Sunday, 19 March 2017

"Where flowers bloom so does hope." - Lady Bird Johnson

Talk:  Wild India 
Barbara and Peter Murphy returned to Friday Forum to entertain us with a presentation on India, based on several visits they have made.
It was just what was needed to cheer us up on a grey day, as Peter told us about the wildlife, culture and horticulture beautifully illustrated by Barbara’s photography.  Amongst other things we learnt that all hens originated from the Red Jungle Fowl from thousands of years ago and Assam tea has been grown there since 1834 and comes from the Camellia family.
Barbara brought with her some greeting cards in aid of the Rodley Nature Reserve with her photographs of local birds and scenery.
Display Table
As the season continues, there is currently plenty of interest and colour in the gardens of our members as illustrated by today’s table.
 Kate’s arrangement of Hellebores, Pulmonaria including the Blue Ensign, Viburnum Dawn, Ribes White Icicle, Jetfire and Jumbly daffodils, Anisodontea and the stunning Camellia Simply Rouge

Gill brought Allium Normale, Pachyfragma, Epimedium, which gives good ground cover in shade, Corydaylis Beth Evans, Pulmonaria and the fragrant winter honeysuckle

 James brought a Snowflake (Leucojum vernum), which is much larger and longer stemmed than the more popular snowdrop.  As usual, James regaled us with its history
Judith showed us her book The Gardener’s Companion edited by Vicky Bamforth
She says she likes to dip into it when she has time, which probably isn’t very often!  The article A Gardener’s Raincheck looks helpful.
 From Ann’s garden came Group 10 Narcissi originating from Spain and Portugal: Narcissus cyclamineus and Narcissus Spoirot, Pulsatilla rubra, Ipheon uniflorum album and Ipheon uniflorum Charlotte Bishop
Notice Board

There are still a few places available on our garden trip to Lincolnshire.

Mini Show:  Next meeting is Friday Forum’s Spring Show.  I’m sure everyone has something to enter.  It’s the taking part that matters!

Unfortunately Wakefield Paxton Society established in 1877 is closing.
Next Meeting

April 7th:    Spring Mini Show – Judge and speaker – John Freer

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