When Clive, our Treasurer, volunteered to do this talk on “How to make a hanging basket” all the Committee thought this would be a very good idea for May, and we assumed he knew how to do it! However, it transpires that Clive has had to call in a few favours, and has pressurized the Chairman of the Alresford Horticultural Society, Steve Morley, to actually do the presentation: Clive has been running around with the shopping list from Steve, and reassures us he has bought all the plants and baskets and everything else needed!
It remains to be seen what he has forgotten….but you can be sure Steve Morley knows what he is doing!
This demonstration was given at the Giles meeting on Monday 11th May, at 2pm in the Community Centre Hall. The objective was to make three hanging baskets: so the cloths were laid out to catch the soil, and some fairly big, already flowering plants were presented to Steve to “do his thing”. Steve explained how it was easy to make a container for a basket from old compost bags, and these are good because they do retain some water. Plants can also be pushed through slots in the sides of the basket.
Steve recommended a list of suitable plants, and also suggested that a slow release fertiliser would be a good idea. The plants are best displayed in a group of three or five, of a similar colour. Steve made three baskets during the presentation, and Clive did his contribution by hanging them on the step-ladder.
At the end of the meeting these three baskets were offered for sale to the audience for £10 each: since there were about eight interested parties, the names were put into a raffle, and the three winners were Nan, Diann and Brian. There was also the normal raffle after tea, to win several prizes on the trolley.