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Updates on trials and awards from the Royal Horticultural Society by Graham Rice

Bergenias after the snow

Posted by Graham Rice on 25 Feb 2009 at 02:03 PM

The icy and snowy weather earlier this month revealed one way in which the Wisley trials are so useful. One of the most valuable features of bergenias is their winter foliage colour and the recent weather has put them to the test - some retained their foliage and were revealed in glorious colour when the now melted. The foliage of others was reduced to pulp.

Here's the bergenia trial under the snow...
Bergenia trial under the snow. Image: RHS Trials Office/Alison Cundy

Here it is a few days after the snow had melted. You can see that some are a fantastic bright red. Others are more dowdy, while there seem to be some gaps.
Bergenia trial after the snow. Image: RHS Trials Office/Alison Cundy

So here's Bergenia ‘Glasnevin' on the left, one of the most colourful - and on the right, Bergenia ciliata ‘Patricia Furness' with its foliage ruined. The judges will continue to assess them as they come into flower.
Bergenia 'Glasnevin'. Image: RHS Trials Office/Alison Cundy Bergenia ciliata ‘Patricia Furness’. Image: RHS Trials Office/Alison Cundy

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