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LAST month Margaret told us all about Dahlias, and if you visited the Great Barn in Ruislip on the 13th of September you will have seen what all the fuss was about - over 100 Dahlias were on display with a spectrum of colours.

This month, RCHS Show Manager Patricia Swindells gives an in depth review of the RCHS Autumn Show. This month is a great time to start planting your bulbs for Spring flowering, Narcissi (Daffodils) do a lot better if planted earlier. Plant them in groups of 5s or 7s rather than one or two dotted here and there. Clumps have a greater effect. Tulips too give an amazing show a little after the Daffodils are over, allowing a seamless flow of floral delights into the summer months, and you can start planning these too now. one of my favourite is the fantastic ‘Queen of the night’ and ‘Black Jewel’ with its wonderful dark purple fringe. This variety also repeats well year after year.    In the RCHS Spring show in March 2015 you could even show your well rewarded efforts! Over to Patricia with the Autumn Show review... Ruislip Central Horticultural Society Autumn Show September 13th 2014. Unlike at the Summer Show there was no apocalyptic clap of thunder to open the Autumn Show.  Instead we were blessed with warm sunshine typifying Keats description of Autumn as a “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. once more the Society members excelled in providing a dazzling display of colour in their exhibits.  The display of Dahlias caught the eye on entering the old Barn in Ruislip.  The red, orange, purple, yellow and pink flower heads were spectacular and caused a few members of the public to enquire how they too might grow some for next year! The display of fruit and vegetables was mouthwatering and the Show Manager did take the precaution of counting the exhibits as the temptation to taste the produce might have been overpowering.  Surprisingly there were quite a few wine producing grapes on display so it might not be too long before a ‘Chateau de Ruislip’ is featured in the local stores.  The display in the Domestic section showed that the tradition skills are not lost but thriving. The Floral Art competition showcased the skills of our members.  The themes Halloween,

Remembrance and Happy Birthday produced exhibits of a very high standard with only single marks differentiating between First and Second place. Another section which highlighted the skills was the Handicraft section.  This is a section of the show which is growing in popularity and the standard of entry was very high.  Another area of growth is the children’s' section and the Society would like to encourage more children and grandchildren of members to take part. The Cacti and Succulents are always worth close inspection and it was good to see young members of the public taking time to look and ask questions.  It was from this section that one particular exhibit caught the Judges' eyes and so was awarded the ‘Best in Show’. The members of the Society were also able to enter other plants that demonstrated the range of plants that are grown throughout Ruislip from shrubs with berries to patio pots from Roses to Fuchsias. As usual the Ruislip public and the members of the Society ensure that there was a very good turnout and when looking at all the exhibits proved too tiring the Society was able to offer refreshments to round the visit off. If you exhibited in the Autumn Show why not do it again in March 2015 and if you were a member of the public inspired by what you saw, why not join us and participate in the Spring Show?  There are sections for everyone even complete novices – so come and join us and be part of the Ruislip Central Horticultural Society community.

RCHS MAILBAG Q This time of year I begin to see amazing colours on trees which I have always wanted in my garden. I want to buy a tree for the garden however, I want that amazing Autumn colour, can you recommend a tree for this effect. Thank you. Sally, Ruislip. A Sally, one of my all time favourite trees for Autumn colour is ‘Liquidambar styraciflua’ commonly known as American Sweet Gum. The leaves usually have five (but sometimes three or seven) sharply pointed palmate lobes rich dark green, smooth, shiny, star-shaped leaves with turn brilliant orange, red, and purple colors in the Autumn. This Autumnal coloring has been characterized as not simply a flame, but a conflagration. Its reds and yellows compare to that of the maples (Acer), and in addition, it has the dark purples and smoky browns of the ash Fraxinus Email your questions for the team at the RCHS to rchstalks@gmail.com, we look forward to answering them in the coming issue. Look out next month for our tips on pruning.

Warren

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A5 Colour, Glossy magazine, distributed free each month to homes and businesses in the HA4 postcode of Ruislip. Local information, interest...

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A5 Colour, Glossy magazine, distributed free each month to homes and businesses in the HA4 postcode of Ruislip. Local information, interest...