Sunday, 3 July 2022

Friday Summer Show 2022

Although we had only about a dozen members for the show, we managed to produce enough entries amongst us. Graham Wheatley judged the entries and gave some feedback at the end. He has kindly offered to redo the classes for us with extra pointers for exhibitors for next year. 

Class 1- one hybrid tea rose. 1st Kate 2nd Jean 3rd Jean (Winner below)

Class 2 - one stem floribunda rose. 1st Dorothy 2nd Patricia 3rd Maggie. 

Class 3 - one stem any other rose 1st Caroline ( see rose in silver vase ) 2nd Patricia 3rd Kate.

Class 4 - one vase sweet peas 1st Dorothy 

Class 5 - one vase pinks 1st Dorothy 2nd Carol 3rd Liz  

Class 6 one vase cut flowers, judged for frontal effect. 1st Carol 

Class 7 - one pot plant. 1st Kate 2nd Carol 3rd Amanda

 Class 8 - exhibit of fruit or vegetable 1st Dorothy 2nd Dorothy.

Display Table

A selection of clematis brought in by Kate : Blue Angel, Etiole Violette, Helios, Mme Julia Corevon, Alba Luxurians and Hagley Hybrid.

Liz brought in a selection from her garden including: Clematis Mrs. Cholmondeley, Alstromeria ‘Indian Summer’, Astilbes in different shades, Penstemon and the last flower from her Geranium ‘Roseanne’ after the Roe deer had finished with it!

Next Meeting

15th July – Garden visits.  Details have been emailed to members

Saturday, 18 June 2022

Flaming June


Garden Visit

It was exceptionally hot weather when twenty or so Friday Forum members wearing hats, shades and sun cream, visited Millrace Garden in Garforth.  Owner Carol has been gardening here for over twenty years, raising significant sums of money for the National Garden Scheme, Martin House and St Gemma’s.  Unfortunately, this is the last year opening to the public.  The garden includes large mixed borders containing over 3000 varieties of perennials, shrubs and trees, many of which are unusual and drought tolerant.  Carol has always been willing to “have a go” with plants and many thrive in unexpected situations.

The garden includes an ornamental pond, summer house, dry stone walled terraces seeded with erigeron, pottager, a Laburnum tunnel and extensive colour themed borders.  At the very end of the garden is woodland and wild meadow.

Carol’s husband served us tea and cake.  A pleasant end to an enjoyable afternoon.


Next Meeting

July 1st – Summer Mini Show


Saturday, 4 June 2022

Jubilee Friday Forum



Jack (courtesy of

Jack Ogg, senior gardener at York Gate, came to speak to us about 'Tropical Gardening in Yorkshire’.  

Those who are regular visitors to York Gate garden in Adel will know that there is a relatively new tropical garden in what was 'Sybil’s garden’, which Jack has been developing. He gave us a very interesting and informative talk about the plants he has chosen. His love of Impatiens and Aroid plants was obvious even though some of the Aroids have very smelly flowers!

Display Table

Ann brought in her Pinellia tripartita to show Jack which she bought in 1999. 

Judith brought Peltaria alliancea, Phlomis cashmeriana and  Erysimum ‘Winter party’. She also recommended other Erysimums in the ‘winter’ series


Maggie brought a Clematis integrifolia ‘Pangbourne Pink’, a non-clinging woody based perennial, and Lonicera ciliosa which had stunning orange blooms

Gill brought in a variety of different plants including Astrantia, Geranium, Rose, Clematis ‘Gillian Lister’ and Valeriana officinalis


Liz brought in her amazing but unnamed clematis that is flowering better than ever this year as well as some antirrhinums that keep on coming back each year. 

Kate brought in Astrantia Buckland, A. Roma, A. Gill Richardson group, Tulipa sprengeri, Tradescantia, Silene fimbriata and Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ which had the most amazing scent.( pic: pink rose )

Amanda asked if anyone knew what the rogue plant was growing in her pot! 

Maggie's Jubilee teapot and jug


Everyone enjoyed a piece of cake that members had baked as a special treat to celebrate the Jubilee. 

Next Meeting

June 17th – Garden Visit

Saturday, 21 May 2022

The hum of bees is the voice of the garden – Elizabeth Lawrence

Members spent a relaxing time sowing seeds and potting up seedlings and cuttings and drinking tea while chatting about both gardening and non-gardening topics.

Display Table

Carol’s Geum Hereton Primrose

Carol’s Geranium Renardii

Carol’s vase contains Persicaria Bistorta Superba, Libertia Formosa, the pale yellow Pacific Coast Iris, Lychnis Viscaria splendens

Kate’s container:  Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’, Actinidea kolomikta, Nectaroscordum siculum, Clematis Omoshiro, Ajuga, Geum, Aquilegia and Impatiens omeiana

Judith brought a yellow double Meconopsis, purple Comfrey symphytum, Lamium orvala   and various erysimum (perennial wallflowers)

Friday Forum member Liz celebrating World Bee Day in style

Next Meeting

June     3rd         Presentation – Jack Ogg – Tropical Gardening in Yorkshire

As it is Jubilee week, feel free to bring cake.

Saturday, 7 May 2022

🌷 “Its May, open your eyes to the beauty of the world.” ~ Anonymous


Sam Shipman gave us a most interesting talk on three National Trust properties in the York area. Sam, who is Head Gardener at these properties, started his career with work experience in gardening, went on to college, was a landscape gardener in Istanbul and worked for Manchester council. 

The first property, the Treasurer’s House, is in the city, next to the Minster, the second, Goddards, belonged to the Terry familyof chocolate fame and overlooks the racecourse and the third, Beningbrough Hall, is a large stately home.  We learnt about the history of the houses and gardens and were shown old and modern plans and photos. There will be a plant sale at Beningbrough on14th May from 10 am.

Display Tablet

Carl recommended that a good place to plant Trillium is beneath a Magnolia tree.  After seeing it done in US, he found that they multiplied quickly in that spot.

Trillium grandiflorum Quicksilver

Janet’s blossom from the Choisya

Judith’s Hebe Hulkeana

Carol’s  pale pink Rhodohypoxis, yellow Ulvulacacia?, and Melianthus major with an 8ft plume

Next Meeting

PLEASE NOTE that the visit to Bramham Hall is on hold at the moment so the next meeting on 20th May is at Paxton with more details to follow