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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.


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December

Is it our imagination or has this year disappeared even more quickly than last year? 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 arriving in the next week 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. The next activity that you are invited to join in with will be a Christmas Quiz – join in as an individual or form a team with friends and family to enter. There are prizes!

Christmas Quiz night – December 8th at 7.30 pm – via Zoom. Contact TSGCN for details on how to join in.

There is also a talk later in the month on gardening in shade –

Tuesday Dec 21st – Alan Edmondson – The Shade Garden


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November

There is only one talk scheduled for November through the Tender Shoots Garden Club Network and this is one that we are sponsoring.

Thursday 11th November at 7-30pm the talk from Doug Stewart  is titled Winter Thrillers.

On his website Doug says of this talk “Scent, stems and stunning colour, a winter garden can have it all…Winter gardens, filled with colour and scent really lift the spirits on even the coldest winters day, in this talk Doug reveals the secrets of creating a stunning winter garden.”

We hope to ‘see’ you there. Don’t forget that we have our own ‘Breakout Room’ at the beginning and end of each meeting so each participating club can chat with their own members.


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Dorothy Clive Garden Visit

Some twenty members and friends joined Helen for a guided tour of the Dorothy Clive Garden earlier this month. It was lovely to see people again and to be visiting the gardens together.

Don’t forget we have two talks for you to ‘attend’ this month –

Wednesday Oct 13th  – Vic Aspland – A Brighter side of Winter – Sponsored by Wolverhampton Horticultural Society 

Wednesday Oct 20th  – 3pm Talk from Joe Tierney – Life and Gardens of Capability Brown – Sponsored by Evesham G&C   NB This is an afternoon talk.

Full details for joining in with these talks are on the Programme page.


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October

We are definitely moving into Autumn now and to help us look forward to Winter we have a talk coming up later this month from Vic Aspland, courtesy of our membership of the Tender Shoots Garden Club Network. They are also hosting an afternoon talk from Joe Tierney of the National Trust on the Life and Gardens of Capability Brown. Full details are on our Programme page and the TSGCN Facebook page.

Wed Oct 13th – Talk from Vic Aspland – A Brighter side of Winter – Sponsored by Wolverhampton Horticultural Society

Wed Oct 20th – 3pm Afternoon Talk from Joe Tierney National Trust – Life and Gardens of Capability Brown Sponsored by Evesham G&C.