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A FIRST FOR US!!

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A trip to the GC this week for compost, ended up with us buying a new Ribes (we thought it was White Icicle at first) when we got home, I decided to look it up on the internet, and was surprised and delighted to find this……..

Ribes ‘Elkington’s White’
Ribes ‘Elkington’s White’ is something quite special. It is a new form of the flowering current with icy white, pendant flowers. It was discovered as a chance seedling in the garden of Patricia Elkington, the Hampshire representative of the National Gardens Scheme. Luckily Patricia is a great plantswoman and recognised that this was something quite different. It has a neat upright habit unlike other white flowering currants and is really easy to grow. It looks fabulous underplanted with a sea of rich blue pulmonaria or ajuga.
Patricia interviewed us when we applied to get in the Yellow Book, she was also responsible for getting us on film in Japan, a very knowledgable lady, and has been opening her gardens for over 30 years!!
To actually own a plant that has been discovered and named by someone we know is a first for us, also a great honour, I hope it looks as good in our garden as the one in the photograph.

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A lovely plant...I like the flowering currants.And, great to have a who's history and name mean something to you!!,!

14 Feb, 2013

 

Ribes are great DD - have loads of them and always do well

14 Feb, 2013

 

Oh what a treat!

It looks a lovely shrub

Because its new are you allowed to propagate it? Some plants have a warning (or used to) bit like copyright, can't remember.....

The ribes usually strike cuttings quite easily semiripe or hardwood

14 Feb, 2013

 

Hi Dotty ...
That's exciting to have the ribes found by Patricia !
Good luck with the growing. :o)

14 Feb, 2013

 

Great info. On a great looking Ribes! Will you be under planting with Pulmonaria then A? Looking forward to seeing yours in situ soon. In fact I can't wait to see all the changes you've been making this winter!

14 Feb, 2013

 

what a gorgeous plant dd2 I bet you are over the moon.

I love Ribes but lost several in the borders. I cant grow them in my garden now as I have a species of honey fungus in the beds. They are not resistant to it . It has certainly encouraged me to do research

14 Feb, 2013

 

Sensational Dd. great find.

14 Feb, 2013

 

Looks very special and really beautiful

14 Feb, 2013

 

wow, what a great coincidence to buy a plant and then find it was discovered and named by someone you know! It looks lovely.

14 Feb, 2013

 

It does look lovely Dd. How special to find you have the plant grown and developed by someone you know and respect.. A lovely find.

14 Feb, 2013

 

Pretty special! Sure you will enjoy it.

14 Feb, 2013

 

I love the White flowering varieties Dd, and this is a really special one for you........it was meant to be!

14 Feb, 2013

 

How wonderful is that ! It's a lovely flower too ...

14 Feb, 2013

 

I always thought they only come in pink!
This looks and sounds like it's going to be a beauty!
I'm sure you will enjoy it for many years to come.

14 Feb, 2013

 

Thats really lovely DD. Hope it does well for you.

14 Feb, 2013

 

Thank you all very much for your comments, we have not grow Ribes since we moved here 13 years ago, and now we have 3 so at least one should go, we have been very busy this year making changes to the borders, adding more evergreen shrubs, will put a blog on soon.

14 Feb, 2013

 

I'll look forward to reading of your new changes especially about your evergreen shrubs.

15 Feb, 2013

 

Wont be long SBG..........

18 Feb, 2013

amy
Amy
 

How lovely for you Angela ,I will be comparing it with my white Icicle when mine is in flower ,I like the idea of underplanting with blue you've given me an idea :o)

25 Feb, 2013

 

Amy I can see some little white buds on already, It was not my idea re the blue planting, so cannot take credit for it, but I might give it a go.....

26 Feb, 2013

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