Saturday, 21 March 2015

Welcome Spring



Talk:  The South Downs Way and Parham House
Mike Davey talked about the geography, history and agriculture to be found in the South Downs and persuaded some of us to take a walk along some of the 100 mile route.
Mike also took us on a virtual tour of Parnham House, built in the 1500s.  The gardens date from the 18th century and are tended by one lady head gardener assisted by volunteers.   They comprise an orchard, a lavender garden, a vegetable and herb garden and a lake; 4 acres in all.  We saw slides of the hot, white, blue and gold flower borders, a tool shed to die for, a brick built wendy house and a renovated glass house.  There are also interesting sculptures including “The Dying Man” by L Amigoni and “The River God” plus a maze inspired by a work of embroidery, ornaments and decorative seating.
Display Table:
 Dorothy's Tete a tete daffodils, Carol's crocuses which she planted in a bowl for maximum impact and her Chionodoxa
 Gill J's jug of spring flowers contains pulmonaria, kerria, anemone blanda, heather, hellebore and camellia Donation
L: Gill E brought from her garden sycopsis, Stachyurus, coreopsis, allium, Pachyphragma macrophylla and pulmonaria.
R:  Ann brought erythronium dens-canis, olsynium douglasii, chiondoxa, corydakis malkensis and George Baker, Leucojum vernum, scilla bifolia and tubergeniana, muscari White Magic and atlanticum, hepatica, cyclamen coum, anemonde blanda and ipheon Charlotte Bishop.

Notice Board:
Strulch is available again this year from Gerry Vernon.
Paxton Spring Show Saturday, 4th April, full details on their website https://sites.google.com/site/paxtonhorticulturalsocietycouk/Home/people/room-hire/show-dates .
Friday Forum Spring Show will be on 17th April.
Janella has organised an exciting 3 venue day trip for 17th July.  Ask her for details.
For other gardens to visit in Yorkshire, pick up this leaflet or look on line.
 
Paxton AGM to take place on 29th April at 8pm.
Next Meeting:  3rd April - Plants and shrubs with all year interest.  All members are welcome to contribute to the forum

Monday, 9 March 2015

Plant at your peril!


Have you ever wished you hadn’t introduced a plant into your garden which turned out to be a thug?  Well here are some examples from our Friday Forum members.
 

 Gill’s ALLIUM PARADOXUM seeds itself from bulbils, but the Normale species is better.