April 2011


Geum Totally Tangerine

Geum Totally Tangerine, bred by Sussex-based plantsman Tim Crowther, has been recognised in a leading US trial of perennial plants.

Totally Tangerine has been selected as a Plant Of Merit in the garden trial of perennial plants at the Univeristy of Georgia in Athens, GA.

Dr Allan Armitage of UGA said "The gardens at UGA have many plants [in trial], so for a plant to get noticed and put up front is a great endorsement."

Young plants of Totally Tangerine are now available from selected EU licensees. Contact us for more details.

Please note that two new EU Plant Variety Rights applications have recently been submitted for plants in the PFE portfolio.

Propagation, sale, distribution, import and export of these varieties is now illegal without a licence. Licences are only issued by PFE.

I’m not quite sure if the forthcoming public holidays in the UK are getting the horticulture industry excited (lots of sales opportunies) or terrified (how will we get stock into garden centres fast enough?). But, either way, if the weather is good, we think that all these holidays will be good for sales of garden plants.

Further to that, customers should note that the Plants For Europe office will be closed for the following days:

  • Friday 22 April – Good Friday
  • Monday 25 April – Easter Monday
  • Friday 29 April – Royal Wedding (we’ll be at the party on the village green!)
  • Monday 2 May – May Day
  • Monday 30 May – Spring Bank Holiday

During these holidays, email and telephone messages will not be checked, although we will do our best to respond to you as soon as we can.

Plants For Europe has today issued a press release and written to growers around Europe to remind them that Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow is protected by Plant Variety Rights. The text of the press release is as follows (you can also download the press release by clicking here):

 

Plants For Europe Limited, the independent plant breeders’ agent, is taking steps to remind growers that Euphorbia martinii Ascot Rainbow is protected by European Plant Variety Rights.

Graham Spencer, director of Plants For Europe, said “We are concerned that there are plants in the trade that are not carrying PVR information, either on the label, on delivery notes or in catalogues/websites. We wish to gain the support of growers and retailers to ensure that all plants are correctly marked, in accordance with current regulations.”

“We will be writing to all licensed growers of this plant as well as their customers to ensure that this message is understood.”

The Plant Variety Rights are the property of the breeder of Ascot Rainbow, David Glenn. The rights allow Mr Glenn, through his agent Plants For Europe, to control the propagation, marketing, sale, distribution and import/export of Ascot Rainbow. Growers and retailers found to be handling unlicensed product will be subject to legal action by the breeder and agent.

Ascot Rainbow is a stunning new introduction that has proven to be amazingly popular with growers and gardeners alike. It offers handsome brightly variegated foliage that is attractive through the year. It is hardy and easy to grow, making a compact and bushy plant.