Tuesday, 14 July 2015

A Summer medley

Talk:  The Lady Gardener
Friday Forum’s own member Celia delighted us with her fascinating and amusing findings on the female gardener through the ages.  Celia took us through from the nuns who tended the convent gardens, the wives of the villagers who looked after the cottage gardens, the Ladies of Kew and the Land girls through to the medal winning plants women and landscape gardeners of today. 
Mini Summer Show
Congratulations go to:

Dorothy A’s Virgo Rose,Phyllis’ pink rose and Maragret’s Graham Thomas yellow rose

 Dorothy’s pink Sweet peas

Sue G's Pinks Doris
 Sue G's arrangement

Margaret D’s Begonia escargot (on left)

Thanks to Graham and Peter for judging and offering constructive criticism and advice.
Display Table:

 Peter’s Physoplexus Comosa

 Sally’s Cosmos and unknown plant which was identified as Dalmaticum geranium

An interesting fact about Trevor’s vase was that the majority of the contents were plants that grew over into his garden from neighbouring gardens!
Russian Olive (Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver) Rose, euphorbia which is planted above a wall of Bavarian limestone which was used in the printing industry, pyracantha, Rose, golden hop, solanum, clematis, yew, Russian vine, two types of honeysuckle.
Judith brought some Weld (Dyers Rocket which gives grey/blue dye)  , Begonia grandis, meconopsis double orange.

 In Ann’s jug there are a variety of clematis including Clematis helios texensis Princess Diana and Duchess of Albany, Clematis fusca and Buckland Beauty.
Ann's Sandersonia

A bitter/sweet tale
Graham invited us to help ourselves to envelopes of seeds to sow and told us the story behind them.  An old gentleman had passed away and his home was being cleared when the clearance people came across a large number of envelopes of seeds.  These seeds, many of which were quite exotic, had been purchased from various countries around the world.  Sadly, he never got the chance to sow them but hopefully some of our members will manage to do so.  This would be a fitting legacy and we will report back on our successes.
Seed from house clearance
Next Meetings
17th July:  For those who have booked for the day trip to Nottinghamshire, it’s a 9.00 am start from Paxton.  Remember to bring a picnic lunch and NT membership card if you have one.  We expect to be back for approximately 6.30. 
7th August:  Forum

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