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 true primrose, they have journeyed through the taxonomic kingdom, with my 1996 A-Z Encyclopedia of …

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Lent

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, she delighted us with these treats (fortunately before Lent began). The logo and letters were all individually made. …

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Epithets

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 Culture  edited by Brian Mathew which also has on its cover this digital image of a …

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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 Devon for a county Collection Holders meeting and blessed with sunshine the day was a …

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