About Twigs


I am a Project Organiser for a local charity called * RSVP [Retired & Senior Volunteer Programme] based in the lovely Dorset East region of Poole which is situated in the South West of the UK.

*Please go to our WEBSITE LINK HERE or at the bottom of this page, on which you will find Googlemail contact details and further information on the charity.

When I initially volunteered for the charity I was asked to suggest a project I would like to get involved in and as I enjoy gardening it was agreed that I would start a garden club. This then became known as the charity's first TWIGS GARDEN CLUB which celebrated its 3rd year in July 2013.

We began with just a few basic ideas, over time these have been tailored to the needs and wishes of everybody and as an Organiser for CSV/RSVP it must be emphasised that club members are not volunteers nor expected to become volunteers unless wishing to do so.

Here are some of the highlights of Twigs:

We are always pleased to welcome new members, including online ones.
Apart from browsing my blog [we love to read your comments] perhaps you might also like to come and join us once a month at one of our meetings for a spot of social garden chat over a refreshing cuppa and a slice of naughty homemade cake! We also produce a quarterly Newsletter, have raffles and monthly plant swaps to name but a few and you never know what you may go home with.

Should anyone feel they have an hour to spare and would like to start a Twigs Project in their local residential area please contact me for a quick chat by emailing deetrish12spot@gmail.com




Monday, 18 August 2014

Garden of Delight


 
There is so little space in my garden

I’m greedy for colours and scents

When I’ve filled up my plot

I fill baskets and pots

Until money and energy’s spent

 
Then I beg different cuttings from neighbours

Or swap if my surplus will do

And, sometimes, in the park

When it’s coming on dark

I confess that I pinch one or two

 
My walls are Virginia Creepered

My fences are clematis clad

There are house plants galore

On my shelves, sills and floors

And all of them flourish like mad

 
I really enjoy my small garden

And I don’t mind the shortage of space

It couldn’t be fuller

Of perfume and colour

And no weed can find resting place!
 

 Jane Legge


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Carnival Week Prize Winner !!!

Two floral displays submitted by Dee to the Poole Carnival Week Event, one of which as you can see she won.


 
 

BWRA Carers Week Event

 

The BWRA will be holding a Carers Week Event on the 13th June from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon at :

44 Yarmouth Road, Branksome.

Coffee & cake £2.00

 

All monies raised will go to the Carers Charity Fund

 
 

 

 






Friday, 16 May 2014

Poppy's Poems




MY GARDEN
 
At the bottom of the garden, where the bluebells grow
A squirrel runs along the fence, I’ve seen him come and go.
 
 He paddles in the bird bath and helps himself to seeds
He watches me from a distance when I’m removing weeds.
 
 The lavender is blooming, I do like flowery scents
With honeysuckle growing along another fence.

It’s lovely in the summer, when flowers are in bloom
I leave my windows open and scent fills every room.

 Then many pretty butterflies and little bumble bees
Happily will flutter by beneath the garden trees.
 
 When I sit in my arbour the birds will come and feed
They see me there so often, that they never heed.

 I’m happy in my garden, the hours so quickly pass
Whether I’m relaxing, or when I’m mowing grass.
 
I’m happy in the summer, I’ve had enough of rain
So when the sun decides to shine, I’ll go outdoors again.
 
 Runner beans cover my garden arch and hide
Several tomato plants growing there inside.

My shrubbery will blossom and scent will fill the air
From many pretty flowers I will have grown with care.

 

Sunday, 4 May 2014

26th July 2014 1914 ‘100 year’ Commemoration Event - update


 

Looks like the Commemorative Garden at Oakdale Library is progressing well ! 

 Do have a look at the blog link: http://oakdalelibrarygarden.wordpress.com/

 
Twigs are now looking forward to our next meeting with Creekmoor & Oakdale WI which will be taking place shortly for an update on all the arrangements that have so far been made and those that need finalising in time for the event.

Twigs have lots of exciting ideas which along with the help of the WI and others should make the day a memorable occasion.   It certainly won’t be for want of trying on all of our combined efforts.

So whilst it’s weeding, planting and some rather heavy ground work for some of our combined team, there is an awful lot of preparation and many arrangements to be decided on for the rest of us.

Twigs have been so pleased to have met with so many good responses from organisations and individuals who like us are becoming more and more enthusiastic at the prospect of supporting what should be a fun day.

Now all we can hope for is lovely sunny weather for the event and for those who are making the effort of dressing up in period 1914 costume [we are surprised at how many] which will really add a touch of times past.


 



Saturday, 12 April 2014

Spring 2014 Newsletter Highlights


Easter Bonnet & Twigs Quiz Prize Winners 
Fun Easter Bonnets show that Spring has definitely arrived !
 
 

The sun shone down on our Easter Bonnet Parade, held at Oakdale Library, where prizes were also presented to the winners of our gardening quiz.
All of the bonnets were very creative and it was a lovely surprise to see the library staff joining in the fun. The judges Helen Smith along with two Police Community Support Officers had a difficult task deciding the winner. But eventually the prize went to our Beryl who looked as stylish as ever in her bonnet.
 
 
 
Twigs Living Garden
Poole Borough Libraries enquired if Twig's could produce a ‘Box Garden’ for a talk & display on activities within the Libraries at the Civic Offices.
So for a small cost Twigs produced a ‘Living Garden’ which could give a housebound person not only many pleasurable hours tending it, but also the added bonus of eating garden fresh herbs & salad from a window sill. 
Go on make someone smile this Easter with no Calories!   
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL.
    
1914 ‘100 year’ Commemoration Event

Last year we discussed the potential of an event being held.  At that point it was merely an idea, however with the new start at a new venue in January we had further talks with Oakdale Library regarding the potential of our idea. 
This was accepted with the result that later in the year Twigs will be holding an event to showcase life [within bounds of availability] as it was in 1914.
Twigs members are dressing in period costume, with a table or two on baking from the 1914 era  with fresh bakes to try and buy.  There will also be a recipe book, which will go on sale, showing all the recipes.
Items from the period will be on display, with floral arrangements in some very un-orthodox containers! 
We are furiously growing poppies for the Commemoration Garden [an addition to the existing Reading Garden], which the Swop team have offered to do in conjunction with the Creekmoor & Oakdale WI.
I would like to thank my members for their hard work which in the last few months has seen them beavering away. 


 

 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Poppy's Poems

FLOWER PERSONALITIES



How grand the golden daffodil
That stands sedately on the hill
It proudly stands with head held high
And nods to people passing by.

In contrast is the primrose, small
Looked down upon by one and all
Beneath the tallest tree that grows
In clusters hides the shy primrose

The bluebell is a common flower
It grows in masses and has power
To hide the primrose in the wood
- Do you think it really should?

The violet helps the shy primrose
As side by side with it. it grows
They seem to compliment each other
Not out-doing one another

The crocus come in colours bright
And seems to pop up over night
It stands erect for all to see
And seems to say, "Oh look at me"

Some are short and some are tall
But we grow to love them all
Flowers come and birdies sing
All announcing it is Spring.





Friday, 4 April 2014

Blog update

Unfortunately due to circumstances which are currently beyond our control, this blog is temporarily a 'view only' site.

Even though you cannot post comments we hope that in the meantime you enjoy reading the posts.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Twigs Member NGS Opening Days for 2014

 
NGS opening days for visiting Sylvia & Alan's amazing garden at
22 Holt Road, Branksome, Poole BH12 1JQ.
 
  • 23rd March
  • 27th April 
  • 18th May
  • 15th June 
  • 27th July
  • 24th August
Further information is available from in the National Garden Schemes booklet which is available FREE from most garden centres and other outlets.

Alternatively you can purchase online from the NGS website link:   http://www.ngs.org.uk/default.aspx

 

 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

26th July 2014 is one special event for the TWIGS TEAM of RSVP !!!


During the later months of 2013 it was decided that something special should be done to mark the ‘100year Commemoration of the 1914 -18 War’.   Which as it happens will also coincide with the 4th Anniversary of our club.

Our first club meeting in 2014 was to be held at our new Oakdale Library venue and so prior to this ideas were discussed with the Library for the coming year.

This then was when the 1914-18 event started to develop. 

So waiting with bated breath that approval would be given for the project, the Team were overjoyed when an email arrived, declaring that the Commemoration Event was all set to go.

However to help develop our ideas the local WI were informed of our plans and offered to help with some poppies and running a refreshment tent on the day. Also a member from the Chestnut Nursery Garden Team said that they also would like to do a garden piece.

Twigs Team are working flat out to generate a 1914 event to remember.

Stay with this page to keep updated.

 


 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Lavender Scent Bag circa 1912





  1. Take of lavender flowers, free from stalk, half-a-pound
  2. Dried thyme and mint, of each half-an ounce
  3. Ground cloves and caraways, of each a quarter of an ounce
  4. Common salt, dried, one ounce;

Mix the whole well together, and put this product into silk or cambric bags.  In this way it will perfume the drawers and linen very nicely. 
 
 
Extract taken from the Hundred and Eighth Edition of ENQUIRE WITHIN UPON EVERYTHING
Published in London by Madgwick, Houlston and Co., Ltd, Ave Maria Lane, E.C. [1912]
 
 
 

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Cherry Beetroot cake recipe circa 1914



  1. Serves 10-12
  2. Takes 20 minutes to make and 50 minutes-1 hour in the oven, plus cooling

Ingredients


  1. Cherries stoned and chopped
  2. 3 large  eggs
  3. 200g light muscovado sugar
  4. 100ml sunflower oil
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 100g self-raising flour
  7. ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  8. ½ tsp baking powder
  9. 50g ground almonds
  10. 250g raw beetroot

For the icing


  1. 100g icing sugar
  2. 100g Yoghurt

Method

 
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4.  Grease a 22cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin with a little butter and line the base with baking paper.
  2. Leave the cherries in a bowl with the almonds, mix together and leave soak.
  3. Place the eggs, sugar and sunflower oil in a large mixing bowl and whisk together, using an electric hand whisk, for  about 3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Stir in vanilla extract then sift over self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking power and gently fold in together with the ground almonds.
  4. Using a pair of rubber gloves to protect your fingers from staining, peel and grate the beetroot, then squeeze out the excess liquid.  Fold the beetroot into the mixture with chopped cherries and almonds mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 50mins - 1 hour.  Cover with foil if the cake browns too quickly.  Test the cake by inserting a skewer into the centre to see if it comes out clean.  Cool for a little while, then remove from the tin and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. For the icing beat in icing sugar and yoghurt until you have a thick, creamy and spreadable mix.  Spread it over the top and sides of the cooled cake and serve.

Optional:

Fresh cream with vanilla essence could also be used.
Alternatively 150grams of melted chocolate with the yoghurt and icing.


Thursday, 30 January 2014

Poinsettias


These plants are not the easiest to keep going past December; however, in some cases they have been known to do so.

The problem with these beautiful plants is that they do not like any temperatures below 13c so a lovely warm environment is necessary, teamed with a warm windowsill.

So natural sunlight, with warm heat and no draughts

When the compost starts to dry out fill the pot or saucer with water BUT do not over water as this will rot the roots.

However never give up on a plant should your poinsettia look lost soak the rootball with some WARM water so as to revive the plant overnight.

In March cut back hard and reduce the watering, in May repot and start gradual watering with a liquid feed which should generate new leaf growth.

In October between 10-20th, allow the plants to have at least 12 hours of daylight. For the other 12 hours they need to be in complete darkness with a temp of not under 18degrees.

If all of this has been done you should start to see new leaves which will turn colour in time for December.
 




Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Creating Gardening Magic



Check how many rubbish sacks are in your dustbin.  If you have 4 by having a compost bin you could bring the total to 2.  Less bad smells !

What do I put into a compost bin ?

All your vegetable and fruit peelings, also all teabags or tea leaves

Coffee grindings

All grass cuttings and prunings

Quarterly treatment of Garotta

No tomatoes or potato peelings as these will turn into plants

and start to grow in your decomposing bin.

How long do I leave it ?

Just keep it going, the process does not stop. After 1yr the rotting process will be in full swing.  After 2 complete years, a very big harvest of your own compost should be possible.

Every few months put a fork into your bin, let some air in, and mix the top layers a little.

This helps the decomposition process.
 
It feels so good going to your own little box in the garden and be able to access your own COMPOST when you need it.
 
No heavy lifting into cars only shovelling into your wheelbarrow, and the bit I love best is its PAID FOR !

When using your own compost this will be much stronger than the compost you buy.

So always, be mindful to allow time for this compost to settle when dug into the ground, before you do any spring or summer planting.
 
Should you wish to use for hanging baskets buy some organic compost and mix together, this reduces the acid strength and will not burn the roots of your plants.
 
 

 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Senior's Christmas Cheer


 
Twas the night before Christmas at Rock Away Rest,
and all of us seniors were looking our best.
Our glasses, how sparkly, our wrinkles, how merry;
Our punchbowl held prune juice plus three drops of sherry.

A bed sock was taped to each walker, in hope
That Santa would bring us soft candy and soap.
We surely were lucky to be there with friends,
Secure in this residence and in our Depends.

Our grandkids had sent us some Christmassy crafts,
Like angels in snowsuits and penguins on rafts.
The dental assistant had borrowed our teeth,
And from them she'd crafted a holiday wreath.

The bedpans, so shiny, all stood in a row
Reflecting our candle's magnificent glow.
Our supper so festive (the joy wouldn't stop)
Was creamy warm oatmeal with sprinkles on top.

Our salad was Jell-O, so jiggly and great,
Then puree of fruitcake was spooned on each plate.
The social director then had us play games,
Like "Where Are You Living?" and "What Are Your Names?"

Old Grandfather Cooper was feeling his oats
Proclaiming that reindeer were nothing but goats.
Our resident wand'rer was tied to her chair,
In hopes that at bedtime she still would be there.

Security lights on the new fallen snow
Made outdoors seem noon to the old folks below.

Then out on the porch there arose quite a clatter
(But we are so deaf that it just didn't matter).
A strange little fellow flew in through the door,
Then tripped on the sill and fell flat on the floor.

‘Twas just our director, all togged out in red.
He jiggled and chuckled and patted each head.
We knew from the way that he strutted and jived
Our social security cheques had arrived.

We sang (how we sang) in our monotone croak,
‘Til the clock tinkled out its soft eight-p.m. stroke.
And soon we were snuggling deep in our beds.
While nurses distributed nocturnal meds.

And so ends our Christmas at Rock-Away Rest.
‘Fore long you'll be with us, We wish you the best!