Apparently it is 100 years since the first tulips were imported from Holland. Here is a youtube video entitled 'The Year Of the Tulips'
Alec Fry, a Cottage Garden Society member, sent us this link to a short video about how tulips in Holland are grown and harvested The photography is stunning as is the size and amount of machinery that is used. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_CYJO2rbsg
The video contains a year round compilation of the tulip cultivation at Maliepaard flowerBulbs in the south west of Holland. This company has more than 130 hectares of tulips and is one of the largest tulip growers in the Netherlands and thus of the world. It uses both the cultivation method using nets and without which requires an extensive and impressive fleet machinery. All the following activities are done in-house:
- Irrigation with 6 Irrifrance irrigation reels with boom widths from 50 to 70 meters.
- Spraying using a Challenger RoGator RG 645C self propelled sprayer with 36 meters wide spraying boom.
- Topping with two New Holland T6.160 Blue Power tractors with 3m and 1.80m wide topping machines.
- Lifting bulbs using a New Holland T7.270 with Koops net harvester and Ploeger AR-4W in combination with an Earth Eater mobile washing machine.
- Planting bulbs using a New Holland T7.270 with Koops 1.80m netplanter and a 2x 1.50 Antha van Hienen planter.
These tulips are growing for the bulbs not for the flowers. The flowers are topped so that the plant is putting all his energy into the development of the bulbs. The bulbs are harvest in the summer where after they been put in storage, in the fall the small bulbs are planted back in the field and the large ones are sold to greenhouse growers where they grown to beautiful tulips for the consumer market.
Wed 11th May 2016, 17:03
The CGS is trialling a new initiative, an e-newsletter, which will be sent to members via e-mail.
Thu 28th Apr 2016, 13:43
This is the time of year when places like libraries, tourist offices, garden centres, and gardening groups receive flyers, leaflets and booklets about gardens and nurseries in your local area that are open to visitors.
Thu 7th Apr 2016, 09:49
The 2017 Cottage Garden Society Photographic Competition is now OPEN.
Thu 14th Jan 2016, 09:49
Potato Days, Seed Suppliers, Throw & Grow, and Edible Flowers.
Fri 8th Jan 2016, 09:24
Mark Innes, a member of the Snowdrop Group, tells us some snowdrops are already in flower, Three Ships, Barns & Donald Sims Early, and has sent pictures.
Tue 15th Dec 2015, 08:53
Rob Baston a valued committee member of the Cottage Garden Society and honorary Vice-President, has died at the beginning of December after a long illness.
Mon 7th Dec 2015, 11:15
This Group is listed with the Regional Groups and has published its December 2015 Newsletter. Well worth looking at if this is not somewhere you would normally venture.
Sun 6th Dec 2015, 17:01
With the festive season approaching, forget the usual gifts and give a gift subscription to the Society or a copy of the Cottage Garden Companion book.
Sat 14th Nov 2015, 15:40
The Betty Sheppard Memorial Lecture will take place at the Cottage Garden Society AGM on June 5th 2016, Dorset
Wed 14th Oct 2015, 16:55
The Cottage Garden Society has donated £750 towards making a cottage garden at the National Trust Wimpole Estate, near Royston, Cambridgeshire.
Sat 3rd Oct 2015, 08:42
October is the month when the majority of apples are ready to harvest and a wealth of events are held around the country to celebrate the glorious apple.
Tue 29th Sep 2015, 09:57
Julia Boulton, the editor of The Cottage Gardener, the quarterly magazine of The Cottage Garden Society, produces photos for GAP, a horticultural image library.
Tue 8th Sep 2015, 15:33
Patricia & Roy Foster set up a display at the Durham Flower Show to promote the Cottage Garden Society.
Wed 2nd Sep 2015, 14:34
The Lancashire and North-West Group of the Cottage Garden Society mounted a display at the Southport Flower Show held from 20-23 August and were awarded a gold medal.
Fri 28th Aug 2015, 16:03
Now is the time of year when if you stand in your garden you notice seeds heads have formed. Look around and you see more and more examples. Yes, now and throughout September is the time to collect seeds to submit to the Seed Exchange Scheme.
Fri 14th Aug 2015, 14:56
Would you like to write an article for our magazine? PLEASE send contributions to Julia Boulton - articles for September will be needed by July 6th.
Wed 18th Mar 2015, 12:24
CGS member Carrie Thomas, holder of the National Plant Collection of aquilegias, is warning all gardeners to be on the look out for downy mildew in these plants.
Sun 15th Feb 2015, 20:11
We are pleased to announce that we have a new National Committee co-opted member. Linda Enderby will, we hope, be approved by you at the next AGM.
Sat 24th Jan 2015, 16:38
Our KB Bursary for 2014 has been awarded to Jessica Mehers. She is retraining for a career in horticulture. We wish her all the best in her new career and look forward to hearing more next year when she has completed her training.
Mon 1st Dec 2014, 18:43
Are you looking for unusual vegetable seeds, plus stories to go with them? A member gives talks on his trips to collect seeds and offers a selection for a small donation.
Tue 4th Mar 2014, 20:22
GRAND SALE!! Many of our products have now been reduced in price. Take a look at the reductions. The products are also available at shows, along with our new jute bags and single CGS cards.
Sat 25th Jan 2014, 14:35
All members details have now been updated on the online list, so everybody with an email should be able to easily rejoin provided they do so within a month of their membership lapsing on 30th Sept each year.
Wed 21st Aug 2013, 21:41
The website now has a section on vegetable growing and more articles on this subject will appear in our magazine. Any articles, information or links you may have for the website please send to us.
Thu 4th Jul 2013, 18:32
We have changed our insurance policy to the one arranged through the RHS Affiliated Societies scheme. Please check and note the new arrangements when arranging events. Details are on the insurance page of the website.
Sun 5th May 2013, 20:46
Five groups submitted requests for help towards getting a really good speaker at a meeting in 2014. These were Shropshire, Lancashire & NorthWest, Yorkshire, Norfolk and Dorset. All will be given £500 from CGS funds.
Sat 20th Apr 2013, 20:42
Anybody having problems renewing online, please notify me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or else just rejoin and tell our administrator (in the comments box) that you are renewing.
Sat 24th Nov 2012, 10:54
The September RHS affiliated societies magazine has an article about the CGS on p15. In addition, Cheshire Life has an article on Clive Lane and his garden. Go to their websites and find them or read "Read more" below and find them through our website.
Thu 30th Aug 2012, 15:26
The Enduring Gardener website has an interesting blog about cottage gardening. Read it on their website or click the link on the read more page.
Mon 23rd Apr 2012, 13:23
Sadly, in this our 30th Anniversary year, we have to report the passing of our Vice-President, Dina Penrose. She has been a stalwart of The Cottage Garden Society from its very beginnings and a committee member for 25 years.
Mon 27th Feb 2012, 20:00
Each member of The Cottage Garden Society who has not joined online can log into our website, by using a special, one time only username and password created for you.
Mon 22nd Nov 2010, 14:16