The office is now open as usual, 9-5 on Monday to Thursday and 9-1 on Friday.
A registered charity promoting hardy herbaceous plants, we grow and study these plants in our own gardens, and try to keep rarer varieties in cultivation. We share our knowledge and love of these plants with other gardeners whether they're experts, beginners or somewhere in between.
- Meet the youngest ever member of the HPS - an eight-year-old boy from Lowestoft
Written by National Collection Holder, Don Witton, it updates his 2010 edition. This 80 page booklet is packed with information to help you choose the best euphorbias for your garden and look after them well. It includes hundreds of excellent photographs illustrating the wide range of euphorbias available, ranging from 5cm to 2m.
You can order your copy here.
Some HPS groups are happy to welcome others to their online talks. If you might like to attend one, you can find a list in the members area. Please use the link on that list to contact the group directly for more details.
The second article I ever wrote on this blog was to tell you about planting our mixed native hedge along the 40 meter long orchard boundary in December 2014, and this article is to tell you about its growth in the subsequent years, and its current status.
The only bumblebees I still see flying around are common carder bumblebees (Bombus pascuorum). They are normally the last bumblebees you see in your garden before winter arrives in earnest. Good late-flowering bumblebee plants are single-flowered dahlias and Verbena bonariensis.
The apple tree and its fruit are well represented throughout history, in mythology and early worship. Rameses III, an Egyptian pharaoh, encouraged people to make offerings of apples at a temple in Thebes, but he also allowed the more realistic back-up option of bone-marrow extracted from a camel, if you were short of apples.