Some of Robert’s hostas for sale
One of the exhibition plants

At our July meeting we welcomed Robert Barlow of North Staffordshire Hostas sharing his knowledge of how to choose and care for these perennials, having brought some beautiful exhibition plants and other smaller ones to buy. He showed us how propagation by seed rather than division can result in some unusual results, also how leaf colour will change through the seasons especially the paler ones. There was also a four-foot long flower spike which escaped the camera but the other photos give an idea of the range.

More exhibition plants

After drawing the raffle Robert judged the competition and was impressed with the quality of the entries, this months’ winner was Pia with Anita second and Pam third (photos below). We also had our new recycling table (including hedge trimmer, leaf collectors, bird feeders and fertiliser spreader!) plus plant divisions and seeds for members to take home in return for small donations to the club. 

There were also schedules and booking forms for our 31st August Annual show plus posters to take for display at local outlets. Members were also keen to put their names down for our Christmas social evening! And given the current weather, it feels like it won’t be long to wait…..although at least it was a dry evening.   

Pia’s dahlia
Anita’s dahlia
July’s lovely competition entries
Pam’s penstemon