POTATO COMPETITION RESULTS

Thank you to everyone who tipped out their seed potato, weighed and photographed them.  The results were varied with some impressive crops again this year.

The winner of this year’s potato competition is Janet and John Straw as one of their seed potatoes produced a harvest weighing 967g.

This was closely followed by last year’s winner, Gill Nall, who once again has fed her potato well in order for it to produce a harvest weighing 955g.

A special mention to Mike Hoare who sent me a photo of a potato that he and Jacky had grown on their allotment as the single potato weighed 1003g! Maybe the largest potato will be a new class to introduce at our next show.

Thanks again everyone and enjoy eating your potatoes!

OUR VIRTUAL SUMMER SHOW

We asked our members to send us a picture of their garden this summer or something that they had grown this year that they were really pleased with. Here are some of our lovely gardens and photos. Thank you to everyone who took part.

colourful summer pots
A stunning clematis
Summer colour
Beautiful sunflowers
Luscious peonies – short but sweet
Summer show border
Summer border – all plants bought from the LHS plant sale!
A begonia bonanza!
Stunning summer colours!
What an enormous fatsia!
‘ For Your Eyes Only’ Rose
Vibrant hollyhocks
Rock roses
A lockdown pallet planter!
A bumper crop of homegrown blueberries.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Hope everyone is keeping well and has enjoyed the lovely weather that we have had recently.  Just to keep everyone updated regarding membership and what the Society plans to do over the next few months.  As our membership year was brought to an early end and the shows and trips had to be cancelled, we thought it only fair to roll over 2019/2020 membership into the new horticultural year.  Therefore if you are already a member, you membership will be automatically renewed for our new horticultural year which begins on 1st September. 

At this stage we do not feel that it is safe to book speakers for our usual winter programme of talks, but plan to provisionally book some from January 2021 in the hope that it may be possible then.  We also intend to rebook the coach trips that we had planned in the hope that these can run in 2021.  Our Autumn Festival will not be able to go ahead, like the Summer Show, but we do plan to hold some virtual events and will keep you posted.  The AGM will be deferred but we will still run the discounted seed order scheme and will circulate the catalogues in the autumn. 

We would like to thank everyone who supported our annual plant sale and those who grew sunflowers and planted them out in front gardens and pots.  Our gardens have brought us all great pleasure over the last few difficult months and I am confident, will continue to in our new horticultural year. 

If you would like more details or to join us as new member, don’t hesitate to contact us.

PLANT AND JAM SALE

One of our members, Pat Walker is having a Plant Sale from 9am to 4pm this Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July at Lowdham Village Hall  Car Park.  She will be selling a wide range of good quality  plants.  All proceeds will go  to Bloodwise (was Leukaemia Research Fund). 

To complement this, LHS will have a stall selling a range of homemade jams and chutneys.

Please pop in and see us at some point over the weekend.

SUMMER SUNFLOWER TRAIL

Unfortunately this year’s Summer Show has had to be cancelled, in line with Government guidance and social distancing rules. However, we would still love to create a sunflower trail around Lowdham village this summer, building on the work that Angela Granfield has been doing over the past couple of years. Earlier this spring, we planted a variety of sunflowers called Teddy Bear which we have recently been planting and distributing around the village.  We ask that if possible, you plant sunflowers out in your front gardens so that people walking by get to enjoy them too. The ‘Salt and Light Community Group’ have also given out hundreds of sunflower seeds for people to grow, so we know that a lot of people are already doing this.

Please join us in brightening up Lowdham together and helping to make everyone smile.