NGS Gardens Open for Charity Sunday 19th May 2019 1pm – 6pm

Six members of our Garden Group are once again opening their beautiful gardens to the public for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme.  These dedicated gardeners have participated in the scheme for many years and work extremely hard to put on a good show every year. The Association is very proud of their efforts which raise hundreds of pounds for charity each year and we are very privileged to have so many stunning gardens to look at on our small patch of south east London.  As an added incentive there are extra attractions at some of the gardens (see below), including: tea and delicious cakes; live music; and plant and art sales.
So please do come along for a lovely afternoon on the Hill and see these very different, but equally wonderful, gardens.
Combined admission is £8 (children free) and tickets are available at all the gardens.  The gardens participating this year are:
53 Ringmore Rise  (teas and music); 27 Horniman Drive (plant sales); The Coach House, 3 The Hermitage (sales of gardne sculptures & ceramics); Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive; 25 Westwood Park; and 7 Canonbie Road (plant sales).
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Donations go to St Christopher’s Hospice and Marsha Phoenix Trust.
More details can be found here www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30170/ 

Valentine’s Day Butterfly

Today, February 14th, I saw my first butterfly of the year. It was large and lemon coloured and against the clear blue sky it was a thing to behold. Or that is what its behaviour was intended to impress upon male rivals and female potential mates. The Brimstone is usually the first butterfly of the year to emerge. Today’s one would have hibernated through the Winter in evergreen cover such as Holly or Ivy and then the sudden warmth of today’s weather would have awoken it from hibernation.
When the female is eventually fertilised, she will lay her eggs on the leaves of a buckthorn bush or small tree. These have small white flowers, thorns, and later in the year simple leaves and then black berries: beneath the bark the wood is yellow. The next time you wonder about removing a small inconspicuous shrub that is growing at the back of a border look out for the tell tale yellow below the bark. If it is a Buckthorn keep it, for the sake of the Brimstone.

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And as our climate changes for the hotter, more of these delightful insects will survive the Winter and so become part of our Spring time garden life.
Stuart Checkley

Save the date – Carols by Candlelight – Sunday 10th December (5pm)

Back by popular demand! Our second Carols by candlelight event will be held on Sunday, 10th December in the Triangle between Horniman Drive and Rocombe Crescent.

TLERA Carols

Our first Carols by Candlelight last year proved to be a great success with more than 100 TLERA members attending. A collection at the end raised £210 for the charity Crisis at Christmas. We were delighted that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and that members were very keen for it to become an annual event.

So that is exactly what is happening! On Sunday 10th December, we will once again be gathering together to sing carols and other seasonal classics. The event will take place in the Triangle which will be festooned in festive style with fairy lights and candles. Mince pies and mulled wine will, of course, be provided.

Calling all songbirds and minstrels: -To ensure a rousing chorus, the singing will be led by a small group of songsters from the Estate and we are looking for vocalists and musicians who would like to join them. All abilities/levels of singing/playing are welcome – the only requirement is to enjoy Carols and other winter songs! There will be a meeting in early December to go over the programme, the date of which will be confirmed.

If you are interested in joining the group, do call Bea Jackson on 020 8699 7143.

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