Spring is just around the corner and we are beginning to ready ourselves for another growing season, its not been too bad a winter here in Leeds. We had a very cold snap with biting winds and recently it's been wet and dull. My mind inevitably turns to the season ahead and what exciting new varieties I can buy. As light levels start to improve the plants will begin to awaken, feeding begins use a high nitrogen content a ratio 3:1:1 should be ideal. Be careful not to overwater, light and warmth will encourage them into growth and still watch out for FROST and possibly snow...
At our February meeting we met Aaron Hickman an ex student of Askham Bryan College in York and where he currently works in their glasshouses. Aaron has a vast knowledge and gave us a down to earth talk and advice about his passion for Orchids.
Our meetings will be held at Paxton Hall, Kirkstall Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS5 2AB @ 7.30pm
We would really love to see you all there!!!
Agnes Harbour will be giving a demonstration on how to take all types of cuttings.
Anthony Noblet - is a retired chartered engineer with a love of growing plants be it Chrysanthemums, Begonia Rex, Auricula and Hostas. He will be giving us afascinating talk about Auriculas and Hostas
Martin Walker - He has vast horticultural knowledge and experience having designed, built and grew plants for the RHS Chelsea flower show garden for Leeds University which won a Gold medal. He was head gardener at York Gate Garden Adel amongst my other horticultural achievements.
The West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society which was formed in 1978 in Leeds. We are a small friendly group of gardeners of all ages and backgrounds who enjoy growing fuchsias. We have members throughout Leeds and beyond and welcome anyone who is interested in fabulous fuchsias.
"Calling all Tykes” – that was the clarion call from fuchsia lover Alan Waddington in the British Fuchsia Society magazine in 1978. From this stirring cry arose the West Yorkshire Fuchsia Society, which has now been in existence for over 75 years.
Through the dedication and hard work of 15 founder members, led by Alan, the Society quickly established itself. Sadly, many of those founder members have since passed away, but they laid the foundation of a successful Society for future generations of fuchsia lovers.
The Society is gaining in strength, with a recent influx of new members. We have a solid core of hard-working members whose teamwork enables the Society to undertake and support numerous activities and events with considerable success. We can look forward to the future with optimism and hopefully like-minded enthusiasts will join the Society and carry on the vision of the founder members.
We have a varied programme which covers all aspects of fuchsia cultivation, and includes occasional guest speakers. The Society now has its own A-Z list of the plants held by members, and there is the opportunity to exchange plants, tips and experiences in a friendly informal atmosphere.
The West Yorkshire Fuchsia and Pot Plant Society
''We're all friendly fuchsia folk''