Monthly Archives: August 2013

Summer School

Change is afoot in the way National Plant Collections are awarded, with more input earlier from the Plant Conservation Committee and more focus from the applicant on why they want to have a Collection.  So we are rolling out a … Continue reading

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Once upon a Pelargonium…

Working on the Threatened Plants Project requires trawling through a lot of spreadsheets and computer data, so I only rarely get mail in the office. Imagine my surprise when I received this in April : This beautiful piece of embroidery, … Continue reading

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Pineapple lilies

Eucomis, neither Pineapple nor Lily, but bulbous perennials in the family Asparagaceae native to Southern Africa – these exotic looking plants form one of our newest National Plant Collections held at National Trust Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.  On our way North for … Continue reading

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His and Hers Collections

There are two National Collections of Hemerocallis on the Isle of Wight; ‘large flowered – post 1960 awards’, held by Andy Wyers and ‘miniature and small flowered’, held by his wife Jan.  With such a large genus, defining a scope such … Continue reading

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Ticket to Ryde

A couple of years ago Mercy and I plotted a route around all the National Collections on the Isle of Wight and a plan to cycle around them.  We ran out of summer that year and didn’t have a summer last … Continue reading

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Silverwood Challenge

I have always had a bike.  I used it to get to University from my student flat; as a new mother living in the Netherlands I adopted their ways and cycled everywhere with babe on handlebars; even moving to hilly … Continue reading

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