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Virus update

We have made an announcement regarding future events in light of COVID-19. Please visit the Newsletter section of the site to download and read our updates. 

In these uncertain times, it's more apparent than ever to look after ourselves, family, friends and the wider community. If you are struggling and live around the Midhurst and surrounding areas, Midhurst Angels are a group of local volunteers who are able to help those in need with collecting prescriptions, getting food and offering advice and support. Please see their leaflet at the bottom of this page.

 

Their contact information is: 07538 839703 or email: midhurstangels@outlook.com.  

In these times, visiting nature has never been more important, so we hope you're able to enjoy your gardens and the great outdoors. Spring is here and we hope you can all enjoy its abundance and beauty. 

Stay safe.

MGC x

Gardens to gander

As the lockdown abates, the National Trust is opening some of their gardens. Do check out their website to see which ones are open.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

Insector Clueso! 

 

An invasion of Asian hornets could hit English shores, after the number of nests found on Jersey rose by almost a third this year.

 

Since 2018 the Jersey Asian Hornet group have been training beekeepers who are nervous about the fact that, inevitably, the UK are going to get Asian hornets. Asian hornets eat native honey bees.

 

Asian hornets are distinguished by being up to 2.5cm in length, have a dark brown or black body, bordered with a fine yellow band. If you think you see an Asian hornet, take a photo and share it with the Non-Native Species Secretariat.

 

Email address is alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk

Weeders Digest

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to take control of your outdoor (or indoor) space with 50 Plants That You Can’t Kill by Jamie Butterworth.

 

These 50 easy-to-grow plants have been selected for their love of neglect and their ability to withstand even the most forgetful of gardeners. Whether you are looking for edibles for your windowsill, potted plants for your balcony or climbers for your garden, there’s something for everyone.
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SBN 9781784725891


£16.99 FROM RHS

Top gardening jobs for June 
June 21 is the longest day of the year and the extra light and warmth encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth. But this extra light and warmth also means weeds will sprout up from seemingly nowhere. Keep on top of them by hoeing regularly in dry weather.
 
1.  Hoe border regularly to keep down weeds
2. Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas
3. Pinch out side shoots of tomatoes

4. Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads, and early potatoes

5. Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
6. Mow lawns at least once a week
7. Plant out summer bedding
8. Stake tall or floppy plants
9. Prune many spring-flowering shrubs
10. Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch.
Musings

 

‘On! sweet and soft,
Returning oft,
As oft they pass benignly,
The warm Jine breezes come and go, Through golden rounds of murmurous flow, At length to sigh,
Wax faint and die,
Far down the panting primrose sky, Divinely!’


 The Breezes of June by Paul Hamilton Hayne

‘What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of earlier month, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will fade’
 

Gertrude Jekyll, On Gardening.

‘How did it get so late so soon?
Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June.
My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?’


Dr Seuss

And finally...

If home is the hearts then the garden is the heartbeat!

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