All members were given a letter of the alphabet to speak about a flower accompanied by a personal anecdote. We laughed and empathised with the stories but I reckon Carl’s came out top. When showing a child a pea pod and asking what it was, the child replied, “Is it a baby banana?”
Judith brought Abelia grandiflora, Salvia Amistad and the hardy Chrysanthemum Duchess of Edinburgh
|Gill’s bouquet which reminded her of a *tussie-mussie included Geranium nodosum, a late flowering clematis, fuchsia, chrysanthemum, Japanese anemone and Michaelmas Daisy|
*We learn something new at every meeting of Friday Forum and this week it was the phrase Tussie-Mussie. According to the dictionary, it is a small bunch of flowers or aromatic herbs or a cone-shaped holder for a bouquet. It further transpires that in Victorian times meant protect the wearer from noxious odours produced by the poor bathing and sanitary conditions of former times. It can also refer to the bouquet gathered by young servants from the garden of the Big House to take to their mothers on Mothering Sunday or to an offering from a young man to his girlfriend. See this link for more on the topic. https://www.ilonasgarden.com/victorian-tussie-mussie-bouquet-meaning/
|Carol brought the seedheads of Sinacalia Tangutica which reminded her of miniature silver Christmas trees|
|Thelma’s Pointsettia from last year, still an attractive plant with its red stems although it won’t regain its red foliage|
|Janella’s garden accessories from her recent trip to USA|
|Judith’s attractive arrangement in a wicker basket contains pots of the winter cherry plant (Solanum Capsicastrum), conifer Goldcrest, heuchera and Helleborus niger and she will substitute pots of Narcissus ‘Tête-à-Tête’ later in the season|
This garden notebook would make a welcome gift for any gardener (including yourself) and half the profits from all sales go to Cancer Research UK.
Paxton Late Autumn Show will be held on 23rd November and Dorothy would appreciate help in the kitchen. Judging is at 12 noon and Shows are open to the public from 2pm to 4.00pm.
Janella is working hard organising our day trip on 21 August to Southport Flower Show so put the date in your 2020 diary
6th December – Presentation by the personable Tracy Foster entitled “What have plants done for us?”
20th December – Friday Forum Christmas Party