Saturday, 3 October 2020

Virtual Friday Forum 14

We may be into October, but Friday Forum members still have plenty of colour and interest in their gardens. 


*Actea simplex - from Margaret Denton years ago!

*Anemone japonica 'Honorine Jobert'

*Aster - lovely blue, name unknown

*Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' - from Kate *Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie - 2nd lot of flowers

*Hylotelephium spectabile (i.e.Sedum!) 'Herbstfreude'

*Perovskia 'Blue Spire'

*Persecaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail' - also from Kate! Thank you kind friend!

*Phlox - strong cherry pink, name unknown

*Potentilla fruticosa 'Katherine Dykes' - lovely lemon yellow

*Nerine bowdenii

*Salvia microphylla 'Pink Lips'


ERSICARIA with a lovely yellowy/green leaf which came from Judith via the Friday Forum plant table. 

ROSE ‘Pink Perpetue’. Third flush.  Lovely scent
ASTER ‘Lady in Blue’ 
CERATOSTIGMA PLUMBAGINOIDES.  Beautiful bright blue flowers with leaves turning to shades of autumn
JAPANESE ANEMONE. Don’t know which one.


Amanda's favourite salvia, note the small leaves.  Anyone know the name? 

White colchicum


Greensleeves apples before l picked them with flower ?!


Cotinus, Artemesia, Persicaria, Abelia, Sedum Autumn Joy

Many mentions were made of Asters/ Symphyotrichum novae angliae but the favourite seemed to be the tall Aster calliope for its flower and also its glossy green leaves on dark, almost black, stems.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Virtual Friday Forum 13

September has arrived too soon for some and not soon enough for others.  Although the astronomical equinox will not peak this year until September 22, 2020, at 2.30pm BST, meteorologists divide the seasons into three calendar months so, using this method,  autumn started on September 1 and will end on December 1, the start of winter.  Spring will then begin on March 1.  Let us hope we can be back to meetings at Paxton Hall before then.

Judith showed us the dark red foliage of her Bergenia ciliata 'Dumbo' and Heuchera  'Red Lightning'

Herbaceous Clematis
Sinacalia Tangutica
Persicaria Amplexicaulis Alba
Persicaria Amplexicaulis Rosa
Prostanthera (Mint Bush)

Other members brought Asters, Heleniums and other  flowers which extend the season and we discussed the Berberis sawfly, for which we would appreciate to find a  solution.

Next Virtual Meeting will be on October 2nd

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Virtual Friday Forum 12

Our latest Zoom room produced a good exchange of all things plant related and then some.  Unfortunately, we can’t smell the flowers or see the true colours, but it’s still wonderful to meet up in these strange circumstances.  This day would have been our trip to Southport Flower Show so, considering the gale force winds, we had a lucky escape and we look forward to next year’s visit
Dorothy’s 5 (could be subtitled Gardening on a budget!):
Gladioli. Won the corms in a raffle!

Delphinium 2nd set of flowers this year.        Naughty Marietta french marigold
Grown from a cutting

  Brown Turkey fig grown outside first time in over 30 years.  It has kept immature fruit on over the winter

Abutilon bought last year at one of 
Paxtons plant sales                                                                           
Crocosmia ‘Severn Sunrise’
Crocosmia ‘ Walberton Yellow’
Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’
Persicaria ‘Dikke Floskes’
Helenium ‘Meranti’

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Soeur Thérèse'

Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' berries

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' & P. 'Laura'

Crocosmia x crocosmiflora 'Citronella'

Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie' flowers & leaf

Top left clockwise
Lilac (dwarf shrub) flowering for the second time. Lovely scent
Tulbaghia ‘Purple Eye’ ; sadly smells like rotten eggs!
Japanese anemone - can anyone help with name please?
Phlox - again unknown.
Hesperantha Pink Princess
Red dahlia 'Murdoch'
Orange dahlia 'Flaxton', Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' Salvia Amistad, Isoplexis Canariensis (burnt orange colour) and a coleus

Notice Board
Peter’s plant sale raised an amazing £710 for Wheatfields Hospice.  Very well done to Peter and thanks to all who contributed.

It’s always a pleasure to click on to HardyPlant’s site which features some of our members’ gardens too.

Next virtual meeting:  Friday 4th September at 1.30 pm and zoom meetings will probably continue on the first Friday of each month using the same details.

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

Notice Board
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