it in a raised peat bed where it presents no special difficulties
as long as it is never allowed to dry out. In these conditions it
can put on rapid growth. The plant Pat and I put on the bench was
purchased from Ian Christie when he last visited us at Greenmount
in April 2009 so was probably only three or four years old when it
was lifted (to be safely put back on the day after the Show). It
fact I only confirmed the age when I was putting it back and found
the original label – I had imagined it was much older.
branches are very weak and liable to break if even lightly brushed
against. I have yet to work out how to propagate it. I have been
successful only a few times with such small seed and taking a few
accidentally broken branches and trying to root them in the open
bed has so far proved unsuccessful. It usually flowers in early
May so is too late for our usual Shows in April.
especially pleased when it won the Carol McCutcheon Award. Pat and
I owe Carol a great debt for encouraging us when we first started
and teaching us a lot about showing plants to the highest
standard. The Farrer Medal was an unforeseen bonus.