July 2013


Potentilla fruticosa Glamour Girl was launched last week at the GLAS 2013 show in Dublin.

Potentilla Glamour Girl

This splendid new variety, bred by Kieran Skelly in Ireland, has remarkable bicoloured flowers. It is free-flowering, bushy and compact.

Plants are now available from L & K Dunne Nurseries in Ireland and we are working to get this plant available from other propagators as quickly as we can.

EU Plant Variety Rights and US Plant Patent have both been applied for (under the name KM01).

We can announce that two PFE-managed plant varieties have been granted Plant Variety Rights.

Gaura Ruby Ruby

Gaura Ruby Ruby (HARRUBY), bred by Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants is an excellent compact and bushy variety with strong ruby pink flowers and ruby red stems. It branches freely and produces lots of flowers. Full information can be found here.

 

Philadelphus Starbright

Philadelphus Starbright was bred at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanic Garden in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. It is very hardy, with a strong upright habit. The young foliage and calyces are both near-black, contrasting superbly with the pure white flowers. It is early flowering and strongly scented – one of the best Philadelphus in the market. Full information can be found here.

 

PFE continues to have a very high “strike rate” with applications for EU Community Plant Variety Rights – we vastly exceed the average rate for success in applications. If you place your variety with us, we believe you are optimizing the chance of having PVR granted for your plant.

Some days, we’re just astonished by the stupidity of people in our industry.

What sort of idiot sends out 9cm plants of green Euphorbia martinii labelled as Ascot Rainbow?? In this case, the customer knew exactly what they wanted, had grown the variety before and was familiar with what to expect from Ascot Rainbow.

So, you can imagine their surprise when these plants turned up (and you can clearly see “Ascot Rainbow” on the label).

certainly not Ascot Rainbow

And, just in case you needed convincing, here’s a picture of genuine Ascot Rainbow. There really should not be any confusion, should there?

definitely genuine Ascot Rainbow

We will be contacting the supplier and giving them a serious dressing down. We want to find out if these came from a licensed producer or if they are being distributed illegally. If illegal, then they can expect appropriate action. If a licensee, then they will be under threat of the cancellation of their licence.

Growers and distributors should be aware that we simply will not tolerate this sort of behaviour with our varieties – and we are not afraid of naming and shaming in the press if we find repeat offenders.