As I have written in the past, we should as a society support the specialist nurseries as much as we can, and autumn is a good time to take stock of one's collection and think about any additions or replacements for next. I know that a number of members have visited the Bouts Cottage stand at various shows throughout the season, and have commented to me on what good displays are put up. Well now is the time to get hold of a catalogue and get the orders in for next Spring. Elizabeth MacGregor has just issued a new catalogue, and I have noted that it contains an every increasing number of their own raising.
I have been swamped with requests for news of Planta Vera. As most of you will know the large number of violas here have been withdrawn from the National Collections scheme, and there was much concern about their future. I have worked very hard to get any information that is available, and none of my efforts have met with any response. However I have it from a second source that it is the intention to continue with the cultivation and sale of violas, and there is an entry in the current PlantFinder. If any member really does want any of the varieties that they list I can only suggest that they plug away, however frustrating it might be. I include myself in this, as I am trying to collect, for the Society, all the cultivars raised by the late Ray Frost, and other members of the old North of England Society. Checking the seed register against the PlantFinder I find that there are at least six varieties which fall into this group. I really would like to cultivate them and get them distributed round a few more growers. We shall see. I hope to be able to make a positive report in the Spring.
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