Get thee to a workshop

Continuing our programme of workshops for National Collection Holders we moved out of Surrey up to Stratford-upon-Avon, courtesy of our very good sponsors and friends NFU Mutual.  They provided hospitality and accommodation for two workshops this week, one on Plant Health and the other on Grafting and Propagation. Joanna, our roving reporter and workshop facilitator reports: …

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“Everything comes in threes”

Being members of the Iris family, IRIDIACEAE, crocus flower parts are arranged in groups of three;  six tepals and three or six branched styles.  Slightly more than 1/3 of the 120 or so species are autumnal flowering with the remaining 2/3 being spring flowering (vernal).  And National Collection Holder David Stephens mirrors this numeric charasteristic by holding his …

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DIY meeting

First meeting of the year and the Surrey group made it a real members' evening by inviting them to be the speakers.  Heading up the evening was our very own Mercy Morris, who gave us a whistle stop explanation of what fantastic species conservation is found in our National Collections, including plants on the IUCN red …

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Winter flames

Wisps of red, orange or yellow scented flowers, borne in the dead of winter, as well as autumn colour make witch hazels very desirable garden plants.  The Greek words 'hama' (meaning 'at the same time') and 'melon', (meaning 'fruit or apple') come together to make the Latin name Hamamelis, established by Linnaeus in 1742.  Hippocrates had previously …

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