Happiness is a Melancholy Gentleman

I’m not sure when or why the name of ‘melancholy gentleman’ became attached to astrantias, but I assume whoever came up with the name was having a bad day. Perhaps it was raining heavily and he had a cold, or he arrived home to find the dinner was burnt and the wife had run off […]

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Some like it not so hot

“Feet in the shade, head in the sun” is the usual mantra for clematis, but there a few exceptions. Some have flowers that fade or bleach in full sun; a position in light shade suits them better. C. ‘Nelly Moser’ is one such while another is ‘Guernsey Cream.’ This latter variety grows six to eight […]

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