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Question for Monty – Chelsea Chop

Hi Monty

In the last couple of years I have successfully treated my nepeta (catmint) to the ‘Chelsea chop’ around this time, but will this work for perennial geraniums? Are there other cottage garden plants that might benefit….? Thanks, Emma S


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Open Gardens 2017

Open Gardens 2017 Flyer Poster £1 pdhs members

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Question for Monty

Now that the rain has come and the weeds have carpeted my garden overnight in a foot high swath, I am interested to know whether our gardening community hoe or hand weed. Hand weeding kills my back but hoeing doesn’t seem to catch every weed and I often slice through the stems of something precious. Also, does anyone have a secret weeding weapon? My preferred killer of choice is a Wilkinson Swoe and a Japanese hand tool like a curved knife but they both require serious concentration to avoid random decapitation of plants.    Patti B.


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Garden Trip to Shropshire

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Gardening Help Required

We are looking for parents, governors, friends of the school, well anyone willing to spare us some time!!!

We would love it if you could come to school on Tuesday 2nd May at 3.30pm and give the school gardening club a helping hand for 1 hour. 

The borders are full of winter weeds and need to be cleared before we can get to the fun part of planting with the children.

We have plenty of equipment, so just turn up, bring a few other family and friends with you and get stuck in.

Many thanks in hopeful anticipation.
Parwich Primary School Gardening Club


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Two Feet Apart

No. 3 April 2017

It’s great to see Big Bill back at the helm at Leatherbritches. Mrs. Monty and I called in to pick up a few plants and found Bill in top form. Our quick stop took an hour and a half (boy can Bill talk, 🙂 ) and we came away loaded with a great selection of plants not to mention some great tips on dealing with slugs and snails. This involved vaseline, garlic and copious amounts of boiling water so probably best not to go into details here!


For this month’s project, plant of the month and garden jobs,  (more…)

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PDHS Visit to Two Great Shropshire Gardens
Weds 14 June 2017
Coach leaves Parwich 8.45am
Returns 6.00pm (approx)

Hodnet Hall Gardens

Over 60 acres of brilliantly coloured flowers, magnificent forest trees, sweeping lawns and a chain of ornamental pools which run tranquilly along the cultivated garden valley to provide a natural habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. No matter what the season, visitors will always find something fresh and interesting to ensure an enjoyable day’s outing.’

Wollerton Old Hall Gardens

This garden has been designed and developed by Lesley and John Jenkins since 1984. It is set around a 16th Century Hall House and has developed into an important modern garden in the English Garden tradition with echoes of Arts and Crafts. It covers 4 acres, is intensely cultivated and depending upon plant interest. Lesley Jenkins quickly discovered that the age of the site demanded formality in the garden design and so she created three north-south and three east-west vistas.  The resulting linearity of these vistas together with the hedges, walls and paths have created a number of separate gardens, with each one having its own style and ethos. The planting style is best described as controlled exuberance with a definite emphasis upon perennials. Colour, form and scale are all important.  There is much in the garden for the plant enthusiast and the garden is bursting with design ideas.  The range of plants is very wide resulting in significant collections of clematis, salvias, phlox and roses.’

PDHS Members £25       Non members £30

The cost for this trip includes entry to both gardens, lunch at Wollerton Old Hall, and coach fare. Deposit of £5 required with booking, full payment required by 31 May. Contact Glynis Drummond 390561 to book.

Please note change of date for this trip

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