Phoenix canariensis growing in Torbay (CC BY-SA 2.0 Torbay Palms)
With the publication of the RHS Gardening in a Changing Climate report yesterday we will be launching a survey of which palms are currently grown outside in the UK on 8th May 2017 to get an idea of how well they are succeeding and whether any might later become established in semi-natural environments. The Daily Mail reported “Palm trees, fake lawns… and no weeding!” while the Express says “Today’s publication of Gardening in a Changing Climate, produced by the Royal Horticultural Society in collaboration with the Universities of Reading, Sheffield and Coventry and with input from Met Office experts, will trouble the nation’s estimated 27 million gardeners.” Continue reading
During my time as a PhD student at the University of Reading I have been lucky enough to attend a number of conferences, summer schools, and annual meetings and take part in various other outreach events. With a little more luck I will graduate this Summer, July 2017, and this blog post is therefore a summary of these conferences before my time as a PhD student comes to its end.
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Here is the poster I will deliver at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2017 (3 – 6 April) at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Scotland.
Next week (Monday 3 April to Thursday 6 April) I will be travelling to Edinburgh, Scotland for the 2017 Annual Conference for the Microbiology Society; my first time North of the border into Scotland. I will be presenting the Powdery Mildew Identification poster.
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Tagged #PowderyM, Annual Conference, Conference, Edinburgh, Erysiphaceae, Erysiphales, Fungal identification, Microbiology Society, Oli Ellingham, Oliver Ellingham, Powdery Mildew
A photograph of the Holotype of Sideritis juryi held at University of Reading Herbarium is shown below. This species was named in honour of Dr Stephen Jury, curator of RNG for many years and now retired.
Holotype pf Sideritis juryi at RNG
It seems only right to devote the Christmas Day blog for Advent Botany to a plant that has brightened my winter garden for many years, Erica x darleyensis. This hybrid heath was first reported from a nursery in Darley Dale, Derbyshire in the late 1800s. It is a hybrid between the smaller winter heath, Erica carnea, another of my winter favourites, and Erica erigena, the Irish heath.
Why do I love it so much? Firstly it flowers through the winter when the garden needs brightening, secondly it is one of the easiest heaths to grow and thirdly it offers a good range of colours from very greeny white through to deep rosy pinks. It needs little attention although it gains from pruning back every couple of years to keep it dense and vigorous. Continue reading
Vernon and Christine Heywood (photo: Stephen Jury)
Dr M introduced to #adventbotany this year, #adventbotanists, botanists whose birthdays fall within advent. The first featured Erasmus Darwin a great botanical mind from a bygone age. Dr M’s second #adventbotanist features Vernon Heywood, born on 24th December 1927, widely recognised as a world authority on biodiversity and plant systematics, medicinal and aromatic plants, and the conservation of wild relatives of crop plants, and still very much active in his field.
Vernon Heywood was Professor of Botany and Head of Department at the University of Reading and in 1987 he left Reading (although still retaining the title Emeritus Professor of Botany) and became founder and director of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) where his work very much emphasised the essential mission of botanic gardens as allowing people to connect with plants. Continue reading