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                                              NOTTINGHAM AND NOTTS




What is happening in the Garden:

      Fruit & Vegetables

Beetroot – Some pots are looking better than others, unfortunately I had some pots fall during some strong winds which hasn’t helped them at all.

Tomatoes – I have grown ‘Marmande’ Beefsteak tomatoes this year and whilst I have quite a good yield, they are not ripening. I have potted them up again, probably should have done this earlier, but never mind!

Potatoes– I have a lot of foliage, but no sign of flowers unfortunately.

     Perennials/Garden Shrubs etc 

Sunflowers – they have done really well but are now beginning to fade.  I will keep the seedheads on as these provide food for the birds in Winter.

Asters, ‘giant mixed’ – they are still looking strong, and I have had to stake some of them.  These are starting to flower.  I had done a couple of troughs to sell at our show but unfortunately they didn’t flower.

Petunias; Linaria; Cerinthe; Snapdragons – The snapdragons I positioned in the front have flowered well, but those in troughs (destined for the show) located by the side of the house, still haven’t flowered, yet the petunias have flowered and gone over. The Linarias which I had planted up in the wall baskets have flowered and beginning to fade, however the bees loved them!

Hanging Baskets – Despite my scepticism earlier on in the season, I am really pleased with my hanging baskets.  I put mirabilis in, which is really a tall annual, but actually gives height to the hanging baskets.  They have stayed upright and bushed out which has surprised me and is providing the garden with much needed colour. The trailing Cerinthe and petunias really add to the overall effect.

Buddleias – these finally bloomed and were a huge haven for the bees and butterflies and they also gave off a very heady perfume. 

  • Fuchsia Growing

I was very tempted to put Bob’s fuchsia ‘Max Coby’ into the show, but it became very lob sided.  I think it needs potting on. 

Thankfully I have been able to put some exhibits onto the show bench at the various shows but I do believe that by keeping the shading on, I have managed to keep more fuchsias and less have been victims of the intense heat we experienced. 

Cuttings – I am pleased with the number of cuttings that are going strong which I took early on in the season.  My next challenge will be how to overwinter them! 

  • Wildlife/Pondlife

As I have already mentioned, the plants that are growing in the garden do attract the butterflies and bees.  It has definitely given me the incentive to grow more from seed next year, as I still need more colour in the garden all year round.



Please note that the above Roadshow will be held on Sunday 23rd September at Coronation Hall, Portland Road, Toton, Nottingham, NG9 6EE.  

The Roadshow will start at 10.00a.m – 4.00p.m 

MORNING – 4 Talks:


SID GARCIA                             -           STANDARDS & HANGING POTS



RIC REILLY                              -           SPECIES AND GROWING FUCHSIAS HIS WAY




Tea & Coffee (Light Refreshments) will be available




** Please note the proximity of this BFS Roadshow, so put it down in your diaries.  Volunteers will also be required to help on the day.  Volunteers also to make homemade cakes as well please***

 Well, another show has passed us by.  It was a relief to be able to put on a show, as we have a very good reputation to keep.  And yes, I think we should be proud, once again.  Whilst the number of exhibits was down, the plants on the show bench were of a high standard so we could still put on a good show for the public to enjoy. 

Thanks to everyone who helped over the weekend, without our helpers, we would not be able to continue putting on the show. Footfall was down compared to last year, but the public still kept buying the plants and having a go on the tombola.  Refreshments, as always, proved very successful and a special thanks to the refreshment team, for ensuring we were all fed and watered. 

Hopefully you all had chance to go round the show - there were a few cultivars that caught my eye this year – ‘Just Pilk’ and ‘John Egan’. 

Details of the winners are attached to this newsletter (as usual). 




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8th & 9th Sep

Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society Autumn Show - held at the Coronation Hall, Portland Road, Toton, Nottingham NG9 6EE - 2.00p.m to 5.00p.m on the Saturday and 10.0am to 3.45p.m Sunday. ADMISSION FREE


23rd  Sep

BFS Roadshow – starts at 10.00a.m at Coronation Hall, Portland Road, Toton. Nottingham. NG9 6EE – (FOR MORE INFORMATION, READ ABOVE ARTICLE).

25th Sept

Monthly meeting – Heather Taylor talking on Plants for Winter


7th Oct


SIG Fuchsia Lore Meeting – held at Great Bridgeford Village Hall, near Stafford, with a theme ‘Old Fuchsia Nursery Catalogues’

7th Oct

The 23rd Autumn Gathering – to be held at Victoria Hall, Ash Hill Road, Ash, Aldershot, GU12 5DN, from 10.00a.m to 4.30p.m.

23rd Oct


Monthly Meeting -  John Nicklass talking on Overwintering Fuchsias



Remember our next meeting

Will be

Tuesday 25TH September 2018




Talking on






If anyone has been searching for a long lost fuchsia, then why not ask your friends at the society!  The Noticeboard will now be on show at our monthly meetings, and at the bottom of your newsletter, there is a form.  Complete and attach to the noticeboard. Simple!