Tag Archives: National Collection

Nothing but Daylilies!

Last Thursday a colleague told me about a local specialist nursery that holds a National Collection of daylilies (Hemerocallis). It is called Strictly Daylilies and is based in Histon, just north of Cambridge. How did I not know about them!!? … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Walnut flowers

Wimpole Estate looks after a National Juglans Collection and they are in flower during May.

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A walnut collection and hard graft

I know that I’ve mentioned before that the National Trust at Wimpole Estate looks after a National Collection of Juglans. One of the reasons that Plant Heritage encourages the creation of national collections is to future-proof the incredible stock of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – A Red Walnut

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Getting to the heart (of the Heartnut)

Today I was following up on an enquiry about some of the old varieties of walnuts growing at Wimpole*, when I accidently discovered that the heartnuts (Juglans ailanthifolia var. cordiformis) growing in the courtyard are falling to the ground. I … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – The Manchurian Candidate

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The Many Faces of the Walnut – Up close and personal

The walnut trees are flowering now. You might blink and miss the event though. The dangling male catkins don’t last all that long, especially if the wind gets up at all. The female flowers are tiny, opening at the ends … Continue reading

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