Monthly Archives: January 2012

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 … Continue reading

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The Father of Modern Botany

For the last 12 years I have been a regular ‘behind the scenes’ volunteer in the Library at RHS Wisley.  Each week I never quite know what I will be doing and I have written before about my one regular job … Continue reading

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Deep in Dorset

  The Dorset group is one of the founding groups, established before Plant Heritage, then known as NCCPG, really came into being as a charity.  The group started the year with their AGM on 12 January, held in Kingston Maurward … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Anagram Answers!

1. Hullo beer singer – Helleborus niger 2. Hippo rum a curable hire – Euphorbia pulcherrima (Poinsettia) 3. Hail deer hex – Hedera helix (ivy) 4. Quail emu fix oil – Ilex aquifolium (holly) 5. A blue summons tour -Solanum … Continue reading

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