Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lack or Lash

Lachenalia, bulbous perennials with spikes of tubular flowers from the winter rainfall region of South Africa, are named in honour of the eminent Swiss botanist Werner de Lachenal (1736-1800).  Commonly called the Cape Cowslip although not related to Primula veris, the … Continue reading

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Giving up cakes for Lent doesn’t mean that they can’t be looked at. Rachel, our lovely temp, hadn’t been with us for long before she realised that a cake is the way to our hearts.  With silicone cases shaped like plant pots, … Continue reading

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The Garden Library at RHS Garden Wisley is hosting a rare opportunity to see original botanical artworks on loan from the Cyclamen Society. The twenty five portraits on display feature in the recently published Genus Cyclamen: Science, Cultivation, Art and … Continue reading

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Conservation through cultivation through running

Last year I was offered a place in the London Marathon, I wasn’t able to take it up,  so I deferred it till this year. I have had a very busy year at work so far and my training has … Continue reading

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Crocus a-plenty

Thanks to Gillian, you had already discovered the National Collections of Crocus held by Myddleton House in Cambridgeshire and David Stephens in Surrey. This time, I visit another National Collection of Crocus in Surrey, at RHS Wisley. Established in the … Continue reading

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Is that a…..?

Going around a garden with a bunch of National Plant Collection Holders is a joy for anyone interested in plants.  They can get excited about the fiercest looking plants the rarest and the most precarious We were at Overbecks in … Continue reading

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