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Cuttings from the Flower Garden February 2017

Mon 06 / Feb / 2017
Posted on 06.02.2017 | Updated on 28.03.2017 | Added in Sophie Leathart’s Column Cuttings from the flower Garden Amongst the debris of last summer’s verdant extravaganza sits the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger. It has been happily holding its head up for the last few months, and even when the temperatures…
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Plant of the Month February 2017

Wed 01 / Feb / 2017
This is my final contribution for ‘Plant of the month’ and as it’s February (probably the worst month of the year in which to find photographs), it was suggested that I might reflect on what makes a good choice for ‘Plant of the Month’. This intrigued me, as although I’ve…
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Last Month in My Garden, January 2017

Wed 01 / Feb / 2017
Posted on 01.02.2017 | Updated on 02.02.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden The start of the growing year has been slow; cold weather has kept most plants underground. This has been an advantage as I continue to clear away dead herbaceous growth and prune shrubs. It is…
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February’s Featured Conservation Plant

Tue 31 / Jan / 2017
Posted on 31.01.2017 | Added in Featured Conservation Plants Iris ‘Amiguita’ (CH) Now difficult to find, Iris ‘Amiguita’ is a compact Californian Hybrid with a striking flower. It was registered in 1947 by Eric Nies (1884-1952), an American iris breeder. Best known for his work on spuria irises, for which…
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On a Chalk Hillside January 2017

Mon 09 / Jan / 2017
Posted on 09.01.2017 | Updated on 14.01.2017 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog On a Chalk Hillside – Developing our garden What do you do with your Christmas Tree after the festive period? Although we never met the previous owner, as we cleared the wilderness past the hedge we discovered…
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Plant of the Month January 2017

Fri 06 / Jan / 2017
Hedera colchica ‘Paddy’s Pride’ AGM (syn ‘Sulphur Heart’) January is a strange month to contend with in the garden. Extremes of weather, from the sublime to the ridiculous, can rattle through in the space of a week, leaving the humble plot-tender bewildered. Already this year in Herefordshire, we’ve had temperatures…
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Last Month in My Garden, December 2016

Wed 28 / Dec / 2016
Posted on 28.12.2016 | Added in Last Month in My Garden Meteorologists consider December 1st to be the first day of winter. Here, winter started at the very end of November so that December 1st saw frost which, in the shade, had lasted for three nights without thaw. There were…
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January’s Featured Conservation Plant

Wed 21 / Dec / 2016
Posted on 21.12.2016 | Updated on 31.01.2017 | Added in Featured Conservation Plants Heuchera ‘David’ This heuchera was found as a seedling by HPS member, Mrs Mary Ramsdale who lived at Cliffe gardens near Ilfracombe in N. Devon, who named it in 1994 after one of her children. (H. ‘Rachel’…
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On a chalk Hillside December 2016

Tue 13 / Dec / 2016
Posted on 13.12.2016 | Updated on 14.12.2016 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog On a Chalk Hillside – Developing our garden. How to fill up your new garden with plants Well, as you know there are quick and easy ways to fill your garden with plants –  go to the…
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Last Month in My Garden, November 2016

Tue 29 / Nov / 2016
Posted on 29.11.2016 | Updated on 28.12.2016 | Added in Last Month in My Garden The month ended with really cold weather but on November 1st we had had no frost and I was still picking runner beans – most unusual. Each time I picked dahlias I wondered if they…
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Plant of the Month December 2016

Sun 27 / Nov / 2016
Malus hupehensis AGM As gardeners, rather than just Hardy Planters, winter presents us with a range of challenges. Most of us wish to retain our gardens as places of interest and tranquillity during the cold months and this requires us to embrace different strategies than when flowers abound. Structure and…
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December’s Featured Conservation Plant

Wed 23 / Nov / 2016
Posted on 23.11.2016 | Updated on 27.01.2018 | Added in Featured Conservation Plants Chrysanthemum ‘Lucy Simpson’ This hardy chrysanthemum was introduced to the Conservation Scheme in 2002 with a plant from Collinwood Nurseries* and has been grown by a number of local groups. Although plants were requested for the Plant…
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On a Chalk Hillside November 2016 (2)

Wed 16 / Nov / 2016
Posted on 16.11.2016 | Updated on 27.11.2016 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog On a Chalk Hillside – Developing our garden. Mixed Native Hedge This week as I am dodging orb spiders, pruning the new mixed native hedge I thought I would tell you about putting in our new hedge…
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On a Chalk Hillside November 2016 (1)

Fri 11 / Nov / 2016
Posted on 11.11.2016 | Updated on 16.11.2016 | Added in Sheila May’s Blog On a Chalk Hillside – developing our garden How it all began – setting the scene. Hello.  This blog will tell the story of our garden, how we brought it back from neglect, and all the ideas…
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Last Month in My Garden, October 2016

Sun 30 / Oct / 2016
Posted on 30.10.2016 | Updated on 28.12.2016 | Added in Last Month in My Garden A burst of autumn glory and dry, mild weather to enjoy it. Colour has come from three main sources: clouds of symphyotrichum (asters), jewel-like dahlias and the dying foliage of trees and shrubs. The asters…
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Plant of the Month November 2016

Sat 29 / Oct / 2016
Posted on 29.10.2016 | Updated on 27.11.2018 | Added in Plant of the Month Strobilanthes rankanenesis I must admit to a little hesitation over this month’s choice, on two counts. First, maybe this slot should go to a truly hardy November plant that shrugs off harsh weather and still shines…
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November’s Featured Conservation Plant

Tue 25 / Oct / 2016
Posted on 25.10.2016 | Updated on 27.01.2018 | Added in Featured Conservation Plants Where are they now? – Hemerocallis ‘Helle Berlinerin’ A lovely picture of this Hemerocallis was chosen for the new Conservation Scheme page on the HPS website although it is no longer on the Active List. It was…
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Last Month in My Garden, September 2016

Fri 30 / Sep / 2016
Posted on 30.09.2016 | Updated on 28.12.2016 | Added in Last Month in My Garden September – mists and mellow fruitfulness. There have been evenings when mist has formed on the Old Hills common and rolled down towards my house; in the first part of the month they soon burned…
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Plant of the Month October 2016

Thu 29 / Sep / 2016
Posted on 29.09.2016 | Updated on 11.11.2016 | Added in Plant of the Month Dahlia ‘Glorie van Heemstede’ AGM I’m so glad that dahlias have come back in from the wilderness. Fashion did us a great disservice when for many years it decreed that no discerning gardener could look at…
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Plant of the Month September 2016

Wed 31 / Aug / 2016
Posted on 31.08.2016 | Updated on 04.09.2016 | Added in Plant of the Month I’m sorry that the word ‘jewel’, applied to gardens, has received such celebrity endorsement over the last few years. A bit like Hovis and the New World symphony, it has given it a ubiquity that de-values…
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Last Month in My Garden, August 2016

Tue 30 / Aug / 2016
Posted on 30.08.2016 | Updated on 29.11.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden I have a large number of plants in pots, which need frequent watering, as do the vegetables, but I do not usually water the borders unless they have been recently planted . However, at the…
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September’s Featured Conservation Plant

Sat 27 / Aug / 2016
Posted on 27.08.2016 | Updated on 25.10.2016 | Added in Featured Conservation Plants Phlox paniculata ‘Caroline van den Berg’ This cultivar is believed to have been introduced by Bonne Ruys in 1927. Ruys was a Dutch nurseryman who founded the Moerheim Nurseries in about 1888 (Moerheim was one of the…
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September’s Featured Conservation Plant

Sat 27 / Aug / 2016
Posted on 27.08.2016 | Updated on 25.10.2016 | Added in Featured Conservation Plants Phlox paniculata ‘Caroline van den Berg’ This cultivar is believed to have been introduced by Bonne Ruys in 1927. Ruys was a Dutch nurseryman who founded the Moerheim Nurseries in about 1888 (Moerheim was one of the…
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Propagation of Phlomis russeliana

Fri 15 / Jul / 2016
Posted on 15.07.2016 | Updated on 06.07.2017 | Added in Kevin’s Propagation/Plant Focus Blog/Healing Gardens Phlomis comprise 100 or more perennials native to the Mediterranean, Central Asia, and China. Phlomis are extremely hardy plants. Phlomis russeliana, commonly known as Jerusalem or Turkish Sage, is from the family Lamiaceae. The yellow…
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