Ilkley Gardeners' Association held our August meeting last week where Katie Burnett from Otley's Courtyard Planters made her return visit. Katie entertained us with her knowledge of Herbs, Lavenders and Wildflowers with just a box of examples, no photos or slides, just her knowledge and experience. Everyone enjoyed her visit and we were all saddened by her news that this would be her last talk. The success of Courtyard Planters' Garden School means that her free time to give talks is very limited now.
She did however take the time to judge our 2016 Annual Mystery Fuchsia Competition and the winner was Jennifer Moore who gets to keep the Association Fuchsia Trophy for the next year. The Mystery Variety was Jollies Nantes, a delightful red and purple flowering bush.
Next month sees Nigel Harrison from Radio York giving us the low down on Behind The Scenes at Chelsea Flower Show, Thursday 1st September at the Ilkley Parish Church House Hall.
Our September 1st meeting sees Nigel Harrison from Radio York return to give us the low down on what goes on behind the scenes at The Chelsea Flower Show in London.
Admission £1 for members, £2 for non-members/guests, doors open from 7.20pm at the Church House Hall, by the main lights in the centre of Ilkley.
More details on the Ilkley Gardeners' Association, hints and tips, our members only Stores Sheds at Leeds Road Allotments, can be found on our web site of course.
Membership may still be renewed for 2016, just £10 per garden/family.
The meeting starts off with tea and biscuit before the talk which concludes around 9.15-9.30pm.
Last year we opened our Stores Sheds to members of local gardener's groups of both Burley and Menston. This allowed members of these groups, upon production of their groups' membership card to avail themselves to our Stores sheds and to take advantage of the discounted prices.
Whilst this continues this year, we are delighted to have been able to offer the same service to members of Otley based Wharfedale Gardeners. Just come on down to our Stores Sheds on Leeds Road allotments as you come into Ilkley (just past both Kwikfit and the grey & glass building on the right as you approach Ashlands School any Sunday between 10 am and noon until the end of June 2016, where you will be made most welcome.
Following a questionnaire distributed at our September 2015 meeting, the members present voted overwhelmingly to make the following changes to the Stores Openings in the future.
Rather than continue to open later in the year where the changes to the seasons seem to be more apparent, ie: wetter, colder and no one comes when we open, in future the stores will be open each Sunday morning, 10am-noon from March to the end of June. As most people seem have got their composts and feeds by then, we will no longer be opening July-November.
Following a vote taken at our September 2015 meeting, where the Association Mystery Fuchsia was judged by John Foley of Holden Clough Nursery and regular stalwart of the Association Margaret Metcalfe won, again, It was decided that in future years, the Fuchsia judging would take place at our August Meetings.
Several reasons where put forward at the August meeting for the change including September was a busy month anyway with a raffle PLUS the Fuchsia Judging, time was often tight, people where away during August so the plants suffered as there was no one available to water the plants and shade if necessary and the most compelling reasons of all, with the apparent changes of the season, the plants were at their best in early August anyway.
This years' Association Mystery Fuchsia was Angie.
Sown back in May this year, a packet of Kings Seeds Sunflowers, variety Bamboo a, dwarf variety, only about 12" in height. I thought these would be ideal as my front garden is a windy hole, the Wind whistles down the valley without stopping.
The seeds came through in about a week and the last week in July they have started to flower, one main flower as I expected, but there are numerous smaller (?) secondary buds on every plant! That, I did not expect.
Such a wonderful yellow colour as well.
to our 50th Anniversary Year!
Yes, in 2017 the Ilkley Gardeners' Association is 50 years old! We started in the garage of one of our founder members up near the top of Chantry Drive and now operate out of three garages (one single and a double to be precise) on Leeds Road allotments.
The average house price in the UK was £3,840 and 1 gallon of petrol 27p. Also, the United Kingdom and Ireland applied officially for EEC membership.
Now the same items cost £230,000 and £5.21 and we are pulling OUT of Europe!
The Stores Sheds will be open from 10am to noon on the following Sundays during 2016, weather permitting:-
|March 6, 13, 20, 27|
|April 3,10, 17, 24|
|May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29|
|June 5, 12, 19, 26|
No cash or valuables are left in the sheds.
Sad to say that Bradford Council have decided that in the face of Government Cuts regardless of how much money Bradford takes out of Ilkley in the rates and how litle seems to return to Ilkley in services, they have decided to charge for emptying of the brown Garden Waste bins throughout the Bradford District.
The annual charge as from June 2016 is going to be £35 per annum, payable in advance and no refund if you forget to put your bin out on one of the 11 collection dates during June 2016 to May 2017. If you wish to continue having your brown bins emptied after 31st May 2016, you need to pay your fee and get a licence sticker for your bin. No sticker, no collection!
The only bit of good news is that if you pay this extra fee before May 15th 2016, there is a 20% early bird offer which brings the fee down to £28. The option to purchase a licence comes into effect as from 1st April 2016.
The 2016 IGA Membership and Meetings Schedule card is now available and Membership can be renewed as from the October 1st Meeting and indeed the Stores Sheds from March 2016 or download the Renewal Form and send it in.
Membership is now £10 for the year, only one membership is required per garden, not per individual.
to our 50th Anniversary Year! Yes, in 2017 the Ilkley Gardeners' Association is 50 years old! We started in the garage ...
Our September 1st meeting sees Nigel Harrison from Radio York return to give us the low down on what goes on behind the ...
Ilkley Gardeners' Association held our August meeting last week where Katie Burnett from Otley's Courtyard Planters made...
Sown back in May this year, a packet of Kings Seeds Sunflowers, variety Bamboo a, dwarf variety, only about 12" in heigh...
Our August 4h meeting sees Katie Burnett from Courtyard Planters making her latest return visit us to entertain us with ...
Our July 7th meeting sees Keith Barber visiting us to entertain us with an Evening of Nostalgia from the 40's, 50's and ...