Talk: Creating a garden in North Yorkshire by Martin Fish
Martin is an experienced gardener and his enthusiasm for gardening shone through as he entertained us with his illustrated presentation. We learnt how, when he moved to Yorkshire, he transformed a blank canvas of ¾ of an acre into a stunning garden which not only looked good but yielded an enormous amount of produce. He took us through the timeline from the first asparagus bed to the beautiful plot it is today, although Martin, who doesn’t claim to be a garden designer, is the first to say that a garden should never be finished.
Martin’s favourite plants at the moment are: clematis alpina Stolwijk Gold, lathyrus vernus albo roseus, Cardiocrinum giganteum, cornus kousa wietings select, Geum Bell Bank, catalpa bignonioides aurea, Viburnum plicatum Pink Beauty, Hosta albomarginata, Geranium Rozanne, Hydrangea Annabelle, Hesperantha Pink Princess, cercidiphyllum japonicum.
Martin’s garden is open once a year under the NGS scheme and more details about Martin and his garden can be found on his website: www.martinfish.com
It may be October, but Friday Forum members still have plenty in bloom in their gardens.
|Carol brought a branch from the shoo-fly plant (Nicandra physalodes) and invited us to take the pods and plant the seeds. It will be interesting to see the results|
|Dorothy’s cyclamen with its enormous corm|
|James’ Acteas with their poisonous berries|
|Sue G’s colourful arrangement includes Asters: frikartii 'Monch’, novae-angliae 'September Ruby', novi-belgii Samoa, euonymus alatus and hesperantha|
|Judith’s Dahlias: Murdoch, an Orange one and David Howard and a couple of attractive Salvias|
Gill’s arrangement includes salvia, eupatorium rugosum, now Ageratina altissima, hydrangea paniculata, begonia, campanula and Himalayan honeysuckle
We wish Friday Forum member, Celia, a speedy recovery from her recent operation.
Members are welcome to help themselves to plant pots before they are sent to landfill.
Margaret D thanked members for their donations for the recent Paxton show, which was busy and financially successful.
Gill is selling varieties of tulip bulbs at our meetings.
|Congratulations to two of our members, Kate and Carol, were awarded Gold for their gardens by Leeds in Bloom with Carol winning Best in Category. Very well deserved!|
Wharfedale Gardeners are holding an exhibition entitled Painting the Modern Garden at Otley Courthouseon Saturday 15th October.
21st October: Harvest Forum – We are asking members to make an item of food, sweet or savoury, for others to taste. It would be helpful to provide a copy of the recipe and, if possible, email to me to add to our recipe page on the blog. There will also be a Bring & Buy sale and our legendary Quiz.