Against the light – flower and garden pictures by John McCormack

A Photo essay on some techniques for this procedure [Click the photos to enlarge them] Pictures of flowers and plants taken against the light can often have a very different look to images taken with the sunlight coming from behind the photographer. The translucency of flower parts and sharply defined outlines of buds are examplesContinue reading “Against the light – flower and garden pictures by John McCormack”

Xmas Party 2012

Today the group enjoyed a talk from Rob Potterton, along with a Christmas feast. Rob took us through his plant hunting expedition to China, and onwards through the process of propagation and sale. Rob experienced altitude sickness at 16,000 feet in the mountains near-ish the border with Tibet, to collect new species of alpine plants,Continue reading “Xmas Party 2012”

HPS Chairman’s Blog – October

I have been reading the latest edition of the Hardy Plant, enjoying the articles and reminiscing about the Society’s trip to Scotland in the early summer. It now seems such a long time ago. It has also been interesting to read the Tenth Anniversary Handbook of the Society from 1967 (click here to view), nowContinue reading “HPS Chairman’s Blog – October”

HHPS Twitter Account

To keep up with the times, the Herts HPS Group now has a Twitter account, linked to this website. I believe we are the first and only HPS group (including National HPS) to have a Twitter account, a world first no less. By having a Twitter account, a wider audience of readers might find andContinue reading “HHPS Twitter Account”

Gardeners World Appearance

The gardens of Herts HPS members Adrian de Baat and Julie Wise are to be featured on Gardener’s World, as one of four short inset films on garden design styles to be screened at the beginning of the Spring 2013 series. The two gardens have been selected to illustrate the naturalistic or ‘prairie’ style ofContinue reading “Gardeners World Appearance”

Tree Recognition Challenge

Below are two photos of an unknown tree, which is growing in the gardens of Stoberry Park in Wells Somertset (http://www.stoberry-park.co.uk/stoberryUpdated2010/html/garden.html). We stayed for a night at Stoberry Park on our way to Cornwall, it was a lovely place to stay. The tree is about 12 to 15 feet tall, and has striped bark. PleaseContinue reading “Tree Recognition Challenge”

HPS Chairman’s Update – September 2012

Taken from the national website, below is Vivienne McGhee’s September update. To leave comments for Vivienne go to the original page here. Click the photos to enlarge them. August has been a quieter month for me in that I have been at home most of the time. Unfortunately that did not mean a lot ofContinue reading “HPS Chairman’s Update – September 2012”

Coach Trip To Norfolk, Sat 18th August 2012

Saturday 18th August was the hottest day of the year thus far so it was a good day for garden visiting as we wouldn’t have worked in our own gardens! Bressingham Gardens had warned us that it was a Thomas the Tank Engine Day and would be very busy so armed with picnics we setContinue reading “Coach Trip To Norfolk, Sat 18th August 2012”

Ashridge House and Gardens Opening in August 2012

I am emailing information about the opening of Ashridge House and the Grade II* gardens for guided tours during August and hope  it  may be of interest to members of the Hardy Plants Society.  Whilst the house and gardens are open for tours during August, the gardens continue to be open at weekends for general visitsContinue reading “Ashridge House and Gardens Opening in August 2012”