Cirencester's Gardening Club

Stratton & Baunton Horticultural Society est. 1877


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We have been in existence for over 130 years as a community of gardening enthusiasts coming together to share knowledge, experience and friendship.

Meeting the second Thursday of each month between September and May we have many  interesting events including:

Seasonal parties
Annual shows
Gardening advice

Other than breaks during the 1st and 2nd World Wars and a brief period in the 1950's our horticultural society has been a continuous inspiration for many gardeners in the local area.


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November, is our AGM meeting. We were to have a speaker but they cancelled due to the uncertainties of Covid.

One of our members, kindly gave us a thought provoking table top quiz to tackle ,and we had a sales table, raffle
and Christmas Hamper draw before the meeting.

We had a good turn out and successful AGM meeting to take the club forward for the season, the existing
committee being re-elected and some volunteers coming forward to join the committee.

Our monthly competition was a Photograph of an Autumn Scene. Ist Maureen Jenner, 2nd Eirwen Morgan, 3rd Joanna

Royal Horticultural Society tips for December :

Leave the clean up of borders until Spring if you can, for local wildlife to enjoy seeds and cover the dead
stems can provide.

Clear up fallen leaves from ponds, lawns and beds. Put them in a wire or wooden container to make leaf
mould or a black bin bag with a few holes punched in.

Insulate outdoor containers from frost bubble wrap works well and keep a check of wraps and supports
after windy weather. Insulate outdoor taps and ponds from freezing.

Prune open grown apples and pears when the trees are dormant between leaf fall and bud burst (usually
between November and early March). The aim is to create an open goblet shape with a framework.

Prune Acers, birches, walnuts and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding. (not you ! ) The sap of
deciduous plants fall in Autumn to early Winter, as the plants lose their leaves and become dormant, so
bleeding is minimised. Late Winter to early Spring and the sap will start to rise again delivering water and
sugar to the new leaf buds.

Hardwood cuttings can be taken between mid- Autumn until late Winter. A reliable method of propagating
a range of trees and shrubs. Suitable for most deciduous plants such as cornus, forsythia, flowering currant
and honeysuckle.

Prune back about half the growth of hybrid tea and floribunda roses to prevent wind rock ( a final prune is
best done in March)

Sowings of broad beans can be made under a cloche, or fleece. Garlic sets planted outdoors, traditionally
done on the shortest day of the year (21st December) . Salad crops in an un-heated greenhouse or cold

Enough to keep you busy and warm doing jobs outside. A dry and sunny Winters day a bonus with the early dark

Our next meeting is on Thursday 9th December, 7.30pm at Stratton Village Hall. We will have entertainment and
buffet food, all are welcome.

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We recently held our first to face meeting since March 2020, a long awaited reunion for the club.

With the easing of lockdown, we had managed a coffee morning and plant sale, and a mini show for members earlier on but this was our first general meeting.

Our speaker was Mr Andy Jeanes,  who has worked in horticultural for more than 30 years and has  a vast experience travelling the world to buy plants and working in a wholesale nursery. The nursery specialises in climbing plants, particularly the wide ranging group of clematis.

We learnt that “old Mans Beard” is the only native form of clematis as the rest have been brought in and subsequently produced.

There are 3 main groups starting with Group 1 which are evergreen, flowering from November to Mid- April.  This group tends to be vigorous such as Montana or Armandii and are good for a dramatic spread and flower cover. There is no need to prune unless required to manage the plant.

Group 2 flower from May  with larger flowers, such as Nelly Moser, or Dazzle. These can be compact useful in a container with lots of flowers. Pruning is done in late Winter or early Spring and dead heading after the first flush of flowers.

Group 3 flowering from July, can have lots of smaller flowers such as the Viticellas – Etoile Violette or Taiga a double flower that looks like a passion flower. These flower on the new seasons growth and should be pruned hard in February down to approximately 30cm

We were given comprehensive advice as to buying, planting, feeding, pest control, the best containers for the plants and ultimately to sit back and enjoy the dazzling variety of flowers in this species.

It was a lively and very interesting talk, along with plants some beautiful pictures of the clematis.

The competition was a vase of 3 different stems of flowers.

1st K Musgrave, 2nd G Blackwell 3rd J Dowling

RHS tips for October :

Cut back perennials and ornamental grasses that die back, to soil level, which restores order and tidiness, such as crocosmia and paeony. However this removes potential Winter interest, plus food and habitat sources for wildlife, so consider delaying until Spring or do  select cutting back. Asters and Sedums can be cut back to new basal shoot growth. If there is young growth, cut just above it.  Penstemons with woody stems should be left to prune until April/ May to protect the crown.

Divide clump forming herbaceous perrenials and ornamental grasses, such as aster, lily of the valley, Hemerocallis, hosta. Make new plants or pot up for a friend.

Plant Spring flowering bulbs, daffodils preferably by the end of September but lillies, aliums and crocosmia fine,  tulips in November.

Consider planting up a bulb layered pot to welcome the Spring.

The Open Gardens scheme is winding down now, but one still to visit, a small garden and booking is required  at :

8 Ryeworth Road, Charlton Kings GL52 6LH 2-5pm, plants for sale and teas, a plant lovers garden it promises tropical lush foliage so could be worth a visit. Check for full details.

Our Next meeting is on Thursday 14th October 2021 7.30pm at Stratton Village Hall. Our speaker, Mandy Bradshaw on Finding the Angle at Chelsea. All are welcome.



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Fact : ‘September comes from the latin word septem, meaning “seven” because it was the seventh month of the early Roman calendar’ ( Janice Stillman)

The months are moving along, but not before we were able to celebrate an event with the gardening club members of a mini horticultural show on the 8th August 2021.  We had 14 classes instead of our annual 64 , but  with nearly 70 entries it created a vibrant and colourful display. The scent from the flower classes drifted through the Stratton School Hall with lovely colour from dahlias, fuchsia and vases of garden flowers.  After judging of the entries, members had the afternoon to view them and have cake with a cuppa and chat. This is only our second event since the government restrictions have been eased, following a successful coffee morning earlier on.

Members have been re-joining and received their programme for the coming season which starts on Thursday 9th September 7.30pm at the Stratton Village Hall, all are welcome.

Meanwhile, jobs to be getting on with :

·         Divide herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses. Dividing every 2 or 3 years will ensure healthy and vigorous plants and an opportunity to multiply your plants. Herbaceous such as hemerocallis, hosta, iris and helleborus. Discard the old woody middle and replant the outside pieces in prepared soil.

·         Most hedges can have their last trim or pruning towards the end of September.

·         Clean out cold frames and greenhouses so that they are ready for use in the Autumn

·         Cover leafy vegetables with bird proof netting, if not already done so,  as pigeons favour brassicas and peas ! and will tear and strip them.

·         Plant Spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, crocus and hyacinths by the end of September. Also, hardy Summer flowering bulbs such as lilies and alliums now or October. Dig any of them in, 2 or 3 times the depth of the bulb.

·         Towards the end of September, clear any beds from the remains of annuals or bedding plants, fork over the soil and add some fertiliser or compost to rejuvenate the soil before any plantings.

·         Apply an Autumn lawn fertiliser and reduce the frequency of mowings.


 Finally, Michaelmas Day, no longer a notably celebrated day these days, falls on 29th September. It is the festival of St. Michael and All Angels, but I do love a michaelmas daisy (or aster). There is normally a fabulous display of these in graded colours at the Waterperry Gardens, a site worth visiting.

Happy Gardening.


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July is named after the Roman dictator Julius Caesar (100BC -44BC), who developed the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today.

Other notables, 5th July 1946 when the bikini was showcased for the first time, designed by Frenchman Louis Reard. 20th July 1969 the first Moonwalk, 25th July 1978 Louise Brown, the first test tube baby was born.

A busy time as well as a busy gardening time.

Last month we were able to host an outdoor event for the club, a coffee morning with bring and buy stalls of plants, cakes, and books for members in the beautiful garden of Paddy Booth. We had lovely sunny weather and Paddy had thoughtfully erected some marquees as we had been unaccustomed to such sunshine from the previous month.

Our first tentative event, it was a lovely chance to meet and chat with members we had not seen for over a year.

We have heard we might still be in lock down until the middle of July, but will advise members from our committee meetings of any plans for the club.

RHS tips for this month:

-Water wise – keep new plants, fruit, vegetables and containers watered , using grey water where possible.

-Keep ponds topped up and clear of algae and blanket weed.

-Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed

-Liquid feed containers, tomatoes and peppers regularly

-Consider stopping the height of climbing beans and tomatoes to maximise crops

- Plant Autumn flowering bulbs such as crocus, colchium and nerines.

-Cut back delphiniums and hardy geraniums after the first flush of flowers to encourage a second flowering and feed after cutting back

-Dead head flowering plants regularly to ensure further blooms.

-Early flowering irises can be lifted and the rhizomes divided. Replant only the healthy outer portions.

-Start collecting seed from plants you want to grow next year, such as calendula, poppy and love-in-a mist.

Some local gardens open for NGS (National Garden Scheme), but do check the website for up to date information at Currently, you do not have to pre-book to visit gardens, it is most enjoyable to see such different gardens and pick up any tips.

Charlton Down House, Tetbury Thursday 1st and 8th July 1-5pm

Cerney House, North Cerney Sunday 4th July (and other times not for NGS) 10am -7pm

Westonbirt School Gardens, Tetbury 4th July (and other times) 10am -4pm

Highnam Court, Gloucester 4th July and 25th for the rare plant fair (and other times) 11am-6pm

Awkward Hill Cottage, Bibury 4th July 2-6pm

The Old Rectory, Quennington Sunday 11th July 2-5pm

Sezincote, Moreton in Marsh 11th July 2-5.30pm

Stowell Park, Northleach Sunday 18th July 11am-5pm

Happy Gardening


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Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made,

By singing ‘Oh how beautiful’ and sitting in the shade,

While better men than we go out and start their working lives,

At grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner knives.

                                                     An exert from the Glory of the Garden by Rudyard Kipling.

June, and Summer is just around the corner ( I hope), what a difficult gardening month May has been, but with it the delights of Spring blossom which seems to have lasted longer and beautiful to see while we continue with the Pandemic.

How many hours of our lives have we spent weeding ?  Weeds seem to proliferate in spite of our efforts. It is ironic they do so well with no effort, while we have angst getting our chosen plants to grow.  They are however a good food source for many insects and maybe we need to learn to live with some, to help our wildlife. Without using chemicals to control weeds, hoe on a dry day, mulch with a thick layer to suppress them and for persistent weeds, repeatedly dig out as much as you can to stop leaves feeding the roots below.

Some advice from the RHS :

Derby Day (5th June) is traditionally the time to trim box hedges if the weather is fair and providing no birds would be nesting.

Prune deciduous magnolias once the plant is in full leaf. If done in Winter when dormant, dieback can occur or in Spring, bleeding, so wait until Midsummer.

Prune Spring flowering shrubs such as Viburnum Tinus.

Give perennials, shrubs and roses a sprinkle of fertiliser.

Consider protection for strawberries with straw or similar against slugs and netting from the birds. Runners can be removed and planted elsewhere.

Plant out hardened off tomato plants, supporting individual plants with stakes. Summer bedding, hanging baskets and patio containers.

Consider thinning out clusters of plums, pears or apples after the natural June/ July drop that occurs for fewer but better fruit.

Look out for pests, viburnum beetle grubs which make holes in the leaves, caterpillars and aphids, check regularly before they get out of hand.

I enjoyed going to the recent annual Rare Plant Fair at Quenington Rectory, the next will be held at Rodmarton Manor on the 20th June and Highnam Court on the 25th July. At this time, you are required to book tickets in advance, visit to do so.

Open gardens for the National Garden Scheme are also welcome places to visit, and again advance tickets are required, visit Normally with a cup of tea and cake there to enjoy as well.

Locally we have on the 6th June Highnam Court, The Coach House at Ampney Crucis, Hodges Barn at Shipton Moyne (also on the 7th) and a group opening of gardens in Blockley near Moreton -in Marsh.

12th June a group opening of gardens in North Cerney and the Cotswold Farm.

There are many more within a short driving  distance, so look at the website for information.

Fingers crossed for the road map out of this pandemic.

Happy gardening in the meantime.




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 ‘ My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece’ by Claud Monet


I am still trying to get to see Monet’s garden in Giverny, from an aborted holiday in 2020, 2021 and now hoping for 2022 ! So will continue to enjoy gardens in the UK and perhaps a trip to Highnam Court in Gloucester where they have a bridge over a lake in homage to Monet.


May is the month the garden starts to unfurl at pace and tips for this month are :

To put in place plant supports for heavy headed plants like peonies that need it.

Look out for Viburnum beetles and scarlet lily beetles. Remove and crush or drench pots with a specific nematode to kill the grubs in the soil.

Aphids can multiply rapidly in mild spells so remove early to prevent them getting out of hand.

Hardy fuschia stems that were left over Winter, can be cut to ground level before growth to encourage new growth from the root or if sprouted trimmed to tidy the plant.

Cut back flowered shrubs such as ribes, forsythia, camelia to allow the plants to produce new growth that will flower next year.

Trim trailing plants such as alyssum and aubrieta after flowering to encourage new growth and flowers.

Continue to dead head Spring bulbs and feed with a liquid fertiliser .

Lift and divide congested bulb clumps as well as primroses and hostas when they come into growth.

Earth up potatoes.

Mow lawns regularly and water newly sown or turfed during dry periods.

Pot up houseplants if rootbound or top dress with fresh compost. Clean shiny leaves with a damp cloth and spiky plants with a soft brush.

Protect susceptible plants from slugs and snails.

A new environmental product is from the UK shellfish industry which generates an estimated 50,000 tonnes of waste shells a year, most of which go into landfill. Shell on Earth crush, clean and dry the shells which then can used as a mulch, added to compost to improve drainage or act as a weed, slug and snail control in place of gravel. Worth checking out their website

Towards the middle or end of May, plant out Summer bedding that has been hardened off and change Spring containers for Summer plants.

Also, towards the middle or end of the month start french and runner beans inside or protected outside.

Summer flowering bulbs like gladioli can still be planted out.


A note from the Phoenix Gardeners, that if rules allow, they will be having a stall at the Farmers Market on May 22nd from 9.00am to 12noon. If anyone has spare plants or are dividing plants they would appreciate your donations. All monies raised go towards shrubs and bedding for the tubs and troughs in the town. Please bring donations along to the stall or put in the  Parish church porch on Friday 21st May  between 5 and 7pm or they can collect if necessary. Please contact Val Timbers if required on 651243.


Something for us to look forward to. Happy Gardening.








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