Thursday, 11 September 2014

Sunny September

 Photo taken at Breezy Knees gardens

Although we are approaching the end of the summer, Friday Forum members were able to grace the display table with an abundance of flowers and other items of interest.  

Norma brought some herbs which she germinated to use as micro salad.  This is a great idea as we are probably all guilty of throwing away our supermarket salad leaves which have wilted in the fridge.

Carl brought in some large courgettes.  As they had a bumper harvest, Margaret made a courgette cake and has kindly shared the recipe.   
 Courgette Cake
250g soft dark brown sugar
3 eggs
250ml veg oil
375g S R flour
1 tsp mixed spice
375g (1 large) courgette, ends removed and coarsely grated
250g mixed dried fruit
Zest & juice of 1 lemon
50g butter, softened
50g cream cheese
250g icing sugar, sieved
Finely grated zest and juice of half lemon
(Oven temp. Electric 160c or fan 140c, or gas mark 4)
1  Whisk together the sugar and eggs until thick and creamy, gradually add oil whilst continuing to whisk the mixture
2  Fold in the sifted flour and spice.
3  Carefully stir in grated courgette, fruit and zest and juice of lemon
4  Place the mixture into a lined 20cm deep cake tin and bake for 1.3/4 - 2 hr until risen and golden and crispy to the touch. Cool for 15 min. before removing from the tin.
5 Topping - Mix all ingredients in a bowl without beating, until combined.
6 Spread generously over top of cold cake.
 or perhaps courgette, potato and cheddar soup as a savoury option

Judith shared an article from the Telegraph about Tulips that should repeat flower year after year, which you can access through Google, as well as many more useful articles on gardening from the Telegraph. 

Norma read about a company that collects unwanted used plastic plant pots which people can deposit at participating garden centres. They are then recycled into garden products.  Here is the link.
Next meeting:  
19th September:  Talk:  Golden Acre Park, Leeds – A potted history

Friends of Paxton meet regularly on the first Monday of the month 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.  
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

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