When an idea comes together

The soil in one part of my south-facing front garden is heavy clay. Although most sources state that hemerocallis need a “moist but well-drained soil”, several different varieties having been growing here quite happily for more than ten years. In an attrmpt to extend the seaon of interest, I added some narcissus ‘Tete-a-tete’ a couple […]

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An unlikely berberis relative

We all know berberis shrubs, often big unruly monsters with vicious thorns (which we rapidly discover when trying to reduce them to a more manageable size). But within the berberidaceae family is the genus gymnospermium, comprising twelve members. These are small plants growing from a tuber, flowering in early spring. They are native to temperate […]

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