Saturday, 17 October 2015

Harvest Forum

In addition to the traditional Bring & Buy Sale, we had a Harvest Quiz, an idea from Sheila, which involved tasting a variety of dishes brought in my members to determine the ingredients.  Although the final scores were not very high, everyone enjoyed tasting the cakes, jams, soup and savoury dishes. 

 Congratulation to Caroline for First Prize

 Second Prize went to Sheila

 Marjorie and Dorothy shared 3rd Prize

Display Table
Members brought in loads of flowers and foliage from their gardens, which just goes to show that there is still plenty to see in mid-October.
Kate brought a bunch of different coloured berries include pyracantha (orange), snowberry (white) and Profusion (purple).

Sue G displayed an stunning autumnal arrangement of foliage and flowers whose true colours show up in the sunlight.  Euonymus alatus, acer, Gillenia trifoliate, salvia, hesperantha,  tritonia, eupatorium chocolate ruffles, crocosmia Emily McKenzie, Aster September Charm, cornus alba sibirica, spirea and the foliage of a peony. 
Ann remarked that the bouquet she brought from her garden and presented in a pottery vase made by herself all came from distant lands and paid homage o those intrepid explorers who collected them:  Amicia zygomeris and a dahlia from Mexico, Aconitum carmichaeli (Russia/China),  Schizostylis coccinea (South Africa), liriope muscari and ceratostigma desert skies (China), alstroemeria selina (South America) the spotty tricyrtis formosana (Japan) and lobelia (N/C/S America)
Gill showed us Japanese anemone, purple salvia Amistad, various asters including Sapphire, erigeron, phlox, hydrangeas, helenium beauty, corydalis, a tender fuchsia, eupatorium rugosum, potentilla monarch velvet and clematis.
 Judith’s foliage arrangement included Japanese honeysuckle golden beacon, Abelia grandiflora, the seedheads of clematis Bill Mackenzie (which make effective decorations when sprayed), melianthus major, hardy begonia, lemon sage, castor oil plant, geranium Margaret Wilson with attractive marking on its foliage, heucheras, catalpa and prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'
Notice Board
If you are interested in visiting the gardens at Attadale and Inverewe, there are still a few places on a trip that Dorothy has organised leaving 16th May with National Coaches, Monday – Friday and staying in a luxury hotel for £250.
Next Meeting
6th November:  Talk by Sally Smith on Muck and Magic

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