As always, Friday Forum member Celia gave us another excellent talk.
We heard facts, myths and legends about why Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe and Fir Trees are brought into our homes in mid-winter. We learnt that Holly signified fertility as it retained leaves and berries throughout the winter and the Druids considered it to be a lucky tree. Ivy was not as popular and in Greek mythology it is linked to drinking. However, linked with holly it became more acceptable. Mistletoe was thought to bring a blessing on the house and its occupants. The best Christmas trees are the Norway Spruce which has softer needles and the Nordmann Fir with its rounder needles which are less likely to drop.
It seems there is still colour and interest in our gardens, if the display table is anything to go by.
|Dorothy brought a bouquet of Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, Carnation, Primula, Diascia and Rose|
|Judith’s Rosa mutabilis|
James brought the annual Rudbeckia gloriosa grown from seed, Liriope which thrives under the canopy of a large tree and the heritage Chrysanthemum, Suffolk Pink, which he is helping to conserve in his garden
|Jane brought along a steel fencing pin to show how robust they are and easy to use when staking plants as they have a pointed tip. These can be purchased from builders merchants|
The Paxton Late Autumn show is on Saturday 25th November. Can anyone help in the kitchen or by baking produce? The Show is open to the public from 2 pm.
Caroline has requested that Friday Forum annual subscription of £12.00 be paid within the next four meetings. Payment should be made either by cheque made out to Paxton Horticultural Society or cash in a named envelope please.
Presentation by Roger Parkinson of The Woodland Trust plus a demonstration of a seasonal floral arrangements to show members how to make their own for the following meeting.