When it comes to chrysanthemums, last year we enjoyed the company of the cultivar Boulou White, which stood in a large pot over Christmas. We had encouraged a few stems to develop on each plant with no disbudding for maximum effect.
For our last meeting of the season, we were lucky to have speaker Antony Atkinson, a volunteer for the National Trust at Gibside, to talk about Mary Eleanor Bowes, the great, great, great-grandmother of the Queen.
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Hilarie Tucknott, national president of BPW UK, welcomed delegates to conference at Newcastle. Furthest travelled was international president Jasmin Darwich, from Mexico, and vice president Amany Asfour, from Egypt.