Monthly Archives: June 2018

BBC Gardener’s World Live 2018

We are back after BBC Gardener’s World Live and were thrilled to receive our Platinum medal, the highest award at the show for our Heuchera, Heucherella, and Tiarella.

It was a lovely surprise to hear we were put through by our judging panel for best in show too …which was awarded to Mendip Bonsai which was a beautiful display of flowering bonsai trees (most in full flower). Congratulaions to John trott it was lovely!

It’s our Open Days this weekend June 23rd and 24th from 10am-4pm each day, so if you’re local or making the trip we’ve got lots of nice big plants for sale for you to take home.

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RHS Chatsworth Show 2018

This year’s RHS Chatsworth show was much drier than last years, which made things go a lot smoother and meant a great turn out. It was a lovely show in the most gorgeous of settings, as this was only the second year we suggest you try to make it next year for it’s third!

Heuchera ‘Mega Caramel’s’ giant leaves always add a nice splash of peach to our display.

It was a gold for our display, which we were very pleased about!

We didn’t get a chance to take very many photos around the grounds as we were so busy, but if you want to see some of the displays from last year, have a look at last years show post.

Vine weevil

This question was asked by
Judy H

I have lost several Heuchera to an apparent root eating bug. The little bit of foliage left lifts off like a wig. This has happened to plants including some bought from you both in the ground and in pots. Any advice about prevention/ treatment would be greatly appreciated.
Well done at Chelsea.

Hi judy
Sorry to hear about the vine weevil problem
If you don’t have Heucheras they will attack other things too and it does become a serious problem as they are native to this country.
The Heuchera makes an excellent early warning system.
Our do have something in them to make sure we don’t send them out by mistake but that will only last 6 months sadly
However…
Here is the answer

This time of year all the Vine weevil are hatching and looking for somewhere to live and feed.
The adults love a leathery leaf so tend to head towards viburnum, rhodo, azaleas acuba, acers, etc to feed in the evening at dusk.
You will know they are there because the leaves will have notches on them
So in the day if you go out to the eaten nibbled trees and pop a couple of umbrellas up side down.
Then go out at dusk and shake the bush /tree see if they will drop off into your upturned umbrella
If they do take them back to the patio tip them out and have a lot to dance on them …remember they are not dead until they crunch!
Repeat this throughout the summer.
If the neighbours look at you funny invite them to do the same in their garden …the more the merrier!
Then come know August and September get nematodes (online and garden centres )and water that on them
In spring it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye open for any loosening of the crown (leaves) if they feel very loose dig them out and wash iffbthe roots looking for the white crowns
Hope this helps
Kind regards
Vicky

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Controlling Vine weevil problems

This question was asked by
Linda C

Hi I adore Heucheras and have a few, I was thinking of purchasing more but a couple of my prized plants have been ravaged by the vine weevil larvae, I have salvaged parts of the plants but it won’t be long before they fall prey to the bugs again, I was reading nematodes a good option?
Any other tips or clues how to get rid of them ?
Kind Regards Linda

Hi Linda
Met 52 isn’t as good as we all thought! (That needs changing really )
So here is our recommendation now
Vine weevil control
This time of year all the Vine weevil are hatching and looking for somewhere to live and feed.
The adults love a leathery leaf so tend to head towards viburnum, rhodo, azaleas acuba, acers, etc to feed in the evening at dusk.
You will know they are there because the leaves will have notches on them
So in the day if you go out to the eaten nibbled trees and pop a couple of umbrellas up side down.
Then go out at dusk and shake the bush /tree see if they will drop off into your upturned umbrella
If they do take them back to the patio tip them out and have a lot to dance on them …remember they are not dead until they crunch!
Repeat this throughout the summer.
If the neighbours look at you funny invite them to do the same in their garden …the more the merrier!
Then come August and September get nematodes (online and garden centres) and water that on them.
In spring it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye open for any loosening of the crown (leaves) if they feel very loose dig them out and wash off the roots looking for the white crowns.
Hope this helps
Kind regards
Vicky

Vicky and Richard Fox

Heucheras for sun

This question was asked by
Jemma

Hi. I am looking for some heuchera to go in my south facing full sun 11am-4pm living wall. I currently have Rio, Glitter, Plum Puddin’, Autumn leaves and Heucherella Stoplight (this one seems to less suited as requires more water than the rest)
Can you advise me of any others you think would be suited especially lime/yellow/coral leaved varieties I could buy from yourselves.
Thanks
Jemma

Hi Jemma
All limes hate the sun
All blacks, browns,purple, most silver’s, and oranges love the sun
Tangerine waves is great for this position
We have them in stock too
Hope this helps
Kind regards Vicky
Heuchera ‘Tangerine Wave’ TM (Fox Series) (937)

Vicky and Richard Fox