Saturday, 16 November 2019

In autumn, don't go to jewellers to see gold; go to the parks! ~Mehmet Murat ildan


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?”

Display Table:
Ann’s display contained Amicia zygomeris, Nerine bowdenii, Rosa Flaming Desire, Hesperantha Mrs Hegarty and Coccinea, Fuchsia Genii, Penstemon, Liriope muscari, Eucomis autumnale, Erysium Bowles Mauve, Corydalis ochreleuca, Persicaria Fat Domino and Golden Arrow, Itea ilicifolia 

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.
 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

Gardening Matters

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.

Notice Board:

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

Next Meeting

6th December – Presentation by the personable Tracy Foster entitled “What have plants done for us?”

20th December – Friday Forum Christmas Party

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Tulips from Amsterdam?

Presentation on Tulips by Teresa Clements

Who better to give Friday Forum this talk than Teresa Clements, Secretary of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society?

In her fascinating and informative presentation, Teresa explained about English and Dutch tulips, how they came to us via the silk route and about the early tulip societies in Wakefield.

Display Table
 Still flowering in her garden, Gill brought Winter Jasmine, Clematis Princess Diana and Lady Betty Balfour, Geranium nodosum, Hydrangea, Salvia Hot Lips, Fuchsia, Asters, Astrantia, Helenium, Jamaican Primrose
Kate’s Fern Polypodium cambricum Richard Kayse. Great for winter foliage, sterile so does not produce spores and propagated by division.  Was found by Kayse in Wales in the 1600s and thought to have died out until rediscovered in 1980s
Caroline has recently developed an interest in Salvias and her vase contains Amistad and Love and Wishes

Judith's Rosa Mutabilis
 Judith's Heucherella Buttered Rum

Margaret H was disappointed with these but, like a true gardener, will try growing them again, this time in a pot 

Ann brought an attractive arrangement of foliage from her garden which left us wondering if she has an arboretum!
Tetrapanax Papy Rifer, Pseudopanax, Ricinis communis, Ulvius wredei, Acacia pravissima, Acacia ‘Garnet’, Liriodendron tulipifera, Hedera Buttercup, Pittosporum Tom Thumb plus Jasminium officicinale variegatum and Rhodochiton atrosanguineum which has prettily intertwined

This is a photo of my winter container inspired by Judith who suggested an arrangement made up of pots which are easily changed as the seasons change.  Mine contains two cyclamen, Calluna vulgaris and the silver one which had no label.  I later saw a load of these in Tesco all labelled (wrongly) Sedum Herbstfreude!  It's actually Calopcephalus brownii
Next Meeting

November 15th – Forum.  All contributions (questions, tips, anecdotes, future plans, ideas for our Christmas Forum) will be welcome at this meeting.  

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Harvest Forum

This year our theme for Harvest Forum was British Fruit and the photos illustrate the range of produce, mainly grown by our members.  We had a very enjoyable tasting session.

Judith's Apple and Tarragon cake

Jenny's Damson Jelly 

Display Table

It seems some of our members have plenty of late season colour and variety in their gardens:
 Judith’s jug contains Dahlia Blue by you, and an attractive anemone centred one, Tithonia which if deadheaded goes on forever, Ricinus, Salvia Amistad and Phytolacca
Kate's arrangement consists mainly of cut and come again flowers:  Hemerocallis stella d’oro, Geranium Ann Folkard, Astrantia Buckland, Rose Lady of Shalott, Veronica Eveline, Knautia, Periscaria  orange field, Sedum and Callicarpa

 Gill’s pot of the late flowering Saxigraga fortunei Gokk
 Gill’s vase with Hydrangea, Michaelmas Daisies, and Clematis
  Maggie asked for identification of this plant
 This pot of Aeonium was looking for a new home and Mary kindly split it up so many members could benefit from it
Ann brought from her garden:  Persicaria Fat Domino, JS Caliente and Golden Arrow, Aster frikiartii Jungfrau, Aster novi belgi Barbados, Aconitum carmichaeli and Spatlase, Salvia Sebastian and Silkies Dream, Nerine bowdenii, Hesperantha coccinea, and Penstemon

 Ann's  Crocus speciosus
Notice Board

If the weather keeps us out of the garden, here are two garden blogs you may find of interest: 

Next Meeting

1st November – Presentation:  English Tulips by Teresa Clements

Saturday, 5 October 2019

The end of the summer is not the end of the world. Here's to October... A.A. Milne

Presentation - The All Seasons Garden by Sarah Hopps

On a cold and rainy afternoon, who better to motivate us than the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Sarah Hopps.  With plants and slides, Sarah showed us how we should look forward to the all the seasons in the garden starting with a framework for winter, spring bulbs and how to avoid the “August gap”.  We were also treated to slides of some fabulous gardens which Sarah has visited in various seasons as her role as tour guide.

Display Table
 Judith’s Dahlia Totally Tangerine and Rudbeckia Prairie Glow

From her garden, Gill’s bouquet includes: Hydrangeas, clematis Mary Rose, Phlox, Geraniums Margaret Wilson, Kirengeshoma, Crocosmia Severn Sunrise, Abelia, Michaelmas Daisies, Eupatorium Rugosum, Garrya elliptica, Salvia Amistad and Argyranthemum Jamaica Primrose
 Ann brought an arrangement of Clematis cyrhesa Landsowne Gem, Euonymus planipes seeds and Adiamtum fern  

Notice Board

Hearty congratulation to Kate on the birth of grandson Harry.

Next Meeting

18th October:  Harvest Forum and Bring & Buy Sale – The theme for this year’s Harvest Forum is British Fruit, which you can interpret as you wish (cooked, raw, arrangement, anecdote etc).  Please bring something fitting plus suitable items for the Bring & Buy.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

"A late summer garden has a tranquility found no other time of the year." - William Longgood


Members spent an enjoyable afternoon hearing about facts and fiction related to gardening.  Perhaps we won’t recall the height of the largest tree or the circumference of the biggest mushroom grown in the UK, but will surely remember that some of the lyrics of our favourite nursery rhymes and other myths from our youth had other meanings from those learnt! 

Display Table
From her garden, Kate brought Begonia avensiana, the tall plumage from a heuchera, Hydrangeas Pink Anabelle and Limelight, Phlox Graf Zeppelin and The King, Japanese Anemones Honorine Jobert and Pretty Lady Susan, Crocosmia Emily Mackenzie, Helenium autumnale, Asters frikartii Monch and Violet Queen, Verbena bonariensis and rigida, Campanula Loddon Anna and Persicaria campanulata, Geranium Ann Folkard, Hesperantha Wilfred H Bryant, Roscoea and Knautia 
Margaret H brought Yew trees in various stages which she grew from cuttings

 Carol’s Clerodendron Bungei

Ann’s berries from Magnolia Wilsonii which she somehow acquired from a garden visit in Dumfries.

 Ann’s Beaumaris calvetii grown from berries
 Ann’s container (home made):  Desfontainia spinosa, Actea cimicifuga, Rosa Flaming Desire, Salvia Prawn Chorus and Silkie’s Dream, Aconitum carmichaeli, Scabious, Cerato stigma Desert Skies and Caryopteris ikrana

Jenny brought her new purchases
Mulberry bush and Colchium 

Notice Board

11th October:  Hardy Plants are holding their plant auction.  It’s 7.00 for 7.30 and is free for Friday Forum members.

Jenny reported back from Paxton Committee meeting that donations of suitable tombola prizes for future plant shows would be appreciated, Paxton has a new caretaker and the front hedge which was obstructing the pavement has been cut by Sid Taggart and Graham Wheatley.

Next Meeting

4th October:  Presentation – The All Seasons Garden by Sarah Hopps

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Talk:  Peter Williams – People, Plants and Places

Once again, Peter entertained us with his garden-related stories. Amongst other interesting facts, we learnt about the origins of the Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff,

We saw slides of the gardens at the historic Mount St John estate at Felixkirk, near Thirsk. It is owned by Chris Bundell of the Morrison (supermarket) family, designed by Tom Stuart Smith and where Lizzie Balmforth is now head gardener.  The gardens are not generally open to the public, but there are tours at about £40 per person.

The talk finished with a quiz.

Display Table 

In her shady garden, Jenny has grown what was called Rodgersia tabularis, now Astilboides tabularis, with its massive leaves for over 20 years.  This year it has flowered!

Jenny also brought Fuchsia Begonia (Begonia fuchsioides) which bears fuchsia like flowers

In Ann’s handmade pot (is there no limit to this lady’s skills?): 
Itea ilicifolia
From E. Asia/N. America
Kirengeshoma palmata with yellow bells
From Korea/Japan
Stokesia laevis
Amicia zygomeris
Salvia Prawn Chorus
Dahlia australis



Gill brought Kirengeshoma palmata, hydrangea, willow gentian and phlox

 Judith’s arrangement in grey and pink:  Rehmannia (Chinese foxglove), Senecio viravira, Diascia personata, Alcalthaea


Paxton’s Early Autumn Show including the National Vegetable Show is on 21st September and help in the kitchen or donations of cakes will be much appreciated.

Next Meeting

20th September:  This will be a members’ forum.  See email for details.