Shrubs of the Month – December

DECEMBER
This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.

Ilex “Golden King”
Image courtesy of Karl Flynn

Ilex “Golden King”

Glossy leaves with grey-green mottled centres and bright, golden-yellow margins. Despite its confusing name this compact, evergreen shrub is a ‘female’ variety of holly producing reddish-brown autumn berries that ripen to red. One of the best golden variegated hollies, it’s a great specimen plant for a sunny shrub or mixed border. Supplied in a 2-3 litre conatiner at a height of 40-60cms.

 

 

Hammemellis mollis ‘pallida’
Image courtesy of Karl Flynn

Hammemellis mollis ‘pallida’

This hamamelis produces large, sulphur-yellow blooms with a delicate, sweet scent. They seem to glow in winter light.

Shrubs of the Month – November

NOVEMBER
This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.

Prunus subhirtella “Autumnalis”
Image courtesy of Karl Flynn

Prunus subhirtella “Autumnalis”

A broad, spreading, deciduous tree, Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ is capable of reaching a height of 8m (26ft) at maturity, but usually attains rather less. The leaves are 7cm (2¾in) long, oval and sharply toothed. The flowers are pink in bud, semi-double, 1cm (½in) across, pendulous, held in small clusters and white when fully opened, although they acquire pink tones as they fade.  Unlike spring-flowering cherries, ‘Autumnalis’ flowers in flushes between November and March or even April, only being temporarily halted by cold weather. This tree is frequently to be found in lists of plants flowering in public gardens on New Year’s Day. The flowers are not profusely carried but, nevertheless, look good against a blue sky, and gladden the heart when there is so little else of colour in the garden.

The autumn leaf colour is also rather better than in many other ornamental cherries. And these trees are also extremely hardy. For example, they grow well along the burn at Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles in the Scottish Borders, which is 210m (700ft) above sea level and experiences comparatively harsh winters.

Jasminum nudiflorum. Image courtesy of Karl Flynn

Jasminum nudiflorum

A popular and reliable shrub, introduced from China in 1844, and widely grown as a wall shrub. It can be allowed to scramble freely over a low wall or up a bank, or trained up a vertical framework. Unlike many other jasmines, winter jasmine does not twine, so will need tying-in if grown vertically. The stems are bright green and give an evergreen impression, even in winter when the tiny bright yellow blooms appear, weatherproof in all but the coldest snaps. Regular pruning keeps bushes under control and prevents bare patches from appearing. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

 

“The Burren – A Rocky Place” A talk by George Sevastopulo

“The Burren – A Rocky Place”
A talk by George Sevastopulo
Wednesday 7th November  @ 8:00pm
Howth Yacht Club

Join HSHS for what promises to be a most informative talk on the Burren landscape by George Sevastopulo
Everyone Welcome
Members Free
Visitors €5
Refreshments included

PLANT EXCHANGE AND RAFFLE FOLLOWING LECTURE
At each lecture we encourage members to bring along a choice of plants for distribution amongst ourselves. Contributors get first choice followed by others for a small fee. If there are any leftovers they will be nurtured for future plant stalls at the shows.

Shrubs of the Month – October

OCTOBER
This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.

 

 

Mutisia illicifolia
Photo courtesy of Karl Flynn

Mutisia illicifolia
A superb climbing plant with leathery, dark green leaves, Holly-like but ending in a long, slender tendril. The most attractive flowers, between 2 and 3 ins. across, are pale pink to mauve in colour. Although practically hardy, the plant is perhaps best grown in a cool (or even cold) greenhouse when it will be almost continuously in flower.

 

 

Ceratostigma spp.
Photo courtesy of Karl Flynn

Ceratostigma spp.

HSHS Autumn Show 2018

A heart-felt thank you to all of you, visitors, exhibitors, judges and helpers who contributed to make the show a success.  The show is one of our shop windows and is a real contribution to the social fabric of Fingal.  Without all of you the show would not happen, so thank you all once again.

 

With best wishes,

George Sevastopulo
Show Secretary
Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society