Thank you to all members who have renewed their membership.The Spring Bulletin is going into the post this morning (Wednesday 13/2/2019) and will be with you by the end of the week.
Membership Card(s) and voting paper(s) for the committee member election are enclosed. Please remember to return the form by the due date if you wish to vote
Should you not receive a bulletin and think you should have received one, please contact the Secretary as soon as possible.
The eighty-first AGM and gathering will be held on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at the Billsborrow Village Hall.
More details can be found in the calling notice and directions/notes enclosed with the bulletin.
Don't forget to book lunch etc for the day with Bonita if you require it
The booking form and directions/notes can be downloaded from the AGM page if you have lost them
We look forward to meeting up with you there.
The latest Issue of Fuchsia News has also been uploaded
John Nicholass 13/2/2019
**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
Outside hardy fuchsias seem to have enjoyed the cooler and damper, but still quite mild weather. After flowering quite sparsely through a lot of the summer they seem to have come back with a vengeance. Fuchsia Gall Mite does not seem to have been so bad this year after the cold winter and perhaps the heat of the summer, but in the last weeks of cooler moister weather seems to have come back with a vengeance. The weather looks to be turning colder at the end of this month with a stable high pressure bringing down cold air from the North. Make sure you have you storage areas sorted out if you overwinter in a heated greenhouse, a cold greenhouse or dormant in a shed/cellar/garage. In the heated greenhouse make sure it is only half full unless you have another empty greenhouse to expand into in the Spring. New catalogues will be out soon from the specialist nurseries so have a look for anything else you want to try and order early.
Fuchsia Gall Mite
Fuchsia Gall mite has spread further north last year with a case being reported in Breacon, Powys,at the top of Norfolk and in Stockport, so we all need to keep being vigilant. It is pretty well spread in the south of the country and we have had a lot of reports in these areas. So please keep an eye on your plants and those of your neighbours. So far the cold winter weather may have given the FGM a check, but the next few months will be the test.
We are tracking where and when cases are found, you can find a link to a Google Maps page plotting the reports we have had on our links page - please can you contact email@example.com 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 new (March 2018) fact-sheet on Fuchsia Gall Mite - click here