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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

Trecanna Nursery: New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 09 Jul 2009 at 10:56 PM

There are two nurseries who are serious about creating good new crocosmias and one of them, Trecanna Nursery, introduced two newcomers at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show - one raised at the nursery and the other from a well known West Country plantsman.

Crocosmia 'Zeal Remembrance'. Image: GardenPhotos.comCrocosmia ‘Zeal Remembrance' was developed by Terry Jones and named for his garden at Zeal Monachorum in Devon. Any plants with Zeal in their name came from Terry Jones and these include nerines, a eucomis, and schizostylis as well as crocosmias. Terry passed this crocosmia to Mark Wash of Trecanna Nursery shortly before he passed away in 2005.

It features enormous orange flowers about 3.5in/9cm across with a reddish zone at the base of each petal surrounding a bright yellow throat; the petals flare as they mature revealing the full brilliance of their colouring. The flowers are carried in generous sprays above broad pleated foliage. This plant was selected from amongst a number of seedlings that Terry grew from open pollinated seed. Mark named it ‘Zeal Remembrance' in Terry's honour.

Also new at the Show was Crocosmia ‘Tamar Glow'. This is one of Mark Wash's own varieties, a tall and upright plant with rich green leaves above which large red flowers up to 2in/5cm across are carried in prolific quantities. Mark won't reveal the parentage of his plant, he'll only say that he's identified the plants which make good parents - but of course he won't reveal what these plants are! He also says that he has a number of other good new varieties on the way including, I was intrigued to hear, a double-flowered form. So don't forget to take a look at his Hampton Court Palace Flower Show stand next year.

You can buy plants of these two fine new crocosmias at the Show or online from the Trecanna Nursery website.



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