Saturday, 16 November 2013

A fruitful Friday


The growing season may be coming to a close, but Friday Forum is still going strong.  Last Friday Judith led a useful and interactive discussion on the A-Z of bulbs, where members added their tips and favourites. 

The Tulip Purissima was recommended as a good doer and, for permanent planting in the ground, they should be planted 8” deep.

A range of bulbs were described and discussed, some of which were new to me.

 A display of bulbs from our mini-show last Spring

Hardwood cuttings

Norma gave us a tutorial on hardwood cuttings of roses, hydrangea and other suitable candidates.  Before putting them into a deep container of sand, she dipped them in hormonal rooting powder which sparked a lively debate on to use or not to use which was inconclusive; only time will tell. 

Late Bloomers

Although we are in mid-November, the display table was laden with examples of flowers and foliage still on show in members’ gardens.

Graham brought a pot of Chrysanthemum “Boulou White” which he recommended as a good dwarf plant.  He also told us about Markham Grange Nursery and Steam Museum in Doncaster, which hosts the Northern Chrysanthemum Show.  Have a look at the site which looks interesting at

Another member brought in a pot of beautiful autumn-flowering saffron crocuses (crocus sativus) whose red stigmas give us the saffron which flavours our food. 

Flower Arrangements
Judith explained how to make a festive Pot et Fleurs  display and Gill exhibited her  Continental display of a variety of foliage from her garden set on a flat container . 
Joyce brought us a sample of fungi from her tree stump, which she had spoken about in an earlier meeting.  After consulting with the RHS, it was confirmed that it was Dead Man’s Finger( Xylaria polymorpha), a very fitting name for it!

Unfortunately there are no photos to show you.

Dates for your diary
23rd          Late Autumn Show at Paxton (see last post for full details)
2nd             Friends of Paxton meet at Midday
6th             Next meeting of Friday Forum with guest speaker Clare Beard of Lineham Farm

Annual Membership Fees for 2014 of £11.00 can now be paid

The Friday Forum meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at 1.30pm at the Paxton Hall.  Paxton Horticultural Society is located at 186, Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 2AB.   The meetings are split between hands-on sessions, guest speakers and garden visits. A regular feature is the "Plant Table" where members are invited to bring their plants for discussion and advice.  Another feature is the "Sales Table where members bring plants and cuttings and produce they havegrown to sell at a small cost to help the club funds.  For further information, please use the comments box or log on to




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