Tag Archives: Shirley Hibberd

“Oh, a dainty plant is the ivy green…”

Writing a post for Christmas is never easy… unless there is an obvious  monstrosity to write about as there was in 2017 [check it out if you have managed to blank it from your mind!]  It would be easier  if … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Doubtles God could have made a better berry…”

After last week’s post about the early history of strawberries its time to look at how the various wild species were transformed into garden and commercial varieties by an 18thc botanist and a handful of 19thc nurserymen.       … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Strange Case of Doctor Ward…

Most readers of this blog will be familiar with the Wardian case, the method of transporting plants that transformed the world’s gardens and hothouses from the mid-19thc onwards and which were in regular use by Kew for the international transportation of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shirley’s Hints on Christmas Decorations…

I was scratching my head about what to do for a festive post, following on from writing about poinsettia in 2014 [ post ] and mistletoe in 2015 [post] … everything I could think of was so  hackneyed or so twee … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Cannas

This posts picks up from last week’s on Robert Thornton’s  Temple of Flora. One of the exotic plants that Thornton’s writes about is “the Indian Reed”or Canna indica. Although often called a canna lily, the canna is actually a member … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments