Native species of bulebell : RHS
Affiliation between RHS and Gardeners Association

The Royal Horticultural Society, to which the NLWGA is affiliated, is seeking closer links with associations like ours, were they are able to provide solutions to gardening problems that many of us amateur gardeners cannot. Furthermore, the RHS will advise on new problems facing gardeners (such as the spread of the New Zealand flatworm that devastates earthworm populations) and possible solutions. They are also seeking our help in gathering country-wide information.

Our committee member Malcolm Greenhalgh has recently taken on the role of linking between us and the RHS and below are some of the recent problems they have advised about. We will try and update the site regularly with further details. If you have comments or experience with any of these please feel free to add your comments by using the comment links. Hopefully we can all benefit from our affiliation with the RHS by learning that little bit more about the plants that we grow. We will collate and feed back to the RHS.

If you have experienced other gardening issues you would like Malcolm to take up with the RHS please email details of these to us using the email links below, and we will endeavor to seek their advice and post  response for all to read and learn from

RHS Membership can be yours at a discount price, and our Association will make a fiver if you do! Advantages: 12 issues of The Garden every year (the best gardening magazine); free entry into RHS gardens (as at Harlow Carr and Wisley); members’ day at RHS shows (e.g. Tatton); a free advice service. If you are interested, please contact Malcolm Greenhalgh.

Native species of bulebell

by Malcolm Greenhalgh on 07/03/13

Introduced species of bluebell are threatening our native ones (species Hyacinthoides non -scripta) by interbreeding with them. Our native ones are far more interesting and stricking than the non native.; if you want to rid your garden of the latter then here's how to tell the difference.

In our native bluebell the pollen is white (blue or bluegreen on non native), the flower is "nodding" and most flowers come from one side of the stem (more erect and flowers from all around the stem), and the flowers have lovely perfume (the foreigners and hybrids have little if any perfume).

I have zapped one patch on non native with Glyphosate.

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