Category Archives: Plant of the Month

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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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 – 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 – 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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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 – May 2017

Lithodora zahnii Azure-Ness from Lesley Baker This small shrubby plant has been with me for several years now, much to the delight of the bees in the neighbourhood – it’s always buzzing with them (though they always seem to disappear … Continue reading

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