The Summer Plant Sale
Thank you to everyone who made such a great success of our plant sale. From the preparation of plants, new coloured pricing and labels helped enormously with the smooth running on the day, this is due to great teamwork from the committee and members. Also to those who donated plants and sundries and for everyone who came and purchased plants from knowledgeable sellers who coped well with the restrictions to produce a brilliant result.
If you have not heard we took £720 on the day, a new record! And on the hottest day of the year!
It has been confirmed that our meetings can restart on September 24th. We have separately sent you a copy of the new rules of running meetings at the Manor House, please read them before you attend. As the numbers are now limited to 30 including the speaker, you will need to book before hand. So far we have 23 people confirmed for September, so there are 6 more places – if anyone else would like to attend, please contact Suzanne.
New Committee Member
We are very pleased to announce that David Hibbert has agreed to be co-opted onto the committee due to Val Carne moving away.
June Cassidy, Chair
The newsletters started with lockdown to keep us all in touch, and the Society has decided to continue them until we can run the society as normal, with open access to meetings and outings to gardens etc. The only change from next month onwards will be that they will come out one week later; following meetings to share with people unable to attend the essence of the talk and any news. If anyone has items to contribute, they would be happily received.
Reversing the Decline in Insects, pub. July 2020
In the UK there are more than 27,000 insect species, grasshoppers, bees, beetles, butterflies, moths and many more. They live all around us, performing vital roles of pollination, being a major food source for birds, bats and many other species, recycling the nutrients in dung, spreading seeds, eating pests and so on. Whether we like them or not, we need them; without them it would be much harder to grow crops. Numbers around the world are decreasing, since 1976 the UK butterfly population has dropped by 50%, 97% of our wildflower meadows have disappeared since the 1930’s along with 87% of our wetlands. As gardeners can do our bit by the way we garden to ensure dragonflies such as this Southern Hawker seen in the lanes of Dawlish can survive and flourish, alongside all the other insects.
The full report on this can be found at wildlifetrusts.org
The Veitch Nurseries, Exeter
John Veitch was born in Scotland in 1752, and came south to seek his fortune, arriving eventually at Killerton. Sir Thomas Ackland helped John start his first nursery at Budlake in 1800, in 1832 he and his son James moved the nursery to Mount Radford in Exeter. James was a skilled horticulturist and with his son, also named James, they established James Veitch & Son becoming one of the foremost nurseries in Britain. In 1853 they expanded to Chelsea London, then in 1864 the Exeter nursery moved to New North Road and a seed warehouse was opened on the High Street. The nurseries become famous for new introductions of orchids, greenhouse plants, hardy trees and shrubs. James junior is remembered as being one of the finest nurserymen of his time and for his work with the RHS. After his death, the Veitch Memorial Medal was instituted by the RHS in his honour and is still presented annually. The nurseries continued with the next two generations of the family, and Harry Veitch was knighted in 1912 for his role in the first Chelsea Flower Show. The London nurseries closed in 1914, however the Exeter ones continued. The last Veitch to run the business was Mildred who took over in 1929, moving the nurseries to Alphington and selling it in 1969 to St Bridget’s Nurseries.
Over 65 years the Veitch nurseries employed 22 plant hunters, 3 being Veitch family members introducing to Britain from around the world: —
118 Exotic Ferns
498 Greenhouse plants
72 Evergreen and climbing plants
153 Deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers 122 Herbaceous plants
37 Bulbous plants
If you go to Bury Park, on New North Road, Exeter, you can see an information board about the nurseries there and start the Veitch Lamp Post Trail of 17 restored and painted Victorian cast iron lampposts, download a free leaflet on the trail from: veitchlampposts.wordpress.com
Lemon Balm Pick Me Up—for all of us who have this growing rampant in our gardens:
The Latin name for lemon balm is Melissa from the Greek meaning honey. It is known for its calming and soothing properties, be that for a restless sleeper, an upset stomach or just tired frayed nerves. It is best drunk as a tea and is excellent before bed. It has very high antioxidant levels and is said to reduce DNA damage, and its antiviral properties have been used for herpes and cold sores.
To make the tea, take 2 sprigs (8cm with 4-6 leaves) put in teapot and add 250ml of boiled water, leave to steep for 10 minutes.
For a soothing bath, pick an armful, put it in the bath and let the water turn a light green and enjoy the soothing effect at the end of a long day.
(Information from Alys Fowler’s A Modern Herbal)
Roger Khol has shared his lovely Dahlias with us, as he could not show them at this year’s summer show (see main picture.)
Answers to July Quiz:
1. Sweet William, 2. Forget-me-not, 3. Iris, 4. Viola, 5. Canterbury bells, 6. Cowslip, 7. Love in a mist,
8. Dandelion, 9. Lily of the valley, 10. Sweet peas.
The winner was Jenny Lancaster.
For enquires contact: Chair, June Cassidy on 439076 or Secretary Suzanne Jones on 889184