Friday, 15 June 2018

Totally Tropical



Visit to The Jungle Garden
Who would have imagined what we would find behind this house in the suburbs?  
 Nick Wilson of the Jungle Garden
 When Nick Wilson moved to this property in 1988, it had a typical garden with a lawn and flower borders.  Inspired by family holidays in Cornwall, Nick has transformed this 85 x 27 ft space into a veritable jungle.  The shape and textures of the foliage, objects of interest at every turn and two ponds make this a fascinating garden which can be seen from walkways at differing heights. 







 

 The Jungle Lodge

This is one not to miss and future 2018 openings are Sundays 24th June and 29th July.

Gardening Matters









Notice Board

Reminder that the Paxton Summer Show and Plant Sale is on Saturday 30th June.






Next Meeting

6th July: Summer Mini Show
Don’t forget your entries.  You’ve got to be in it to win it!
CLASS 1          One bloom HT Rose
CLASS 2          One Stem Floribunda Rose
CLASS 3          One Stem any other Rose
CLASS 4          One vase Sweet Peas
CLASS 5          One vase Pinks
CLASS 6          One vase cut flowers, judged for frontal effect
CLASS 7          One pot plant
CLASS 8          Flower Arranging – ‘Take Five Flowers’
CLASS 9          Exhibit of Fruit or Vegetable

  

Sunday, 3 June 2018

"The hum of bees is the voice of the garden." - Elizabeth Lawrence



 Visit to The Arium
On 15th MayFriday Forum had a very interesting visit to The Arium, Leeds parks nursery in Thorner.  Andrew and Lee explained how Leeds City Council hope to make a viable business out of the garden centre and cafe which means  Leeds will be able to go on providing our lovely bedded out roundabouts and parks, unlike some authorities which have suffered cutbacks on such 'luxuries'.


The huge greenhouses were built by the Dutch at great cost.  All the processes are automated and the water is recycled.






 It wouldn't be a Friday Forum visit without tea and cake!

The June 1st meeting saw a big clean up of Paxton Hall, inside and out.  Everyone got involved with tea and cakes as a reward.  Your contribution is appreciated.


Gardening Matters

Just in case we didn’t get enough of it, here are some gardens featured at Chelsea





Notice Board
 Here’s giving you plenty of notice to consider your entries for the Summer mini show. You’ve got to be in it to win it!
FRIDAY FORUM MINI SHOW - FRIDAY 6 JULY 2018

CLASS 1          One bloom HT Rose
CLASS 2          One Stem Floribunda Rose
CLASS 3          One Stem any other Rose
CLASS 4          One vase Sweet Peas
CLASS 5          One vase Pinks
CLASS 6          One vase cut flowers, judged for frontal effect
CLASS 7          One pot plant
CLASS 8          Flower Arranging – ‘Take Five Flowers’
CLASS 9          Exhibit of Fruit or Vegetable

Next Meeting

15th June – Garden visit to The Jungle Garden in Roundhay meeting at 1.30 pm
(full details on Visits 2018 page)
  

Saturday, 5 May 2018

May the fourth be with you



Peter Williams gave us an excellent presentation entitled Propagation for ‘grown up’ gardeners.  His lively talk included lots of invaluable advice and fascinating facts on all methods of propagation which could save us a fortune.  We will definitely be trying out some of his ideas.
Display Table:
Judith’s Bowles Gold
Judith’s Scilla peruviana












Judith also brought an Asarina (climbing snapdragon)

  
Carl’s Trilliums which turned out not to be the                                                 colours anticipated .........  after growing them for 7 years
Ann’s Clematis scottii rosea which she bought in 2011 (as a pelargonium) and has only just flowered
 Graham’s (award winning) daffodil Petrel and dark pink Pelargonium
Eileen’s double headed Daffodil Thalia and tulip Persian pink
 Margaret’s Cardamine pentaphyllos (showy toothwort)
 Gill’s container has Corydalis anthriscifolia, Lunaria rediviva (everlasting honesty), Dicentra, Smyrnia and Pieris
 Gardening Matters
With the good weather in National Garden Week hope everyone managed to get into a garden; your own or someone else’s.


For Open Gardens and talks in aid of funding new planting at the Yorkshire Arboretum, see www.yorkshirearboretum.org/events-calendar


Notice Board
Congratulations to Graham for his success in the Harrogate Show, winning 6 out of 8 classes plus Best Bloom with his Daffodils.
With this in mind, could you win a prize for your blooms?  Why not give it a go at the Friday Forum Mini Show, details as follows:
FRIDAY FORUM MINI SHOW FRIDAY 6 JULY 2018
CLASS 1    One bloom HT Rose
CLASS 2    One Stem Floribunda Rose
CLASS 3    One Stem any other Rose
CLASS 4    One vase Sweet Peas
CLASS 5    One vase Pinks
CLASS 6    One vase cut flowers, judged for frontal effect
                                       CLASS 7    One pot plant
                                       CLASS 8    Flower Arranging – ‘Take Five Flowers’
                                       CLASS 9    Exhibit of Fruit or Vegetable

Reminder that the next Paxton Plant Sale will be 21st May.  Your donations of plants raised over £100 last time, so please bring plants on that morning.
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION LUNCH
The Celebration Faith Lunch will be on Saturday, 16th June.   Lunch will be served at 12.30, and this will be followed by the guest speaker, John Sheard, with his presentation ‘The Life of Joseph Paxton’. 
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.    
Let Dorothy or Graham know if you can come ASAP if this event is to go ahead.

Next Meeting
18th May:  Visit to The Arium (names of those attending have already been submitted)
1st June:  Forum including giving Paxton a good clean up.  Many hands make light work plus tea and cake for participators.