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Shade Monthly December 2017

Woodland Poppies

The special edition last year focused on a single genus, Epimedium. This year it is dedicated to a single family, the Papaveraceae. It is an interesting family with many choice woodlanders. Corydalis and Meconopsis spring immediately to mind....

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Plant of the Month April 2018

Very few plants provide the same reliable charm and blue colour of Anemone blanda at this time of year. If you consider the colour too purple or pink, keep an eye out for other shades as there are variations in other blue tones and even a white variation. 

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On the Menu for ... April 2018

Spring has arrived late in my garden. Early spring flowers are blooming as if it’s the middle of March, not Mid-April. 

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On a Chalk Hillside April 2018

Let me turn my thoughts to cowslips and other spring flowers. Just past the pear trees that are at the far end of the rose garden, the hillside slopes away in a steep grassy swathe.  This grass must originally have been “lawn” but had over the years reverted to a rougher sward, speckled with wild flowers, particularly of horticultural note – cowslips (Primula veris).

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Last Month in My Garden, March 2018

“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” March 1st 2018 started with -8°C and did not reach zero all day; there was a strong cold wind. Snow flurries were blown around, although there was not a lot of snow (that came next day). For three days I did not venture further into the garden than the bird-table ...

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April's Conservation Feature

Iris variegata var. reginae ‘Bozhimir Davidov’

This delightful Iris has been in the Conservation Scheme for around 10 years but its valid name has eluded us until very recently. It is a medium bearded Iris growing to about 30cm tall and ...

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Plant of the Month March 2018

The lesser known daffodils tend to be the more interesting varieties or species. For example, not everyone realises that some flower in autumn, such as Narcissus serotinus and the green daffodil, Narcissus viridiflorus. In spring however, arguably one of the most attractive wild species is Narcissus cyclamineus. It is one of the earliest to flower, and unlike some of the other miniature species does not need to be grown in pots or in an alpine house as long as it is in damp soil. 

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On a Chalk Hillside March 2018

 If you have read earlier entries of this blog you may recall one of the first things we did when we moved here was put up a polytunnel, so you may be wondering why I also wanted a greenhouse. 

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Last Month in My Garden, February 2018

Non-specialist gardening books usually state that snowdrops like shade but that is too much of a simplification. Galanthus nivalis, the common snowdrop, does flourish in deciduous woodland but will also grow happily in open borders where it is shaded by herbaceous perennials later in the year.  However ...

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Make More of Ferns
Ferns are the most complex of the non-flowering plants, having true leaves, stems and roots, but no flowers or seeds. Instead they reproduce by means of spores. Although ferns do not go back all the way to the origins of life on land, they do have a very long prehistory. They have long been admir..
March's Conservation Feature

Hebe 'Nantyderry'

This delightful hebe was brought back into the Conservation Scheme in 2011 at the suggestion of the Shropshire Group because it has a connection with an HPS member who identified it in her garden. ...

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On the Menu for ... February 2018

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be chomping at the bit to get outside and sink your hands into the soil. If you garden on clay though, you will require so many pairs of thermal gardening gloves to cope that you won’t be able to move your fingers.

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Latest News, February 2018

Cathy on the Sodshow

Cathy Rollinson, our chairman, chats with Peter Donegan about the criticisms and demise of some, and the rise of other, garden groups and societies. But that’s not all…..

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On a Chalk Hillside February 2018

The original inspiration of my tiny border came after we first visited Margery Fish’s garden at East Lambrook Manor to see the snowdrops shortly after we moved here.  She had planted the winter bulbs through Arum italicum subsp italicum ‘Marmoratum’ and I was hooked.  What a great combination! 

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Shade Monthly November 2017

Saxifraga ‘Shiranami’

I had grown one or two planted out into the garden for several years. They grew well enough but did not make much of an impact. However, seen in pots they look stunning, and so I decided to provide them with a raised bed ...

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Plant of the Month February 2018

When choosing flowers for the winter garden, the oriental hybrids are worthy of their place as they provide more large and colourful flowers than many other plants at this time of year. They bulk up quick and by having avoided the more woody group, do not take up awkward space once flowering is over.

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Last Month in My Garden, January 2018

Another new addition is Sarcococca hookeriana WINTER GEM. Sarcococcas have been persistent here and I need evergreens; I am also hoping for more of those warm days when the scent mingles with that of shrubby loniceras and wafts across the garden. Sarcococcas do best in shade ...

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Developing and Planting a Camellia Walk

When I started working at the Ryebeck Hotel garden, Bowness On Windermere late January last year, the Camellia sinensis were situated in a very exposed north east aspect. Most of them looked worse for wear and were in some need of care and attention. 

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February's Conservation Feature

Euphorbia fragifera

This unusual euphorbia was introduced to the Conservation Scheme in 2010 by HPS Norfolk & Suffolk Group and verified as the correct plant by Don Whitton, National Collection holder of Hardy Euphorbias. It is seldom offered for sale and was last listed in the RHS Plant Finder in 2015. ...

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Shade Monthly October 2017

A relatively new addition this year has been Roscoea ‘Spice Island’. This is currently sporting several purple-pink flowers along burgundy stems. ...

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On a Chalk Hillside January 2018

Last month I discussed the structural and ground cover plants which work in the beds for many months of the year, this month I shall cover some of the plants that I have used in the rose garden to make it floriferous and of interest from spring to autumn.  

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Plant of the Month January 2018

Chimonanthus praecox is one of six species in the genus, all of which are from China. It is a deciduous shrub that grows up to 13m tall. Leaves are oblong shaped, 2-12cm long and papery. The waxy, buttery coloured flowers are each about 2-3cm wide and are formed on the branches of previous year’s growth. 

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January's Conservation Feature

Primula Harbinger Group

Listed in the 2017 Plant Finder by only two nurseries, this charming primrose was added to the Conservation scheme in 2002 by the Shropshire Group as it was an old selection and seldom grown. . ...

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Last Month in My Garden, December 2017

Snow came on Sunday 10th. Malvern (much higher) had had some on the Friday but there was none here and I did not expect to get much. How wrong I was! ...

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Plant of the Month December 2017

Mistletoe, or Viscum album, currently in the Santalaceae family, grows on mainly deciduous trees throughout most of Europe, central and northern Asia to Japan, south to North Africa. Common in central and southern England, it becomes harder to find north of Yorkshire. When looking for mistletoe, common host trees are apple, poplars and limes.

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On a Chalk Hillside December 2017

As we approach the shortest day it makes me happy to think some more about rose gardens.  Following on from last month’s article about planting the rectangular bed nearest the house, this month I am moving on to the three irregular-shaped beds we created by putting the hoggin paths through (described in the October blog piece).

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Shade Monthly September 2017

Deinanthe is a genus of two species and their hybrid in the family Hydrangeaceae. They are very closely related to hydrangea, differing mostly in two respects: they are rhizomatous, herbaceous perennials and they have large, showy fertile flowers with only a few, if any, sterile florets. ...

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Last Month in My Garden, November 2017

November has brought a mixed bag. There have been frosty mornings, followed by sunny days, but just as many dull, mild days. Some plants have continued to flower, later than usual, but the most surprising was a snowdrop, Galanthus ‘Sibyl Stern’, which opened early in the months ...

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December's Conservation Feature

Think before you sow!

Before we all get carried away by the excitement of the HPS seed list, please remember that whilst plants on the Conservation list may produce viable seed, the plants grown from that seed will not 'come true' and are likely to be inferior in some respect. ...

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Plant of the Month November 2017

Neoshirakia japonica is a hardy shrub/small tree native to Korea, China and Japan where it  grows in moist forests at an altitude of 100-400m. In the wild they can reach a height of 25ft, but in cultivation they don't often get this big.

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