The MEDLAR TREE Mespilus germanica has been cultivated at least since the Romans but probably for around 3000 years Its a small slightly crooked growing tree with a divine flower loved by bees but with a strange looking fruit likened to a cat's bottom and smelling like rancid wine?
Why would such a strange fruit be of interest to children?
Jane gave us lots of reasons not least learning about grafting, planting trees, watching them shoot, pruning. drawing the flowers and trying out jelly making to have with chicken of pork or more exotics like the wild boars of suffolk or game birds.. Jane's passion for Medlars has led her into a highly successful business venture and if you can make it selling medlar jelly and cheeses then you can make it with anything!
An excellent example of putting something that could have been disposed of to good use. Our throw away society can make it so easy to forget the value of raw materials, but recycling and correctly disposing of items can all contribute to a more positive environment. Never lose sight of Hope.
This garden belongs to the end bungalow on Norwich Road. It has been sponsored by the Cut Arts Centre. Don't forget The Cut has an amazing programme ansd anotheer wonderful place for a cup of coffee.
JOSEPH DALTON HOOKER BICENTENARY
Joseph Dalton Hooker born 30th June 1817 in Brewery House now Hooker House Halesworth
We are determined not to let the bicentenary of Joseph Hooker’s birth go unmarked here in Halesworth and we want to have a focus weekend of events and exhibitions around 30 June 2017.
Our plans for the Joseph Hooker bicentenary, shared with the Director of Kew Gardens, include:
Halesworth in Bloom’s other plans include:
Who is under the wonderful Russian hat? A great thanks to Dave King and his team who craned in three vast bags of pea shingle and to our great team with Judith, Karen, Gabrielle, Gillian, Sally, Giles,and Craig who despite having flu nobly came and provided essential muscle power. But under the hat looking stunning but also a force to be reckoned with our own Chair of halesworth Lights and Durrant's star as well - why Teresa Walsh welcome to our band!
Here is Teresa on the right with Gabrielle and you can see the result above. A wonderful job and if that was not enough we emptied and refilled the two large planters on the S platform to bring the liners up to the top of our lovely planters allowing people a much better view of the flowers and Tete a Tete bulbs which are powering upwards.
Supporting the Halesworth Museum's Malt Experience at the Cut and their complimentary trail around the Town.
Halesworth in Bloom will be supporting this important and very exciting project in several ways. Firstly we are working to improve the floral ambience outside The Cut Maltings and The New Cut itself. Look at the new exit garden created by us for the sheltered bungalow on the corner with the Norwich Road and sponsored by the Cut. At the Cut we want to add planting such as barley and poppies to give a flavour of the raw ingredient barley before it is malted.
Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally. It was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia as early as 13,000 years ago. Barley is used , as a source of fermentable material for beer which is the process going on in all our Town Maltings in the past.
Locally the malted barley was carried in wherries down to the sea along our old Navigation Canal through locks like the one at the entrance to the Town Park at Langley Quay - (why it is called a Quay.)
An outline wherry the exact length of 40 feet is being placed in our Park beside the Path leading to the Millennium Green entrance. it will be made from locally sourced wood with a steel inlay map to show the whole Navigation with all the locks from Halesworth to Southwold.
inside this outline Halesworth in Bloom will be planting low red sedums to indicate the cargo of malted barley in sacks.
Our low whistle player is Kevin Gibbons from Beccles who has been playing in our Thoroughfare for nearly ten years. He is a very accomplished musician who also plays the guitar and mandolin. He wanted me on his behalf, to thank everyone for supporting him.
Hi, its Isabella and I am the current editor of this site! Soon I am going to be starting my GCSE's and I decided it was time to pass this on to somebody else. I had lots of fun working on this!