Important: We are looking for candidates to stand for the Officer Role of Secretary.
My offer still stands that if anyone is willing to consider taking on the Editor, I will take the full Secretary Role
If you are interested please contact the Acting Secretary for details and nomination forms.
Due to the change in the constitution at the 2016 AGM, the Spring Bulletin is no longer sent to you if you have not rejoined for 2017
If you have not received one and you believe you should have, please contact either Derek Luther or John Nicholass.
**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 draw of the BFS prize draw took place at the Court Leet Public House, 174 Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 7AY on the 15th October 2016.
You can access the list of Prize winners as a PDF file using the link below
The list of recent website updates are in a PDF file which can be accessed by clicking the link below.
Free Roadshow event to be held near Exeter on Sunday 9th April 2017. Download the flyer by clicking the link below
BFS Roadshow at Clyst St Mary near Exeter on Sunday 9th April- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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