Monthly Archives: August 2011

South West Region Coordinator meeting

Admittedly we had lemon drizzle, chocolate brownies AND flapjack (with sandwiches) but still. The weather was challenging for August but we had participants from the Channel Islands, to North Devon. It was a very good meeting, in the same venue … Continue reading

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Chocolate Cake Recipe

Picture taken by my passenger when driving back south yesterday.  A driver who has his/her priorities right. As promised to Veronica’s mother, the recipe for the chocolate cake I took to the NE group summer party on Sunday.  It’s a recipe … Continue reading

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A-mazin’ Wylam

Driving north through Yorkshire yesterday morning, things looked ominous.  Southbound cars had their headlights on and the sky ahead of us was dark.  Having come this far though, it seemed churlish to turn around and head back to Surrey and my faith … Continue reading

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Suffolk Collection Holders Meeting

I think this was our first meeting in a marquee! Hosted by Robert Grimsey, who holds a collection of Aesculus, we had a walk around his garden and the collection which is in an arboretum adjoining the garden. We were … Continue reading

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More fun with orchids

Had a lovely visit to Michael McIlmurray’s Maxillaria collection last week- in the entertaining company of Phil Seaton and Tim Marks from Kew. Apart from admiring Michael’s plants and his outstanding records we were discussing how to proceed with Plant … Continue reading

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Hydrangeas in Darley Park

I recently had an email from Peter Smith in Derby: We had our open day on Sunday:  I conducted three tours of the collection with around 40 people attending in total.  We had not advertised the event very much because … Continue reading

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Sweltering in the Forest

The New Forest Show in Hampshire is a “proper” agricultural show – from coiffed cows to ferret racing to metasquoia-dimensioned leeks – it’s huge fun. We arrived early on what turned out to be a blisteringly hot day last week … Continue reading

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