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Plant of the Day

Friday 5 July 2019

The pale blue understated flowers of the clump-forming herbaceous perennial Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia (eastern bluestar) were adding interest to this border in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The plant has a milky sap that contains latex, which can irritate the skin, this slight toxicity has an advantage as slugs and snails are said to rarely damage the emerging shoots.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Friday 26 October 2018

The finely cut, delicate leaves of the herbaceous perennial Amsonia hubrichtii (blue star) was one of the feature plants of High Line, New York, in the autumn and will soon turn an intense golden, butter-yellow. Earlier in the summer the stems would have been topped with clusters of narrow deep blue buds, opening to pale, grey-blue starry flowers. 

Jill Raggett

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Aster Cotswold Gem
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Aster x frikartii Wunder von Stafa
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Panicum virgatum Shendandoah
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A free afternoon (washing done, a trip to Sainsbury’s to follow) and a quick drive out to the RHS gardens at Wisley – blue skies and sunshine, alas not continuing into the weekend – but so much to see as I wandered past the lake to the Glasshouse Borders and South African Meadow, up through the Arboretum behind the Piet Oudolf Borders, clipping past the Orchards and Fruit Garden and down past the Dahlias, Model Gardens, the top of the new Tropical Garden and out through the Plant Centre.

I left for another time, the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden, Seven Acre Wood, Battleston Hill and lots more but the supermarket beckoned…  Hugely busy today, I didn’t know it was their Festival of Trees (October 6-8), RHS Photo Competition display (5-25 October) and the start of Amazing Apples (October 6-19). An exhibition of their new Welcome Centre (where their Library once was, behind, where once, the Grass Borders lived). Much building, demolition and construction to be seen all abouts.

Plus, there were these characters charming the adults and rather puzzling the children ….

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Back to the UK – a little tour of RHS Wisley. A real taste of Autumn A free afternoon (washing done, a trip to Sainsbury’s to follow) and a quick drive out to the RHS gardens at Wisley - blue skies and sunshine, alas not continuing into the weekend - but so much to see as I wandered past the lake to the Glasshouse Borders and South African Meadow, up through the Arboretum behind the Piet Oudolf Borders, clipping past the Orchards and Fruit Garden and down past the Dahlias, Model Gardens, the top of the new Tropical Garden and out through the Plant Centre.
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