Saturday, 7 April 2018

Friday Forum Spring Mini Show

Friday Forum Spring Mini Show
 "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
 First in category
After the judging, entertaining as ever, John gave us useful advice on entering shows including helpful tips on presentation and staging.  
 Lundy Light

 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

Display Table
 Ann's pot of Cordalys Malkensis and Solida George Baker

 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

Gardening Matters
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 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.

Notice Board
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:

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

Next Meeting
 20th April:  Forum – Practical Gardening

Friday, 16 March 2018

"Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is a triumph of hope over experience." - Marina Schinz

Presentation:  Chelsea Coastal Garden – Tracey Foster

Tracey gave us a wonderful talk about the garden which won her a silver medal at Chelsea last year.  We were given an insight into how she managed to portray the chalk cliffs, the sea and shore in her Yorkshire coast garden.  When asked if she would design a garden again for Chelsea given all the hard work involved, Tracey said she definitely would – but not this year!
Display Table
 Gill’s Spring display with daffodil Topolino
Gill’s container with Corydalis Beth Evans and Cava, allium paradoxum normale, Pulmonaria and Primrose 
Dorothy’s Cyclamen which she has kept for many years
 Judith's Euphorbia Robbiae 
Judith’s Euphorbia foetida in blue pot, the bronzy red Euphorbia Walberton and a Hellebore

Gardening Matters
A couple of articles to read if the weather prevent you from gardening this weekend:
Congratulations to Rodley Nature Reserve who beat many other prestigious sites to win this accolade.

Notice Board
Saturday 31st March: Paxton Spring Show.  Help is requested in the kitchen and any contribution to the plant sale will be appreciated and can be dropped off on Friday evening before the show.

Next Meeting

6th April – Spring Mini Show with judge and speaker John Freer
See the categories below.  I’m sure we can all find something to bring.