Author Archives: Janice Bennetts

Plant of the month – October 2017

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

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Plant of the month – June 2017

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

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Plant of the month – April 2017

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

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Plant of the month – March 2017

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

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Plant of the month – February 2017

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

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Plant of the month – January 2017

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

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Plant of the month – December 2016

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

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Plant of the month – November 2016

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

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Plant of the month – October 2016

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

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Plant of the month – September 2016

Colchicum variegatum You know that autumn is on its way when you see the flowers of Colchium variegatum suddenly burst forth. First one or two flowers appear and then a larger number. As the corms have been in their present … Continue reading

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