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Hampton Court 2020 (Cancelled)

We were looking forward to attending the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July, due to Covid-19 the RHS intially decided to postpone the show until September, which would have still been a lovely time to exhibit our Plant Heritage, National Collection of Fuchsias, introduced by James Lye. On 15th June, the RHS announced that due to the continued uncertainty about events amid the ongoing Covid-19 situation, they had made the difficult decision to cancelled the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, supported by Viking. The RHS have are planning to hold the show in 2021 (5-11 July). In READ MORE

Fuchsia Gall Mite

Quick facts Common Name:  Fuchsia Gall Mite Scientific name:  Aculops fuchsiae Origin: Brazil Plants Affected: Garden and Greenhouse fuchsias. The fuchsia magellanica variants seem to be particularly sensitive to the mite. Early Symptoms: Thickening, distortion, hairiness and possible colour changes. Main Symptoms: Growth at the shoot tips becomes swollen and distorted, often with a green or reddish discolouration. Flowers are also deformed or fail to develop fully. Most Noticeable: During May to September/October Map of reported cases in UK: This online map which is maintained by Derek Luther (of the British Fuchsia Society) highlights cases reported to him across the READ MORE

Animal & Plant Health Agency: Introduction of Plant Passports

Designed to create traceability of the origins of the plants sold and strengthen biosecurity controls across the EU. In October 2016, the European Union (EU) adopted Plant Health Regulation (EU) 2016/2031, which came into force on 14 December 2019 to all EU member states, including the UK. As this regulation entered into force in 2016 it was carried over into UK legislation under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This regulation covers the sale of plants through mail order but not to plants we sell directly at flower shows or plant fairs. We have decided to issue Plant Passports with all of READ MORE

Lost Fuchsia: Emily Doel

This week’s lost fuchsia is ‘Emily Doel‘, which was introduced in 1882 and we are hoping that our fuchsia detectives will help us to find more information about this historic cultivar.  Does anyone know who Emily Doel was? This cultivar sometimes appears as ‘Emily Doels’, we suspect that this is the same cultivar and a typographical error,  but we need evidence to prove this.  Are you able to help solve this? READ MORE

Unusual Raffle Prize – Stergene!!

On the raffle table I spotted a small bottle of Stergene… This appeared to be an unusual item compared with the usual array of plants and other gifts that members had brought in. I asked some of the members what Stergene has to do with fuchsias, READ MORE

Lost Fuchsia: Duchess of Fife

Today’s lost fuchsia is ‘Duchess of Fife’, which was introduced in 1892. We know very little about this cultivar and are hoping that our fuchsia detectives will  help us to find more information about this historic cultivar. READ MORE