Sunday, 18 September 2016

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

In true Friday Forum style, topics were discussed in earnest this week.  They covered successes and failures in our gardens and ideas for winter containers.
Members were willing to discuss their shortcomings, such as inability to grow Mexican daisies and a Hoya plant refusing to thrive but more modest when it came to their successes!
James brought to our attention that Judith won a prize for her foliage display at the recent Cookridge show.
Judith showed us a chocolate and lime planting scheme, plus ideas for containers using a small conifer such as Cypress Goldcrest or cordyline, cyclamen, heuchera, ivy or cineraria.

Display Table

Caroline’s impatiens with its variegated leaves and red stems was much admired

 Judith’s  dianthus and begonia luxurians

Ann’s flowers came mainly from south and north America:  Amicia zygomeris, Dahlias Charlie Dimmock and Flaxton, clematis helios, sphaeralcea coccinea, Tithonia rotundifolia, the  Mexican sunflower, Desfontainia spinosa, Crocosmia Star of the East, Ceratostigma wilmottianum Desert Skies, Chelone oblique, Cautleya spicata, the Himalayan ginger and Ligularia dentate Desdemona
Ann’s Sedum Rosea

 Judith’s Eucomis

Ann’s bronze Fern which turns pink,  Dryopteris erythrosora, with Fatsia Japonica Spiders web

Kate brought Hemerocallis Stella d’Oro (a good flowerer), Rudbeckias Franz Schubert and Goldsturm, Helianthus Lemon Queen, the herbaceous Clematis Wyevale, Aster fricartii Monch, Verbena bonariensis and rigida, verbena bonariensis, the late flowering Clematis Holy/Polish Spirit, Salvia Isad?

Notice Board
Reminder – Paxton Show is September 24th.

Earlier this year, Carol Abbott held a Garden Party to raise funds to purchase electronic games   to give to the patients in Ward 10, Children’s Renal Unit at LGI, who are required to spend long periods of time there.  The event raised over a thousand pounds.  An excellent result!

Sadly we have learned that Barbara Grindrod passed away earlier this month. Barbara, aged 90, was a stalwart member of Friday Forum.

Please note that members are welcome to borrow both the gardening and fiction literature from the Paxton Library.
Next Meeting
October    7th:  Talk by Martin Fish – Creating a North Yorkshire Garden from Scratch

Monday, 12 September 2016

"A late summer garden has a tranquility found no other time of the year." - William Longgood

Talk:  Developing an orchid rich wild meadow or lawn

Jeff Hutchings presented a fascinating talk on establishing orchids.  Jeff, aka the orchid man is the only commercial grower in the UK and is involved with projects to reintroduce native orchids into meadows and larger areas of farmland.
For more information see
Display Table:
There was plenty of colour on the display table.

 Jenny brought  Bupleurum falcatum, a short lived perennial

Kate’s Japanese Anemones include Honorine Jobert  ,Whirligig, the pink Pamina, Pretty Lady: Susan, and the double Dreaming Swan and Persicaria including Blackfield, Orangefield, dichotoma, Alba, Affinis, Firetail and Pink Elephant
Janella’s jug of white plants contains Cosmos purity, Japanese Anemone Soeur Thérèse, hydrangea, white phlox, viburnum, Shasta daisy, myrtis glasnevin gold, mint and euonymus.  She also brought along a book, Losing the Plot by Andrew McIndoe, which gives tips on making gardening easier as we get older.

 Dorothy’s small purple orchid

Peter’s orchids including the yellow Oncidium

Gill brought Phlox, turtle haired Chelone, Hydrangea, willow gentian, crocosmia Severn Shimmer and Itea ilicifolia, 

Elizabeth’s herbaceous clematis, rudbeckia, eucryphia nymansay, hydrangeas including quercifolia and Annabelle

Notice Board:
As the present Treasurer of Friday Forum is stepping down at the end of the year, there is a vacancy for this post.
Donations of prizes are requested for the Paxton Show which will be held on 24th September.
Peter’s two pieces of decoupage have brightened our walls

Next Meeting:
16th September