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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

Potash Nurseries: New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 08 Jul 2009 at 05:20 PM

Fuchsia 'Rivendell'. Image: GardenPhotos.comThe banks of fuchsias grown in large pots - standards, bushes and trailing varieties - are regular feature of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and with so many varieties artfully arranged on one exhibit visitors can easily compare one with another and make a choice.

Potash Nursery introduced two new varieties at the show this week, although one was, in the end, replaced on the exhibit as the specimen had lost a few flowers and was just not up to a high enough standard on the day. They did the right thing - they won a Gold Medal.

Fuchsia ‘Rivendell', however, did make it and very striking it is too. Raised by Kim Chapman ‘Rivendell' is strong and upright in growth and holds the individual flowers for an unusually long time. But it's the flower itself which is especially striking.

The tube and the slim, gracefully reflexed petals are pinkish lavender, while the skirt begins a rich deep purple shade and matures to deep red. But the most noticeable feature is that as the flower matures the very clean, broadly petalled skirt flares higher and higher until it's almost flat. It really looks so elegant.

Fuchsia 'Suffolk Splendour'. Image: GardenPhotos.comThe other new variety, which did not quite make it into the display, was Fuchsia ‘Suffolk Splendour', raised by Charles Welch. This is an impressive large flowered double white with a magenta tube and sepals and was named to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stowmarket Flower Club.

You can buy plants of ‘Rivendell' at the show and online at the Potash Nursery webiste.

You can also buy plants of ‘Suffolk Splendour' at the show and online at the Potash Nursery webiste.



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