WELSHAMPTON PLANT FAIR
May Day Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 12pm - 3pm
Grand Plant Sale at 12pm ‘Special Plants’ Auction at 1.15 pm with Halls’ Auctioneer James Forster *Guide dogs only please*
Welshampton Parish Hall, Station Road A495 Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0PY www.welshamptonplantfair.co.uk All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support and St.Michael and All Angels Church
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 12pm 1.15pm 2.45pm
Grand Plant Sale Choice plants, all grown by our dedicated team! ’Special Plants’ Auction with Halls’ Fine Art Auctioneer James Forster Plant Sale Bargain Boxes
Plus our usual stalls, refreshments and Grand Draw *Guide dogs only please
The ‘Special Plants’ Auction contains a very select number of plants which have been donated by top plants people in the local area, including garden owners, specialist nurseries and National Collection holders. We are indebted to all for their generosity in enabling us to offer a unique selection of specimen plants. AGM- Award of Garden Merit by the RHS, to outstanding plants in rigorous trials and assessment programmes. * Please note that lots may be subject to change, depending on availability and weather.
Who we’re supporting.. The Church of St Michael and All Angels is a Grade II listed Anglican church in the village of Welshampton in Shropshire. Consecrated in 1863, it was built by the Mainwaring family of Oteley. The architect was George Gilbert Scott. We are supporting the upkeep and running of this beautiful local church. Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. As well as helping with the medical needs of people affected by cancer, Macmillan also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care. Macmillan Cancer Support’s goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK.
Lot 1: Phyllostachys aurea AGM The Chinese Golden Bamboo is a graceful clump-forming evergreen, both attractive and useful. Its tall bright green canes (reaching up to 3m in height) mature to yellow with age, and bear long lanceolate yellow-green leaves. Sometimes recommended for hedging, itâ€™s ideal for providing privacy from overlooking windows and for blocking unsightly views, such as electricity poles - and even the odd wind turbine on the horizon in these modern times! Particularly useful in compact gardens as it can be confined in a large container. A very desirable specimen from the private collection of Mr Stephen Smith of Overton Lot 2: Dactylorhiza maculata. Hardy garden orchid for a shady woodland border or damp meadow area. Upright stems carry densely-packed purple flowers in late spring/early summer. This lovely plant was photographed at Balmer Grove on 11th June last year. Purple spotted leaves give this species its common name of spotted orchid. A treasure from plantswoman Brigitte Haugh of Shrewsbury. â€ƒ
Lot 3: Hydrangea petiolaris ‘Miranda’ This beautiful specimen is the unusual variegated variety of the more familiar species, giving a longer period of interest throughout the summer with its attractive golden-edged foliage.
The leaves of this self-clinging climber also set off scented white flowers in spring into summer. A choice quality plant donated by highly knowledgeable and dedicated nurserymen Paul and Chris Scott-Davies from their exciting range at Eastwick Plant Centre. www.eastwickplantcentre.co.uk
Lot 4: Rosa sweginzowii A beautiful species rose from China, but not in general cultivation. Single “Chinese liqueur” rose-pink flowers adorn the arching shoots in June, followed by showy flagon-shaped orange-red hips in autumn. Growing to 12ft and thorny, it needs space, but so worth it! Prefers moist soil yet does well on free-draining ground at Balmer Grove.
Lot 5: Podophyllum versipelle ‘Spotty Dotty’. Much coveted by plantsmen but seldom available! An opportunity to acquire an outstanding specimen plant. This is a fabulous foliage plant, for moist soil in shade, which also has large crimson flowers in summer. Donation from Mrs Brigitte Haugh’s plantswoman’s garden. Lot 6: Podophyllum collection of rarities. We are delighted to also offer this selection which contains much rarer species of these great shade plants, donated by Joe and Wendy Sime from their superb private garden of specialities at Penley. Podophyllum delavayi is the star of the genus, with amazing foliage. Large lobed leaves emerge in spring, with red, purple and deep brown mottling. If you covet “Spotty Dotty” you won’t want to miss this treasure from China. For rich moist soil in shade. Podophyllum peltatum has, by contrast, pale green leaves, large umbrella-like and lobed. Showy white flowers. An eastern North American woodlander. Podophyllum versipelle is the rarest (and highly prized) gem of the three. Large glossy green leaves, over 1ft in width, top a 2ft fleshy stem. Pink flowers emerge just below the leaves in spring, followed by red fruits. A great accent plant. Endemic to China, little known elsewhere.
Lot 7: Welshampton Millenium Mug. This fine bone china Royal Grafton mug depicts local scenes by Welshampton artist Carole Youngs. Specially commissioned by the Welshampton Millennium Committee as part of celebrations to commemorate the event, it is no longer available and so a collectorâ€™sâ€™ item.
Lot 8: Acanthus mollis. Although not rare, this fine specimen plant will make a striking statement, especially in the late summer border. Tall erect stems a metre high carry racemes bearing two-lipped white flowers with dusky purple hooded bracts above the foliage. The handsome lobed leaves are glossy and large. Does well in well-drained soil in sun. Local
Lot 9: Sweet Pea Highly Perfumed Spencer Collection. Featured on the cover of our catalogue, these plants have been specially grown on in larger pots for the Auction by plantsman Mike Phillips. Mike is one of only a couple of plantsmen in the country to grow sweet peas of this maturity and quality. The seed for this collection has kindly been donated by Gold Medal Award-winning specialist firm and breeder Eagle Sweet Peas of Stafford. For border, vase or show bench, these strong plants will grow away quickly when planted out. www.eaglesweetpeas.co.uk Lot 10: Helleborus x hybridus Balmer Grove strain. Creamy white flowers lightly speckled with maroon crown this floriferous early flowering (often in January) plant, a homegrown seedling from our original Kochii Strain. Flowers fade to soft chartreuse at maturity. Photographed at Balmer Grove on 29th March.
Lot 11: Acer Bonsai: Acers make excellent Bonsai subjects, with pretty foliage -and lovely colour in spring and autumn, followed by structural tracery over winter. Soughtafter specimens are valued both for their age and their form. This beautifully trained 8 years old tree has been selected by Bonsai enthusiast Christopher Parry, of Oswestry, from his extensive private collection. Bonsai are not houseplants but should live outside in a sheltered spot out of strong winds. Cultural tips will accompany the lot. Bonsai means tree in a pot – and this lot is exactly that! Lot 12: Aconitum austroyunnanense. This Chinese climbing monkshood was only introduced into this country as seed at the turn of the new millennium by the Wynn Joneses of Crûg Farm. Although still very rare (in only one or two plantsmen’s collections) it is so impressive that it must only be a matter of time before it’s more widely appreciated. Until that time comes, this is a unique opportunity to acquire a substantial specimen plant which was grown from seed several years ago by Jan Lomas, Head Gardener at Eaton Hall. Deciduous and fully hardy, it twines up to 6ft during the course of summer, producing a wealth of showy blue hooded flowers from July into autumn. Foliage also makes a statement. Usefully, it does well in semi-shade or with its head in sun. Highly recommended!
Ashwood Nurseries at Kingswinford celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Famed for its amazing displays at Chelsea, it still remains a traditional working nursery, growing much of its own stock and renowned for its intensive propagation and hybridising programmes – to which Daphnes are a recent addition. An eclectic range of plants is always on offer in the immaculate sales area. We are delighted to have their continued support for our auction and this year they have chosen to donate two shrubs, very different but both exquisite. Lot 13: Daphne x rollsdorfii ‘Wilhelm Schacht’ AGM. This choice Daphne is rarely seen but is a lovely compact evergreen shrub, growing slowly to only 50cm. Neat glossy foliage is topped in spring by showy clusters of strongly fragrant deep purple-pink flowers. Bushy in habit, it is also reliably repeatflowering, first appearing on old wood, then on the new. In very limited supply, yet perfect for any size garden. Lot 14: Camellia japonica ‘Desire’ AGM. This stunning variety has large formal double flowers, grading from pale pink in the centre to a deeper pink edge, giving a showy display in early spring. Photographed on 1st March. Hardy and evergreen, with glossy foliage, it has strong upright growth to 4 to 5ft. Best in partial shade (out of early morning sun) and must have acid soil, but don’t let that put you off as it can easily be grown in a large planter containing ericaceous soil if necessary. Further details from Ashwood’s website: www.ashwoodnurseries.com
Lot 15: Rose Scent from Heaven. This new climber won the coveted Rose of the Year for 2017 at last year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show –and with good reason. Superblyscented salmon-orange flowers are freely borne throughout the growing season. Dark glossy foliage has good disease resistance. Reaching 8 to10ft, it’s excellent for pillars, fences and walls. Bred by Shropshire breeder Chris Warner, who is famous for his climbing and rambling roses, and kindly donated by Mary Jinks for today’s Auction. See Mary’s marvellous full range at the Country Garden Plant Centre, Hadnal, specialising in roses, or on www.countrygardenroses.co.uk Lot 16: Piptanthus nepalensis. This bushy evergreen shrub from the Himalaya is known as the evergreen Laburnum and makes an excellent wall plant. Clusters of substantial yellow flowers over 6 weeks in late spring/ early summer are followed by flat green pods. The dark green foliage, composed of trifoliate leaves, is good-looking, too. Grows quickly to 6ft. Donated by Ross Underwood, Head Gardener at Hodnet Hall.
Lot 17: Wollerton Old Hall Garden Collection. Wollerton borders are renowned for their wonderful floral display and imaginative use of colour. Key to their success is the careful choice of plants and selection of the best varieties. Head Gardener Phil Smith has put together this collection of plants which he says “are all key plants in the borders at Wollerton and worthy of a place in any garden. Although some may not be in flower as yet, they will be well worth the wait when they do bloom”. Plants include: Anisodontea malvastroides shrub with pale pink mallow flowers above grey foliage. Bomarea caldasii evergreen climber with impressive orange flowers, Salvia involucrata ‘Bethellii’ AGM showy pink flowers over a long period, Hemerocallis ‘Dubloon’ golden yellow semi-double flowers, long blooming period Iris ‘Coalignition’ tall bearded Iris, velvety dark maroon standards, inky purple falls, Crocosmia ‘Hellfire’ AGM large sultry pure red flowers. Donated by garden owners John and Lesley Jenkins www.wollertonoldhallgarden.com Lot 18: Holboellia fargesii DJHC 506. This unusual woody-stemmed climber has glossy narrow evergreen leaves. Flowering in spring, it produces separate male (purple tinged green) and Female (pale pink white) scented flowers, which are followed by “fantastic” purple fruit in autumn. Fully hardy but best sheltered from cold winds, this plant is a 4 year old seedling from Brigitte Haugh’s own 20 year old plant in her delightful garden.
Lot 19: Premium Tomato selection. Grown by Keith Egerton, this special Lot is sure to be in demand! Lot 20: Primula sieboldii Collection. Native to north-eastern Asia, varieties have been avidly selected and cultivated in Japanese gardens for centuries, and are known as the cherry blossom primula, as flowers resemble cherry blossom and open as the petals are falling. They are becoming a favourite over here (featured in Aprilâ€™s Gardens Illustrated) but named varieties are still hard to find. Flowers may be round, fringed, patterned or even double, in shades from white to pink and crimson, opening on long stems above pale green wrinkled foliage. Plants die back in summer to an underground rootstock but are fully perennial, reappearing again the following spring. Donated by Joe and Wendy Sime from their private garden containing a rich collection of plant treasures. P.s. var alba :very frilly form, pure white, very vigorous, found in our garden. P.s. â€˜Blush Pinkâ€™: Pale pink flowers with pale pink reverse. Simple and refined.
P.s. ‘Geisha Girl’: Flat overlapping petals. Light pink flowers with white centre and white tracings on veins. Vigorous, will spread when happy. P.s. ‘Kashima’: Flat blooming, snowflake-like petals. White petals with mauve suffusion concentrated towards the centre. Pink suffused reverse. Dainty.
P.s. ‘Seraphim’: Blue shaded pink cherry blossom type flower with overlapping petals. P.s. un-named form from RHS Garden Rosemoor: Large flowers with an intense purplish-pink at the unfringed edges grading gently into a white central star. Very showy. An anonymous old clone grown for years at Rosemoor. Malus selection - Donated by Ross Underwood, Head Gardener at Hodnet Hall. This unique selection was propagated at Ness Botanic Gardens. Ross says that the plants have been identified by Ness’s botanist, although there may be small differences, as they are grown from seed, which could be exciting. These species crab-apples, some rarely seen, make lovely garden plants. Highly ornamental, they are grown for their blossom, fruits and sometimes their autumn colour. This selection comes in a range of heights, from shrubby to tree size, so something for every situation. All are deciduous.
Lot 21: Malus baccata. The Siberian or Chinese crab apple is an unusual ornamental hardy tree, grown in gardens for its flowers and fruits. A profusion of fragrant white flowers is followed by equally profuse clusters of spherical cherry-like yellow/ red crab apples in autumn (edible, so ideal for crab apple jelly). The true species, offered here, has never been common in gardens, those available being more usually a cross. It grows to around 10m in height, with arching branches, making a lovely tree. â€ƒ Lot 22: Malus halliana (F1 seedling). Hallâ€™s crab apple originates from China/Japan. This ornamental small tree grows to a manageable 5m, so suitable for medium gardens. Itâ€™s grown for its abundant fragrant pink flowers in May, which are noted for attracting pollinators. Small purple fruits follow in autumn. Easy to grow, it succeeds in most fertile soils. Ross says that this specimen has been identified as a hybrid from open pollinated seed so could prove an interesting surprise.
Lot 23: Malus sargentii. Sargentâ€™s crab apple, a native of Japan, is a delightful shrubby multistemmed species growing to just over 2m.tall. Pink buds open to a profusion of fragrant white flowers with golden anthers. Small red crab apples follow in autumn, long lasting and attractive to birds. Fruit is set off well against bright yellow autumn foliage. Named after Charles Sargent (1841-1927) the first director of the famous Arnold Arboretum in the US. Lot 24: Malus sieboldii. The rare toringo crab apple, native to hills and mountains in Japan, grows into a picturesque shrub or very small tree (between 2m to 5m.) with a rounded outline. Massed clusters of pale pink buds open to white flowers, followed by small pretty red/yellow fruits in autumn. Bright green threelobed foliage gives added bonus in autumn when turning bright red/yellow. A very attractive and unusual ornamental tree for the garden.
Lot 25: Malus cf. yunnanensis. The equally rare Yunnan crab apple, from south western China, grows into a small widespreading yet compact tree of around 6m. White spring blossom is followed in autumn by small round yellow crab apples, which persist well into winter. Photo shows a plant in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. Fruit taste bitter, so not one for crab apple jelly. Foliage turns golden in autumn. Note: cf. used botanically describes a specimen where identification is not 100% certain, but indicates the probability of the species. Lot 26: Sweet Pea Blue Carnival Collection. The popularity of sweet peas in previous auctions has encouraged us to include a second lot this year. This specially grown collection, again by plantsman Mike Phillips from seed donated by Derek and Jenny Heathcote of Eagle Sweet Peas of Stafford, will attract those who like a colourthemed display. The beautiful range of blue shades will be perfect for border, vase or show bench.
Lot 27: Carpinus japonica AGM. The Japanese hornbeam is a beautiful small elegant rounded tree with attractive glossy deeplyridged foliage which is darker than the European hornbeam. Conspicuous green catkins (resembling hops) are a feature in spring, turning pale brown on maturity. Does well on sand or clay, even poor soils. Donated by Ross Underwood, Head Gardener at Hodnet Hall. Lot 28: Malmaison Carnation ‘Duchess of Westminster’. This now rare carnation has large light salmonpink blooms with a heady clove perfume. Malmaisons originated in France and named because they resemble the Bourbon rose ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’. They were fashionable in Edwardian times, grown in aristocratic glasshouses and the buttonhole of choice during the summer season! This variety received an Award of Merit in 1902. Great pot plants, for a cool conservatory or patio in summer. Keep on the dry side. A resurgence of interest is just starting – these plants specially propagated for the auction at Eaton Hall Gardens. Donated by the Duchess of Westminster.
Lot 29: Alnus sieboldiana. Originating from Japan, this delightful Alder species makes a lovely medium-to-large garden shrub, though rarely seen. The pendant yellow catkins mature into ornamental cones as summer progresses. The serrated leaves are strongly ribbed. Donated by Ross Underwood, from the outstanding gardens at Hodnet Hall, with superb mature trees. www.hodnethallgardens. org Lot 30: Sorbus carmesina B & L 12545. This lovely rowan was introduced as seed in 1987 from China and named by Dr. Hugh McAllister, botanist at Ness Botanic Gardens. Clusters of white flowers in early summer are followed by a spectacular display of deep pink fruit in autumn. Also noted for its attractive blue-green pinnate foliage, which turns orange and red in autumn. A broadly columnar specimen tree for lighter soils. From Nessâ€™s National Collection of Sorbus.
Lot 31: Geranium canariense. Rarely available to buy as a plant, you would usually have to grow your own from seed – and wait for a year or two for flowers. Here garden designer Richard Lucas has done the work for you, enabling you to enjoy this mature plant. It blooms for months through summer, with masses of bright pink flowers, above attractive glossy filigree foliage. On the border of hardiness, so best grown in a large pot on a sunny patio for maximum effect. Save some seed to propagate more! Lot 32: Davidia involucrata ‘Lady Sunshine’. A very rare tree, and variously described as “stunning”, “show-stopping” and even “jaw-dropping”, it doesn’t appear to be listed as currently available in the UK. Keen gardeners will be familiar with the beautiful species, known as the Handkerchief or Dove Tree, but this striking new version has the added bonus of heavily variegated leaves with broad creamy-yellow margins. Deciduous, it makes an eye-catching statement throughout the growing season, from spring to autumn. Because of its variegation, it is noticeably slower growing than the straight species and can be treated initially as a shrub which will eventually make a small branching tree. It also prefers a shaded spot, shielded from the afternoon sun, to prevent sun-scorch on hot summer days. Fully hardy. A special Lot for all plant-lovers! Donated by plantsman Lord Kenyon of Gredington, from his private nursery where he propagates choice trees.
Lot 33: Rose Shropshire Star. This repeat-flowering climber has delightful copper orange semi-double blooms all summer, with a nice gentle perfume. Excellent diseaseresistant foliage, too. At 6 to 8ft, it’s ideal for arches, pergolas and pillars and is bred in Shropshire by specialist Chris Warner. Highly recommended by donor Mary Jinks who has selected and donated it from her Country Garden Plant Centre, Hadnal. Lot 34: Eaton Hall Gardens Hot Borders Collection. Eaton Hall’s vibrant Hot Borders are backed by the brick Kitchen Garden wall. They are planted with a rich array of perennials, such as Roses (including the lovely old Rosa Frensham), Euphorbias, Heleniums, Rudbeckias and Dahlias, plus grasses which give height and texture to the fiery colour scheme of reds, yellows and oranges. Particularly effective from mid-summer into autumn, this collection has been specially selected by Head Gardener Jan Lomas to bring a taste of Eaton’s glory on a more intimate scale. Donated by the Duchess of Westminster.
Lot 35: Rhus verniciflua. This is the only true tree in the Sumach genus, cultivated primarily for attractive foliage. This specimen will grow into a spreading deciduous tree with smart glossy green pinnate leaflets which turn red in autumn (illustrated). Yellow flowers are produced in semi-pendant panicles in summer, followed by pale yellow fruit. Fully hardy. Known as the Varnish Tree, it is rarely seen in this country, although it has been grown for millennia in the east for its sap which is still used for making Chinese lacquer. Another choice plant from Lord Kenyonâ€™s private collection of treasures. Caution: the sap is poisonous and can cause skin irritation. All parts of the plant are poisonous and toxic fumes are emitted when the wood is burned.
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Aronias are delightful ornamental shrubs for gardens, originating from eastern states of Canada and the US and should be more widely grown. Natural understorey and woodland plants, they grow particularly well in dappled shade and have a wide range of soil tolerances, from boggy ground to more arid conditions. Any suckers can be removed or left to colonise an area. Deciduous, fully hardy and easy to grow but rarely seen. Known as chokeberries because raw fruits taste astringent, they are, however, edible and can be made into tasty jams and jellies. The berries are also promoted as a super-fruit, rich in flavonoid anthocyanin antioxidants and containing high levels of minerals and vitamins. Also loved by birds. These two species, which are similar, have been chosen for the auction by Lord Kenyon of Gredington, from his private nursery of rare and unusual woody plants. Lot 36: Aronia prunifolia The purple-fruited chokeberry is a showy shrub growing to around 8ft. Corymbs of white (sometimes with tinges of pink) flowers appear in spring, followed by abundant clusters of fruits in autumn. As an added bonus, the neat attractive foliage gives good autumn colour, turning from glossy green to wine red before leaf fall.
Lot 37: Aronia melanocarpa. The Black chokeberry is noted for its May clusters of 5-6 white flowers, which are attractive to bees. Masses of berries follow in autumn, with the best display in sun. The attractive foliage turns from glossy green to fiery red to give added autumn display. Typically shorter than Aronia prunifolia, it to around 3-6ft tall, so suitable for a small
Lot 38: Malmaison Carnation ‘Duchess of Westminster’ This now rare carnation has large light salmon-pink blooms with a heady clove perfume. Malmaisons originated in France and named because they resemble the Bourbon rose ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’. They were fashionable in Edwardian times, grown in aristocratic glasshouses and the buttonhole of choice during the summer season! This variety received an Award of Merit in 1902. Great pot plants, for a cool conservatory or patio in summer. Keep on the dry side. A resurgence of interest is just starting – these plants specially propagated for the auction at Eaton Hall Gardens. Donated by the Duchess of Westminster.
Lot 39: Rose Rhapsody in Blue. This recently bred rose is a fascinating colour, the bluepurple blooms maturing to slate purple grey and will be loved by gardeners and flower arrangers alike. Classed as a repeat-flowering floribunda, but sufficiently versatile to be grown as a short Patio Climber, reaching 4 to 6 ft. Donated by Mary Jinks, she says “this rose has wonderful colour and perfume and looks certain to become a great favourite”.
Lot 40: Eaton Hall Gardens Pink Border collection. The Pink Border at Eaton Hall brings subtly of a quiet and calm interlude amidst more vibrant planting elsewhere in the beautiful gardens. Pinkflowered plants including roses, lupins, Cistus, Sedums, Achilleas and penstemons are set off by the silver foliage of Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and Stachys. This lovely Lot makes a delightful contrast to the Hot Borders Selection, with plants specially selected for the auction by Head Gardener Jan Lomas to emulate the effect on a smaller scale. A truly unique opportunity! Donated by the Duchess of Westminster.
Lot 41: A Collection of Easy Alpine Plants. Hall Farm Nursery’s alpine collection is always a very popular Lot in our auction and this year Christine has thoughtfully selected plants which are both easy to grow and also suitable for a rockery, trough or gravel garden. So versatile, too, as in this vertical wall garden. Award-winning Hall Farm Nursery at Kinnerley does, of course, offer a comprehensive selection of home-grown top quality perennials which are suitable for growing in many garden situations and which can be seen in display beds when visiting the nursery. See the website for details, including special events www.hallfarmnursery.co.uk Lot 42: Convallaria Collection. A unique opportunity to acquire an outstanding Lot of rare Lily of the Valley species and varieties, selected for the auction from the private National Collection of Mrs Brigitte Haugh of Shrewsbury. The collection to include: Convallaria majalis ‘Hardwick Hall’ a fine form with large creamy yellow-edged leaves. Convallaria majalis ‘Landgraaf’ irregular golden streaks along the leaves. Convallaria majalis ‘Vic Pawlowski’s Gold’ bold yellow lines along the length of the leaves.
Lot 43: Koelreuteria paniculata. The Golden Rain tree is an elegant small deciduous tree with attractive pinnate leaves, pinkish in spring then turning yellow in autumn.
Small yellow flowers – but displayed in conspicuous clusters – are followed by ornamental bronze fruit. Donated from Cholmondeley Castle, Head Gardener Barry Grain says “I have chosen this choice tree, from mountainous northern India, for the auction this year. Tough and easy to grow given a bit of wind shelter, it’s a real beauty, common in larger gardens such as Cholmondeley, but not many people will have seen one”. Spot a mature specimen in the delightful gardens at Cholmondeley. For further details see www.cholmondeleycastle.com Lot 44: Welshampton Nest Box. This year’s edition of special Welshampton bird boxes made by Keith Egerton from old oak and roofed with recycled slates from Welshampton Church roof - complete with its own copper date plaque!
Dessert Apple Trees: donated by Combermere Estate Gardens. These are both on M9 dwarf rootstocks, suitable for bush, pyramid or cordon and excellent for small gardens. Ultimate height 6 to 8 ft when trained as a bush. Head Gardener Phil Tatler has chosen these to represent Combermereâ€™s amazing fruit maze - the only on know in the world. Visit www. combermereabbey.co.uk for charity garden open days. Lot 45: Apple tree Adams Pearmain. Old English variety, a russet-type eater with a crisp and nutty flavour.
Lot 46: Apple tree Ellisonâ€™s Orange AGM. A good regular cropper, juicy with a rich flavour. A good alternative to Cox. Additional Lots: a selection of additional lots is anticipated, including popular species Clematis grown by plantswoman Brigitte Haugh. These will be displayed at the event and a list will be available.
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