Author Archives: Lesley

Plant of the Month – April 2018

Our Plant of the Month is a little different this month. Frank Rhodes has been running a small trial since the middle of last summer, growing Dionysia aretioides Bevere unprotected from the elements, inspired by hearing of Dorothy Searle’s success … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month – March 1018

Are Spring Snowflakes the new Snowdrop craze? from Paddy Parmee I’ve been in love with Leucojums – or Spring Snowflakes – for many years, and we are lucky they enjoy our damp, acid-to-neutral soil, best planted in shade to keep … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month -February 2018

Iris reticulata Eyecatcher – and more! from Lesley Baker I first saw Alan McMurtrie’s New Iris reticulatas in a report from an RHS Early Spring show, I think in 2015, and I wondered how I could get hold of these … Continue reading

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More pictures from members

Once again, we had some extra pictures which were sent for the Advent Calendar, so I’m posting them here now for all to enjoy! Steve and Angela Lobley sent these pictures.     From Olenka Snell   From Victor Humphrey … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month – January 2018

Helleborus orientalis Yellow form, ex E A Bowles from Frank Rhodes Always the first in the year to flower, this Hellebore is usually fully open on New Years Day. It was given to me on 6th February 1988, in full flower … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month – September 2017

Colchicums from Paddy Parmee Easy to grow in good, deep, moisture-retentive soil, Colchicums appear from their summer dormancy, to flower in the autumn. They are often called ”Naked Ladies” as they appear without their leaves, which only properly appear in winter … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month – August 2017

Campanula Blithe Spirit from Lesley Baker This Campanula could have equally been posted as the plant of the month for July, it has had such an astonishing number of flowers for weeks! I have had this plant for 3 growing … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month- July 2017

Sedum obtusifolium  from Lesley Baker   A new plant to me for 2016, this sedum has immediately become a favourite! I obtained my plant from Tim Ingram of Copton Ash nursery early in 2016, and I squeezed it into a … Continue reading

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Glorious summer!

June 16th 2017 Dorothy Searle has sent us photos of some real treasures that she grows – Physoplexis comosa, Dionysia aretioides Bevere, and Saxifraga Allendale Elf. Some of you may know that Frank Rhodes has been organising a ‘challenge’ to … Continue reading

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May flowers!

The gardens are bursting with flowers now, surely the best time of year for our alpines. It would be lovely to see some of your favourites! Dave Hanslow has sent this stunning picture of an excellent red Primula vulgaris.   … Continue reading

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