RHS Seed Scheme

How often do we subscribe to organisations or┬átake out memberships and yet fail to take full advantage of them? I have been signed up to the Royal Horticultural Society for almost 20 years, and the National Trust for longer (having joined at birth, obviously), but take advantage of little that they offer, very rarely. For […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Veratrum album

One of my favourite sculptural plants, Veratrum album, is also a pretty nasty poison, with a long history of accidental and deliberate death. Alexander the Great is thought to have inadvertently poisoned himself by imbibing false helleborine, in the belief that it might cure diarrhoea. Americans indians used the plant as part of the ritual […]

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Herterton House, Cambo, Northumberland

To my great shame I have never visited Northumberland before, although I once pretend to for a school project on organic farming. Sorry Mrs Truelove, I told a lie! What a pity that I didn’t discover this sprawling, green and little-populated county back in my teens, although somehow I doubt it would have had the […]

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The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park.

Lysichiton camtschatcensis, The Western Skunk Cabbage. Last weekend the sun came out. For those of you who are not British, sunny weather, even when it’s still cold, means the UK population suddenly feels compelled to wear as little clothing as possible and bare acres of pasty white flesh. It’s not a pretty sight. Happily another […]

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