Herald - Issue 427

Page 54 • The HERALD • 4th August 2022 v SEND ALL YOUR NEWS TO THE HERALD v ✿ DOWN THE GARDEN PATH ✿ All Aspects of Garden Work Undertaken • Driveways • Paving • Artificial Grass • Turfing • Decking • Fencing • Hedge Cutting • Landscaping Hythe Garden Contractors Family company established 1977 For a free quotation please call 023 8084 3556 or 023 8084 0378 SPADEWORK Family Landscaping & Fencing Team ] Decking & Natural Sandstone Paving ] Patios ] Driveways ] Block Paving ] Turfing ] All Types of Domestic & Commercial Fencing ] Security Fencing Supplied & Fitted Tel: (023) 8089 4909 Mobile: 07703 566814 u Free Estimates u Fully Insured Smithwood Landscaping Professional Gardening & Landscaping • Garden Redesign • Astro Turf • Trees & Shrubs Carefully Pruned • Rockeries Designed • Fencing • Ground Cover • Seasonal Tidy Ups No Job Too Small as I am a Local Gardener Any advice over the phone is freely given Contact Gary (Master Landscaper) 07707 433194 A Touch of Vintage with Katie Baxter by Debbie Thorne, Foresters Flower Club Foresters Flower Club welcomed Katie Baxter on 7th July, spending a wonderful evening with Katie linking childhoodmemories to her vintage ower arrangements. Katie said that ‘vintage’ is about taking us back in time and talked of fond childhood memories; long summers and she remembered picking blackberries in the New Forest and making blackberry and apple pie. Katie also talked about her experiences during COVID lockdowns. She spoke of homeschooling her children and how much she missed her oristry. During lockdowns Katie started working for a hotel in Lymington with 12 acres of land. e land was a wilderness and she was asked if she would like to prepare the ground and grow owers, which would also be used within the hotel. Katie swapped skills with a keen gardener, who taught her to grow owers from seed in return for being taught to arrange owers. e pair started making oral arrangements for 40 tables in the hotel, amongst other things. During the evening Katie made 5 beautiful arrangements with a subtle vintage look. Firstly a black urn with handles using oasis. Fine leaf hebe was combined with greenery, blackberries, vintage pink-toned spray roses and larger pink wild looking roses. Second was a galvanised urn with light variegated laurel leaves; tall alliums; lilac veronica and a touch of cream lisianthus throughout. irdly, using a tall metal candlestick, she achieved a owing arrangement. is consisted of nigella seed heads, hypericum cream berries, small pink hydrangeas, black pittosporum, raspberry and cream carnations, cream/green vintage roses and nished with alchemilla mollis. Fourth was foam free, a hand tie of pink stocks, pale cream lisianthus, dark pink peonies, thistles, vintage roses and a variety of greenery. ⅔ of the lower stem was peonies, thistles and more - gorgeous! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and many beautiful arrangements were taken home by lucky ra e winners. Katie was given a huge thank you from the Club. Foresters Flower Club has a coach trip to Wisley on 9th September. Anyone is welcome: RHS members £20; non RHS members £33. Next meeting is Thursday 1st September at Copythorne Parish Hall, SO40 2NZ, 7.30pm, Demonstration, All ings Wicker by Graham King. Debbie orne: 07769 830752. cleared of foliage and stems arranged in an ‘X’ and stems added by turning, then tied and trimmed to the same level. Finally Katie used a tall cream urn creating a front facing, big, blousy design for a large room. e loose structure kept the natural look. is included variegated laurel leaves, big, pale blue hydrangeas, pale pink stocks, pink Vegetable Production Using Hotbeds Bartley Horticultural Society next meeting is on Thursday 18th August for a talk by Tom Haskell titled ‘Vegetable Production Using Hotbeds’. eir next meeting will take place on Thursday 15th September for a talk by Gillian Taylor titled ‘My Greenhouse Year’. Meetings take place on the third ursday of the month at Copythorne Parish Hall, Pollards Moor Road, Copythorne SO40 2NT at 7.30pm. eir 109th Annual Show takes place on Saturday 6th August at Copythorne Parish Hall. Open to public 1.30pm. More schedules can be obtained from Maggie Fenwick on 07789 352505. e updated schedule can also be downloaded from their website: www.bartleyhs.org.uk along with extra entry forms which can be printed o if needed. New members and visitors are always welcome. Visitors fee applies. For more information you can write to them at: Mavis Cottage, Pollards Moor Road, Copythorne, SO40 2NZ or call: 07789 352505.