Jan

Annual Show

Feb

Annual post show dinner (see 2017 show)

March

Lilium and Bulb Society of SA Minutes 1st March 2017

Meeting Commenced at 7.45pm after finding our room occupied by another group and moving the meeting to the café.

Welcome: 26 members, one visitor and Peter, Bev and Ron from the Bromeliad Club of SA Inc.

Apologies: K Dellar, S Gordon, M Wagnitz, D Whiterod.

Speakers: Bromeliad Club. Peter Hall with Bev and Ron Masters gave a very interesting talk and slide show on different types of Bromeliads grown in Australia, from tiny ones to very large and colourful ones with a lot of information on the care of these hardy water wise plants. This was followed by a demonstration of dividing plants and potting or mounting them. A quiz on what we had learned was run and those giving correct answers were rewarded with a potted bromeliad.

Peter, Bev and Ron were thanked and presented with small gifts from our club.
Minutes of the meeting held on 2nd November 2016- Moved, G Lawrence, seconded J Boden ‘That minutes as emailed be accepted’ carried.

Business arising:
The December Show at Pitmans’ 8 Paech Rd Hahndorf in December, dinner meeting at Greg and Lee-Ann Lawrence’s, the January Show and the February Presentation Dinner at Hahndorf have all been held since the last formal meeting in November.
Newsletter has lapsed due to no-one offering to compile it.

Correspondence in:
Village Well invitation to hospitality evening – received too late to attend.
Enfield Horticultural Society
Letter of thanks for Greg Lawrence’s talk,
Show on 8th and 9th April, Klemzig Community Hall, 12n – 5pm Sat, 10am – 4pm Sun.
SA Autumn Garden Festival, Clare Showgrounds
Garden Clubs of Australia – Garden Magazines (handed out at February dinner)
Festival of Flowers – 22nd and 23rd April 10am – 4pm St Paul’s College, 792 Grand Junction Rd Gilles Plains. Featuring 10 different garden clubs.
Fern Soc of SA Sale Sat 29th April 10am-4pm Adelaide High School Auditorium, West Tce Adelaide.
North American Lily Soc Bulletin.
Invitation from Sophie Thomson to host visit by garden clubs to visit her garden.
MyOpenGarden advance notice of a garden opening in Pt Broughton.

Treasurer’s Report: in Minute book, moved F Dolan, seconded G Ruckert, ‘That report be accepted’. Carried.

Webmaster’s report: Nothing.

New business:
February dinner report – a very good night and venue. This venue is booked again for 2018 Presentation dinner.
Photos for Founders’ Cup competition given to Kate O’Brien for judging.

Committee meeting report:
Photo competition for 2018 show rules have been changed. There will be 2 sections only - 1. a triptych of three different aspects of one bulb and 2. A panoramic garden scene. All photos to be A4. Each section divided into photos taken with a camera and photos taken with a mobile phone or iPad.
Liliums for 2018 show. Negotiations are under way with Drewitts Bulbs to purchase newly imported bulbs already in pots to be delivered to us at point of bloom for the show. There will be 3 bulbs to a pot and will sell for $15. Pots left over will be repotted one to a pot and sold the following year at the regular price. This will give us varieties not in the nursery catalogues and save us a lot of work potting and growing them. We will be able to select the varieties to sell and take pre-orders from members.
Bulbs to be purchased for 2018 show. The sub-committee delegated to run the bulb table has selected bulbs from various nurseries to purchase to grow on for the 2018 show and will place the order now.

Judging club table: Please do not approach tables until judging is completed.

Results:
Bulb not a lilium – 1st M Jenkins Amaryllis x Brunsvigia, 2nd F Dolan Galtonia candicans, 3rd G Lawrence Eucomis.
Corm – 1st M Jenkins Crocosmia.
Rhizome – 1st G Lawrence Alstroemeria red and gold, 2nd M Jenkins Agapanthus ‘Queen Mum’, 3rd G Lawrence purple Agapanthus. Any Garden cut – 1st P Simpson Plectranthus ‘Monash’, 2nd M Jenkins Dianthus, 3rd M Jenkins Sedum ‘Brilliant’.
Pot of Bulbs – 1st G Ruckert Strumaria aestivalis, 2nd A O’Leary Brunsvigia Josephine, 3rd A O’Leary Haemanthus coccineus.

Champion exhibit M Jenkins Amaryllis x Brunsvigia.

Next meeting April 5th – Greg Ruckert and Julian Slade will talk about South African bulbs.

Meeting closed 9.30pm followed by supper and raffle.

April

Lilium and Bulb Society of SA Minutes 5th April 2017

Meeting Commenced at 7.30pm

Welcome: Nineteen members.

Apologies: K Fynnaart, S Gordon, H and K Wallwork, F Dolan, L Elzinga-Henry, R Field, J & L Ng, A Ruckert, N Waters.

Speakers: Greg Ruckert and Julian Slade – South African Bulbs

Greg spoke of his trip to arrange the purchase of Lachenalia bulbs and seeds to import to Australia. Photos of a nursery propagating and hybridising bulbs in large numbers with many being started from leaf cuttings. These bulbs are being grown for cut flowers.
Julian showed photos of three trips to the areas with huge numbers of naturally occurring bulbs. Some are in large drifts of colour while others are a diverse mix of different individual bulbs. Many species of Moraea, Lachenalia, Massonia, Ixia and others. An amazing area to explore with good roads, interesting road rules and safe for travellers.
Greg and Julian were thanked by Marg Jenkins and presented with small gifts.

Minutes of the meeting held on 1st March - Moved, K Dellar, seconded J Boden ‘That minutes as emailed be accepted’ carried.

Business arising:
Founders’ cup Kate O’Brien presented the trophy to Marg Jenkins for a photo of an orange trumpet seedling.
Newsletter no-one volunteered to do this.

Correspondence in:
Australia Post mail box account.
Garden Clubs of Australia – Insurance information required, Club info update, GCA awards nomination form.
GCA Convention information 5th – 10th Nov Ulladulla NSW.
Leura Gardens Festival Sep 30 – Oct 8.
Account for Speakers’ gifts – C Greig.
Account for trophies purchased – K O’Brien.
Chrysanthemum Show 6th and 7th May in the Unley Town Hall.

Reminders:
Enfield Horticultural Society Show on 8th and 9th April, Klemzig Community Hall, 12n – 5pm Sat, 10am – 4pm Sun.
Festival of Flowers – 22nd and 23rd April 10am – 4pm St Paul’s College, 792 Grand Junction Rd Gilles Plains. Featuring 10 different garden clubs.
Fern Soc. of SA Sale Sat 29th April 10am-4pm Adelaide High School Auditorium, West Tce Adelaide.

Treasurer’s Report: in Minute book, moved K O’Brien, seconded R Fairweather, ‘That report be accepted and accounts paid’. Carried.

Webmaster’s report: Website is stale. Photos needed of members’ gardens. Rob will visit to take photographs. Please contact him to make a date.

Bulb committee report: – Helen Fairweather
Bulb purchases for 2018 show update.
Helen gave a short history of the bulb sales which started with a few loose colchicum bulbs on the lilium table. This was met with enthusiasm and the next year there were more bulbs sold in paper bags. This section was expanded to a separate table with bulb purchases organised by Nancye and a small selection committee and grown on in poly boxes (mostly by Nancye).
Bulbs were selected from catalogues and sourced from members and hundreds grown on. The bulbs were then turned out, cleaned, bagged and labelled and priced. This was a mammoth job mostly done by Nancye.
This year the sales made $2,000.
Now Nancye has decided, for better or worse, to hand over to Helen the running of the bulb sales table. A huge thankyou to Nancye for the great job she has done to set up this part of the show sales.
The bulb team now comprises Rosemary Thomson, Tania Thomas and Di Robson (hills area) and Marg Jenkins, Pat Simpson and Helen Fairweather (plains area). Di and Pat are both new members of the Society.
The stand:
Bulbs we sell are carefully sourced from various catalogues with an eye for profit as well as being attractive to the public. Others are donated by club members who year after year bring quantities of their own bulbs which they can spare. Some are specials which are eagerly snapped up by the early shoppers.
Many people cruising the tables are inexperienced gardeners looking for basic easily grown bulbs and welcome advice. This year it was obvious that there were many buyers who had come previous years, others were experienced gardeners hopeful of something rare or unusual. These were disappointed and bought little or nothing. We made good sales but many bulbs needed to be taken home and grown on again.
The conclusion is that we need some special bulbs to keep people coming each year. Together we have selected, besides the sale priced lines, quite a few of the specials. Expensive - $1,000 was soon reached and sadly we had to leave many tempting ones. Some we had to buy only three or six and so those will have to be grown on to multiply enough to sell some in future years.
We ask you the members to look at your bulbs with a view to being able to donate a few of some or more of another for next January.
Some members may have real specials and are reluctant to part with them but if just a few – even one bag, which would be placed into a ‘Specials’ basket of all sorts would be a real treat for buyers next year.
Another option is to sell something special on a commission basis with the grower getting 60% of the sale price and the club the other 40%.
Commission bulbs are carefully recorded and receipted and cheques are distributed at the presentation dinner. Several members were very happy with the proceeds from their bulb sales this year.
Please talk to one of the team if you can help. If you also have excess of common bulbs ask if they can be sold before putting any in the green bin.
Photos are needed of all bulbs to be sold so please contact Rob when they are blooming so he can take photos if you are not able to yourself.

New business:
Tour of Jongs’ Flowers facility at Forreston. The club has been invited to tour, as a group, the nursery where liliums and other plants are grown for the cut flower market. Preferred dates at present are Saturday May 20th, June 3rd or 17th. Please let Marg know your preferred date if you wish to join this tour. Travel will be by private car.

Mannum talk – Greg Ruckert reported that he had given a talk to the Mannum Garden Club which was very well received. He told a member off for trying to grow daffodils in Mannum’s arid climate and made suggestions of bulbs more suitable for the area.

Hostesses for meetings. Hostesses (or hosts) are needed for the September and November meetings. Tania and Rosemary have volunteered for May and Trinette and Kerry for June. Kate O and Margret Greig have put their names down for August and Helen, Di and Pat for October. Hostesses need to bring the milk and check to see if anything else is needed to be purchased for the following meeting.

Judging club table: Please do not approach tables until judging is completed.

This is getting embarrassing - please bring cuts or pots of your bulbs for the competition as you all have things the rest of us would like to see. Each person can table six entries in the competition and there is a class to fit every plant. I have twice won a beautiful trophy for this and would love for someone else to win this year. Wander round your garden on meeting day and see what you can find. It doesn’t take long.

Results:
Lilium - 1st and 2nd Helen Fairweather L philippense.
Bulb not a lilium – 1st, 2nd and 3rd M Jenkins Zephyranthes, Nerine rosea and Nerine fothergilli major.
Corm – 1st Pat Simpson cyclamen.
Any garden plant – 1st H Fairweather snail creeper, 2nd P Simpson lemon verbena.
Potted tuber – 1st Trinnette Reichers tuberous begonia.
Potted corm – M Jenkins 1st Cyclamen mirabilis, 2nd Cyclamen cyprium.
Champion exhibit M Jenkins Zephyranthes.

Next Committee meeting April 23rd 2pm at Marg’s place.

Next general meeting May 3rd Bulb swap. Speaker Greg Lawrence – growing knowledge.

Hostesses Tania Thomas and Rosemary Thomson

Meeting closed 9.30pm followed by more supper and raffle.

May

Lilium and Bulb Society of SA Minutes 3rd May 2017

Meeting Commenced at 7.45pm

Welcome: 25 members

Apologies: S. Gordon, M. Greig, S. McBurnie, L. Ng, T. Nottle, A. Ruckert, M. Wagnitz.

Speaker: Greg Lawrence – Entitled "Growing Knowledge". Greg gave a very interesting talk on his experience of growing liliums and bulbs. Check the website for the sound track.

Minutes of the meeting held on 5th April - Moved R. Fairweather, seconded B. Field ‘That minutes as emailed be accepted’ carried.

Business arising:
Tour of Jongs’ Flowers facility at Forreston.
The club has been invited to tour, as a group, the nursery where liliums and other plants are grown for the cut flower market and a large number of Greg Ruckert’s newly imported lachenalias are now popping up. Travel will be by private car.
The proposed date is June 3rd. Please meet at the by the Gumeracha oval at 9.50am.

Hostesses for meetings. Hostesses (or hosts) are needed for the September and November meetings. Hostesses need to bring the milk and check to see if anything else is needed to be purchased for the following meeting.

Correspondence in:
Aldgate Church of Christ account for room hire.
GCA bulletins
American Lily Society bulletin
Reminders Chrysanthemum Show 6th and 7th May in the Unley Town Hall.

Treasurer’s Report: in Minute book, moved F. Dolan, seconded H. Fairweather, ‘That report be accepted and accounts paid’. Carried.

Webmaster’s report: Website updated to be mobile phone friendly. Speakers page has been changed to make it easier to access, just click on the date to see.
Photos are still needed of members’ gardens. Rob will visit to take photographs. Please contact him to make a date.

Bulb committee report – Helen Fairweather
Bulbs have been distributed and planted except for one box which is missing.
Members of the Bulb committee visited Di Robson’s beautiful garden at Uraidla recently. Does anyone have a few white petticoat daffodils to spare for the show?

New business:
Committee meeting report:
Discussion on the possibility of having a facility for our own garden. Ideas needed for this.
An information page has been added to the website detailing what to do in the garden each month. (Look for it under "Calendar notes") B. Field is collating this.
Show photo competition sections for photos taken with cameras and phones, tablets etc. All photos to be A4. Triptych is 3 aspects of the same flower. Solo photo is a garden scene featuring bulbs.
Judging club table: Please do not approach tables until judging is completed.

Results:
Bulb not a lilium - 1st M. Jenkins Nerine fothergilli major, 2nd M. Jenkins Nerine rosea.
Corm - 1st P. Simpson Cyclamen.
Any garden cut - 1st H. Fairweather Cecile Brunner rose, 2nd P. Simpson Geranium Rosanne, 3rd P. Simpson Graham Thomas rose.
Pot of bulbs - 1st Julian Slade Lachenalia pygmaea, 2nd Murray Corby Haemanthus alboflos, 3rd M. Jenkins Lachenalia pygmaea.
Champion exhibit - Julian Slade Lachenalia pygmaea.

Meeting closed 9.10pm followed by supper and bulb swap.

Next general meeting June 7th Speaker Trevor Nottle – anecdotes of various activities.

Hostesses: Trinette Reichers and Kerry Dellar

June

Lilium and Bulb Society of SA Minutes 7th June 2017

Meeting Commenced at 7.40pm

Welcome: Allen Anderson to his first meeting and 23 other members.

Apologies: S Gordon, M Wagnitz. M Greig, L Ng, R Thomson, H & K Wallwork, D Whiterod.

Speaker: Trevor Nottle – ‘Rocks in my head.’ Anecdotes of his life as an author and travelling the world as speaker and researcher and the interesting people and places he found on his journey.

Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd May - Moved T Reichers, seconded T Thomas ‘That minutes as emailed be accepted’ carried.

Business arising:
Hostesses for meetings. Hostesses (or hosts) are needed for the September and November meetings Katrina and Joan offered for September.

Correspondence in:
1. Drewitts Wholesale catalogue given to H Fairweather. Tim Drewitt will supply packaged bulbs to sell at the show. Varieties will not be known until November.
2. Carrick Hill asking for donation to appeal fund. The club is not in the position to be able to donate. Our contribution is donating plants for the garden.

Treasurer’s Report: in Minute book, moved F Dolan, seconded J Boden, ‘That report be accepted and accounts paid’. Carried.

Webmaster’s report: Photos are still needed of members’ gardens. Rob will visit to take photographs. Please contact him to make a date. Trinnette’s garden and bromeliads has been photographed and a page added under ‘Members’ gardens’. The front page has been updated. The facebook site is getting 1700 visits per month.

Bulb committee report: – Helen Fairweather The weedmat garden has bulbs coming up. Helen has purchased more daffodils (pink) to replace those lost and these are now planted. Other hosts’ plantings are coming up too.

New business:
Life members – At present there are only two living life members of the Society. G Ruckert proposed that Greg Lawrence and Fred Dolan be given life membership for their long and valuable service to the Society. Seconded M Jenkins and carried unanimously.

Tour of Jongs’ Flowers facility at Forreston: - Discussion points.

  • Jongs have 18 staff, to be viable they need to harvest 100 bunches (5 stems per bunch) an hour.
  • LAs and Asiatics are planted in the ground and watered overhead, Orientals are planted 13 to a box and watered just above soil level.
  • Watered plants need to dry before nightfall to prevent fungal problems.
  • New varieties are trialled in smaller batches.
  • Rows of boxes contain 16,000 plants.
  • Alstroemerias are permanently in the ground.

Barb Field needs information on what people are doing with their bulbs and gardens for the website.

Please let her know what you are doing in July. She needs to know the difference between hills and plains gardens.
Stirling Market -It was decided to hold the stall again in August. 6 people volunteered to help with it.
There needs to be better follow up for people expressing interest in the Society. Could someone help with this? Barb will book the site.

Judging table: Please do not approach tables until judging is completed.

Results:
Bulb not a lilium - 1st P Simpson Pink Nerine, 2nd M Jenkins jonquil, 3rd H Fairweather Clivia.
Rhizome -!st H Fairweather Iris unguicularis, 2nd T Reichers Alstroemeria, 3rd H Fairweather I unguicularis.
Any other garden plant – 1st H Fairweather double violet, 2nd M Jenkins Protea Pink Ice, 3rd M Jenkins pink daisy.
Potted bulbs – 1st A O’Leary Haemanthus deformis, 2nd G Ruckert Massonia depressa, 3rd P Simpson Lachenalias.
Champion exhibit – H Fairweather’s double violet.

Meeting closed 9.25pm followed by raffle and supper

Next general meeting August 2nd. Speaker Helen McKerrell Author and gardener.

Hostesses Kate O’Brien and Margaret Greig.

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO MEETING IN JULY

Aug

Lilium and Bulb Society of SA Minutes 2nd August 2017

Meeting Commenced at 7.30pm

Welcome: Speaker Helen McKerrell, Eva Boden and 27 members.

Apologies: S Gordon, P Simpson, D Robson, K Dellar, B and R Field, A Ruckert, K Wallwork.

Speaker. Helen McKerrell described her project to buy a section of her neighbour’s land to create a vegetable and fruit garden, the progression from clearing to designing to terracing and planting to finally harvesting and processing her produce. Helen was thanked and presented with a small gift by Alan O’Leary.
Minutes of the meeting held on 7th June- Moved G Lawrence, seconded A Anderson ‘That minutes as emailed be accepted’ carried.
Business arising: Nil

Correspondence in:

  • GCA June Bulletin as emailed. Nominations are wanted for the GCA committee. Moved H Fairweather, seconded F Dolan ‘That the Lilium and Bulb Society of SA nominate Greg Ruckert for a committee position.’ Carried.
  • Aust post re PO moving.
  • Val Grapentin advising that her studio ‘Iris Garden Studio’ is opening for the SALA festival from Aug 3rd to 27th at 1175 Greenhill Rd Uraidla, 11am – 4pm each day. 20% of sale proceeds to go to the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens to heat the Titan arum greenhouse.
  • Enfield Horticultural Society Spring Show 9 Sep 12noon – 5pm, 10th September 10am – 4pm.
  • Aldgate Church of Christ account for 2 months room hire.
  • North American Lily Soc bulletin.
  • Garden Show Wayville 12th to 15th October. We have been offered a free stall to advertise our club/show. The stall needs to be staffed all day for three days by two people. If anyone is interested in spending a morning or afternoon there please let me know ASAP. We need 12 volunteers to spend a morning or afternoon there for this to happen. The stall must be staffed all the time.

Treasurer’s Report: in Minute book, moved F Dolan, seconded J Boden, ‘That report be accepted and accounts paid’. Carried.

Webmaster’s report: R Fairweather – Layout has been changed to make it easier to navigate. Section on members’ gardens needs text for two gardens. Information requested on growing Lachenalias. Update needed for Life Members section and Hemerocallis at Carrick Hill. Site is being moved to a different hard drive which won’t affect viewing.

Bulb committee report – Helen Fairweather -
  • Lovely rainy weather means no watering needed, a lot of bulb activity is now happening. There has been no Bulb Committee meeting.
  • Phone conversations indicate a good showing of purchased bulbs with some early daffodils blooming (especially a heavily discounted yellow trumpet – sample bloom on competition table).
  • Some Alliums have not yet come up but are usually later than now.
  • Alliums are slow to increase, A Anderson suggested the quickest way would be to scale them.
  • Calochortis have not put up many shoots, they are supposed to be easy to grow.
  • Photos – the Society needs to build up a library of photos of the flowers that you have in your garden whether you can donate them or not. If you are not able to photograph your flowers please contact Rob to visit and photograph them. We need accurate photos and names of what we may be selling.
  • Members donations/commission sales. When we have to buy bulbs the cost is not insignificant and we are struggling to make a decent nett profit from sales. Donations do not have to be large, a few bulbs will be gratefully received – whatever you can donate. Some special bulbs can be sold on commission so that you received some income to buy something from your wish list. Let us know what, how many and provide a photo (or call Rob to photograph the bloom).

New Business:-
  • Tour of Jongs’ Flowers facility at Forreston We have been invited back in November to see peonies in bloom. A date will be arranged later.
  • Barb Field needs information on what people are doing with their bulbs and gardens for the website. Please let her know what you are doing in August. She needs to know the difference between hills and plains gardens.
  • Stirling Market – Roster for volunteers from set up through to pack up. Please let Marg know what time you are able to give and what flowers or pots you can provide for the display.
  • Promotion subcommittee has met and will be launching a social media programme to advertise the club show. A new section will be added to the competition for the lilium with the best scent. How it will be judged is yet to be decided.
  • Show photo competition entries must be given to Kate O’Brien at the November meeting for mounting and judging. All prints to be A4. Photos to be taken after 1st July 2016. One entry per person per section – ie triptych of one bloom in three different aspects and a garden scene. One class for cameras and one for Phones, Ipads etc. That means each exhibitor can have 4 entries.

Competition results:
Bulb not a lilium 1st R Thomson - Galanthus elwesii, 2nd R Thomson - Leucojum, 3rd H Fairweather - ? daffodil.
Any other garden plant – 1st Dorothy Whiterod - Hellebore.
Potted Corm 1st T Nottle - Cyclamen coum (from Turkey).
Potted bulb, multi flower – 1st G Ruckert - Lachenalia quadricolor, 2nd G Ruckert - L ‘Josephine’, 3rd A O’Leary - Clivia miniata.
Potted bulb, single bloom – 1st T Reichers -Crocus ‘Snow Goldie’, 2nd T Reichers - Iris histrioides ‘George’.
Champion exhibit T Nottle’s Cyclamen coum.

Meeting closed 9.10pm followed by raffle and supper
Next meeting September 6th. Speakers Greg Ruckert and Julian Slade more South African bulbs
Hostess B Field

Sept

Lilium and Bulb Society of SA Minutes 6th September 2017

Meeting Commenced at 7.30pm

Welcome: Mary Ann Sabine and Deb Churches and 20 members.

Apologies: S Gordon, E & J Boden, G and L Lawrence, M Fidge, M Greig, L Ng, D Robson, A Ruckert.

Speakers. Greg Ruckert and Julian Slade. Julian showed photos of bulbous plants he found when touring the bulb hotspot of the world. Many of these bulbs grow only in a very localised area and have never been described before. Plants he found ranged from a few millimetres tall to 2 metres. Greg showed photos of scenes where bulbs can be found by the road and along railway lines where the soil has been disturbed by roadmaking.

Minutes of the meeting held on 2nd August- Moved R Fairweather, seconded B Field ‘That minutes as emailed be accepted’ carried.

Business arising: .

  • Nominations for the GCA committee. The nomination of Greg Ruckert to the GCA committee was signed by the secretary and treasurer to be posted the GCA.
  • Tour of Jongs’ Flowers facility at Forreston We have been invited back in November to see peonies in bloom. Dates proposed either Sat 4th Nov or Sat 18th Nov. A date will be confirmed with Jongs by G Ruckert.

Correspondence in:
  • GCA Notice of AGM, Constitution and Rules, proposed amendments.
  • GCA 2018 sample calendar and order form
  • Morphettville Market offer of stand. This will occur on the first Sunday of each month to December.
  • Geranium and Pelargonium Soc Spring Show 21st and 22nd October 10 am-4pm Sat, 10am – 3pm Sun. Payneham Library Complex corner of OG Rd and Turner St, Felixstow.
  • Reminder - Enfield Horticultural Society Spring Show 9 Sep 12noon – 5pm, 10th September 10am – 4pm.

Treasurer’s Report: in Minute book, moved F Dolan, seconded B Field, ‘That report be accepted’. Carried.

Webmaster’s report: R Fairweather Members’ garden pages now includes text about Wallworks’ garden. Speakers page and minutes page are up to date.
The club needs a new webmaster who will need a club notebook to run it. It is stored on an external hard drive for easy transfer.

Photography group: A dropbox for sharing photo information has been set up for the photography group. Rob Fairweather and Greg Ruckert showed different ideas for backgrounds to use when photographing flowers. Rob’s are artists canvases painted in dark neutral and green shades. Greg uses a piece of particle board with fabric or hessian over it. Both give good results. Lighting can be managed with a led hand held variable strength LED light or mirrors to back or side light the subject. After the meeting closed a camera hooked up to a laptop was used to demonstrate a program which ‘stacks’ multiple photos to make a very sharp image.

Bulb committee report: – Helen Fairweather - Bulbs purchased for growing on are now in bloom and have proved to be a good buy. We need donations of bulbs from members who have a lot or a few they can spare. Bulbs can also be sold on consignment so the donor gets some income from what they share.

Stirling Market Report: – Barb Field in minute book. Barb needs someone to help her contact the people who expressed an interest in the club. This is best done by telephone prior to a meeting.
Promotion subcommittee – Kate has made enquiries about getting door magnets made to attach to members’ cars to advertise the show.

New Business:-
  • December Show needs a new host venue as Christine is unable to host it again this year. The venue needs an area under cover to set up the show, a barbecue, space for tables and chairs and somewhere to make tea and coffee and that’s about it. The host buys the meats the cost of which is reimbursed by the club. Members supply salads and desserts and their own soft drinks or alcohol. There is a lot of help from members to set up and tidy up after. Let Marg know if you are able to host this event.
  • Marcus Harvey bulb sell out. Marcus’ family have decided to dig all his bulbs and sell them. A list of bulbs will be sent to selected customers soon. Moved T Thomas, seconded B Field ‘That the club purchase $2,000 worth of bulbs for resale.’ Carried. Members will be able to buy bulbs from the selection, the rest will be grown on for selling at future shows. G Ruckert is to contact Harveys and select and order bulbs.
  • Laser pointer: B Field moved ‘That the club purchase a laser pointer for speakers to use during their presentations’, seconded K Fynnaart. Carried
  • Bunnings barbecues: N Kopunic suggested that the club apply to Bunnings to hold a barbecue to raise funds for the club. Information from Bunnings to be circulated to about the committee to decide whether to try this as a fundraiser.

Show photo competition entries must be given to Kate O’Brien at the November meeting for mounting and judging. All prints to be A4. Photos to be taken after 1st July 2016. One entry per person per section – ie triptych of one bloom in three different aspects and a garden scene. One class for cameras and one for Phones, Ipads etc. That means each exhibitor can have 4 entries.

Competition results: Multi head narcissus - 1st H Fairweather ‘Minnow’, 2nd R Thompson ‘Angels Whisper’, 3rd H Fairweather N triandrus ‘Hazera’. Single daffodil - 1st M Jenkins pink trumpet, 2nd H Fairweather N cyclamineus ‘Rapture’, 3rd H Fairweather ‘Accent’. Hyacinth – 1st M Jenkins, 2nd H Fairweather. (both white). Rhizome – 1st P Simpson iris evasion ‘Bourne Graceful’. Corm - 1st M Jenkins mini cyclamen hybrid, 2nd M Jenkins Chasmanthe floribunda, 3rd P Simpson Ranunculus. Any garden cut – 1st J Ng Camellia, 2nd P Simpson Lavender species, 3rd M Jenkins Aloe. Pot of tubers – 1st J Slade Bulb Nella auriform, 2nd M Corby Corydalis salida. Pot of small bulbs – 1st M Corby Erythronium oregonum, 2nd M Corby Fritillaria thunbergia, 3rd G Ruckert Lachenalia ‘Radiant’. Pot of large tubers (?) – 1st A O’Leary Clivia miniata multi petal (orange and yellow), 2nd K O’Brien Orchid, 3rd A O’Leary Clivia miniata “Hero’ (cream). Champion exhibit M Corby Erythronium oregonum.

Meeting closed 9.50pm followed by raffle and supper

Next meeting October 4th. Speaker Marg Jenkins ‘Irises in my garden.’

Hostesses: H Fairweather, D Robson and P Simpson.

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