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The Cyclamen Society Show at Wisley 16/10/10


The show was not open to the public until 11:00 but the plant sales opened at 09:00, so that meant an early start. On the road by 07:30 and we arrived at The Hillside Events Centre at Wisley whilst there was still a good selection to buy. My shopping list had included Cyclamen elegans and C. colchicum and I managed to obtain both as well as some nice forms of hederifolium and graecum.
When the show itself opened it was full of beautifully grown specimens. Here are a few :-

The Cyclamen graecum varieties were shown for their foliage

Cyclamen graecum anatolicum

2 forms of C,graecum candicum

2 of C.graeum graecum

A lovely selection of Cyclamen hederifolium cultivars
C. hederifolium crassifolium

C. hederifolium crassifolium, this has a lovely pink flush to the leaves

C. hederifolium CSE 08020. Really different leaf shape to this one.

C. hederifolium “Rosentippich”

C. hederifolium “Ruby Glow”

C. hederifolium “Stargazer”, as you can see the flowers face upwards.

C. hederifolium “Tilebarn Shirley”

C. mirabile

C. purpurescens

C. rohlfsianum

One of the classes within the show was for other Autumn flowering bulbs. The pick of them for me being this form of cartwrightianus

Crocus cartwrightianus

After the show a look around Wisley itself. Firstly some general views of the large rock garden

Then to the alpine house. My first visit to the Wisley alpine house is responsible for the alpine and rare bulb mania which has gripped me ever since. I’d like my ashes scattered in the sand plunge if possible!
To start with some general views of the benches.

The last one incudes Bessera elgans, the tall orange plant. Here is a close up of an individual flower.

Then I got drawn in by a group of South African plants, the Polyxenas. If anybody knows where you can buy them I’d be grateful for any info

Polyxena corymbosa

Polyxena ensiflora

Polyxena maughanii

Polyxena pauciflora

Polyxena pygmaea

One other plant amongst many which caught my eye was Saxifraga fortunei “Cherry Pie”

On leaving the house we found Sunny the nursery cat fast asleep under the covers on one of the sand beds

Finally over to the new glass house, a magnificent structure with areas for orchids, cacti and many other species. There was an exhibition of Nerine cultivars, all were magnificent but unfortunately none of them hardy. Here are a selection

Nerine “Cephus”

Nerine “Eve”

Nerine “Firelight”

Nerine “Fortune”

Nerine “Laguna”

Nerine “Linda”

Nerine sarnensis “Noel”

On the way out we went through the model vegetable garden and I just liked the sight of the sun shining on leaves of Swiss Chard. It looked as though it was on fire.

And so home with a bootful of plants well satisfied with the day.

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who could fail to not like these beautiful cyclamens, great pictures :-) I always enjoy my visits to Wisley

22 Oct, 2010


WOW WOW WOW, How beautiful is that, the plants are amazing, lovely photos. thank you for that blog it really was a pleasure to look at and read. I had no idea that there were so many cyclamen, their leaves and various flowers are simply amazing.

22 Oct, 2010


I haven't got words! Just stunning photos and another place to put on the "to visit" list! Thank you.

22 Oct, 2010


It makes my mouth water all those beauties,The leaves on Tilebarn Shirley are fantastic i had not seen that one before, now tell me where are you going to find the time and space to collect south African plants & Nerines.
Brilliant pictures as always

22 Oct, 2010


I will add this blog to my favourites. Just wonderful.

22 Oct, 2010


Lovely blog

22 Oct, 2010


incredibly stunning! i love that nerine and so many others. that cat must be the twin of mine!

22 Oct, 2010


The cyclamens were amazing, you could grow them just for the foliage alone, and the nerines were beautiful too.
Have truly loved looking at your photos.

22 Oct, 2010


wonderful blog..what amazing flwowers and the foliage.....thanks..:-)

22 Oct, 2010


Thank you everyone for the lovely comments, I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. Stroller you're right, the foliage is wonderful and cyclamen can become habit forming! True Brian where would I get the time or the space but I'd like to give it a go. I got a couple of cyclamen similar to "shirley", "gold shield" and "gold spear". I'll send you a couple of pictures of the leaves. Stickitoffee, Sunny the cat has been quite bothersome on those sand beds, to the extent that they've had to cover the surface with netting, covered with a thin layer of gravel to try and stop "deposits". He also has a habit of sleeping on the cushion plants. But they love him anyway. Whistonlass, Wisley is a must at any time of the year. Hope you enjoy it when you get there.

22 Oct, 2010


sunny the cat's twin ~ my cat also sleeps where she shouldnt! i hope they can train her ~ it would be an awful shame to spoil any of those perfect plants
such lovely photos ~ you could make a whole calendar with those!

22 Oct, 2010


Wonderful photos......thanks so much for sharing :-))

23 Oct, 2010

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