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Fancy visiting a local open garden? Then have a look on the National Garden Scheme's list of Open Gardens.

As they say:-

Your perfect garden awaits...

We have around 3,500 breathtaking private gardens opening for charity, have yourself a fantastic day out.

“Something for every plant lover” is definitely what’s coming up in this issue of our newsletter.

We have articles covering Beardless Irises; a Wilderness Garden; a garden reflecting life in Stuart England; planning ahead to get to the best from climbers; growing Pomegranates for fruit and flowers; shouting out for annuals and biennials; changing times at a grand garden; a passion for Sanguisorbas; in praise of garden societies; an artisan’s journey from Bugattis to butterflies and plant...

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Give your plants a caffine boost with spent Ground Coffee. Well, so long as you apply it sensibly seems to be the consensus of opinion.

Don't apply as a thick mulch around your plants, rather use a thin layer and top off with bark or leaf mould. It is probably better to mix in with your compost heap and let it rot down alongside your grass cuttings and other plant materials. Like grass cuttings, too much spent coffee grounds can result in a gooey, slimy mess, so mix it up with stuff like...

How I make a tower of bedding Begonias. Well, obviously I need a number of plants and I get mine from Jersey Plants early in the year and grow them on until they are big enough to plant out when the frosts have finished.

Rather than fill a large tub with a mixture of potting compost and soil, I first put a pot upside down in the large tub, then fill around this with my compost mixture, then plant my Begonias around the side of the tub. Next I place a similar size pot, the right way up, on...

The Ilkley Gardeners' Association is pleased to have been involved with brightening up the patio garden of Ilkley Pre-School as part of our 50 years celebration. The IGA initally donated some compost for the area to re-fresh the beds and thanks to Charlotte who has done a sterling job the raised beds were ready for our Chairman to visit this week and plant up the beds with a number of plants purchased by the IGA from Swincar Nurseries at Guiseley.

These included Sensory plants like Rosemary...

Taking advantage of the glorious sunny morning I found that the bluebells are in flower over the river in Middleton Woods.

Stunning vistas of bluebells where ever the eye looks.

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

Bluebells in Middleton Woods - April 2018 © D Shepherdson

 

Ilkley Gardeners' Association 50 years logoAs part of our final year the Ilkley Gardeners' Association made a donation to Ben Rhydding School's Garden project at the start of 2018. Thanks to Claire and Jeff of the Ben Rhydding School Parents Group we can now share the results of the work done thanks to the funding given by the IGA.

All images used by permission.

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