Our last meeting in March featured Mike Davey with “Gardens of Carmarthen”. We enjoyed a good turnout on the evening and Mike took us along on an interesting photographic tour of the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Aberglasny Gardens. The latter gardens were made famous by the BBC television series “A Garden Lost in Time” in the late 1990’s. For anyone visiting south Wales for a holiday, both gardens would be well worth a visit!
The Spring Show is our next event on Saturday April 14th.
Last year, we introduced a new class especially for novice exhibitors. The class was popular, even on its debut, so if you haven’t shown any daffodils at the Spring Show before, why not have a go? All you need to do is select three daffodils (all the same, or different, we don’t mind, as long as they are from your garden) and bring them along to the Village Hall between 7.30am and 9.30am on Show day. We’ll even supply the vases! There will be help on hand if you’re not sure – but please make sure you’ve read the rules in the Schedule first!
Judging starts at 10am sharp and then the Show itself opens to the public between 2pm and 4pm: as well as giving you an opportunity to admire the exhibits and winning entries, we have at least one plant stall, a raffle and refreshments, including homemade cakes. Admission to the Show is £1.00 (children 16 and under admitted free).
Schedules have been delivered to Members but we usually have spare copies for non-Members, so please get in touch with either myself or Jean to request one. Or you can download a copy from www.woodboroughhortsoc.org.uk or HERE.
The 5 sections are:
Narcissi (daffodils); Flowering Plants; Young Person’s section, Cookery and Photographs (on the subject of “Weather” – no excuses there, then!).
Of course, all winning entries win a cash prize, and if you win enough, you might even be presented with a trophy or certificate! If we can’t tempt you to enter, then do come along in the afternoon for an hour or two – we’d be really pleased to see you.
Ten things you may not know about daffodils
- It is the birth flower of March.
- It is the tenth wedding anniversary flower.
- Although squirrels will dig out the bulbs, they will not eat them because they are poisonous.
- Scientists have discovered ‘ Narciclasine’, a natural compound which may help treat brain cancer.
- Daffodils contain a toxic sap which is harmful to other flowers. Don’t mix with other flowers unless the daffodils have been soaking for at least 24 hours.
- The Isles of Scilly pays a rent of one daffodil a year to the Duchy of Cornwall.
- The daffodil was brought to Britain by the Romans who thought the sap had healing powers.
- Giving a bunch of daffodils means good fortune but giving one is misfortune.
- The daffodil is also known as the Lent Lily due to their long association with the fasting period of Christianity.
- The only play by Shakespeare that mentions the daffodil is The Winter’s Tale.
The Crafty Chatters
A new craft group has been set up in Lowdham, meeting every Friday, 1.00pm till 4.30pm in the W.I. Hall, Lowdham.
Sessions cost £3 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits/cake. We would like crafters from all disciplines to come along and enjoy an afternoon chatting and crafting.
For those who sew we’ll have a sewing machine or two and an ironing board, knitters bring your needles and crocheters bring your hooks, colourers bring a pencil sharpener and ruggers bring your frames.
It will be a great opportunity to share knowledge and pick up tips, plus you might get inspiration to try a new craft! Open to all ages and all crafters. Phone Jane Waite 07985293351 or 01159 664907 if you have any questions.