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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Chrysanthemums Direct – New at Chelsea ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 17 May 2009 at 04:11 PM

Chrysanthemum 'Tim Wonnacott'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comMartyn Flint has recently made a dramatic transition from growing alpines in Susex to growing chrysanthemums in Cheshire and at his first Chelsea Flower Show with Chrysanthemums Direct (Great Pavilion, C27) he has a splendid new variety on show.

‘Tim Wonnacott' is new anemone-centred chrysanthemum in a bright vibrant yellow. It's an all-year-round spray chrysanth which is ideal to grow outside in pot and then as it comes into flower in November - yes, November - it just needs a little protection from the frost to protect the flowers. In a front porch it's ideal and brings visitors a sunny welcome.

It can be grown naturally as a spray, or the side buds can be removed to allow the lead flower to become larger; the picture shows both types on display here at Chelsea.

Named for the bow-tied presenter of BBC TV's Bargain Hunt, who's a friend of Martyn Flint, Tim asked that 20p from the sale of each plant be donated to St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley in West Sussex.

Now, how about that move from alpines to chrysanthemums? For more than twenty years Martyn worked at Ingwersen's the world famous alpine nursery. When it closed, he made the transition to growing chrysanthemums.

You can order Chrysanthemum ‘Tim Wonnacott' at the show or online at the Chrysanthemums Direct website.



cherami said:

I am unable to get a link to your web site.

on 01 Feb 2013 at 03:19 PM

Graham Rice said:

Unfortunately, this variety is no longer available from Chrysanthemums Direct. Sorry...

on 01 Feb 2013 at 03:46 PM