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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.

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Water Meadow Nursery: New at Hampton Court '09

Posted by Graham Rice on 12 Jul 2009 at 08:37 AM

Papaver 'Gentle Rosalind' - New at the 2009 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.In the Plant Heritage Marquee at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Water Meadow Nursery in Hampshire created an exhibit to publicise their Super Poppies and launched a new variety in the series, ‘Gentle Rosalind'.

Super Poppies look like ordinary Oriental Poppies but flower for far longer, often giving a second or even third flush of flowers, the individual flowers last for longer and the their also unusually sturdy.

Sandy Worth of Water Meadow Nursery, who also holds the National Collection of Oriental Poppies, says that these poppies originated in California thirty years ago. The botanist James DeWelt. He wanted to created poppies that would cope with the California climate so, Sandy explained that he crossed a number of different species including P. atlanticum, P. orientale, P. rupifragum and the annual species P. californicum and P. somniferum.

Papaver 'Gentle Rosalind' - New at the 2009 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.The result is a series of poppies which are more vigorous, longer flowering and more prolific, hardy and standing intense summer sun as well as cold winter temperatures.

Sandy is launching a new addition to the series at Hampton Court, ‘Gentle Rosalind'. "It is being named for a very special mother by her grateful children Beth Philip & Ruth for her 50th birthday," she told me.

Plants are on sale at the Show and by mail order from Water Meadow Nursery.



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