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W/C 28/9

  • After a very wet week, I was finally able to get outside and rescue my waterlogged fuchsias that I had displayed on three long drip trays. I filled up all my empty pop bottles with rainwater, which will be great for my fuchsias going forward.

W/C 5/10

  • Removed my saucers from underneath my fuchsias in a futile attempt to dry out my fuchsias ready to overwinter, as I would prefer they were on the dry side rather than saturated!
  • Spent the whole day helping mum in her garden.  I cleaned the greenhouse and hung up bubble wrap as insulation and set about cutting back and tidying each fuchsia ensuring there was no debris which may cause disease over the winter months.  I sprayed with Roseclear.

W/C 13/10

  • Another day sorting mum’s fuchsias out and putting them away in her greenhouse.

W/C 20/10

  • I have eventually started preparing my fuchsias for overwintering.  I do find this time of year very therapeutic and relaxing as I start planning what I want to do next year.



W/C 13/10

  • I dug up my final 2 rows of maincrop potatoes.  Unfortunately I am a little disappointed with them, many have wireworm.  Hopefully they will do better next year.

W/C 20/10

  • Now that all my mum’s fuchsias are safely tucked away in the greenhouse, I have been tasked with other jobs.  I have cut back the apple tree, making sure all apples have been harvested.  They have done really well this year.
  • I trimmed the fig tree which was growing and touching the greenhouse as well as cutting back branches which were overhanging the garage.
  • I then moved onto the pear tree and gave that a good prune.  It is now a lovely shape going into winter.  I then moved on to the plum tree and finally gave the ivy a light trim which was hugging the garage.


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

Please use forms already provided in previous newsletters or there will be some near the noticeboard.


Please find below a report provided by Derek Shaw re the October’s Fuchsia SIG meeting:


Fuchsia Special Interest Group                                                              October 2019 Meeting

 The meeting started with an update by Sid Garcia on where he is heading with his hybridising.

He is trying to produce fuchsias with picotee edging.  He had 4 examples to illustrate, one of which, although small flowered, was very prettily edged.  Another plant, although only a photograph, had darker petals but looked equally as attractive.  The picotee edging wasn’t as pronounced on the other plants.

Fuchsia Gall Mite was aired as to whether the older bred varieties were less susceptible to the mite.  The general feeling was a draw.  It seems to show up more as plants come into flower and pollinators visit the plants.

John Palmer then spoke with a power point presentation of a project he has been working on for a considerable number of years to construct a database of Fuchsia species and the first recorded date of their introduction.  It will also list cultivars, the parentage of the cultivar and a link to the same plants with a different name or spelling. The first description for the plant with the colour of the tube, sepals and petals as many original descriptions differ from plants sold now.  John made a plea if anyone has any really old nursery catalogues with fuchsias listed with a description to contact him.  If you want to look for a plant this seems to be the place to go when it is finished and available online as you should be able to search by name, breeder, year of introduction misspelt names.

After Lunch Brian Dixon showed us examples of plants he has acquired over the years, described by Leo Boullemier or Eric Johns where the descriptions don’t match the plants.

Keith McMannus gave an interesting talk with pictures on triphylla and their hybrids, especially ones bred by Carl Bondstedt in Germany.

Did you know Whitefly is a moth not a fly?

The meeting closed with a quick general round up of comments.



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Remember our next meeting

will be

Tuesday 26TH NOVEMBER 2019


Followed by the

Xmas Fuddle


Please bring some treats with you next month to put on the buffet table. Many thanks