It was good to see so many members attending Ian Plested's presentation at Sunday's meeting. He was demonstrating potting methods and cleared up some points re which composts to use. Unfortunately he did not have plants for sale at this meeting, as I believe that Janet took them to another sales venue. They are in the process of organizing their imminent move to the USA and we wish them all success.
I have received a complaint from a member [my husband] who thought that I was a trifle brusque when closing the meeting. I apologise if you thought the same. As the meeting finished extra early at 4pm, and it was such a lovely afternoon, I thought that you might appreciate getting away in order to make the most of the sunshine.
THE RHS HAS REQUESTED THAT I GIVE THEM THE ACTUAL NUMBERS OF MEMBERS GOING TO WISLEY ON SATURDAY 30TH APRIL. Therefore I will need to know if any members, other than those who have already requested tickets, would like to reserve places, by Tuesday 26th April.
NHOS was represented at Thames Valley Orchid Show on 9th April at Bourne End, by Lawrence Gray, Gill Britnell, David Martin, Ken and myself. David was awarded Orchid of Excellence for his Macodes Pelota and Dendrobium Transparens for which he also received Best Species Award.
The next meeting will be on Sunday 15th May. Steve Manning will be talking about 'Discovering New World Orchids'.
I contacted Writhlington School to confirm the visit for those members going on Saturday 14th May. We have the 11am slot. I will be receiving a copy of the lunch menu soon and will forward it to those concerned.
Brenda Flower brought along a good selection of hand made cards which proved to be very popular. This will be a regular occurrence and as discussed and approved by members at the AGM in March, will attract the usual 10% fee payable by buyer and seller, which will go to society funds.
I apologise for the repetition to those of you who had already managed to download.