There are a number of welcomes this month. The first is to Clare Powell who has taken on the role of Admin Assistant and is now working with Sally in the office. This is a particularly welcome appointment as the busy season for the office is now upon us, with subscriptions and seed orders to be processed.
My second welcome is to Roz Rustell, a new member, with a background in publishing, who has volunteered to take on responsibility for selling advertising for the Journal. She lives in Kent and wants to learn more about plants which suit her conditions – a windy ridge and solid chalk. She probably needs to be in touch with my third new name this month.
I’m delighted to welcome Sheila May, writing about how she and her husband have worked to develop a garden on a steep chalk hillside in Wiltshire. In her first piece, she talks about finding the garden and setting to work on transforming it. We will follow her progress in the coming months.
While on the subject of blogs, Gill Mullin has been writing about her Plant of the Month for the last 2 years and has now decided that it’s time to let someone else have a go. So I’m looking to our members for someone to take up the challenge. We have such talented members in the Society, so please come forward if you think you could write a short piece each month. The blogs are a very popular part of the website and a lot of people regularly check in to read the latest pieces.
Look out for your Newsletter, which will be posted out shortly. It will include the seed list, which will go live on this site at the same time.
Christmas is coming! If you can’t think what to give a friend for Christmas, a gift membership of the HPS could be ideal. Details are here.
This month’s illustration is an image of Rosa sericea subsp. omeiensis f. pteracantha by Louise Simms, the winner of the border and garden view category in last year’s photo competition.