Plant Heritage Guernsey Latest News
David Jewell, who is Head of Collections at the Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens was Darren Rozier’s sofa guest
on the Jenny Kendall-Tobias show on Wednesday, 15th November. They had a wide ranging talk on all things gardening, which
begins at about 12:08pm (2 hrs 38 minutes 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.
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
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.
Nerines: The relevant papers on the Nerine collection have been submitted to Plant Heritage in the UK in the hopes
that it will be classified as a National Collection. It has already passed the first stages of this process. 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.
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.
Puddling: In 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