A champion hosta for a Wimbledon champion
Hosta 'Andy Murray' is being launched at The Chelsea Flower Show 2014 by Brookfield Plants in co-operation with the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society.
The Society is celebrating this great sporting achievement with the introduction of a very special new hosta in honour of the winner of the Gentlemen's Tennis Singles title at Wimbledon in 2013. Andy Murray is the first Briton to win this prestigious award for 77 years and the first Scot ever to have won.
World class hosta hybridizer and nurseryman Bob Solberg of North Carolina USA submitted a superb hybrid from one of his very successful breeding lines which the BHHS Committee unanimously accepted. The leaves of Hosta 'Andy Murray' represent the colours of the Scottish Saltire and, uniquely, woven between the blue leaf centre and the wide white margin, is a broken line of gold flashing which represents Andy's Olympic Gold Medal.
Hosta 'Andy Murray' will be in short supply in 2014 but the first recipient will be Andy's home town of Dunblane. Future stock is currently being amassed in the United States with availability in the United Kingdom in 2015.
Diana Grenfell/Paul Harris
Daylilies in a Kent garden
© Ed Sellick
Highlights of 2013
Great Dixter was the setting for our Summer Weekend meetings. A Daylily Day, featuring competitions for scapes, blooms and photographs, formed the centrepiece on the Saturday and members also took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Gardens and view the Field Trial of daylilies. Visits to local gardens follwed the AGM and aiction on Sunday.
The Eastern Counties and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Groups had a wide- ranging programme of events; the Eastern Counties Group followed up last year's success with medals at both the Harrogate Spring Show and the Great Yorkshire Show.
Nursery members - including Bowden Hostas, Brookfield Plants, Mary Green, Mickfield Hostas, Pollie's Daylilies and Sue Proctor Plants - attended Shows across the country, winning friends and medals wherever they went.
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This month's Plant Profile comes from Jan Wyers
Hemerocallis 'Mary's Gold' was bred by McDonnell in 1984. He was amongst the American guests at the BHHS Silver Jubilee Weekend. 'Mary's Gold' is now 30 years old but what a performer! This is very much a tried and tested daylily that deserves to be widely grown. It produces lots of golden yellow blooms that really do shine out from a border.
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