Monday, 10 November 2014

Awesome Autumn

Bring & Buy Sale

Members brought a wide assortment of goods including spring bulbs, jam, books and ornaments.
Display Table
If you want to extend interest in your garden up to mid-November, just see what our members have still in flower.
Sue’s mixture looking more like a summer bouquet with Penstemon Osprey, Hesperantha, Pachynia alba, Mrs Hegarty, althea cannabina, diascia, verbena bonariensis, alstroemeria, potentilla, Cichorium (chicory), chrysanthemum Picasso, Aster September Charm, eupatorium chocolate.

Judith’s Pineapple Sage with golden leaves. Thelma brought a sample of hers with greener leaves but with more flowers.
Thelma’s giant Cosmos which just grew and grew until the plant was taller than her!
Ann’s Yellow Dahlia aptly named Charlie Dimmock
Gill’s jug contains weigela, mahonia winter sun, hydrangea rotschwanz, lazica (winter iris), geranium nodosum, hardy fuchsia Mrs Popple, saxifrage fortuna, linaria, solanum laxum, stylopherum, persicaria red dragon
 Brian’s mauve and bronze chrysanthemums

 Graham’s chrysanthemums alfredo mauve, white fantasy
  ... and a green one
Compost making
We had a lively debate and the consensus was keep the compost bin/heap wet in summer and dry in winter.  Recycled beer was advised but only the masculine variety. Don’t overdo the grass cuttings.
Notice Board
Derek advised that we can order through him for Dobies Seeds with a huge discount of up to 50%.
Gardeners Question Time recorded in Leeds was aired at the weekend but this can still be heard on catch up.  The second programme will be on 9 January.
If you have a glut of carrier bags, Friday Forum will be glad to relieve you of them as they are needed for plant sales.
York Gate Garden, Adel, are looking for volunteers see  and are recruiting on Friday 29th November from 10.30 – 2.30.
Taylors Clematis are holding open days at their nursery 6,13,20 and 27 June.
Paxton Hall garden has been taken on by a couple who will use it as an allotment.
Brian told us about his visit to the Garden Museum in London and the current exhibition of Gardens of War from WW1 and after, including gardening in the trenches and gardening in Afghanistan.  The exhibition is running until the end of the year.  For more details
Brian S looked back on all the talks we have heard at Friday Forum.  Since 1999, when Brian started listing the talks,there have been well over a hundred talks with subjects from history, wildlife and gardens world wide as well as advice and information from experts in their field.
Norm has passed on details of a scheme to recycle plastic pots: 
The national Pot to Product scheme (turns old plant pots into products)
For more details call 01872 575000 or
In our area you can take your plant pots to:
Harlow Carr, Harrogate or Courtyard Planters, 9 Westgate,Otley LS21 3AT   
Tel: 01943 462390
Dates for your Diary
November 18thcleaning blitz at Paxton between 10.30 and 2.30.
Next Meeting
21st November – Talk: Behind the Scenes at Chelsea by Pat Inman
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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