The free plant, Fuchsia ‘Whiteknights Pearl’ has arrived, ready to be given to the lucky first 800 visitors to the Suffolk Plant Heritage Plant Fair at Helmingham Hall on Sunday (28th May). Don’t miss yours! Planning ahead, Suffolk Plant Heritage Propagation Officer Anne Tweddle has been collecting material for the 2018 free plant, Penstemon ‘Drinkstone Red’ from National Collection holder Maggie Wylie at Hollesley.
Eight members of the Suffolk Group are joining together to form a Dispersed National Collection of Narcissus bred by the Rev. George Engleheart during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. So many of these exquisite and elegant Narcissus have disappeared from cultivation or are still out there and unrecognised. A lot of work has to be done to verify these old cultivars which still languish in old established gardens, especially estates where they were massed in huge quantities. If you … Continue reading →
There were twenty two Plant Heritage members in all at the event hosted at Hullwood Barn on Sunday 2nd of April. Darren Andrews gave an introduction to the International Horticultural Classification system for Daffodils, explaining which species had been used for breeding in each group, and how a knowledge of this is very relevant to the cultivation of Narcissus within each division. Neil Bradfield talked about aesthetic considerations when planting and growing Narcissus, which made everyone think about the plant associations in … Continue reading →
Suffolk’s Collection Holders were invited to use the excellent computer facilities at Suffolk New College during the recent half term break. Plant Heritage has made available a new internet based recording system for their National Plant Collections, and ran a training session at the college with attendees including Melanie Collins from Mickfield Hostas, Sarah Cook, who has the National Plant Collection of Iris bred by Sir Cedric Morris, and Simon Weeks who holds the National Plant Collection of Erysimum (perennial wallflowers). … Continue reading →