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                                            NOTTINGHAM AND NOTTS

                                                 FUCHSIA SOCIETY

November 2015 NEWSLETTER 

I don’t know about you but the weather is so changeable at the moment. In the past week we have encountered some very strong winds, followed by sunshine and then we had a few heavy showers, all within 48 hours! Luckily the winds have not done any long term damage, I hope you all have been as lucky! 

Jobs in the garden have been mainly clearing up leaves and putting them in my 2nd compost bin which I am keeping solely for leaves. Hopefully this time next year, I’ll have some real good leaf mould. I chose not to cover my pond with netting this year. Bad move! I have been spending most of my time dredging the pond ridding it of leaves. I won’t be making the same mistake next year!

I have also been busy chopping back my ivy which has really taken hold over my arch. It really has smothered my Chaenomeles (Japanese Quince), which I had climbing up both sides. However, the birds do like to nest in there, so I am still in too minds whether to get rid of it all or just give it a real good prune.

At the front, I also need to trim my Cydonia (Fruiting Quince), but our sparrows love to hide in there and take it in turns to eat the fat balls (and squabble) which are hanging on my Paulownia tree.

If you use the BI-ENNIAL SYSTEM…which means that you will be overwintering the plant in the green (will need some heat in the greenhouse:

  • Cut off any flowers. 
  • Look inside the plants and remove any dying leaves (yellow leaves) to avoid botrytis/grey mould. 
  • In April/May the following year pot on into 3 ½ " pots to show the year after. 
  • For Tryphillas: grow in ½ pots and then in the Spring, pot up into a full size pot to encourage a denser plant. 

CUTTINGS

  • Take cuttings and remember to label. 
  • Once rooted. No longer need heat. 
  • Start ‘stopping’ at every leaf joint. 
  • Use a scalpel for a clean cut. 

*** Rumour has it that Bayer may be taking Provado Vine Weevil off the market and as yet have no replacement in mind! 

ANNUAL SHOW 2016

Attenborough Village Hall has again been booked for 2016 and just to confirm, our show falls on the weekend of 13th and 14th August. Look out for the new schedules in the New Year! 

SOCIAL MEAL – Date for your Diaries

Following our last Committee Meeting, it was decided to arrange another meal after Christmas. We are, however, thinking of trying somewhere different for a change. A few ideas were put forward: 

Stanhope Arms Cherry Tree, Willington Dog & Duck, Shardlow

The Clock, Shardlow Crème, Stapleford Coopers Arms, Weston-On-Trent

It will be 26th February 2016.

If anyone else has any suggestions, please let me know. Confirmation of venue will be made at January’s meeting. Please add your names on the list if interested. 

FREE CUTTINGS

These will be available to members at February’s meeting as normal. Please make sure you all have renewed your membership, if not, see Derek at the break. PLEASE NOTE: Our next meeting is 26th January 2016 

NEWSLETTER

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: jayne.daykin@ntlworld.com 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.

FUNDRAISING

The easiest way for all internet users to help raise funds for our Society is simply by every time you search the Web you use easysearch. Easysearch combines results from Yahoo!, Windows MSN Live Search and Ask.com in one simple search, the address is http://nottsfuchsia.easysearch.org.uk Please try it and encourage others too. Don’t forget if you make any purchases on the internet, to go through our webshop to make sure we receive commission from the retailers (currently over 2000 well known retailers), the address is http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/nottsfuchsia .