So Much More

hesperantha and sedum

Gardening is so much more than being able to identify a tree or know which way a plant goes in the ground.   Stating the bleeding obvious?  Perhaps.

After lunch today Lady Mantle whisked me off to visit a local garden, ostensively to admire some autumn colour.  Which is exactly what we did.  The on-cue afternoon sunshine highlighted the burning leaves of Cornus kousa, ivory fruit of Sorbus cashmiriana, and the fragrant Cercidiphyllum japonicum amongst many fine specimens.  Late flowers of hesperantha, Hylotelephium spectabile and verbena graced the borders.   Brash dahlias, potentillas and caryopteris are a few others that warrant a mention.  Except there was so much more.  People.  Yes, I’m talking about those often dastardly human creatures who seem to mess most things up in the world.  Not in this case though.  The aim of this group of rural friends is to create a mutually beneficial gardening society.  For novices, tinkerers, the encyclopedic, the easily distracted and those who just want to get out of the house.  To share and encourage and support and laugh and enjoy their gardens.  To gain all the benefits of exercise and learning and good companionship.  To grow.  To help others to do the same.

So much more than learning Latin names and which way is up.

16 thoughts on “So Much More

  1. Hesperantha? This cannot be! It’s so much easier to pronounce and spell than Schizostylis. This has to be a naming error. Is “people” still an accepted word? And “the right way up” is discriminatory to Antipodeans (who, of course, plant everything upside down with perfectly acceptable results). And is “Stipa” still “Nassella” or is it Stipa again? And will the RHS ever catch up? BTW, what ARE the rules about capitalisation and italicisms when it comes to plant names? And is “italicisms” a real word? 😉

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    • I agree about the hesperantha, it won’t last, they will be devising some challenging new name with lots of letters and few vowels. If there is no word as “italicisms” there is now and I will use it whenever I can. As for all the other questions – I need a lie down ……. 😀

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  2. Hear, hear, nice plant-friendly people to the fore. I have now planted 3 lots of pale pink hesper-whats-its and all have turned out to be a fetching shade of salmon.

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  3. I am glad the picture and the plant arrangement turned out the way it did in the end. When I originally planted this particular bed it was intended as a “hot” bed and the Hesperantha’s that I thought I had moved to it were all RED! Out of the 5 clumps planted only one is red. Just goes to show how the memory starts to go with age. I have lovely red Hesperantha’s elsewhere but I now have several maps of where things are. It helps! Thanks for visiting us Gill.

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