Halesworth & Southwold Community News May 2019 19 With Signature landscaping and maintenance May in the Garden

WITH summer well on the way and the wonderful weather all around us we are well on the way to having our gardens full of colour. With a couple of long weekends this month it is a great time to spend it in the garden. May is a good time to think about the "Chelsea Chop" which is a great way of stopping some plants getting too big and leggy, and with others, staggering flowering times. The plant needs to be of a reasonable size and it is important not to chop too early in May if plants have just not reached the right growing stage because of a cold spring. If you haven't used the Chelsea Chop before it is really worth considering.

May should be (lets hope) a beautiful month, the weather every day is warming up and that means the soil is too. Warm soil, sunshine and a little rain makes the wonderful colour in the garden. It also makes the weeds thrive, so keeping them down is essential, sorry. Adding

colour to beds is

easily achieved by planting some summer bedding, there is such a variety to choose

from and they create an instant display.

Hanging baskets, tubs and pots can also add that splash and can be placed anywhere around the garden. It is best to wait as late in May as possible to avoid any chance of frost. With the very bad weather we have had this winter, early spring hedges may need clipping/ cutting, please be careful that there are no nesting birds that could be disturbed.

The birds

have had a hard start to the spring with cold weather all the way from southern Europe up to the UK, so this nest may be their only chance for young so let’s keep them safe.

Bulbs can be lifted and clumps can be split. Only lift and store bulbs where this is practical. Those naturalised in areas of grass, or planted in borders or containers where they are underneath and coming up through shrubs or perennials may be left in the garden during the dormant season. the

foliage has died

Once down,

carefully lift and clean the bulbs. Trim back roots and the outer layers of loose, flaking tunic. Only healthy bulbs of

a good size should be kept. Damaged or diseased


must be discarded. Lay bulbs on a tray to dry for 24 hours to help prevent fungal rots developing in storage. Put the bulbs in labelled paper bags or nets and store in a dry, cool place. The lawn can be cut weekly depending on the weather, keep the mower blades quite high and as the weeks roll on you can lower the blades until you achieve the desired height. Clip the lawns edges regularly to keep everything looking great. Once the grass is cut and the sun is shining please take time to sit out and enjoy your garden, remember the garden is a room for relaxing, eating, entertaining and playing.

If anyone needs help or advice in or around your garden or you have a bigger project, you would like us to help with please give us a call.

Above all enjoy your garden. Richard

Signature Landscaping 07939 855932


Halesworth Volunteer Centre ST

Mary’s Church will be hosting a special Church service to launch Volunteers’ Week on June 2nd at 3pm. We do hope as many of you as possible will want to attend and we will be sending out formal invitations to local organisations soon. Tea and cake will be available after the service. If you want to know more, please contact Win Sutton on 875225 or the Volunteer Centre on 875600. We were delighted to be able to work with the Pear Tree Fund on our Volunteer’s Day this April. The day was a great success and loads

It was fascinating to We had our first meeting

of people expressed an interest in volunteering. Nikki baked delicious cakes and the Angel kept us topped up with coffee.

see the plans for the new Pear Tree Centre and hear about how building is getting on.

about an exciting new project ‘Project P’. We will be setting up a new Well-being Group in Halesworth. Not only will it be an opportunity for people to meet and talk but we also hope to run a gardening project and even do a little bit of art. A huge ‘thank you’ to the League of Friends of Patrick Stead Hospital for their very generous donation. It has been really important for us to be able to support the Phlebotomy Service at Patrick Stead Hospital – keeping this vital service in the heart of our Town. Two years ago, Suffolk County Council stopped funding the administration of our car service so we continually battle to fully fund the service.


means we are always very grateful for individual donations

and the very generous support of local groups and organisations. Events like our monthly Quiz, hosted by Ian and Sue with Nigel’s brilliant skill as quiz master, really make a difference too. So a big thank you to everyone who supports us. Three cheers for the team of volunteers who baked a brilliant array

of savouries and cakes

for our Easter Bake Sale – we raised over £100 and there were some truly lovely cakes on sale. Thanks to the many people who spent so generously.

Sometimes, though, the best thing is to get a letter or card from someone who our brilliant team of volunteers have helped. It is so lovely to know we have made a difference.

Thank you

to the kind person who wrote to us this Easter – it is much appreciated.

Open Garden at The Laburnums THROUGH sunshine, rain and

threat of snow, The Laburnums in St James South Elmham has opened to raise money for charity and this year is the 25th year. During this time, money has been raised for a variety of charities, including our village hall, the RNLI, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Suffolk Heavy Horses, Help For Heroes, Air Ambulance, local First Responders, Guide Dogs for the Blind and others. Some of these more than once.

The journey started the year after I lost my husband when I was asked to do a coffee morning to raise money for the village hall. Each year I was asked the same and I can still remember the thrill when we first took £300. The garden was changing and growing all the time and then in 2002 while studying for my RHS Diploma of Horticulture, I won a Gold Medal at Chelsea and from this point on, the garden was opened for the whole day and moved to a different level. We now average 170 on the gate and regularly make around

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£1000 for the charities involved. The Waveney Valley Brass Ensemble have held a concert in the afternoon and this year will be their 10th year with us. The garden is packed with everything from spring bulbs, annual, perennials, shrubs and trees and focuses on the three 'F's of open gardens. Flowers, Food and Friendship, some of our visitors only meeting once a year at the open garden. There

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MIDDLETON OPEN GARDENS Plant Sale for Green and Library coming up

COMING very soon, on

Saturday 11th May, is the annual Plant Sale run by and for the Library and the Green. It’s a bring-and-buy: anything

from seedlings

bring to

SATURDAY and Sunday 1st and 2nd June. 11am to 5pm. Adults £5.

This year Middleton-cum- Fordley celebrates

its 12th

Open Gardens event. This has now become an established village event enjoyed by all. However, the main purpose as always is to raise much needed funds for Holy Trinity Church and never more so than in 2019. Essential renovations estimated

at £80,000 are

required, including subsidence works. Each year we have increased the total raised due entirely to the hard work and commitment of our village, especially our gardeners who strive to show their gardens at their optimum best. For 2019 we have more gardens than previously, a rich variety of nineteen, 3 of which have not opened before. One set in 5 acres, with another nestled behind a small cottage.

former market garden displays a 100 year old wall topiary, while attracting

wildlife is

paramount in another. We have our fingers crossed that another wildlife

garden will open

for the first time, the owner is an entomologist and will happily enthuse about insects. David Austin “New English” roses scent the air in one, others cleverly “borrow” the beautiful surrounding Suffolk landscape, another three

are bordered by the Minsmere

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opening her art studio. Garden sculptures produced by local artist Paul Richardson impress elsewhere.


another showing off a new walled garden.

a wheelbarrow can be found around the village.


Refreshments will be served 10.30 – 4.30pm from the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground where there are toilets and children can be happily occupied on our new play equipment. Cream teas will be served in one of the gardens surrounded by beautiful roses. Also, on the Recreation Ground Katie’s Garden Plant Centre will be selling plants on behalf of St Elizabeth Hospice. Parking is available here and other spaces in the village. Suggested routes with distances are available in the Guide. Dogs are welcome in some gardens with the owner’s consent and always on a lead please.

Guides available from Church, Pavilion and Middleton


(B1122), IP17 3NN, http:// middletoncumfordleywebsite.


Irene Ralph 01728 648622 and Val Sulch 668145.

are being nurtured around recently

Two gardens homes, with Gardens in

full-grown plants, tools and equipment and buy at super- reasonable prices. All money raised is shared between the Green and the Library. If you can’t come on the day and you have things to contribute, bring them to the Library beforehand.

The following day, on Sunday 12th May at 10am, is our monthly work-party. The weather seems to have taken a leap into spring and so there

should be no need to grit your teeth

against bitter weather.

Bring a drink and some nibbles for the break, everything else is provided. We meet at 10am at the industrial estate entrance in Lester’s Piece, near the railway bridge. We normally work for approximately 2 hours with a sociable break in the middle. Our website

Millennium Green’

‘Halesworth carries

news of past and future events, photos, wildlife


history and geology (or email Work-parties are on the second Sunday of every month starting at 10am.

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Public Open Days

• Sat. 4th & Mon. 6th May, 9am – 5pm (Bank hol. Weekend, Closed Sunday)

• Sat. 25th & Mon. 27th May, 9am – 5pm (Bank hol. Weekend, Closed Sunday)

Entrance free, donations in aid of

Friends of Clinks Care Farm near Beccles Regd. charity No. 1180847

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