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Next Event is the BFS Midland Show at Palmers Garden Centre, Lutterworth Road, Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire. LE17 5DR on Sunday 20th August open 12 to 4pm

Recent News

Important: I am pleased to announce we have someone who is very keen to take on the Editor Role.
I therefore plan to resign as editor at the 2018 AGM and stand for the full secretary role instead.

Fuchsia Gall Mite has been a problem at some of the recent National shows. Please can all exhibitors redouble their efforts to ensure any exhibits brought to shows are free of FGM
This is particularly important for this weekends Midland show as it is hosted by a Garden Centre.

For those thinking of exhibiting at The National show as part of the Malvern Autumn Show, you can download the schedule from the members pages
I have also uploaded the Malvern Grow for show schedule and entry form, which has additional classes.

**Below you can find a link to the BFS page on the Hockey Centre website, where the clothing mentioned in the 2017 Spring Bulletin can be purchased online**
This link has also been added to the links page under Soceties and Others

The list of recent website updates are in a PDF file which can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Latest Website Updates - click here

BFS Clothing with logo to purchase - click here

It has been a colder winter hear in the south than previous years, though not as cold as the north. As I write this the temperature has risen sharply in mid-February, causing the hardy fuchsias to start to move. I will not cut them back hard until early March. I have seen some greenfly and white fly in the greenhouse. If you have similar, make sure you eradicate them or in March you will have a population explosion.

For those of you growing in a cold greenhouse, if you managed to protect your plants from the cold then they are probably already beginning to shoot. Keep the plants moist and spray the wood with warm water on sunny morning to encourage the dormant ones to shoot. If they were not re-potted in the autumn, if you wish to re-pot, wait until they are shooting well. You should be able to take cuttings in March in the cold greenhouse in a cold propagator.

The Spring Bulletin should be with you around the end of February and included will be the calling notice for the AGM and your membership card.

Why not have a look at the links page and visit some of the fuchsia nursery websites and see what they have new for this year. Some have a catalogue or lists you can download as a PDF file, others you may have to contact for a printed copy sending an SAE or stamps to a certain value. Those that advertise will also have details in there adverts in the Bulletin. Some nurseries open early in the New Year, other send out by mail or carrier. If you have ordered plants in by mail order, unpack them as soon as possible after delivery. Treat them very gently for a few weeks until they acclimatise to your growing conditions and be very careful not to over water. If they have suitable growing tips, as soon as they have acclimatised take some tip cuttings as insurance.

Best wishes for the coming growing season

Fuchsia Gall Mite

Last autumn there have been more cases of Fuchsia Gall mite recorded and so we all need to keep being vigilant. They are still in the South and West and close to the coast – however this might not always be the case. So please keep an eye on your plants and those of your neighbours.

We are tracking where and when cases are found - please can you contact with the post codes of any places where it is found.

Don’t forget if you have any questions on fuchsias – please ask us and we will do our best to help – we have a great team who will answer your emails.

Please see our fact-sheet on Fuchsia Gall Mite - click here



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