Courgettes - Beware

Sometimes, there are a few rogue seeds in the packets!

https://www.mr-fothergills.co.uk/Product-Recall-MRF/#.Xy1nEIhKiM9

AUTUMN SHOW 2020 - CANCELLED

The Sarratt Horticultural Society Committee have unfortunately had to take the decision to cancel this years Autumn Show due to Covid-19 restrictions.

With the cancellation of both the Spring and Autumn Shows we will be using the same schedule for next year - so please keep your schedules.

Dates for 2021 will be updated on the Schedules and Entry Forms available on the Sarratt Horti Website to download - www.sarratthorti.co.uk


More information will follow in your summer newsletter to be delivered in August.


Chandlers Cross Open Garden Visit

Friday 31st July 2020

Sarratt Horticultural Society has had an amazing invite for our members to visit the gardens at The Whitehouse in Chandlers Cross. There are 22 acres - we will be visiting the walled garden, vegetable garden, two orchards (newly planted) and a flower garden.

Due to restrictions we can only accommodate 25 people staggered in 15 minute intervals of 5 people from 3.30pm in the afternoon.

The owners will also be offering tea and refreshments with full respect for the social distancing guidelines.

We are recommending a minimum £5 donation to the owners Charitable Foundation - this will be collected on the day in a container which will then be left for a couple of days before opening - so please ensure you have your donation with you.

It will take a bit of organisation from all of us - you will need to come in separate cars (there is room to park). If you would like to go please contact our Chairman, Jennifer Haynes on 01923 590542 or jennifer.haynes777@gmail.com to arrange a time and for more details on how to get to the house.

Sunday Markets & Trading stalls

The Village Hall is the venue for Sarratt’s monthly Sunday markets. They provide visitors with the opportunity of browsing through stalls selling bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, clothing and delicious home-made cakes and jams.

For more details and dates - click here Currently this activity is on hold.

28th June 2020 - Winchmore Hill Virtual Open Gardens

We have received the following from Winchmore Hill Open Gardens. Please do click on the link to view the videos of their gardens.

https://www.winchmorehillra.com/the-gardens

At a time when most gardens are not able to open to the public this is a great initiative. It is also worth playing the video on the home page from Phil who tells you all about it.

We hope you enjoy it.

Saturday 30th May - Pop Up Plant Stall

What a fantastic Response!

Well we picked a lovely day on Saturday to have our pop up stall and thank you to all our members, walkers and villagers who donated plants and generously donated by buying plants and pots.

A special thank you to Jane Fielder for "loaning" us her front garden and starting the pop up stall idea. Hopefully we now all have our vegetables and bedding plants for a long hot summer.

Thanks also to the Horti Committee led by our Chairman Jennifer Haynes and rota organiser Philip Beausire for their help on the day. Also to Daphne Tyler for donating pots for people to buy. If anyone wants any more pots then let us know and we can pass you to Daphne or talk to her direct.

We raised over £230 for the Village Hall from your very kind donations.

Next is our Autumn Show where we would like to see all the plants, vegetables, arts & crafts, flower arrangements, cookery and childrens classes on show. We will see how we go and will obviously follow government advice.

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS WHO HAVE BOX (BOXWOOD) (BUXUS) PLANTS IN THEIR GARDENS

From our committee member - Graham Peiser:

The dreaded box moth/caterpillar is invading Sarratt.

The caterpillars look like the attached picture and seriously defoliate the plants at an alarmingly rapid rate, plus spinning a protective web.

Whilst they don’t actually kill the plants, they can defoliate them very rapidly indeed.

However they can be controlled/halted by an insecticide spray called XenTari made by Topbuxus. It works not by killing the caterpillars directly but by treating the box leaves which are then eaten by the caterpillars which then kills them. All very quick – within just a few hours of spraying!

XenTari is only available online - direct from Topbuxus (www.topbuxus.com) or via Amazon. It does however need to be mixed with water and liberally applied with a sprayer (preferably at least 1 litre in capacity to make the mixing easier).

Box Moth Traps should also be hung up, each with a special box moth lure. The lure attracts them at moth stage and stops any further moths (from elsewhere) from settling on the nearby box plants. If they do settle, the cycle is then to have caterpillars to start it all over again. The traps and lures are also available from Topbuxus.

Having said all of this, even if you think you haven’t yet been attacked, everyone with box is advised to put up traps, and be prepared and ready with the insecticide.