Gail Summerfield, along with husband John, entertained us with amusing tales, stunning slides and helpful hints. Their nursery, http://www.westshores.co.uk 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.
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.
beautiful, early flowering Rosa banksia
|Gill brought some pretty thugs from her garden including allium paradoxum, spurnium and Enchanter's nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) which has small, white flowers.|
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
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.