Wiltshire AGS Local Group
Welcome to the Wiltshire AGS Local Group
We meet in the Westbury Leigh Memorial Hall on the second Friday in the month from September to the following May..
Don't forget to check out the Group News page for results from the shows.
Check the Events page as well for our photoshoot evening.
Plant of the Month - August
I have selected two plants for August. The first one is Delphinium beesianum. This is the first time I have grown it and it came from seed purchased from a Czech seed list. It was sown in the autumn of 2009 soon germinated and grew very fast. It has been flowering for 6 weeks up to now. I am not sure whether it is an annual but it it well worth growing even if it is. The flowers are are around 4 cm across. It wants plenty of moisture and a big root run.so it has to be in a large pot unlike D. nuttalianum that grows easily in a 19 cm pot.
Plant of the Month - August
Campanula hierapetrae a choice specimen from Crete.
Plant of the Month - July
Campanula versicolor was selected by Timber Press as one of the campanulas to go on the dust cover of my book 'Dwarf Campanulas'. It comes from the Balkan Peninsula and southeastern Italy growing in rocky areas and cliffs. I have been told that there are plants in the wild that grow to 90cm but the plants that I grow reach only 40cm at a push. Here is one showing what a beautiful species it is with the flowers having a dark blue-purple eye against the pale to mid lilac lobes. A stately plant.
Plant of the Month - June
I first saw Aquilegia canadensis in 1982 during my first trip to the United States. It was growing in a friend's garden and she subsequentally sent me seed. I grew and flowered it for many years in my rock garden at Stockwood, Bristol. The plant shown here was bought at an AGS sales table with the epithet 'mini'. Quite often you may see it sold as A.c. 'minor' or some other name. A. canadensis can easily be grown from seed and as you can see makes a colourful splash in the rock garden. Seed raised plants can vary in size from 20cm to 35cm so it is best to select the more compact forms before planting out.
Jon Royds has submitted this photo and write up of the plant growing in his garden. Thank you Jon.
The Erinacea anthyllis was planted in 1994 on a neutral to just alkaline raised bed. The plant was about 8 cm wide then.Also planted at the same time were several alpine dianthus, the odd saxiphrage and a daphne jasminea. All survive to-day.The e. anthyllis flowers every year for about 14 days and co-habits comfortably with the dianthus that flower as the former fades. E. anthyliss is now 90 cm. wide and 30 cm. high. A 9 year old one won a Farrer medal in 2003 at the E cheshire Show.This one is too spiky to move!.
Winter in the garden January 2010
Although it can look pretty in the garden with snow on the ground and our alpines snuggled up together under it, things can go wrong when the snowfall is heavy as in the garden of Graham Nicholls after the snowstorm of 12th January.
The end of a 32' x 12' greenhouse.
Crash, bang, wallop.
At least the show plants were in their element under the snow.
A long wait for the insurers to arrive now.