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Joe Sime

Shade Monthly January 2017

I had long admired Woodwardia radicans before buying it. There is a particularly fine stand of them at Powys Castle in a sort of caveroom cut into the hillside on one of the terraces ... ...

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Shade Monthly - Special Epimedium Edition

Dedicated to those choice woodlanders, the Epimediums. We have four articles. The first, which gives an account of the cultivation of the genus and recommends some fine cultivars is by Roger Hammond the keeper of one of the Plant Heritage National Collections ...

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Shade Monthly November 2016

In the spring there are clusters of typical white flowers, which are followed in the summer by masses of pure white berries. These are said to be unattractive to birds and to last into November. The avian fraternity in our area has not read this ...

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Shade Monthly October 2016

The star is the double flowered form of Anemonopsis macrophylla. The normal version is a fine plant with its dangling, dusky-backed, white flowers in late summer. It is relatively easy to grow ...

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Shade Monthly September 2016

Plant of the Month: Hydrangea serrata ‘Shirofuji’

Any shade bed, no matter how small, has room for one of the smaller varieties of H. serrata ...

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Shade Monthly August 2016

Plant of the Month: Arisaema tortuosum ‘Black Rod’

The Arisaema have done well this year. The cool, wet weather must remind them of home ...

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Shade Monthly July 2016

Plant of the Month…. Cardiocrinum giganteum

Yes, I know it is monocarpic slug bait, but with a little effort and about six years you can build up a population of these stately beauties. Growing up to 8 ft tall and topped by huge,sweet-smelling, trumpet shaped flowers they brighten up ...

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Shade Monthly June 2016

Plant of the Month…. Saruma henryi

The true plant of the month is, of course, Primula sieboldii in its
many varieties. They look stunning at the moment, but it was
selected by Gill Mullin for her 'Plant of the Month', so I
have to choose another....

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