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Summer Newsletter - but you would be forgiven for thinking it an early Autumn one!

Odd weather over the summer. When I planted my runner beans out in very early June they sulked because it was so dry. Even with copious watering the flowers fell and no beans to be had - then it rained, and rained, and rained…. the rain knocked the flowers off and no beans to be had. Thankfully, they are “beaning” now and just look at it …. a glorious Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday - which goes to show how topsy-turvy things are. Mind you, we have had some chilly nights and mornings in August; apparently some 25% of the population turned their central heating on in the middle of the month! Driving over to Faringdon the other night I could not help but notice that some of the leaves show signs of turning…. oh dear, soon it will be the longest night…

But no need for SDGC members to get despondent as we have a brimming schedule to look forward to.:

14th September is our members meeting - We shall have the single bloom competition so nearly time to think about nurturing something special for that; sale of produce - anything from fruit & veg to jams, pickles, chutneys and, of course …cakes, so bring along anything you may have. I shall also be preparing another quiz for you to wrap your brains around... I PROMISE to make it a little easier this time…. honest.

12 October - we have Darren Lerigo along to talk to us about “what to do with this space” We all have them, don’t we? A corner where the existing planting isn’t working well, or, in my case, the space created by (finally!) taking my old greenhouse down. Inspiration beckons.

9 November - Andrew Mikolajski will be talking about Lamport House & Gardens. I am really looking forward to this one, (always been a sucker for herbaceous beds…and history), so there should be plenty for him to talk about.

2 December - Sees our Christmas Party - with superb catering by Jacky Jordan (for which many thanks…) - to round off our action-packed year.