What’s in a name?

While there are half a dozen plants named after my home town in Devon, only one appears in the RHS Plant Finder bearing the name of the place I moved to in 1974 – iris sibirica ‘Bracknell’. It was for sale in the UK last year, but not in 2019. Fortunately, a fellow gardener had it […]

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Stunning styrax

According to Wikipedia, styrax is a genus of about 130 species of large  shrubs or small trees. The common name of snowbell gives an indication of the flowers which, as you probably guessed, are bell-shaped, pure white, and hang on long stalks along the branches. Styrax japonicus, growing thirty feet tall and nearly as wide, is the […]

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