Busy August, holiday time, lots to do in the garden, and thankfully the hose pipe ban didn’t happen.
Whitley Gardening Group enjoyed two lovely outings… both in drizzle!! But it didn’t dampen the experience.

Laskey Farm, Thelwall was a great place to spend a Saturday Afternoon.

The home of Wendy and Howard Platt. Wendy a former Art teacher took a degree in Garden Design, starting first with her own garden, an oasis of vibrant colour and hidden treasurers.

A tree house (sorry no picture), and an island with dinosaurs! Waves of different grasses, and perfectly manicured borders. There was music in the garden and homemade cakes of every type. The garden shed (huge) was hung with the painting of local artists, and other local crafts were on display.



The Southport Flower Show was our second destination… easily reached by public transport, with no stress of annoying sat-navs and traffic jams.

There was so much to see, with Whitley WI members re-judging a lot of the produce and plants…






The show gardens were easily accessible, which was why we’d gone early to miss the crowds. “I like that one, no I prefer this one” were common components of the conversation.


We marvelled at a magic garden, with a smoky cauldron effect, yes it did deserve the gold award, viewed from all sides it had totally different effects.




One of the main themes was to include living walls in your garden; they looked good, but would need hundreds of plants and careful management… maybe not for me!

Summer is now heading into autumn… get those pruners out… Autumn pruning leads to room for next year’s spring flowers to grow and show off.

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