The March meeting is a busy evening, as it is our AGM, the spring show and we also have a speaker.
Brian opened the meeting with any notices, then we commenced with the AGM, the committee stands to be the same again for 2017, with Geoff Greenough as President, Brian Spiller as Chairman, Geoff Jeans as Vice Chairman, Anne Brown as Secretary, and Michelle Howell as Treasurer, the committee also wished to continue, along with Marigold Edwards doing the raffle and Ann Mattock running the tea rota.
We have as a society amended “the constitution”, as it had not been updated since 1987, thank you to Anne Brown for all her hard work and hours spent doing this difficult job.
Michelle Howell gave her report on the accounts, kindly audited by Kate Gibson from the Post Office.
Brian Spiller gave a speech and a vote of thanks to all of the committee for their continued hard work.
Brian welcomed back Marion Dale, from Summerdale garden design, to the club, who’s talk this evening was to be “wicked plants”.
Marion, talked about how so many of our garden plants, have harmful properties, mainly if eaten though, and how we should always wear gloves when gardening, and be very careful where pets are concerned.
Here is a list of some of our “wicked” garden plants.
Ragwort, Foxgloves, Monkshood,, euphorbia, castor oil plant, oleander, rhubarb leaves, giant hogweed, hemlock to name but a few.
Now some of the not so obvious ones, lily of the valley, opium poppies, morning glory, elderberries if eaten in large quantities, these contain traces of “cyanide”. Also plants from the solanum family and also tulip of daffodil bulbs if eaten.
This was a fastening talk from Marion, who has a wealth of knowledge, we all learnt a great deal, and could have listened to this subject for hours.
The evening continued with the results of the “spring show” very kindly judged by Chris Wiles with help from Geoff Jeans, the results are as follows:-
Daffs:- 1st Wendy Baily 2nd St. Nicholas School Henstridge 3rd Brian Spiller
Narcissi: - 1st Brian 2nd Wendy 3rd Marigold Edwards h/c St Nicholas school
Small Narcissi: - 1st Wendy
Narcissi; - 1st Marigold 2nd Michelle Howell 3rd Bob and Jill Sanger
Narcissi in a bowl; - 1st Brian 2nd Tony Moore
Other bulbs in a bowl; - 1st Michelle
Cut spring flowers; - 1st Wendy 2nd Brian 3rd Michelle
Pot plant flowering 1st Brian
Pot plant foliage 1st Wendy
Cut spring bulbs 1st Michelle
Single daffodil; - 1st Mary Bennett 2nd Giz Maidment 3rd Brian
Thank you to all of those who took part, we had a lovely show of spring colour, which cheered us all.
Next month the speaker is Gilly Hayward “Growing into moor plants”.
Come and join us on Thursday 13th April 7.30pm in at the hall.
The garden is looking full of colour now with daffs, crocus, heather and primroses, so take the time to enjoy, and start to sow seeds like sweet peas out in the greenhouse or indoors on the window sill.