Saturday, 2 May 2015

Preparing for Autumn on May Day

Talk:  Pride in the Fall
Gail Summerfield, along with husband John, entertained us with amusing tales, stunning slides and helpful hints.  Their nursery,  in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire specialises in ornamental grasses and autumn perennials and we heard how to extend the flowering season.  This allows habitat for wildlife, more interest in the garden giving us a seemingly shorter winter.
This topic was of personal interest to me as I had earmarked this as one of my resolutions for 2015 and have added many plants to my wishlist.
Display Table
Judith brought in some Sorberia and Euphorbia polychroma which would brighten up a dark corner
... and a bargain

Margaret brought in an attractive and edible tree spinach plant which will grow into a shrub.
 Elizabeth’s beautiful, early flowering Rosa banksia
Graham would like someone to identify his mystery plant 
Gill brought some pretty thugs from her garden including  allium paradoxum, spurnium and  Enchanter's nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) which has small, white flowers.
Notice Board
Andrew Spence, the new chairman of Paxton, introduced himself to Friday Forum and thanked members for their donations and proceeds from plant sales and coffee mornings which have made a significant difference to the funds.  There are a couple of vacancies on the Paxton committee and the position of honorary treasurer and manager of room hire will become available next year, if anyone would like to volunteer their services.
There are a few places left for the Friday Forum day trip (see Janella)
Dates for your diary
Please support and publicise our coffee morning and plant sale
Next Meeting:  Garden visit to Millrace Nursery (please see details under the page entitled Garden Visits 2015.  Friday Forum is subsidising the price quoted for members.

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