|"Mr Daffodil" John Freer with Lundy Light (left) and Dutch Master (right)|
John Freer came to judge our mini show, which has now become a tradition for Friday Forum, helped by Graham and Dorothy. Entries were down in some categories which is not surprising after the bad weather we’ve been experiencing. However, I think you will agree that the standard was good:
|Some of the entries|
After the judging, entertaining as ever, John gave us useful advice on entering shows including helpful tips on presentation and staging.
|Some of John's plants including Daffodil White Petticoat and a pot of Tulip Show Winner and Tête á Tête|
John is also an accomplished knitter and brought a recent piece:
|This looked like a stripey piece|
|Looked at from another angle, you can see praying hands|
| Gill's container: Smyrnium perfoliatum, allium paradoxum normale, pumonarias rubra, opal and the silver leafed one Gill calls Calverley Gem, Muscari latifolium, pachyphragma latifolium, anemone blanda, |
|(middle) bronze leaved Oxalis (right) Cardamine|
|Gill wanted identification - pink carrot flower|
News on an upcoming television programme about the preparation which goes into opening gardens to the public, although some of our members could tell us about that!
Below is a link to an article about how gardening can be used as part of your daily exercise regime. I wonder if visiting a garden followed by tea and cake counts?
How many calories gardening tasks burn
- 35 minutes of weeding – 158 calories
- 35 minutes of mowing the lawn – 200 calories
- 29 minutes of potting plants – 131 calories
- 27 minutes of digging – 137 calories
- 17 minutes of raking – 63 calories
- 79 minutes of other garden work – 300 calories
Total: 989 calories per week, over 52 weeks – 51,428 calories a year
Harlow Carr was so busy one day last week that some of our members were turned away as they reached the approach road. They decided to visit Bluecoat Wood https://www.horticap.org/Nursery across the road, who were expecting their patron – none other than the legendary Alan Titchmarsh, who spoke to Ann about the eggs she had purchased.
Paxton AGM is on 24th April at 8.00 pm. Members are being urged to attend as significant changes are being proposed and you will have the opportunity to take part in the decision making process.
Graham thanked all those who helped at the Paxton Spring Show.
On Saturday, 16th June, there will be a 50th Anniversary Celebration Lunch. Details as follows:
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION LUNCH
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Society moving into our current premises we are holding a Celebration Faith Lunch on Saturday, 16th June. We are delighted that Mr John Sheard has agreed to be our guest speaker, and his presentation will be ‘The Life of Joseph Paxton’.
Lunch will be served at 12.30, and this will be followed by the guest speaker. There is no charge for Paxton members and whilst guests will be welcome there will be a charge of £3.
As this is a Faith Lunch we would ask members to donate items of food, but we can co-ordinate this once we know the final numbers. If you would like to attend, and possibly bring a guest, please let either Dorothy Ambridge or Graham Wheatley know.
Visits: We have two dates for visits. Full details plus June and August visits coming soon
18th May – A tour of The Arium Nursery
20th July – Day trip to gardens in Derbyshire
20th April: Forum – Practical Gardening