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The Horticultural Society holds a

        second virtual Autumn Flower Show                                                                My virtual calendar
                                                                                          t’s been such a strange year, and not being able to share my garden with like-minded
                                                                                         Ienthusiasts has been an isolating experience. So, I’ve decided to compile a virtual calendar of
          nce again, it wasn’t possible   Instead of bringing fruit,  through creating these virtual
      Oto  hold  what  would  have   vegetables and flowers up to the   shows, the society will  have a   the most striking plant in my garden for every month of the year. So many gems, so little space!
      been the Horticultural Society’s   Free Church Hall, entries had to   lasting record of some very   Seasons Greetings, readers, and a Happy, Healthy 2021 however it unfolds.  CAROLINE BROOME
      290th show on 5th September,  be photographed at home and   attractive entries in what has
      but, with one virtual show under   emailed to the membership   proved to be a very challenging
      their belts, committee members   secretary. Nine of the classes   horticultural year.   JANUARY     2020    MAY              2020    SEPTEMBER        2020
      were ready to organise a second   were then kindly judged by   In 2021 membership will be
      one.  This  virtual  show  was   Suburb News Editor, Shelley-  free and hopefully the events
      more ambitious and there were   Anne Salisbury. The winners were   that should have taken place in
      41 classes to choose from with   Yvonne Oliver, who won three   2020 will now do so in 2021.
      over 125 individual entries.   classes (Cut Flowers, 5 Fuchsia    MARJORIE HARRIS
                                 Heads and Just for Fun), Ruth
                                 Beedle (A Vase of Mixed Berries),
                                 Marjorie Harris (A Posy), Jenny
                                 Bunn (A Dish of Fruit), Chris
                                 Page (A Trug of Mixed Vegetables),
                                 Jackie Murphy (Photography:                             Corsican Hellebore Not one of  Iris No-one should be without  Rudbeckias The oldest perennial
                                 Flowers  by  Water)  and  David                         your usual hellebore hybrids,  this iris, for its sheer intensity  in my garden, robust rudbeckia
                                 Broome (Photography: The                                but  this  species,  as  well  as  its  of colour.   Goldsturm has now been joined
                                 Weather Outside is Frightful).                          cousin Hellebore Foetidus, offer                 by stella Prairie Glow; if you like
                                    The largest number of entries                        all year-round foliage, winter                   verbena bonariensis, you’ll love
                                 received in the flower classes                          flowers and striking architectural  JUNE  2020   its airy, open habit. Flowering
                                 were hydrangeas, pot plants,                            value, self-seeding happily                      for weeks, rudbeckias look great
                                 posies and roses, and in other                          around the most inhospitable                     against the dark back drop of
                                 classes tomatoes and cucumbers                          areas of your garden.                            pittosporum Tom Thumb.
                                 also did well. The photography
                                 classes proved popular too. There
                                 won’t be any cups or prizes                              FEBRUARY        2020                             OCTOBER          2020
                                 awarded  for  this  show,  but

                              Suburb rainfall
                                                                                                                 Unknown rose A sumptuous
                                                                                                                 repeat flowerer, lemon scented
         ainfall – the trouble comes   average of nearly 21 inches. If   months of 2020 saw only three           peach blooms contrast with
      Rwhen there is too much or   February  is  excluded  the  quarters  of  the  amount                        dark  foliage and  stems.  If
      not enough of it or if it comes at   shortfall was even more marked.  normally expected.                   anyone knows what it is, please
      the wrong time.            Then along comes October with   This report only repeats
         This year all three things   the ‘wettest day ever recorded’  what we are being told from all   Melianthus Major Surprisingly   let me know.  Knifophia Limelight What a last
      have happened, leaving farmers   at 2.37 inches. In the whole   over the world and again   hardy, this striking triffid takes       hurrah! Arched curling leaves
      and organisers of outdoor   month there were 5.27 inches,  confirms  the  climate  crisis  is   pride of place in my north  JULY  2020  have sent up over 20 flower
      events with problems. In the   not  quite the highest ever  but   indeed a crisis and we humans
      first nine months of 2020 there   more  than  twice  the  average,  must use all our ingenuity to try   facing front garden. But beware,     spikes of this luminous red hot
                                                                                                                                          poker. Well worth waiting for.
                                                                                         it wants to take over the world!
      was only just over 15 inches   but the rain was extremely   to mitigate it.
      which  compares  with  an  welcome as the first nine       DIANA IWI FROM MEADWAY
                                                                                          MARCH           2020                              NOVEMBER        2020
                  Horticultural Society 2020
                                medal award

        n 2020 no medals or prizes   on  Zoom  on  10 November.  exception would be made at the                  Tree lily On maturity, these 8 ft
      Iwere due to be awarded at the   Nevertheless, the committee   virtual meeting.                            tall  stunners  tower above the
      Horticultural Society’s AGM, held   secretly  decided  that  one  So, as his last function before          summer border on stems as
                                                            handing over chairmanship,                           thick as a broom handles! Every
                                                            Chris Page announced that the                        colour, multiple blooms the
                                                            prestigious Banksian Medal would   Sorbaria Seb Much maligned,  size of dinner plates, fragrance  Miscanthus grass The centre-
                                                            be given to David and Caroline   this arching shrub looks best as  to  die  for.  Reliably  hardy  in  piece of our autumn garden,
                                                            Broome, with the certificate   its new colourful growth emerges.  London clay.  coppery satin tassels transform
                                                            citation reading ‘in recognition   It practically grows in the dark,          into crimped silky plumes, atop
                                                            of their outstanding contributions   spreading around in a wood-              fiery seasonal coloured foliage.
                                                            to the Society and its membership   land understory.  AUGUST           2020
                                                            during the Covid-19 pandemic
                                                            2020 through a variety of online                                               DECEMBER         2020
                                                            initiatives.’  As  membership  APRIL          2020
                                                            officer, David had circulated
                                                            information in an informative
                                                            and amusing way to keep people
                                                            in touch with the Society, and
                                                            Caroline had masterminded the
                                                            two virtual shows. Caroline
                                                            Broome, gardening correspondent
                                                            of Suburb News, was also elected                     Rosa For Your Eyes Only I make
                                                            as the new Chairman of the                           no apology for including
                                   I specialise in all domestic and  Horticultural Society, with Chris           another  rose,  this  repeat Hydrangea  quercifolia  Little
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