Don’t judge a book by its cover

Early books were bound on the instructions of the purchaser, hence the potential discrepancy between the contents and what is shown on the binding.  (One could almost imagine covering some fluffy chick-lit with a Jonathan Franzen cover nowadays.) This was just one of the gems of information from Brent Elliott, RHS Historian, at the recent …

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Shhh, you know what

Like Marathons and Opal Fruits, Schizostylis coccinea has been renamed.  Now called Hesperantha, the whole nomenclature of this elegant autumn flowering genus is clearly what fascinates Penny and David Ross who hold a National Collection of these plants.  Located in 'deepest darkest'  Devon (actually only 12 miles north of Exeter), Penny and David have a passion for …

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