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Author Archives: Janice Bennetts
Haemanthus albiflos The Haemanthus albiflos that I keep in the greenhouse all the year round, reliably flowers for me each autumn. It is sometimes called the ‘shaving brush’ or ‘paintbrush’ plant, because of the numerous flowers that have long white … Continue reading
Dianthus ‘Dainty Dame’ I have grown this Dianthus for many years and it just does not get quite as straggly as some. I have also found that when it gets larger pieces root easily. It is a very distinctive Dianthus … Continue reading
This month – there are three ‘plants’ for the month from David Hanslow which are flowering in his garden. I have information on 2 of them, and have now been informed by Caroline, our Dorset member, that the 3rd is … Continue reading
My thanks to Frank Rhodes who has kindly sent the text and photos for this month’s ‘Plant of the month’. Muscarimia moschatum and Muscarimia ambrosiacum, to give them the names by which I have always known them, though I believe … Continue reading
Iris reticulata ‘Painted Lady’ I grow my reticulate irises in pots each year and stand them out in all weathers until the buds appear. I then move them to a shelf under the eaves of the house by the back … Continue reading
Massonia pseudoechinata The common name for Massonias is the hedgehog lily and it is not hard to see why. I obtained my plant from the South African Bulb Group. I also have M. pustulata and have found them relatively easy … Continue reading
Ranunculus calandrinioides is a dwarf perennial with fleshy roots and is a very variable plant. Its grey-green leaves are lanceolate but with either a plain wavy edge or with deep serrations. The 1 to 3 flowers, up to 5 cm … Continue reading
Polygonatum capitatum ‘Pink Bubbles’ I am not entirely sure if this plant is considered an alpine, although I am sure I purchased it at the Rocky Flower Show. It appears to be sometimes referred to as ‘Pink Buttons’ – both … Continue reading
I have chosen Nerine ‘Stephanie’ as plant of the month and have been surprised to find that Trecanna Nursery in Cornwall has spelt ‘Stephanie’ with a ‘f’ instead ‘ph’. My 2003-2004 Plant Finder lists ‘Stephanie’ as a cultivar of N. … Continue reading