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Shade Monthly

The newsletter of the Shade and Woodland Group is published here about three months after it is produced and distributed to group members. You can find earlier copies in the library, but if you're looking for a specific newsletter article why not try the Shade Monthly index.

Shade Monthly August 2018

Arisaemas in general seem to be weathering the heat and lack of moisture better than most. I grow quite a few species and have lost many on the way. The secret seems to be to plant them deeply in good woodland soil, keep them ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shade Monthly January 2018

In the dappled light of a Photinia villosa, both the Actaea pachypoda (previously A. alba) and Aruncus aesthusifolius ‘Nana’ continue to perform well year after year ...

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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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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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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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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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Shade Monthly August 2017

This is an old hybrid musk dating back to 1899. Although it is not a repeat flowerer, the one show a year is so spectacular it is well worth growing. It will grow in shade, sending up long shoots ...

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Shade Monthly July 2017

We already had a good population of Lilium martagon in both pink and white varieties. These came as seed many years ago and now seed themselves about freely, often in the paths! They grow well with little attention except for needing to be included in Wendy’s nightly Lily Beetle Hunt. I’m glad to say that ‘Claude Shride' is just as easy. ...

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Shade Monthly June 2017

Speirantha convallariodes is the name under which I bought the plant in 2012, but on checking before writing this piece I discover that it should really be called S. gardenii. Whatever the name, it is a charming little woodlander ...

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Shade Monthly May 2017

I have tried to grow two or three of the relatively small species of soldanella. They all look pretty similar with a basal rosette of roundish leaves and a central stalk with up to six purple/blue/white flowers...

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Shade Monthly April 2017

My Chrysosplenium macrophyllum started blooming back in January and is just starting to wane now. ...

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Shade Monthly March 2017

Known in its native northern California as the ‘fetid adder’s tongue’ this little plant is not well served by its name. I have lost my sense of smell, but even those with a nose say you have to get really close to it to catch the scent ...

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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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