March 10th and then from TSGCN via Zoom on Wednesday March 23rd Margaret Easter will talk about using herbs over the centuries. (alright – a photo, but not plants or garden!) –

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We are now holding meetings in the Christ Church Centre again and a full list of all talks for this year is on the Programme page. Members should by now have received their membership forms and other information. We are continuing to support the Tender Shoots Garden Club Network (TSGCN) and those talks are available for members to join in with via Zoom or You Tube as part of your membership fee.

Our AGM will be held on Thursday February 10th at 7pm for members only. Coffee will be served from 6.15, giving time for collection of membership cards and a quick chat. Following the AGM Indy, founder of TSGCN, will talk about the Network and how to access the talks. Please note that the room will be well-ventilated – in other words the windows and doors will be open so make sure you wrap up well! We also ask that you wear your mask and use the hand sanitiser provided by the Centre.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, February 9th at 3pm Jeff Bates will give a talk on Water Gardens and Water Features for TSGCN via Zoom.

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Winter Flowers

What is flowering (or providing some colour) in your garden at the moment? Becky has sent a few photos of the “scruffy flowers” in her garden –

Send us your photos too and have them featured here and in our Photo Gallery.

Our next Zoom talk via TSGCN is on Tuesday January 25th at 7.30 pm when Andrew and Amy Skea from Potato House will tell us all about potatoes and varieties.

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Jan 12th

Quick update – the afternoon talk from TSGCN via Zoom today,Wednesday the 12th January, at 3pm arranged by Evesham G&C has a change of speaker and topic.

The talk will now be given by Richard Barnes, who’s worked as a Landscape Architect and Garden Designer for more than 30 years.   A published writer and photographer, he is a member of the Professional Garden Photographers Association and of the Garden Media Guild.
Richards talk is entitled ’50 Favourites’  illustrating 50 different plants, ranging from alpines to large trees, the usual and unusual, looking at what makes them a favourite of his, their uses in the garden, requirements for good growth and, hopefully, providing inspiration to try a plant that you might not have considered before.

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New Year’s Day Colour 4

There are some plants that provide colour all year round – the ‘evergreens’. These really stand out at this time of year when everything else can seem a little drab. Some are just ‘green’ like the fern, or the laurel acting as a backdrop to the grass.

Others are variegated and can add a real splash of colour to dark corners.

A few have new shoots waiting to emerge that are a slightly different colour – the yellow of new growth on the yew or the violet tips of the Hebe.

Some change colour in the winter, becoming red like the Leucotho or the Star Jasmine while others have colour that intensifies over the winter like the Nandina.

Others like the almost black Ophiopogon take a blue-ish hue in the low winter sun.

Have a good look around your garden this month – you might be surprised by how much colour there is.

In the meantime don’t forget there is a TSGCN talk (via Zoom) at 3pm on Wednesday Jan 12th on the Gardens of Capability Brown – details on our Programme page or the Programme page of the TSGCN website.

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Happy New Year!

As we welcome 2022 with the hope that things will improve after the last two years (!) and as it is a warm dry day today we trust you have gone out into your gardens to take some New Year’s Day photos of those plants giving colour and interest at this time of year. Send them to us and we can have a virtual show here over the next few days / weeks.

So whether you have a Hellebore

or a yellow jasmine

or a primula

or even a rose (however tatty)

take a snap and send it in.

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Late December

The Committee have been busy trying to plan a programme for 2022 (next year in case you have lost track of time too) so please keep an eye out for an email or letter arriving in the next few weeks outlining those ideas and plans. Given the ever-changing effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic these plans may be subject to change so keep following us here too.

In the meantime we are continuing to support and be a member of The Tender Shoots Garden Club Network which has done so much to provide us with a gardening-related talk every month over the last year and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Note that they now have a website as well as a Facebook page.

The next talk via Tender Shoots and Zoom is on December 21st at 7.30 – grab a glass of something and a mince pie and relax from the stress of Christmas preparations while listening to Alan Edmondson talk about The Shade Garden.

We send our best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year when we hope we may once again be able to hold face-to-face meetings . . . eventually.

frosty yew

After Christmas perhaps you would like to get out into your gardens with a camera/phone and take a photo of whatever is in flower on New Year’s Day (or looking colourful like this frosted yew) – send photos to us for an online New Year photo festival.