Plant Heritage Guernsey Latest News
Gardens of Surrey
We have returned from a three day members' tour to Loseley Park, RHS Wisley, Painshill
and several NGS gardens in Surrey. Our visit was well organised, it didn't rain and there are lots of photographs
on our Facebook page.
Giant Plant Sale: This
sale was held on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May, in glorious weather. 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. The funds raised
were a record and will be used to cover the cost of moving from D1 to the new glasshouse space at Bellefleur.
Tattie Thompson was on Jenny Kendall-Tobias's programme on Friday, 13th April discussing what to do in our gardens after
the real cold and wet this winter. She also reviewed the plants that would be available at our Spring Plant Stall the
following day. The talk begins at about 12:11pm (2hrs 41minutes 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 issued 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, with some still available at future plant sales. The varieties which have been potted up are 'Queen
Flavia', 'Empress', 'Prince Victor', 'King Christian', 'The Bride' and 'Dorothea'.
Some of the corms have been given to the Walled Kitchen Garden and Castle Cornet for suitable dry, sunny areas.
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 at least 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 still have not flowered
in 2018. 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