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Timeless tradition

Well-known nursery and Chelsea stalwart ALLWOODS celebrates its 110 year anniversary in 2020 and is releasing a dianthus to mark the occasion. ‘Allwoods One Ten’ is a compact variety with good, strong stems, perfect for the front of borders or containers. The firm are also introducing ‘Hollycroft Fragrance’, a pink with a strong clove scent. The variety hasn’t been seen in cultivation for many years so the team at Allwoods were thrilled when they were sent some cuttings of the much-missed variety by a customer in Northumberland and were able to reintroduce it.

SCOTTS OF THRAPSTON are celebrating a special birthday this year, too: their centenary. The summerhouse specialists are longstanding Chelsea exhibitors, first putting on a display at the show in the 1960s. Chairman David Scott says: “Chelsea has always played a major part in the Scotts of Thrapston calendar. I first took our summerhouses to the show and it has a special place in our hearts.” The firm are planning their own ‘virtual’ Chelsea where online visitors will be able to explore their latest summerhouses, including a range made from ethically sourced hardwood.

When the sun shines and traditionally launch their new varieties at Chelsea each year – this year’s two new introductions are ‘Silas Marner’, named after the eponymous hero of George Eliot’s classic novel, and ‘The Country Parson’, after James Woodforde’s . Described as ‘unfussy’, ‘Silas Marner’ has flowers in soft, mid-pink with an old rose fragrance, healthy growth and good repeat flowering. The firm say ‘The Country Parson’ is ‘pretty yet feisty’, with glowing blooms of pure yellow and a fruity scent. Its feistiness comes in the form of modest, spiny thorns, and the fact it will flower from June until the first frosts.

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