Our March meeting always feels like the first one of the Spring season and there were plenty of beautiful spring flowers in the competition. It was great to see so many members at the meeting and it certainly gave me a chance to catch up with them, as I had missed our first meeting of 2017 in February. I think there is always such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and if you have never been, why not come along to our April Meeting and see for yourself!
Stephanie welcomed the members to the meeting. She reminded the members that Tuppeny Barn is holding a Family Spring Flower Show on 1st April 2017 at 2pm. If this magazine gets delivered promptly to you then you have no excuse for not attending! As well as the floral displays in the competitions, Chichester Community Wildlife Officer, Sarah Hughes (who came to Horti in February!) will be providing activities for children. Of course no village event would be complete without tea and homemade refreshments, tombola, raffle and cake stall! Brian gave us his topical tips – when it is not too boggy sow your broad beans and plant out your shallots. Lay your potatoes in trays ready for planting out in April – hope you have tidied up your strawberries and fed with blood fish and bone and pruned your raspberries! A handy tip from Brian is to lay a plank on the vegetable bed where you are working to prevent the soil compacting!
Our speakers, Ian Milton and Mike Bushell of the Chichester Canal Trust, gave us a very informative talk with slides on the history of the Trust and the canal itself. All the planning and engineering of the canal took so long that by the time it was completed it was hardly needed as the railway had reached Portsmouth (now does that sound familiar!). However on the bright side the canal today draws in more tourists than any other attraction in Chichester! The trips sound like fun.
Dont forget that our Plant Sale is on the 13th May so when you are sorting out your plants in your garden, we would love if it if you could pot up any surplus to requirement and give them to the sale.
Our next Meeting is on the 13th April in the Village Hall at the usual time of 7 for 7.30 when Derrick Donnison-Morgan will be speaking to us about Madeira – Island of Flowers. Look forward to seeing you then!
Rozie Bradley Secretary.