Plant Heritage Guernsey Latest News
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.
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.
Charities' 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.
Radio: Tattie Thompson, our former
chairman and Linda Fermont, the Giant Plant Sale organiser were interviewed by Jenny Kendall-Tobias for her show
on Wednesday, 24th May. They talked about the massive preparations for the plant sale at Sausmarez Manor on Monday, 29th
May and some of the trouble free plants, which will be available there. The interview begins at about 10:50am (1 hrs 20
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.
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 information on the Guernsey Lily
click here to download snails and slugs file
click here to download listen again instructions