Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Propagating properly

Talk on Propagation

Mike Davey gave us an interesting and useful illustrated talk on propagation from seeds, cuttings and leaves.  We may call ourselves gardeners, but I think everyone would have picked up a few practical tips from Mike, who is an expert in this field and lectures at Nottingham University on plant and crop sciences.  Amongst other facts, I learnt about seeds with fungicide coating and to dry out cuttings of succulents before replanting but I don’t think I’ll follow the advice of walking around the garden chewing tomato seeds before sowing!
Display Table
 Judith's Hellebores

 Elisabeth's lovely Spring bouquet of purple Daphne, white Pachyphragma, pink Camelia Debbie/Donation, Heather, Prunus 'Kojo-no-mai' with Chionodoxa and Daffodil Rip Van Winkle

 Gill's Tulips

 Ann's Ipheion uniflorum 'Charlotte Bishop, Tropaeolum and Narcissus cyclamineus
Congratulations to Kay on her big birthday
 Everyone wished this beautiful lady many happy returns and sang Happy Birthday
Paxton Friday Forum Day Trip to North Yorkshire
This trip, which takes in three gardens, has now been confirmed for Friday 18th July.  To reserve a place, which is offered on a first come first served basis, or for more information please contact Janella.
Notice Board
The Paxton Open Spring Show will take place on 5th April.  Pick up a leaflet or look on Paxton’s main site.
Friday Forum’s mini show will be the day before.  Donations of tombola prizes will be appreciated.
Reminder:  for the Good Friday meeting on 18th April, members are asked to bring something in the shape of a flower for the “Flower in any form” contest; arts, crafts, baking etc all acceptable.  Also, you are asked to grow some cress in an eggshell and paint it up.  Should be interesting!

Members were asked if they would be interested in a bulk purchase of Strulch, a light and easy to use garden mulch made from wheat straw for organic gardening. This would be delivered to a central point for members to collect.  More information on the properties of Strulch and how it can be used, go to http://www.strulch.co.uk
For our yellow flower display to celebrate the Tour de France in July, there are seeds available for members to sow and grow   For more ideas of yellow flowers see http://letour.yorkshire.com/documents/tdf/rhs/RHSTurningYorkshireYellow.pdf  If anyone any creative ideas on how to display our yellow blooms in front of Paxton Hall, please come forward.
Paxton Plant Market is on Saturday 31st May.   Please consider planting and growing on for the sales table and, if you can help on the day from 10 am, this would be appreciated.
Dates for your diary
Next meeting: 4th April Paxton Friday Forum Mini Spring Show.  There are seven categories to enter from a vase with one daffodil to a dish of floating flower heads, so have a go. Further information is available from Graham.
There will also be a short talk on daffodils by John Freer.

Friends of Paxton are meeting Monday 7th April from Midday.  An hour or two or your time to help maintain the premises are always welcome.  If another date is more suitable for you, please let us know.  In June, there will be a Dig In at Paxton Garden; date TBA.
Friday Forum meetings are 1.30pm on 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Paxton Hall, Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 2AB.   Meetings may be hands-on sessions, guest speakers or garden visits. Regular features are the Display Table where members can bring their plants for discussion and advice and the Sales Table where members sell their plants, cuttings and produce to help the club funds.  For further information log on to https://sites.google.com/site/paxtonhorticulturalsocietycouk/Home


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