Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy New Gardening Year

Display Table
Just look at the range of flowers and greenery brought in by our members which give winter colour in their gardens. 

Brian’s Christmas chrysanthemums which were only planted up in September
Ann’s Hamamelis mollis (witch hazel), Viburnum tinus, Narcissus tete a tete, Jasminum nudiflorum, Hesperantha Mrs Hegarty, Primula wanda, Cyclamen coum, Galanthus Washfield Colebourne, Sarcococca hookeriana Purple Stem, Pittosporum Tom Thumb (black), Margaret Turnbull (green) Tandara Gold, Hedera Buttercup (Ivy). Ilex Golden King (Holly). Dianthus Tickled Pink, Iris lazica, Arum italicum marmoratum, Erica cinerea.


Gill’s Mahonia, snowdrops nivalis, Ipheion Wisley Blue, Iris lazica , cyclamen coum, Hederifolium which come in a range of different patterned leaves, winter clematis and  winter flowering honeysuckle
Gill’s greenery:  Goldheart gilt edge, Grisalissium? Lateralis, variegated Privet and Skimmia, Lonicera Lemon Queen, choisya Sundance, teucrium (tenderish). Arum.
We learnt:
If the variegation occurs on the outer part of the leaf it won’t revert.
Cuttings taken from the top of the Ivy plant  forms a small non-climbing bush. 
Judith's Euphorbia  Tasmanian Tiger.

 Judith's Hellebore

 Judith's Heuchera

 Norma's seed heads of clematis Bill Mackenzie

Some other examples of greenery on display were Eucalyptus, Bergenia Overture, Itea. Chosyia Aztec, Skimmia, Photinia and Arbutus with coral stems.

 A festive wreath
Members shared their New Year Resolutions
We will have to review these from time to time and evaluate the outcomes!
Linda wanted to keep interest in the garden after July.  Suggestions given were Rudbeckia, Hesperantha, Fuchsia, Cosmos (a debate ensued on whether the Chelsea Chop would be beneficial), Chrysanthemums,  Dahlias, Verbena bonariensis and Japanese anemones. 
A good idea would be to look back at the blog and note what was brought in for the display table in late summer.  In fact, it would serve as a good reference for every season.
Other resolutions included:
Feed, label, stake, don’t overplant and spread harvesting of tomatoes by planting first lot of seeds earlier.
Didn’t we hear some of these last year?  

The Friday Forum programme for 2015 now appears on a page which can be accessed by a tab at the top of the blog.

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