Compost - News and articles to enrich your gardening experience

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  1. Derby Day is 5th June. Traditionally this is the day to trim box. Choose a dry day around this time to tidy up all box and similar evergreen hedges.

  2. Repot houseplants that have become root bound into next sized pot.

  3. Re-edge lawns.

  4. Feed and water container grown plants regularly. Remember water well not a trickle as this will bring roots to the surface and they will dry out more quickly.

  5. Dead head roses, early flowering perennials and annuals.

  6. Wait until bulb foliage has yellowed and comes away easily before removing. If they are in pots keep watered and fed until foliage is dead to feed for next year.

  7. Plant for bees. Remember they love many useful herbs such as oregano, thyme, chives and borage. All of which can be useful in the kitchen!

  8. Feed and water tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in the greenhouse regularly.

  9. Keep an eye out for vine weevil and remove adults manually or treat with nematodes to destroy larvae.

  10. Remember Chelsea chop even though there is no Chelsea Flower Show until September.

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Garden Tasks for June

Gardening Club News

It is lovely to be able to write about the Club’s first event since our last actual meeting in February 2020, this being the Annual Spring Show, albeit on line.  The Show certainly provided a feast of amazing colour when photos of spring booms and arrangements were sent in and displayed as a slide show on our website providing an idea of what we would have seen and enjoyed had the show been able to physically take place.  It served as a reminder of how lucky we are as a village to still find ways of coming together to share and enjoy ‘village life’.

The Club learnt with sadness of the death of Richard Palmer.  Richard and his wife Carol have been involved with checking over the finances of the Club for many years and I am sure that all our members will join the committee in expressing our sympathy to Carol and her family.

We held our Plant Bring-and-Buy on 15th May, and it was great to see so many people wandering around the fantastic array of plants, with the proceeds from their sale going towards maintaining our Silverstone Flowers displays.  The sale had been planned for the weekend before but the rain and wind meant having to postpone for a week – even hardened gardeners prefer drier weather when mingling amongst the display tables and discussing plant varieties!  The best part of the morning was welcoming villagers and seeing members of the club once again, the weather being better than had been forecast, and successfully selling all the plants!

Thanks must go to our Rev Paul McLeod for allowing the Plant Sale to take place in front of St Michael’s Church, to all the people who so kindly provided the wonderful selection of plants for the sale, to The White Horse for offering to provide refreshments, to The Whittlewood Concept for displaying their charcoal, biochar soil improver and coppice products, to the committee for their hard work in organising and manning the event, and of course to all those people who came along to support us.

We are now planning what will be one of our highlights of the summer, the Silverstone Open Gardens, which will take place on Sunday 27 June 2021.  The proceeds from this event will be donated to Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Northampton.  Refreshments will be provided by St Michael’s Church.  Please support those who are very kindly opening up their gardens on the day.  It may be one of the first occasions to wander through the village with fewer restrictions in place, whilst at the same time having an invitation to view different styles of gardening and an opportunity to admire the efforts which people put into their private outdoor spaces!

Heather Illingworth

Chairman - Silverstone Gardening Club

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An article by Bloms Bulbs

What they don't tell you about Tulip Bulbs

It is approaching that time of year when, if you are going to, your tulips will be ready for lifting. In Holland this is normally done at the beginning of July which allows sufficient time for the old plant to die back and the new bulbs to finish growing to their maximum size. In recent years we could normally do this from mid-June, this year the tulips in my garden are far from ready.

What is often not understood by many gardeners is that it is after the tulip bulbs are lifted that the new flower develops inside the bulb. This happens in three stages starting with the petals, then the stamens and finally the pistil. Once completed the entire flower embryo exists in the bulb, known in the trade as Stage G.
What conditions do the bulbs need to reach this stage? Remember that in their native habitat tulips enjoy long hot dry summers. The closer we can replicate this the better our tulips will perform. Growers store the bulbs at temperatures of 19-24C (65-70F) which allows for the cell division within the bulb. After about three weeks the initial formation of the flower begins and is normally completed by late August.

If this stage is not completed, plants are very short when flowering and usually have misshapen flower parts or petal tips that are dried out and not fully formed. It is for this reason that if bulbs are left in the border, they will perform far better if planted in a sunny position.


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I was once told “only friends of the devil can grow parsley” This was a bit disconcerting at the time as I had a huge bed of it! However, since then I’ve not had so much success, but this video clip by Sarah Raven might help any having similar problems:


Also there is an article all about herbs on the Garden Reads Page.

Roses From My Garden

An exhibition of enormous photographs by Nick Knight open now until 31st October


This exhibition of Nick Knight’s large-scale, painterly photographs displays the rose as an enduring symbol of beauty.

British fashion photographer, Nick Knight’s constant desire to experiment, push boundaries and challenge his audience has led him to take up a new subject, the classic rose – but expressed in an entirely new way.

His ‘Roses from my Garden’ series is inspired by the work of 16th and 17th century still life painters like Jan Brueghel the Elder and Jan van Huysum, but these large-scale works could not be more contemporary, dramatising the timelessness of nature.

Nick Knight cuts selected roses straight from his garden and arranges them specifically, using only daylight to illuminate his subject. Photographed on an iPhone, the digital images are enlarged and filtered through software that uses AI to infill the space between pixels. What appears at first glance to be a historical approach to flower photography is actually at the very cutting edge of imaging technology.


Suttons Seed Catalogue 2021

All members are entitled to a discount from the

2021 Suttons Seed Catalogue.

The discount code is available from the

Club Secretary:

A discount on many items is offered on production of your membership card at the following:

Linnell Bros

Silverstone Fields Farm

Towcester Road, Silverstone

01327 354422

The Bell Plantation

Watling Street, Towcester

01327 354126

Preston Bissett Nursery

Bushy Lane, Preston Bissett

01280 848038

Whilton Locks Garden Centre

Whilton Locks NN11 2NH

01327 843100

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