Our March meeting involved a kaleidoscopic slide show accompanying Nick Dobson's talk on “Summer Sizzlers”.
Using photos from in his own garden Members were shown the wide variety of flowers from all over the world that can be grown in flower borders, in pots, in window boxes and in hanging baskets to give a visual feast of hot colours that will brighten up the summer months. As well as flowers, shrubs and fruit can add colour too.
“Wow Factor” bulbs and plants should be planted in pots and placed in flowerbeds - once past their best, these pots can be replaced with other plants thus extending the season of colour. After flowering potted bulbs can then be dried out and stored ready for the next season.
Tips were given on propagation, feeding plants and colour combinations.
The talk ended with slides of places to visit around the country where colourful flower beds can be seen – two were local; the Cliff Gardens in Southend and the seafront gardens in Clacton on Sea.