Anne endearingly entitled her talk “Make your own daffodils (& snowdrops)”. Fetch the scissors and paste! Or at least the razor blades and fungicide, key tools in her propagation of hybrids.
Saturday 10th October saw us gathering once again at Ponteland Memorial Hall for a very colourful talk by Jo Bennison of Bennison Peonies.
Bennison Peonies is based just outside Lincoln in Market Rasen where they grow and propagate over 270 varieties of peonies in their fields for sale to trade and public.
There are three types of peony: tree peonies, herbaceous peonies, and new itoh hybrid peonies, which have the big tree peony flowers growing on a herbaceous bush. A good example of an itoh hybrid is the Peony ‘Julia Rose’ (pictured).
Last Saturday saw us welcome Willie Robson from Chain Bridge Honey Farm to what was possibly our last meeting at the Laing Art Gallery. He said so much it’s not possible to repeat it all, so here are ten things I didn’t know about bees before last Saturday.
As well as hosting our AGM, the Laing gave us the opportunity to hear a lovely talk by Jaci Beavan, one of the volunteers at the Alnwick Garden.
As always, Timothy was both entertaining and informative, and won the hearts of the audience by answering the question right at the beginning of the lecture. And what was the answer? EVERYTHING.
Saturday 11th October saw our first monthly meeting of the new year (yes, we’re weird, we start our year in October), and we were lucky to have Chris and Susie Taylor from Taylors Clematis with us. Chris and Susie gave a fascinating talk on all the different types of clematis called ‘Clematis the year round’. It was a very well named talk as (and this was news to me) there is a clematis which will be in flower in every month of the year. And there are big clematis, patio clematis, and even miniature clematis.
Sue won this year’s “best horticulture student” at Kirkley Hall College. As well as her award, Sue has won a year’s membership of Plant Heritage.
Ena was nominated for the Brickell Award which is awarded to the Best Scientific Collection Holder. Ena missed out on bagging the actual award, but getting a nomination is tough and is a testament to all her hard work. She holds a Scientific Collection of Leucojum.
On Saturday, 17th May, Dr Kirsten Wolff came to speak to Plant Heritage North East about her work at Newcastle University, where she is leading research into profiling plant DNA.
Plant DNA is much the same as human DNA in that each individual (and its clones) has a unique DNA fingerprint. Technology has now advanced to the point where the cultivars of a certain genus or species can be profiled, and comparisons made with other cultivars.