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Links to the videos of the West Yorkshire Group’s year for 2018 and 2019, plus a visit to Pat Clarke’s garden can be found here:

Conservation Scheme:

In the February 2019 newsletter update from Jan Vaughan, the national coordinator, the following plants are being suggested as new comers to the conservation list. They are looking for older cultivars that do well, but are increasingly hard to find.

Does anyone in our group grow any of the following? Comments on their worthiness also appreciated.

  • Chrysanthemum ‘Buxton Ruby’
  • Geranium x oxonianum ‘Trevor’s White’ 
  • Helenium ‘July Sun’
  • Heuchera ‘Oakington Jewel’
  • Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Marion Bilsland’
  • Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’
  • Pulmonaria ‘Rachel Vernie’
  • Symphotrichum novi-belgii ‘Victor’

Many thanks , Jill Lister 

Events of interest to members:

Plant of the Month:

C. speciosa ‘Moerloosei’ AGM, is sometimes called ‘Apple Blossom’. It has large white flowers that are coral pink in bud, and they open a couple of months sooner than any apple tree. C. speciosa ‘Nivalis’ has pure white flowers best seen against a dark hedge or a brick wall. Both of these are large. On a wall they will reach 2m quite quickly and in the open they make big spreading bushes. C .speciosa ‘Geisha Girl’ (d) AGM has semi-double salmon-pink flowers, and forms a dwarf shrub. C. speciosa‘Simonii’ (d) has blood red, semi-double flowers with a dwarf spreading habit.

The hybrids between C. speciosa and C. japonica are more biddable. C. × superba ‘Crimson and Gold’ AGM is a darker red with a gold middle. It is inclined to sucker but makes a good hedge. The Victorian C. × superba ‘Knap Hill Scarlet’ has flame red blooms with orange tones. C. × superba ‘Nicoline’ AGM has scarlet flowers followed by fragrant yellow fruits. C. × superba ‘Pink Lady’ AGM has clear pink flowers opening from darker buds. C. × superba ‘Lemon and Lime’ has pale greenish-yellow flowers fading to creamy white. C. x superba ‘Cameo’ (d) is a fairly new cultivar and not unlike ‘Geisha Girl’, but the semi-double flowers are a little darker, a peachy pink. It flowers slightly later than most others and the flowers make a particularly effective contrast to the fresh green of the new leaves. To read more follow the above link.

In 1980 Roy Lancaster collected and subsequently introduced S. ruscifolia v. chinensis from Yunnan in China. It has flowers all the way up the stem, followed by red berries. One form S. ruscifolia v. chinensis‘ Dragon Gate’ AGM was found growing at the entrance to the Dragon Gate temple. To read more follow the above link.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ AGM was raised at Hillier Nurseries by propagator Alan Postill and named for his wife. It was lost to cultivation for several years but is now available by micro-propagation. It produces clusters of pretty, intensely fragrant flowers which are pink on the outside and white within. The fragrance is powerful, sweet and delicious, even on cold days. To read more follow the above link.

Page image: Fritillaria meleagris AGM (Image courtesy of HPS image library)