Outing to Exbury Gardens May 2018
Our members enjoyed a very warm and colourful coach trip to EXBURY GARDENS on Saturday, 19th May. The explosion of colours of the Azaleas and Rhododendrons were an assault on the senses and were almost too much to take in; indeed the bright orange Azaleas threatened to burst into flames at any moment! Glades of giant trees, including mighty Oaks with their new, clean and fresh leaves, looked magical with their carpets of colourful Azaleas, all helped by a brilliant blue sky above and bluebells below. Several not so agile Members enjoyed buggy rides along the forest’ tracks and others rode in the narrow-gauge steam train, all accompanied by spring’ songs of woodland birds - Song Thrush, Blackcap and Blackbird. There were many butterflies on the wing in the woodland glades, together with Large Red Damselflies and other dragonflies over the ponds and along the clear-flowing streams. The day was rounded off nicely when we were delighted by the many new foals on our return journey through the New Forest. (photos and text by Lawrence Holloway)
CLUB VISIT TO R H S GARDENS WISLEY. The late summer weather was perfect on the 6th September for our coach outing to the main garden of the Royal Horticultural Society in Surrey. Luckily we visited whilst the last of the national RHS Flower shows was on. This included many stalls of specialist nurseries and other things connected with gardening. The gardens were coming into their early autumn glory much to the pleasure of the crowds of visitors - more than we have seen for some years.
It was almost impossible for our members to see everything on offer before the time arrived for our homeward journey which included one unexpected incident. On the A3 coming south we could see an ominous black cloud of smoke and soon fire engines were rushing past us. All traffic came to a standstill and we sat there for an hour before we were allowed to proceed. We passed the cause of the trouble which was a completely burned-out coach. Luckily there were no casualties. We are already
talking about our next outing which is likely to be in May 2019 and the favourite site at the moment is the (shortly to be re-opened) Leonardslee Gardens which we all enjoyed visiting some years ago.