Saturday, 8 August 2020

Virtual Friday Forum 11

Friday Forum had a small but successful Zoom meeting with participators showing flowers from their gardens.  We agreed that we enjoy remembering where or from whom we acquired a certain plant.  Often it is easier than recalling its actual name!

Flowers top right then clockwise
Erygium alpinum  possibly ‘Blue Star’ or ‘Blue Sea‘
Geranium Rozanne
Aster novi-belgii ‘Lady in Blue’.
Clematis Integrifolia possibly ‘Juuli’  tied in up a wooden post - meter plus in height
Herbaceous clematis ‘Cassandra’ self supporting - meter plus in height

1. Crocosmia x crocosmifolia 'George Davison'. Spreading nicely.
2. Eurybia macrophylla 'Twilight' (formerly called an Aster.) Starting to gently spread. I grow 1 & 2 side by side.
3.Clematis viticella 'Little Bas'. Has had an amazing comeback after nearly being lost 2 years ago. Bought from Taylors in 2010 or 2011. It looks great this year.
4. Unknown Hemerocallis which I was given about 4 years ago. Clumping up well. Looks good against our terracotta brick.
5. Persecaria amplexicaulis 'Orange Field' bought from Crag House Farm Nursery. I've got it growing below Photinia 'Red Robin' & they complement each other well.
Linda, from small garden at coast:
Clockwise from top - Hebe, I wrongly called this common hedgerow plant Red Campion but seems it's a member of the willow herb family, large hip from Rosa Rugosa and salmony pink Pelargonium 

Dorothy sent in these photos:
 Begonia apricot shades. In a hanging basket.  Tip from our Zoomers, Geranium Rozanne can also be used as a long lasting and robust hanging basket.
 Antirrhinum just appeared

Eucomis (pineapple plant) I grew it in a pot for several years and kept dry in the greenhouse over winter. Last year it was planted in the garden.

Next virtual meeting:  August 21st at 1.30 pm.


Saturday, 18 July 2020

Virtual Friday Forum 10

The theme for this meeting was Three Pink Flowers from our Gardens.  Some interpreted the criteria quite loosely!

Veronica 'First Love'. Loved by bees & butterflies.
Salvia microphylla 'Cerro Potosi'. Also loved by bees.
Phlox - unknown name, given to me by my Mum years ago. Lovely scent. Loved by butterflies.
Maggie Y:

Hemerocallis  ‘Pink Damask’
 Japanese anemones - names not known
Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’ (flowers all summer long)
Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’ (lying on the table)
 Crepis incana
 Primula viallii
Geranium sanguinium

Malva moschata
 Beesbalm, Dianthus, Lychnis, Oxalis (closed up) tarted up with a sprig of Artemesia
Galega (Goats Rue)

Clematis Margaret Hunt

Callistemon Bottlebrush

Veronica White Icicle

Stachys (can anyone identify?) 

Flower Carpet Tree Rose   (Half Standard)

Crocosmia Lucifer

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If you took part in the Big Bird Count back in January, why not take part in the Big Butterfly Count
I don't know if it counts, but I found this Tiger Moth

This Youtube clip of garden visits was mentioned on the Hardy Plants site and it is well worth watching and listening to the excellent commentary.

Next meetingTo be advised
Members will receive details of a garden visit by email

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Virtual Friday Forum 9

Our theme for this Virtual Friday Forum was to present a bunch (tussie mussie, buttonhole, spray, bouquet) of 3 – 5 flowers from the garden:

Salvia microphylla 'Neon'
Achillea millefolium 'Pink Grapefruit'
Astrantia 'Buckland'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
A white phlox given to me by my Mum years ago. Deliciously scented!
3 differently coloured linarias, one bluey purple, one cerise and one, the pink one, is a named variety called Canon Went.
The thistle is Galactites tomentosa, a pretty flower with a variegated leaf
The lime green one is Euphorbia stricta - more or less a weed but I like it!
The white flower is, I think, an Ami but I don't know which one, it self-seeded in a pot in the greenhouse
Persicaria Affinis
Francoa Sonchifolia
Trifolium Rubens

Such a good idea! Geranium Rozanne in a hanging basket displays the flowers at eye level
Flower from Francis Williams Hosta, Phygelius African Queen, Thalictrum, Trifolium and Penstemon Firebird

Maggie M

Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’
Geranium ‘Patricia’
Phlox ‘Blue Paradise’ ( highly scented)
Veronica ‘Eveline’
Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’
Cotinus, Hydrangea Baby Blue and Alchemilla Mollis 

Maggie Y
Nasturtium seeds bought just before lockdown from Morrisons

Rosa ‘Crown Princess Margarete’  (David Austin)

Hypericum ‘Magical Universe’
Ceratostigma Willmottianum

Olwen showed us three pots of Begonias with huge flowers and different shades.
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 Erysium,salvia, unidentified clematis ,alysum violet queen self seeded, sweet rocket. (& weed)
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Argyranthemum gracile, 'Levada Cream'
Rose, County Series ,'Surrey '
Jasmine  official  'Clotted Cream '
Rubus cockburnianus

Rose,'Macranthaer' Raubritter' 

Thelma also contributed.
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Congratulations to Norma who has her bee basket featured (see blog post Virtual Friday Forum 3 for instructions and flower list in the newsletter of the Buzzword, Bumblebee Conservation Trust 🐝 

Judith’s Rhapsody in Blue which was presented to her back in February for her years of dedication as Chairman of Friday Forum 

Members reported back on the following:
Some members have been in touch or heard from others and all Friday Forumers seem to be well and in good spirits.
Tong Garden Centre is well stocked
Horticap has prepared well for customers

Next Zoom meeting:  17th July and the theme is three pink flowers from your garden.  Hope you can join in or participate by emailing a picture3 pink flowers. 


Friday, 26 June 2020

Virtual Friday Forum 8

Photos sent in by Friday Forum members.
An experimental basket (for those who weren't on zoom) with succulents
Lily Mapira
Phygelius Funfare Coral
Gladiolus The Bride

These are the roses Maggie showed on the Zoom forum.

Yellow- Rosa Mermaid
White - Rosa Iceberg
Pink - Pink Perpetu
Pale pink - Blush Noisette

“This verbascum self seeded into the patio, whilst I would usually have removed it, I left it to do its thing. Any free gift is a great joy at the moment- and the bees love it!”
Liz Bibby

Monday, 22 June 2020

Virtual Friday Forum 7

Friday Forum members are definitely improving on Zoom and this week we managed twelve guests who contributed to the virtual Display Table.
Here are some of them:

Phlomis  Cashmeriana (pink whorls)
Senecio Vira vira (cream flowers on grey foliage) which comes from a region of Chile.
Geranium palmatum - another self-seeding geranium


                                                       From l to r:
Gertrude Jekyll (highly scented)
Lady of Shallot
Chinatown (highly scented)
New Dawn 

Ann Fritchely’s garden features on the Hardy Plants blog

Carol’s Plant Sales have been really successful, raising £370 for the NGS.  She thanks those who supplied and bought plants.  There are still a few tender plants left.  Norma is holding a small plant sale on 4th July in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Members report that Newby Hall and RHS are both open to book online, have toilets and take away drinks and feel safe for visitors.

There are no plans to resume Friday Forum meetings until it is felt it is safe to do so but hope you all stay well and join in on Zoom.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Virtual Friday Forum 6

So, hands up who has visited a garden centre since Wednesday?  If you have, let us know what you bought and where you purchased them.  If you haven’t, what are the top items on your list?   For me, it’s cheap and cheerful annuals for containers as my home sown ones are not looking great.
Kate has sent these pictures:
Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ flowering fit to bust!

Osteospermums to cheer us all up!

Carol’s garden is looking gorgeous:

 White wisteria on arch and (below) with white Lilac in background
Clematis Montana on shed roof and fence


Hellebore Corsicus. 
Left below Hellebore is    Sorbaria Sorbifolia.
Norma sent these photos:
My seven week old ‘Lockdown’ Roses 🌹 They unusually all opened, didn’t droop their heads and have dried to a crisp golden colour.  I have now enhanced them with Skimmia.  I can’t throw them out, they are like old friends.
And this video, which will make you smile

If you want more, click on the link for the latest Hardy Plants gallery, which also features some from Friday Forum members:
This link is a good read on Paeonies by Peter Williams:
Stay safe