It was a pleasure to welcome once again to Friday Forum John and Gail Summerfield. In their talk “Staff only beyond this point” John and Gail took us behind the scenes of a small nursery with their amusing anecdotes of the typical questions and comments made by customers.
We were fascinated to see the process of producing ornamental grasses and how John mixes his special compost in a concrete mixer.
Westshores Nursery, who have won many gold medals and once produced annuals and hanging baskets, now specialise in ornamental grasses and autumn perennials. http://www.westshores.co.uk
Gail, a botanist and lecturer in horticulture as well as a background in merchandising, writes for the publication “The Hardy Plant”
There is still plenty of colour and interest in the gardens of our members
|Caroline’s pots of Persicaria capitata|
Eric’s Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly plant) which bears blue flowers
|In Gill’s container: Japanese Anemones, Phlox, Salvia,, Alstromeira, Chelone, Campanula aesthetica, the yellow Kirengeshoma, Crocosmia Severn Sunrise, the Obedient Plant Physostegia virginiana, Dahlia, Hydrangea and Begonia evansii|
James also brought from his garden Aster x frikartii 'Monch' (which initially James mistakenly heard named as African Monkey!) Clematis, Hesperantha, Actaea simplex 'Brunette' which thrives in a damp, dark corner) Crocosmia Solfaterre and Rudbeckia gloriosa
Remember to support the Paxton Show on 23rd September
6th October: Presentation – “People, Plants, Pleasure and Passion” by Don Wittam
20th October: Harvest Forum – more details to follow