Thursday, 20 August 2020

Hurst Green Virtual Show 5 Sept 2020

Hurst Green Gardening Club is running a virtual Autumn Show. Below is an extract from the email we have received.You do not have to be a member to participate.

"We are therefore pleased to show the updated schedule for the show (below) – please, please, and for the third time please, have a go, and see what you can do.  If you are unsure of the format, do look at the Summer Show as this will give an idea of what we are expecting.  We do know that some members were a bit unsure of an online show last time before it was published, but hopefully the result will reassure you all and give some ideas to you as well!

You can start taking photographs from today, and we will then be taking entries from Monday 24 August to Saturday 5 September at 10pm, so you have plenty of time to photograph at your leisure." 


Monday, 17 August 2020

September 2020 Meeting

We have heard that the Red Cross Hall, Oxted, will not be open for us to hold our Monthly Meeting on Wednesday 2 September.

Alas, we shall not be able to hear Simon Sutcliffe's talk about " Growing for Chelsea".

We may be luckier with 7 October.

Sunday, 19 July 2020

2020 Summer Show Photos - The Winners

Well, Sylvia has kindly undertaken the exercise of judging our photo competition, and the winners are........
....congratulations to them all, and to all those who entered.



that this entry was in flower tipped the balance


"just such a dazzle of fruit"


This entry crept into the wrong class and should have been
with the roses. Despite the problem our judge thought it was a close
runner to the winner of Class1.

Saturday, 18 July 2020


Below are the entries for our Photo Competition. We do thank all those who made submissions. Classes 1 to 6 are being judged by Sylvia Pocock, and the outcome will be announced as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Looking around

We have received a few images, but always welcome more to post here or go in or Monthly Newsletter.
Take your phone/camera with you when out and about and snap away, there is so much to see, especially as we now move from spring into summer.

RM:Clematis and roses, our own "Gentle Chaos'

CM: Looking out to my back garden I can see the red of the photinia,
the white and mauve lilacs and the fabulous  Hawthorne blossom. 
Glorious colour! 

The rhododendrons burst forth, but seemed
to go over very quickly.

The figs are doing well this year
A full bodied poppy adding colour to the garden
The roses are looking good

If we had a show, would they still
be at their best to display?

Always welcome. The sight of our water
lilies in flower.
They are kept in a deep tub near the house.

Sunday, 17 May 2020


Our plans to hold a Plant Sale on Saturday 17 May could not take place because of the current restrictions.

However, an intrepid band of LODHS growers were deep into developing a scheme to encourage first time growers to make a start. All this took place on our Facebook pages under the banner "LOVE" ((Limpsfield and Oxted Veg Experiment).

All this activity culminated in boxes of assorted veg being ready for collection on Saturday 16 May. Each collection was timed and organised so that social distancing was maintained. Advice will continue to be given, so keep a watch on this link to Facebook.

Our thanks also go to all those who purchased boxes, and we trust they will have an enjoyable and successful venture growing their own vegetables.

Chairman Rick had this to say:

"The 2020 Plant sale turns to LOVE (Limpsfield and Oxted 
Veg Experiment)  has been a resounding success, well done 
to everybody involved.
My thanks especially to Sally, Kate, Morag and Karen 
without their enthusiasm and commitment it would not have 
My thanks also to everyone who grew plants for the sale.
I think this could be the start of a new direction for the 
Thanks, again and well done to all."

The planting begins

The boxes are ready for collection
A typical box ready for planting by its new owner

Monday, 20 April 2020


The dazzle of the blossom continues despite the general gloom. Just shows how wonderful nature can be.
We do hope you are able to get outside for exercise to enjoy the show of blossom. It really does cheer you up.
Thanks to Rick for submitting.

RM: Auricula looking splendid, following purchase
at the March Meeting

Friday, 17 April 2020

Out and about

We have received a number of photos, and thought it worth while to publish so as ro cheer us all up. Hopefully, the beautiful weather over most of Easter inspired some of us to get out in the garden and really enjoy it.  It also seems perverse, that taking a walk for exercise can be such a pleasurable experience, given the delights of spring and the relative peace from traffic noise.The Magnolias seem to have had a tough time flowering just as we were experiencing a few frosts. Do you have a photo of one that got away with it?
Keep the photos coming and we will publish some more soon.
In the meantime keep healthy and well. 

HE: Spring in the Limpsfield Community Orchard

Camelias in two colours looking good
A dazzle of white blossom
A double header
Some last daffodils standing to attention in Limpsfield 

TC: Our primroses have also done very well.
CM (above and below): Tulips starting to come out, and a quite full greenhouse