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

The Witan Global Growth Garden

By chance we met with the garden designer Jane Bailey, of Jane Bailey Garden Design, at the Suffolk Plant Heritage Plant Fair in May 2016.   We discussed suitable fuchsias for the garden she was designing for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where the majority of plants had to have an edible element to them and could be grown in most parts of the UK.  Fuchsia magellanica ‘Riccartonii’ and F. splendens were already on her planting list. Discussions followed after the Plant Fair and we agreed to supply some additional Fuchsias for the show garden being, Fuchsia procumbens, Fuchsia magellanica ‘Thompsonii’ READ MORE

Filming for BBC2 – Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

In the build-up to RHS Hampton we were contacted by BBC Researchers, who wanted to film our exhibit at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show as we were first time exhibitors.  On the Wednesday before Press Day we were contacted to be informed that we were going to be filmed on Press Day and that the interview would be with Rachel de Thame, who co-presents the BBC’s annual coverage of Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, as part of the Royal Horticultural Society output on BBC Two. When we arrived at the Showground on Monday morning, keen not to interrupt the Judges, READ MORE

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – We are pleased to announce that the Collection will be exhibiting for the first time in the Floral Marquee at the Royal Horticultural Society’s, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 5 – 10 July 2016, as part of the Plant Heritage displays highlighting the diverse range of National Plant Collections. [The full press release is available here] (19 December 2015) READ MORE