Spring's Cornucopia is out now. Order online here.
In the first chapter about the salvias I told the story how I became hooked to them and this time I would like to introduce you to all of ‘my’ Rodbaston ones, of which I am extremely proud! There are 6 'survivors' of the original 7 which is much better than I had hoped a few months ago.
A couple of years ago, I was invited to join the HPC as a Corresponding Member. This was readily accepted as a way of strengthening links between the HPS and the RHS. I have now been appointed a full member of the Committee which gives me a vote on the awarding of AGMs.
Epimedium (a love affair!)
The attractions for me are many. There is a delicacy and daintiness to their flowers held pendulous on their incredibly thin stems, hence their common names of ‘Fairy Wings’ and ‘Bishop’s Hat’ (their other common name of ‘Barrenwort’ and ‘Horny Goat Weed’ alludes to their centuries long use in Chinese medicine ...
The warm weather we had over Easter has brought out the flowers, but we need rain desperately now. The soil is like concrete in many places already and cracks are appearing. I only water newly planted perennials, shrubs and trees and also the vegetables, everything else has to fight for itself. Despite the dry conditions all the plants are still growing well ...