These are busy days for gardeners. We’re not only trying to keep abreast of rapidly developing seasonal plants – ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, but also looking beyond summer to the raising of winter edibles.
Newly elected president Mrs Judith Stephenson opened the meeting of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI by welcoming all present, especially after our group meeting the previous week, which had been a great success.
The Coquetdale branch of the Wildlife Trust ended its successful series of illustrated talks with a wonderful talk on a trip that Phil and Alison Hanmer made from Newcastle in South Africa to the Limpopo in Botswana.
When it comes to chrysanthemums, last year we enjoyed the company of the cultivar Boulou White, which stood in a large pot over Christmas. We had encouraged a few stems to develop on each plant with no disbudding for maximum effect.
For our last meeting of the season, we were lucky to have speaker Antony Atkinson, a volunteer for the National Trust at Gibside, to talk about Mary Eleanor Bowes, the great, great, great-grandmother of the Queen.