Sunday, 18 September 2016

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

In true Friday Forum style, topics were discussed in earnest this week.  They covered successes and failures in our gardens and ideas for winter containers.
Members were willing to discuss their shortcomings, such as inability to grow Mexican daisies and a Hoya plant refusing to thrive but more modest when it came to their successes!
James brought to our attention that Judith won a prize for her foliage display at the recent Cookridge show.
Judith showed us a chocolate and lime planting scheme, plus ideas for containers using a small conifer such as Cypress Goldcrest or cordyline, cyclamen, heuchera, ivy or cineraria.

Display Table

Caroline’s impatiens with its variegated leaves and red stems was much admired

 Judith’s  dianthus and begonia luxurians

Ann’s flowers came mainly from south and north America:  Amicia zygomeris, Dahlias Charlie Dimmock and Flaxton, clematis helios, sphaeralcea coccinea, Tithonia rotundifolia, the  Mexican sunflower, Desfontainia spinosa, Crocosmia Star of the East, Ceratostigma wilmottianum Desert Skies, Chelone oblique, Cautleya spicata, the Himalayan ginger and Ligularia dentate Desdemona
Ann’s Sedum Rosea

 Judith’s Eucomis

Ann’s bronze Fern which turns pink,  Dryopteris erythrosora, with Fatsia Japonica Spiders web

Kate brought Hemerocallis Stella d’Oro (a good flowerer), Rudbeckias Franz Schubert and Goldsturm, Helianthus Lemon Queen, the herbaceous Clematis Wyevale, Aster fricartii Monch, Verbena bonariensis and rigida, verbena bonariensis, the late flowering Clematis Holy/Polish Spirit, Salvia Isad?

Notice Board
Reminder – Paxton Show is September 24th.

Earlier this year, Carol Abbott held a Garden Party to raise funds to purchase electronic games   to give to the patients in Ward 10, Children’s Renal Unit at LGI, who are required to spend long periods of time there.  The event raised over a thousand pounds.  An excellent result!

Sadly we have learned that Barbara Grindrod passed away earlier this month. Barbara, aged 90, was a stalwart member of Friday Forum.

Please note that members are welcome to borrow both the gardening and fiction literature from the Paxton Library.
Next Meeting
October    7th:  Talk by Martin Fish – Creating a North Yorkshire Garden from Scratch

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