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August 2015 NEWSLETTER 

It’s been approximately two weeks now since the show and I’m pleased to say, my fuchsias are still looking quite good. I’m watering and deadheading all the time now.  I still want to take some last minute cuttings – it’s a bit of a gamble but I’ve acquired some really nice new cultivars so I think it’s worth a try, just in case I lose my main plant over winter.  It seems strange, that I’m thinking of winter already, but before you know it, we’ll be thinking of overwintering and thoughts will turn to next year.  What new cultivars shall I buy?  What will I do differently? How can I improve my success rate in overwintering with the conditions I have (i.e. unheated mini 4/5 tier greenhouses)? 

Hold on a minute! I still have plenty of flowers on my fuchsias to enjoy; I’m not going to start thinking about overwintering just yet.  Instead, I will continue to deadhead and admire the wonderful colours for a while longer.


            2015 SHOW NEWS

Once again, a very successful show.  As you can see from the numbers below, we were up on both exhibits and exhibitors.






Number of Exhibits




Number of Exhibitors





There were exhibits in all but one class this year: -





3 Plants 3.5” pots, one single; one double; one triphylla


The most popular classes for number of exhibits this year were:




No. of Exhibits


Ladies Class



1 Plant except fuchsias, not eligible to be entered in any other class



1 Plant of free Cutting



PLEASE NOTE: The cultivar of this year’s free cutting was ‘HELEN STORER’


It was also pleasing to see so many new names appear on the winners list, i.e: Jo Burchell; Annette Evans; Christine Guest.  It really has been a year for the Ladies, so it would be remiss of me not to mention other winners & exhibitors: - Elaine Linton, June Lemon, Margaret Law, and Suki Kwan (member of Derby & District Fuchsia Society) and just missing out on a 1st, Renee Wilson and Jo Young and myself with 3rd

However, the real stars of the weekend are our helpers, both members and non-members.  Without their help over the 3 days, there would be no show.  So on behalf of the Committee, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for giving up your time to help make the show such a success                                THANK YOU 

The weather was very kind to us this year which resulted in approximately 280 visitors over the two days. This was largely due to our advertising campaign which was undertaken prior to the show: - 

  • Flyers through letterboxes
  • Posters displayed in approximately 20 Garden Centres across the County
  • Other Posters displayed in prominent locations
  • Adverts in local free magazines
  • Adverts online – ‘spotted’ sites
  • Word of Mouth; Friends and family 

Statistics have shown that by far, the most popular means of advertising is word of mouth and having the support of our family and friends! 


Yours Locally

Whilst distributing flyers around Attenborough, Lyndon started chatting to a gentleman, Martyn Porter, who informed him that he had published our show details in a local free magazine (Yours Locally) which goes to every household in Attenborough.  Martyn Porter came to the show, took photos and intends to put an article in his next edition.  How wonderful is that!  And if that isn’t enough, he has put a picture of one of our show plants on his Facebook page!  This is great advertising.


Anna Soubry Online

Anna, who kindly presented the Trophies to all our worthy winners on Sunday, has also helped promote our society by including details of our event, and by encouraging the public to take an interest and come to one of our meetings.


Beeston Express

Luckily, Sheila Eden, editor of the local newspaper made time to visit our show and has put a glowing report together in last week’s edition.


Article to be submitted to ALL Free Local Magazines

As normal, I will be submitting a report to the various magazines.


Show Report to be submitted to Carol Gubler, editor of Fuchsia News (BFS)

Carol looks forward to reading annual reviews of the many shows that take place as well as receiving the various results, so she can collate data and produce the ‘TOP TEN FUCHSIAS’              


If anyone wants any item included in the Newsletter, please let me know, either at a meeting, or phone me on Tel: 0115 8758928, or email:  I will gladly include any article or event in the Newsletter. 


Also, if anyone would rather I send them an electronic copy, please let me know. 


Remember: It is YOUR newsletter.



It is with great sadness that I inform you that Christine Cocking passed away peacefully on Monday 17th August. Christine supported Keith and our society, baking cakes and manning the cake stall at our show for a number of years. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family at this sad time.

Funeral to be held at Bramcote Crematorium on Thursday 27th August at 11:00am.



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25 August

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting

Fred Hunderhay – FUCHSIAS

Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

12 – 13 September

Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society AUTUMN

Show - held at the Coronation Hall, Toton, 2.00p.m to 5.00p.m on the Saturday and 10.0am to 3.45pm Sunday.


22 September

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting 

Tony Taylor – ORCHIDS

Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

2 October

The Manor, Toton – meal at 7.30p.m.  Anyone interested,

please make sure your name is on the list – see Jayne

27 October

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting –


Meeting starts at 7.45p.m

24 November

Nottingham & Notts Fuchsia Society Monthly Meeting –