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                     Birmingham Fuchsia & Geranium Society







                                               September 2016 Meeting

                  This was our annual plant auction where we try to raise funds for the society with plants donated by the members.The sale went well and we and we got a bit more cash,slightly less than last year but there were less members there,there was the usual banter and a little cajoling to get people to buy as there always is.

                  We must firstly thank all the members who donated plants and of course the people who bought them,also our auctioneer Mike Bove and his helpers Les Hughes,Ken Herbert and John Delaney.  

                                                         October 18th 2016 Meeting 

                            This was our putting to bed talk,given by John Delaney on how to overwinter your fuchsias.Once again it was very informative and we must thank John for a very interesting talk.

                                                      November  2016 Meeting

                         Our meeting this month featured a talk by one of our old members Martin Cross titled ' Wild Neighbour's ',it was not about his human neighbour's obviously but the wildlife he gets in his garden.He lives in Water Orton which borders on the countryside so he gets a variety of animals,insects and birds in his garden but his main hobby is birds and he is an active member of the RSPB.He went through the whole lot for us including neighbour's cats,ducks he had visit,night time footage of a fox,insects galore and a multitude of birds of course,I think the members enjoyed it and thank him very much for an interesting talk.

                                                                      December Meeting 2016

                    Here we are again 2016 our Annual Christmas Social, it proved another successful evening well supported by the members at Maitland Hall.The evening opened with a glass of complementary wine or Orange, the Chairman John Delaney welcomed all present.
                   The first item was the Upside Down Bingo run by Audrey & Ken Herbert, this year there were two prizes of Christmas goodies won by Barry Hands & John Delaney.  Three different quizzes were then held organised by John Henshaw &  Barry Knott. Before the buffet we had the music quiz keenly contested then it was time for refreshments. A big thank you to Jackie Charlton who put it all together also to all the members who supplied a wonderful buffet.
                  On completion of the three quizzes the eventual winners were the team led by Mike Bove which resulted in a bottle of wine each.Everyone appeared to have enjoyed themselves.

                                                  February 2017 Meeting

                  This was our first meeting of the year as we had cancelled our January meeting,it was the AGM.We had the reports from the various officers on what had happened over 2016 and the state of the society and then we had the election of officers and committee and they were all re-elected en bloc,the only change was that Ken Herbert reluctantly stepped down as Publicity Officer after many years doing the job but remains on committee.We then had any other business in which several items were discussed and a full report will be published in the newsletter in March which will also be included on the website as usual.

            The evening was finished with questions on cultivation and the distribution of the society plant cutting,only one free cutting this year as our usual supplier had a problem this year. 

                                                         March 2017 Meeting


            At our March meeting we had one of the stalwarts of the society,Jim Beveridge who is known in the society for his success on the show bench.A very informative lecture on Jim's way of growing fuchsias and he passed on his tips to growing in a very easy to understand way.With quips along the way I think the members enjoyed the evening.

                                                                              April 2017 Meeting

                                   For this meeting we had a return visit from the well known television gardening presenter Howard Drury,we try to have him every year as he has a wealth of gardening knowledge and a large variety of talks he can give.The talk he gave us was his impressions of what was going to happen in 2017 from details of the new garden the RHS is building to new plants he was trialing in his garden.He gave hie opinions on various products on the market and a mixed variety of plants and other items,also of his involvement with Ashwoods nursery,all in all an enjoyable and informative meeting which the members enjoyed.

                                                     May 2017 meeting


                                                 For this meeting we had nurseryman Geof Croft,he showed us how he makes up various containers and baskets,what compost he uses and what plants he likes to use.He told us what colour combinations he uses and the names and variety of plants,the benefits of the varieties he thinks looks good in his containers and growth patterns.Geof has been known to us for many years and supplies us with the perennial plants for our show for sale,I think the members enjoyed his lecture.

                                                           June 2017 Meeting

                          For our June meeting we had Rachel Maiden who works Ashwoods nursery giving a talk on the range of plants that Ashwoods particularly specialize in.It was a very interesting talk as she went into cultivation and tips on the various plants and also had some nice pictures,I think it went down quite well with the members.

                         We also had our society plant minishow judged for cultivation by Jim Beveridge and John Delaney,thanks to everyone who bought a plant and we hope to see them on the showbench.

                          The results were :-  1st............Mr F. Cook

                                                              2nd..........Mrs L.Thomas

                                                               3rd...........Mrs C. Maguire

                                                               July 2017 Meeting

             This was once again our pre show talk where rules,pot sizes,methods of transporting plants,what to do with your plants and other things to do with the show was discussed.Along with other questions it was mainly based on the show.

                                                              Annual Show 2017

                            Our 2017 show was held at the new venue,Shirley Institute on Saturday the 29th of July,we normally hold it on the Sunday but decided to change it this year.We put on a good show and the weather was kind to us as well,we had about the same through the door as last year but we hope to get more as we become known,a full report will be published in the November newsletter.

                                                         August 2017 Meeting

                             This meeting we had Jim Beveridge kindly giving us a talk on the way to overwinter our fuchsias.He told us how he prepares his plants and  everything you need to know,thanks Jim.


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