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We are finally back to having our meetings again but we ask our members and visitors to still wear masks. We are not able to meet at our usual venue in the South Downs National Park’s Memorial Hall due to the staff still being careful regarding numbers. We are at present holding our meetings in the Midhurst Methodist Church. Hopefully, we will be able to go back to our usual hall later this year.
Gardens to gander
Gardens through the NGS are now opening. You will need to book online. Go onto their website www.ngs.org.uk for tickets.
You can now enjoy a virtual garden visit over the winter months. There are over 180 gardens to choose from, so gain inspiration from the comfort of your own home.
West Dean Gardens are open throughout Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec Mon -Sun 10.30am-4pm . Woolbeding Gardens are now closed for the winter.
Bugs that are good for your garden!
Lacewings These beautiful and common insects in British gardens are easy to recognise by their transparent lace-like wings, which are nearly twice as long as the abdomen. Both the adult and larvae are voracious consumers of aphids and insect eggs.
These wasps do not sting. They lay their eggs on or in other insects. Although their life cycle is gruesome - after the egg hatches, the parasitoid eats the host alive before emerging as an adult - these insects have an important role to play. They kill enormous numbers of garden pests, from brassica munching caterpillars to sawflies, ants and aphids.
Learn to identify, treat and prevent plant pests and diseases with the help of the experts at the RHS. A detailed A-Z plant listing explains common plant problems so you know what to look out for in your garden. Explore more than 300 close-up photos showing symptoms and causes of ailments, helping you to identify and treat problems fast. Includes suggestions for organic, biological and chemical controls to keep you one step ahead of pests and diseases.
Keep your plants in perfect condition all year round.
Top gardening jobs for November
Leaves are falling rapidly and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot, but if you can’t, it is worth wrapping plants or pots.
Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up.
1. Clear up fallen leaves, especially from ponds, lawns and beds.
2. Raise containers onto feet to prevent waterlogging.
3. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year.
4. Prune roses to prevent wind rock.
5. Plant out winter bedding
6. Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem
7. Insulate outdoor containers from frost, bubblewrap works well
8. Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks.
9. Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden
10. Use a seasonal bonfire, where this is allowed - to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting
‘I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves'
‘November is the pearl-grey month, the changeling between warm, crimson October and cold, white December. The month when the leaves fall in slow drifting whirls and the shapes of trees are revealed. When the earth imperceptibly wakes and stretches her bare limbs and displays her stubborn, unconquerable strength before she settles uneasily into winter. November is secret and silent’
‘I see the turning of a leaf in an autumn sun, and brilliant shades of crimson glowing when a day is done’
‘November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows With night coming early And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate. The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sink to rest Until next spring’
‘Come said the leaves to the wind one day, Come o’er the meadows and we will play Put on your dresses scarlet and gold For summer is gone and the days grow cold’
Don’t stop shining just because someone is intimidated by your light!