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On the Menu for ...October 2018

October can be so unpredictable! In some years we are up to our ears in thermals, wondering if we have skipped autumn altogether in favour of winter; then the next year we might be out and about in summer clothes as if it's mid-July

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Shade Monthly July 2018

It is from seed collected by Dan Hinkley in Sechuan (DJHC0499) and was introduced to the UK by Crûg Farm Nurseries, the original supplier. It has finely serrated, semi-evergreen leaves. My plant was evergreen in the winter of 2016-17 ...

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On a Chalk Hillside October 2018

The mesh seemed to be effective against the deer as during the evening, after it was tied all the way down the 50m length, they went into our neighbours garden instead and ate all his runner beans that he had been about to harvest.  (He was not pleased at all!)

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October's Conservation Feature

The Scheme is still looking for a National Coordinator and quite a few Local Groups are not represented. Information about the Scheme and the plants we grow can be found by following the About Plants / Conservation link from the home screen. If you enjoy growing and propagating plants and would like to be involved then please get in touch (conservation@hardy-plant.org.uk)

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<i>Syringa vulgaris</i> and Moss Lawn healing garden

This week's seasonal task is potting on rooted Syringa vulgaris cuttings at Hipping Hall taken last autumn 2017. I took these cuttings from a rather sad looking lonesome Lilac tree which borders a moss lawn project I have been working on since spring 2017.

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Last Month in My Garden, September 2018

I visited the Plant Heritage National Plant Collection® of Dahlias, near Penzance. There are 1500+ cultivars, permanently planted, in the collection but last winter was unusually severe in Cornwall and a number (it appeared to be 20–30%) were lost, leaving gaps in the flowering. There were still a lot to see . ...

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Shade Monthly June 2018

There are several different forms of E. wushanense in circulation differing in flower size, colour, density on the flowering spike and leaf shape. All are worthy of a place in a woodland garden. Naming has become confused which is why ...

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<i>Hydrangea paniculata</i> 'Limelight'

I started gardening many many moons ago at the age of 7. I remember even at that young age being struck by the beauty of Hydrangeas, fascinated by the changing colours of pink and blue, depending on the acidity, or alkalinity of the soil.

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On the Menu for ...September 2018

With summer flowers mingling with remontant roses, we might be tricked into believing that it is June were it not for the shortening days, ripening berries, and wonderful autumn flowers.

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On a Chalk Hillside September 2018

I thought this month I would start with some pictures of a few plants that are normally flowering in my garden in August and September.  I say normally, as the drought and heat has altered flowering times enormously. 

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Shade Monthly May 2018

A. apennina is similar to A. blanda, but the stems are softly hairy and it is more of a ‘clumper’ than ‘spreader’. ‘Petrovac‘ is a variety collected in former Yugoslavia by Paul Christian ...

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September's Conservation Feature

The Conservation Scheme is looking for suggestions of plants that you would like to add to the list. Herbaceous perennials fall in and out of favour and you may be surprised to discover that your favourite plant is no longer readily available to buy. Which plant would you choose for Conservation?

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Last Month in My Garden, August 2018

Paeonia mlokosewitschii opened startling seed-pods; unfortunately, dark blue seeds only are viable and mine were all red. They shrivelled. ...

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Shade Monthly April 2018

This is an interesting shrub from western China where it grows on rocky slopes and forest margins. It has sprawling branches with short golden hairs that will spread out along the ground, rooting as it goes, or hang nicely ...

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On a Chalk Hillside August 2018

In order to determine how deep to dig the pond we needed to determine what plants we wanted in the pond.  Naturally our first thoughts were of water lilies. 

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Latest News August 2018

Recent contributors to the Plant of the Month blog, Andrew Luke and Miranda Janatka are taking a break - I'm sure you will join me in thanking them for their excellent articles. If you would like share your experiences and observations then please send a short, illustrated piece to webpages@hardy-plant.org.uk 

Last Month in My Garden, July 2018

July 1st came in with sunshine and blue sky but by midday it was far too hot for my liking; however, a skylark sang on the hill behind the garden, which was uplifting. The heat continued with little rain ...

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August's Conservation Feature

Heuchera 'Burgundy Frost' is fully hardy, preferring good humus-rich soil which doesn't dry out although needs good drainage in winter.

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On a Chalk Hillside July 2018

Perhaps it’s a good time to talk about a pond.  Let’s start with another look at the plan for the pond I showed you last month:-

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On the Menu for ... July 2018 at 'Hampton Court'

The Floral Marquee at Hampton Court is a wonderful place to discover new plants; it is also one of my favourite places to watch pollinators. 

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Last Month in My Garden, June 2018

Geraniums star in June at Brockamin and this year has been no exception. Recent acquisitions, flowering for the first time, included dark violet and velvety G. nodosum ‘Tony’s Talisman’, planted under a conifer; this came from HPS Geranium Day last year. From HPS Variegated Plant Day this year ...

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July's Conservation Feature

This pretty little hardy geranium was introduced to the Conservation Scheme in 2015 with plants propagated by the Isle of Wight Group from a plant obtained from Elworthy Garden Plants in Somerset.

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Shade Monthly March 2018

Plant of the Month: Helleborus ‘Walberton’s Rosemary’

There are lots of really good hellebores available these days, many of them such as the Ashwood Hybrids unencumbered by varietal names. The joy is in the variation between the individual plants rather than uniformity. However ‘Warberton’s Rosemary’ ...

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<i>Omphalodes cappadocica</i>

The bright azure blue flowers of Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes' are particularly striking with the white sprayed outlines within each small and delicate flower head. This really is the eye catching  feature that stops the discerning plantsperson in their tracks, and why wouldn't you want to spend a few quite moments of valuable garden time studying such beauty.

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On a Chalk Hillside June 2018

We like ponds.  There was one in the garden when I was a child which was already established when we moved in.  It had a rockery behind it which had two miniature roses in it – ‘Baby Masquerade’- that had been planted when the house was built in the 50’s and had reached their full size of 35cm x 30cm.

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Last Month in My Garden, May 2018

Magnificent May! It has been sunny and warm and trees have blossomed in abundance. Although my main interest is in hardy perennials, when a tree is in flower it dominates the garden. One such has been a hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna ...

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Plant of the Month May 2018

In 1807 William Kerr, a plant collector from Kew Gardens brought back over a thornless, floriferous climbing rose. He named it Rosa banksiae var. banksiae or Lady Banks’ rose, after Dorothea, the wife of the then director of Kew Gardens, Sir Joseph Banks.

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Shade Monthly February 2018

Plant of the Month: Eranthis hyemalis

In our garden they appear with, or just after, the first of the snowdrops, and are beginning as I put this issue together in mid-January. They come from calcareous woods in southern Europe and into the Balkans. In the garden they like ...

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On the Menu for ... May 2018 at 'Chelsea'

Despite a challenging winter and spring, the growers and exhibitors at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 have succeeded in bringing together a beautiful array of flowers grown to perfection. With so many delights on offer, which plants do bees go for? And for those of us on the lookout for something a little different, are there new plants to suit us as well as pollinators? 

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The Veitch Lamp Post Trail in Exeter

An unusual combination of engineering and botanical drawing.

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