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                                              NOTTINGHAM AND NOTTS

                                                     FUCHSIA SOCIETY 


I actually ventured out into the garden this weekend. First time for ages! I tidied up leaves and put in our composter.  (I have two, one for garden waste & kitchen waste and the other one specifically for leaves to make leaf mould).  I also did some weeding and trimming back and staking.  A very rewarding 3 hours or so!  However Sunday was spent also in the garden, resurrecting my 2 mini greenhouses which had blown over in the gales!  Yes, they did house my fuchsias and now I have plenty of unnamed fuchsias!  Still, I am glad I tidied up on the Saturday; otherwise it could have been a lot worse! 

Article by Bob Keetley taken from the Nottingham & Notts Fuchsias Society Newsletter – January 1996: -  


Many of you will soon be buying plants from various sources and if you are not careful you can buy very much more than plants, such as pests and diseases.  These can include Botrytis, Rust, White Fly, Vine Weevil etc.  If you are buying from a source where you can examine the plants it is easy for you to check before you pay, but if you are buying by post you are reliant on the nursery.  If you are not satisfied with the quality of your plants, either phone them with your complaint and ask for their advice, or return the plants in question with the Delivery Note stating the reason for doing so.  If everyone with a complaint did this we would find that the quality of plants supplied to us would improve.  Plants are expensive items when postage is included and Suppliers should not be allowed to get away with poor quality.


When I receive plants I keep them separate from my others until I am satisfied that there is no problem.  Remove all dead leaves from around them and do not over-water, this should prevent any Botrytis problems.  Check for Vine Weevil grubs (white and about half an inch long) by examining the compost, especially peat based which they love.  Many people have difficulty in identifying Rust.  If you have a brown spot on a leaf it does not automatically mean that you have it.  Rust usually starts in small circles and is made up of browny-orange spots which look dusty, they stand up much the same as rust does on steel.  If you have any doubts, isolate the plant immediately and wash your hands before touching other plants.  Rust can often be cured by removing all the leaves and dipping the plant in a fungicide, but keep it isolated until you are certain of the cure.                                                     

Please find below a list of stock, which is still available (as at September).  Please see Derek if you want anything: 


Stock Held


Sale Price

Baskets 14"




Baskets 16"




Saucers 3.5"


£1.00 per 6


Saucers 7-8"


45p each


Saucers 9"


£1.40 each


Pots 3"

14 x 25 pots



Pots 3.5"

8 x 25 pots



Pots 4.5"

24 x 15 pots



Pots 5"

9 x 5 pots



Pots 6"

15 x 6 pots



Labels Orange




Labels Green




Labels Pink




Canes 18"


£1.00 per 25


Canes 24"




Canes 30"


£1.00 per 10


Chempac h.nitro.




Perlite 100ltr

20 Bags

£1.00 x 5 litre



3 x 500ml

£2.00 x 500 ml



15 Bags

£1.50 x  5 litre



Heather Taylor is our speaker tonight, and she will be speaking to us on ROSES.  Here’s a list of definitions which you may find useful: -




It helps greatly to know how to interpret the labels on roses.  Select your roses from these main groups:


Species Roses – vigorous descendants of wild roses, with long arching shoots and single flowers.

Old Roses – the oldest rose hybrids, mostly double flowered, including the Gallica and Damask roses.

Hybrid Roses – also known as large-flowered bush roses.  Typically, flowers are about 10cm (4in) in diameter with high, conical centres and outer petals that curve back as they open.

Floribundas – also known as cluster-flowered bush roses, these are similar to hybrid teas but with smaller flowers in clusters of up to 20 blooms.  Dwarf varieties are called Patio Roses.

Modern Shrub Roses – bred for their abundance of flowers and good disease resistance, in a wide variety of forms.

Climbers – repeat-flowering plants that send out long shoots and small clusters of blooms.

Ramblers – roses that flower only once a year, with more flexible shoots than true climbers.

Miniature Roses – plants with twiggy shoots and tiny leaves much smaller than those of patio roses.

Ground-cover Roses – low-growing, spreading roses, branching very freely and often repeat flowering.


Excerpt from ‘The Gardener’s Wise Words An Country Way’ by Ruth Binney.




4 CORNERS – Next month’s Meeting:

Once again, with the help of willing volunteers, we will be doing something a little different.  For those who weren’t here last year.  We have 4 speakers situated in the 4 corners of the room.  They have been tasked to talk on their chosen subject for 15 minutesAfter 15 minutes members move clockwise round the room and will thus have the opportunity to listen to all 4 speakers.


If any of you would like to support us and volunteer to take up such a position, please let one of the committee members know. Many thanks.



Also, we plan to hold a buffet similar to that at our AGM. Contributions to the buffet would be greatly appreciated and a list will be circulated so that we can ensure that there will be variety on the buffet table. Many thanks.



Following our Committee meeting in January, we have decided on attending the following sales events in 2015:


Beechdale Pub; Autokarna; Wollaton Park Community Centre Coffee Morning and/or Summer Fete


Dates are yet to be finalized. In addition, we hope to attend a couple of Nurseries this year, these too are yet to be confirmed.





24 February

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – 4 CORNERS & BUFFET.  Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

24 March

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – Sheila Over – COTTAGE GARDENS.  Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

1 April

Joint Nottingham & Derby Fuchsia Society Meeting – held at the Grange Hall, Mickleover, Derby.  Kristopher Harper will be speaking on James LyeCultivars.  NOT TO BE MISSED!

28 April

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – Malcolm Beerman – FUCHSIAS.

Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

1 - 3 May

Cardiff Flower Show


7 – 10 May

RHS Malvern Spring Festival


19 – 23 May

Chelsea Flower Show


26 May

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – Eddie Munro -  FUCHSIAS

Meeting starts at 7.45p.m


BBC Gardeners’ World Live


23 June

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – Eddie Munro – PELARGONIUMS

Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

30 June – 5 July

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


28 July

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – Arthur Phillips – SHOW TALK

Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

22 – 26 July

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park


8 – 9 August

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Show – ANNUAL SHOW at Attenborough Village Hall, Attenborough.

25 August

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – Fred Hunderhay – FUCHSIAS

Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

22 September

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – Tony Taylor – ORCHIDS

Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

27 October

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – Geoff Smith –OVERWINTERWINTERING FUCHSIAS

Meeting starts at 7.45p.m


24 November

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting – AGM and Christmas Buffet

Meeting starts at 7.30p.m




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Remember our next meeting

Will be

Tuesday 24th February 2015










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