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Jim Gardiner

Jim Gardiner Director of Horticulture RHS Garden Wisley

Jim Gardiner is the recently appointed Director of Horticulture for the Royal Horticultural Society and has previously been Curator and Chief Curator based at Wisley for over twenty years. Before that he was Curator at the Hillier Gardens and Arboretum. His primary interest is in woody plants, in particular Magnolias on which he has written two books, “Magnolias, their Care and Cultivation” and “Magnolias, A Gardener’s Guide”.

  • Date Joined: 12 Jul 2007

Quick! Get to the Glasshouse at Wisley to see the Peruvian daffodil

Posted by Jim Gardiner on 17 Nov 2009 at 09:46 AM

You have just a few days to enjoy the beautiful, yellow, fragrant Peruvian daffodil. It isn't common in cultivation, and this is the best I have ever seen this rarity flower, so I extend my congratulations to the team in Glass.

Matt Pottage explains:

"The Paramongaia is known as the Peruvian Daffodil. It is native to rocky hillsides, hence we are growing it in a mix of grit, loam based compost, and I also mix in some coir, as it would have a topdressing of organic matter in habitat from leaf debris.

"The bulbs are being liquid fed when in growth, and watered freely as required. They rest during the spring and summer months, in the tropical service house, where they need a warm but dry rest period.

"In habitat on exposed cliff faces the plants have good air circulation and wind around them. Obviously that’s harder to achieve under glass, and I fear that is the reason why the foliage is rather floppy and lax. Next year I’ll position them closer to a fan in the service house!

"The flowers are lasting around 6-7 days, and have a lemon meringue pie / candy floss scent! Or so I think! 

"They cause us little problems with pests. The mealybug even seems disinterested in them."

Don't miss it!  And while you're in the Glasshouse, you can also enjoy our famous chrysanthemum display which this year also includes Shanghai cultivars. Click here for more information.



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