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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

Competition: Name this new plant

Posted by Graham Rice on 16 Mar 2012 at 12:43 AM

Name this new Eschscholzia from Thompson & Morgan. Image ©Thompson & Morgan

Isn’t this an amazing new California poppy? Such a wonderful fiery colour, and double too. It’s been developed by Thompson & Morgan and readers of the RHS New Plants blog have the unique opportunity to name it – and win a prize.

Just email your suggested name (with your name and address) to and if yours is chosen as the winner you’ll win £20! And everyone who enters will receive a free packet of seed when seed becomes available.

The great thing about this new California poppy is its fiery red colouring and the fact that it’s double. [Sorry I don’t have more than this snapshot at the moment.] It’s derived from the old ‘Mission Bells’ mixture which has some double flowers but some semi-double and even a few single flowers. Being double not only makes a more substantial flower, but helps the flowers last longer.

Michael Perry of T&M told me: “This Eschscholzia came out of a breeding program we started in 2003 with the aim of refining the double flowered seed mixture ‘Mission Bells’. We wanted to both increase the doubleness and select separate colours. We now also have a deep red and a harsh copper coming along. Both have extra double flowers.”

T&M are introducing another new double eschscholzia in the 2012 catalogue,‘Peach Sorbet’ is a new double Eschscholzia from Thompson & Morgan. Image ©Thompson & Morgan) ‘Peach Sorbet’ is a soft creamy peach shade and all the flowers are double.

Send your name suggestion for the fiery double poppy at the top of the page (click to enlarge) to (with your name and address) for the chance to win £20. Everyone who enters will received free packet.

Thank you to everyone who sent in their suggestions, the deadline was midnight Sunday 18 March so the competition is now closed. I'll be bringing you news of the winner as soon as deliberations are complete.

And you can order seed of Eschscholzia ‘Peach Sorbet’ from Thompson & Morgan.


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