HSHS Autumn Show 2018

A heart-felt thank you to all of you, visitors, exhibitors, judges and helpers who contributed to make the show a success.  The show is one of our shop windows and is a real contribution to the social fabric of Fingal.  Without all of you the show would not happen, so thank you all once again.

 

With best wishes,

George Sevastopulo
Show Secretary
Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society

 

 

 

 

 

Birr Castle & Tour of Kerry and Limerick Gardens

Shrub of the Month – September

SEPTEMBER 2018 – SUITABLE SHRUBS FOR HOWTH
This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.

Clematis tangutica

A species clematis that needs plenty of room. In late summer, the stems are decked with dangling yellow lantern like flowers, and as the first ones go over they are replaced by large, fluffy, white seed-heads. By late summer both flowers and seed-heads are present on the plant at the same time, which doubles the effect. As with all the late-flowering clematis, pruning is easy. Simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground level before growth begins in early spring. This pruning technique makes late-flowering clematis useful for training into shrubs, trees and climbing roses as the clematis growth is removed each spring and so never becomes too much of a burden on its supporting plant.

Indigophora geradiana

Indigofera Gerardiana grows between 3 feet high and 3 feet spread or 0.9 x 0.9 metres.

This flowering or fruiting shrub produces flowers in Summer

If you have a hot and dry area (eg South and West facing) protected from rain this is an excellent shrub to use in such a garden environment. Deciduous and loses leaves in Winter Hardy and will tolerate frost unless very severe

Plant like this enjoy humus or organic rich soil. The organic matter not only feeds the flowers and leaves but also retains moisture for the plant. Garden plants like this one are pruned to create interesting plant shapes to act as specimen.

Autumn Show Saturday 1st September 2018

Dear members,

Please find attached Plant list for the Autumn Show 2018  and see just some of the amazing plants which will be available at the Autumn Show on Saturday 1st September 2018.
Do pass it on to anyone who may be interested in the fantastic bargains to be had!

Please do come along and exhibit.  Members and non members are most welcome to enter the Autumn Show.  We are accepting entries right up until Friday evening 31st August or Saturday morning 1st September until 11am.  If you would like any extra schedules for family, friends or neighbours let us know and we can arrange to get one to them.  The schedule is also available to download and print here AS2018.

All donations are most welcome so why not bake a cake or buns for the cake stall, donate books to the book stand or dig and divide something from your garden for the plant sale.  It’s a great opportunity to have a clear out!

As always we’ll be looking for helpers and volunteers, but most of all your exhibits!

If you can help out for an hour, please email info@hshs.ie, as we need helpers on Friday from 4pm – 8pm and all day Saturday.

But most of all, come along, bring your friends, and enjoy the show!
2.30pm -4.30pm on Saturday 1st September 2018

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Best regards,
Howth & Sutton Horticultural Society Show Committee

Shrub of the Month – August

AUGUST 2018 – SUITABLE SHRUBS FOR HOWTH
This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.

Perovskia “Blue Spire”

Sometimes called Russian sage, this sub-shrub produces soft grey-green foliage on white stems. The flowers resemble spikes of blue lavender. This variety has larger flower-heads and is an impressive plant, even in winter when bold groups of the white stems make an attractive feature. The deeply cut foliage smells strongly of sage when bruised. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

 

 

Hoheria sextylosa