Plant Heritage Guernsey Latest News
Derry Watkins, who owns Special Plants Nursery in Wiltshire was Jenny Kendall-Tobias's
sofa guest on Wednesday, 14th March. They had a wide ranging talk on her trips to Kyrgyzstan and South Africa and Derry's
enthusiasm for all things gardening. The talk begins at about 12:13pm (2hrs 43minutes into the programme). Click on this
link to listen again to this interview on BBC Radio Guernsey
. The recording will be available for four weeks. For further instructions on how to listen after the
event, click on the link below.
Guernsey Post Office is issuing a set of stamps on 14th February,
which feature Guernsey flowers. Our Nerine sarniensis is on the Guernsey letter stamp to 100g and you can order first
day covers or a presentation pack from www.guernseystamps.com
National Collection status
The Nerine collection has been awarded National Collection status.
For more information and the Guernsey Press article, please click on the National Collections tab above.
We have been given several
collections of Nerines by Guernsey residents and they are being kept separate so that they can be identified on flowering. Click
on the link below for more information on the Guernsey Lily.
The 20th September,
2017 edition of Country Life has an excellent four page article by Jacky Hobbs, with photos by Clive Nichols, of the
PHG Nerine collection and festival. Jacky and Clive came over to Guernsey for the 2016 Nerine Festival and they
brought quantities of old wooden boxes so that Clive could recreate photographically 'A House of Nerines' by local
artist W.J. Caparne, which is displayed in the Guernsey Museum. Country Life have kindly given us permission to reprint
the article, see link below.
The Caparne Iris have been
multiplying well and we are potting up the spares for future sales, with some available at the Autumn plant sale and then
at David and Linda Fermont's Open Garden on 16th September. The varieties which have been potted up are 'Queen
Flavia', 'Empress', 'Prince Victor', 'King Christian', 'The Bride' and 'Dorothea'.
Some of the corms will be given to the Walled Kitchen Garden and Castle Cornet for suitable dry, sunny areas.
Fete and new plants available for sale on Saturday, 9th September
It rained heavily on the day of
the Charities' Fete, which was duly cancelled. However all the plants grown for the day were available at a special
Plant Stall at the Sausmarez Manor Farmers' Market on 5th August. There will be many more plants at our Autumn Plant
Stall at the same place, but on Saturday, 9th September, 9:00am - 12 noon. Please come along and support us further.
College Focus Day: Louis, Seb and James from Elizabeth College spent a day at our D1 glasshouse helping out with
various jobs. They de-potted and bagged the heritage daffodils (ready for the Lt-Governor’s Fete on July 29th), the
Mister Shifter bags were organised for collection and the flower pots have been sorted. A start was made in de-leafing
the Nerines and this has now been completed by the end of July by a stalwart team putting in hours of fiddly work.
Giant Plant Sale: This sale was held on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May and fortunately
the rain held off for the first hour. There was a queue for an hour before the sale opened, but there was a huge array of
plants, many grown by members of Plant Heritage Guernsey and chosen to be trouble free. Most of the annuals and vegetables
are grown in our own glasshouse.
Gladioli ‘Amanda Mahy’: We have been given some corms
of an old variety of Guernsey Gladioli and they were first available for sale at the AGM in January in paper bags. Since
then they have been potted up for sale at our various plant sales.
June 2016, a group from PHG visited Edmondsham House, where the Head Gardener, Andrew Haynes, showed us how to transplant
our new plant purchases into our gardens. He has a fascinating method, which really works in practice and persuades the
roots of your new purchase to go down for sustenance and water. The most difficult thing is to keep your watering can
away for two weeks. For his complete article, which is thoroughly recommended, click on the link below.
Link to Puddling Article
Facebook: Look at our Facebook page for current news and photos under the name Plant Heritage Guernsey. There are daily photos during the Nerine Festival
and photos from Members' gardens and around Guernsey every couple of days. You do not need
to be on Facebook to look at our posts, so click on this link: Facebook
Camellias: Several of the camellias
planted by PHG in the grounds of Government House were badly damaged by a falling pine in the March 2013 snowstorms.
They were severely pruned at the time and are beginning to recover, but did not flower in 2017.
Keep a look out on our Facebook page for more information.
Snails and slugs: We sometimes have wet and mild winters,
which mean that many of our gardens are inundated with snails and slugs. So we have put together a list of herbaceous
plants that we have in our gardens, that are not being eaten by these creatures. Click on the link below for a full
list and keep it in your handbag or wallet; it is incredibly useful.
click here to download Country Life file
click here to download information on the Guernsey Lily
click here to download snails and slugs file
click here to download listen again instructions