Monday, 18 October 2010

Heucheraholics at Courson

Thanks to Luc Klinkhamer for these photos of the Heucheraholics stand at Courson

Saturday, 16 October 2010

A couple of things - Courson and the long walk

So, where are the Heucheraholics this weekend!
Jooles and Sean are in France at the exciting event that is the Autumn Plant Fair at Courson. This is a new venture for them and both scary and exciting. I think they'll love it and come back full of tales about French eccentricity and a 'different' kind of plant fair.


and where is Emily, Jooles daughter?

She's half way between Lands end and John O' Groats on an epic walk in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust.

You show your support of the Trust and Emily's effort on their fund-raising web site: 


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

In the Hallowed Halls of the RHS London

Oct 5th and 6th we are at the RHS halls Autumn Harvest Show Come and visit us in the oasis of sanity and eccentricity that exists in the heart of London. The Heucheras are looking especially plumptious, Autumn suits them very well. The goldy, yellowy, limey ones are dazzling, come and see them in all their glory!

Friday, 20 August 2010

So what does a one litre plant look like?

Heucheraholics supply almost all of their plants  in one litre pots. That means you get stonking plants that are strong enough to get established quickly, they are so much bigger than the plugs and bare root plants that many other nurseries sell.

Remember to water plants in well when you plant them, this first watering is more about settling them in than keeping them moist......even if you plant them in the rain you will still need to give them a good soak.

The plant on the right is typical, some times they'll be bigger and occasionally in the Spring they'll be a tad smaller. Of course size will vary a bit according to variety, some like 'Brownies' get big quickly, others are more petite.

Top of the pile plants


I visited the Heucheraholics nursery today with the camera and I was totally amazed at the quality of the plants.

The new growing facility has really made a difference. Despite the variable weather the plants look perfect. The range of colours is impressive ...it looks like a great time to buy some plants as they are all big and fat after a good growing season.

Here's a selection of varieties that are ideal for shady places.
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Some strange goings on at Shrewsbury Flower Show!!!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Wow!.......our catalogue now on-line for you to download

Heucheraholics Catalogue
We launched our gorgeous glossy catalogue at Chelsea and thousands were picked up in the five days but we know that there are a few of you who didn't make it to Chelsea so now you can get you hands on a digital version from our web site.

The file is a pdf, most computers can view pdf files, in fact most browsers will let you view it as though it was a web page. Be a little patient, it will take a couple of minutes to download as there are 20 pages, much of which is full colour photos - it's worth the wait!

The Heucheraholics catalogue has Jooles own descriptions for all of the plants within it. Unlike most web sites and catalogues Jooles has created descriptions that avoid USA terminology - and she has done them in her own inimitable style. We can't promise that all the varieties in the catalogue are available all the time, so look at the main web site for details of availability.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

We struck gold at the New Forest Show

Hot on the heels of Tatton park came the New Forest show, it was panic stations to get the stand together as well as a right mission to find enough show plants, but we made it. Our efforts well rewarded with a shiny gold award!
Heuchera 'Sugar Plum' was looking good at the New Forest Show

Our shiny Gold card and a small plastic sheep.
Heuchera 'Sugar Plum' was looking especially yummy on the stand and aroused a lot of interest.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Fifty fifty - a new Heuchera.....or just a curiosity?

Here's another clip from Graham Rice, he spotted one of Joole's 'sports' at Hampton Court and did a little piece about it on the RHS web site

Something to do with an old herb pot

You can plant all kinds of things in Strawberry and Herb pots......Heucheras seem really happy in them, I guess it's the good drainage. You can position the pot so that the shade lovers are on the shady side and the........well you get the picture.

In my example I've used a rainbow of colours but the simple use of two colours might look better, or perhaps add some other plant into the mix, maybe a Hosta or two.

I used a coarse compost that had loads of stringy stuff in it, this helped hold the compost from sneaking out at the sides of the plant.....take a bit of care watering until the Heucs are rooted, you don't want to flush the soil out of the planting holes.

Watering is easier if you plonk the whole thing in a shallow saucer, the terracotta will wick the water up and ensure that the bottom plants grow as well as the ones at the top.

You could add some crocus bulbs, they would flower at the time when Heucheras are not looking their best and so keep the pot looking pretty.
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Monday, 19 July 2010

Graham Rice places Heuchera 'Regina' in a top 10

Graham seems to like doing 'top 10's'.........here's his latest. It's the top 10 plants for dry shade and the full list is one the RHS web site: Top 10 plants for dry shade

You'll see that a Heuchera has made it into the list, no surprise there as many Heucheras are natives of woodland and such habitats often get dry in Summer....the plants have evolved to cope. H. 'Regina' has been selected because it copes especially well:


H. 'Regina' is one of the many varieties we can supply, take a look at our Heuchera shop

Monday, 12 July 2010

Heucheraholics -Gala Night at Hampton Court!! Hic!! Porter -Thanks Laura!!

We're in the top ten!

Graham Rice did a top ten new plants at Hampton Court 2010 and one of our plants was chosen. We'll forgive him for getting the name wrong (it's Fan Dancer) and also for using the USA 'HOOKERA' pronunciation.....the important thing is that Graham picked one of ours out of the thousands there.

Fan Dancer is a great variety, that's why we gave it such prominence on our show stand......can you buy it from us?.......I'll have to check with Jooles, watch this space! and also you need to know that Solva Plants is the other name for Heucheraholics.

To view the video click the pointy arrow thing and the black hole will burst into life


video

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Heuchera 'Autumn Leaves' now on stream

Another one the 2010 varieties that has been causing a stir is now available from Heucheraholics - Autumn leaves is good to go. Get them while they're hot!

Autumn Leaves
Superb Plant for all season colour..Deep red/shades of taupe in the early spring Richening to deep ruby red in winter.Combination of villosa and americana makes this a great heat and humidity tolerant plant. Excellent container plant . Flowers white in summer


and, Citronelle is available again after having sold out earlier in the year.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Heuchera 'Lipstick and Heucherella 'Golden Zebra' now available





Heuchera 'Lipstick' Lovely soft apple green foliage veiled with silvery white. A compact plant which hails myriads of intense rich deep red flowers that rebloom over a long period! Excellent for containers and garden in light shade . Flowers 30cm

Ht 25cmx30cm - Well drained soil, partial shade HEUCHERA SHOP



Heucherella 'Golden Zebra'
A really striking combination of feathery bright golden foliage with rich ruby red central markings. Lush foliage on a tight crown make this an excellent container or ground cover plant. Spires of creamy white flowers are continually borne in Spring and Summer. Ht 45 cm.

Ht 25cm x 35cm - Well drained soil, partial shade HEUCHERELLA SHOP

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Mary Kate loves Heucheraholics

A nice blog post about us:

Favourite Stand in the Great Pavilion – Sweet Tea Cafe

I confess to never having heard of Heucheras, but I just fell in love with them, and absolutely adored this stand. I’m reliably informed by Jooles, a self confessed heucheraholic, that the inspiration for the Sweet tea cafe theme came from the names of the varieties – and with names like creme brulee, vanilla spice, strawberry swirl, key lime pie cappuccino, chocolate ruffles, tiramisu, it’s easy to understand why! Of course how could Tea with Mary Kate resist the wonderful green shed and amazing purple tea cups!
These pretty plants are great for shade, and with such diversity of form. Rather worryingly, I am beginning to understand the obsession – Geisha’s fan and blackberry jam just two more gorgeous names for equally gorgeous plants.
Thanks Mary Kate

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Be amazed

Here it is, Sean's flower arrangement - all those lovely Heuchera flower heads delicately arranged into a feast for the eyes!

OK the arrangement may not be up to show standards but the flowers are rather nice, click the image to see the colours.




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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

It's a Silver Gilt for Heucheraholics at Chelsea

On press day I visited Jooles and Sean on their 'Sweet Tea' themed stand, once again they pulled off a great display, it was fun, bright and the plant quality was top notch. I had to beat a hasty retreat from the scene due to a reaction to the overpowering stench of the Hyacinths next door but returned later upwind and managed to avoid any further symptoms.

Why didn't the stand get Gold - easy answer Jooles made a cheeky comment about the tie worn by one of the judges and I'm sure that let the treasured Gold slip away..........there can't have been any other reason, or could there?........was the absence of the Duck talisman responsible. Either way, the stand was a hit with the public and that's what matters.

The theme was developed around the new variety of Heucherella 'Sweet tea' - the roof of the little shed was covered in Sweet Tea and the bright planters were oversized tea cups. Sean even did a flower arrangement!.......to follow.

Many people commented on the interesting flowers of the new Heucheras and Heucherellas, they are really quite fascinating and worthy of close inspection, I can see flower arrangers following Seans lead and growing Heucs just for their flowers, he's such a trend setter.

Just look at that fantastic Pinot Gris below, how yummy is that!.........and note the flowers all around. One of the varieties used a lot in the stand was Heucherella 'Fan Dancer' it's a fat healthy plant that makes a great foil for the more colourful varieties - but it's a cracking plant in it's own right and has lovely white flowers.  It was great to see some old favourites putting on a good show, there was a fine example H. Plum Pudding and a few other not-so-new ones showing that it's not all about the latest intros.


Monday, 24 May 2010

Chelsea - WOW and a Heucheraholics catalogue

The Heucheraholics stand has been judged and the result will be declared tomorrow (Tues am) - The plants quality is great as always and the originality is well up to standard so fingers crossed it's a prize card of the right hue.

Just in time for the show the Heucheraholics catalogue has rolled off the press - it's a goody, full of illustrations and Jooles own descriptions - get along to the stand and get one!

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Colourful Heucheras in the Terra Nova garden

Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries fame has posted on Facebook this shot of part of the colorful garden at the nursery. It shows off the amazing colour of new growth in the Spring and speaks volumes for the amazing effects that can be created with the newest Heuchera varieties. OK, it's not just the Heucheras making the colour but the image helps anyone with a passion for foliage colour get a feel for what can be achieved.


Thanks to Dan for permission to use the image
TERRA NOVA NURSERIES

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

'Midnight Bayou' and 'Midas Touch' now available from Heucheraholics

The yummy new stuff is coming along rapidly and with the warm weather expect some nice, fat, fresh plants from the new Heucheraholics growing house.

Just listed are 'Midnight Bayou' (left) and 'Midas Touch' (right)

 

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Preparation for Chelsea

Chelsea is tiring and very demanding so Jooles has been preparing the Picnic hamper, it's essential that the team (Jooles and Sean) don't go thirsty so these tasteful cups are being packed along with saucers and Rich Tea's bikkies to match................

Or could outsize crockery be part of the most imaginative stand theme the Heucies have dreamed up so far......the clue is in the name of some of the newest Heucheras.

I've seen Sean deep in thought planning the 2010 stand, all that brain strain means it's going to be something very special - do not miss it!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Here they come...the 2010 Heucheras


As the weather warms up the 2010 varieties are coming on stream - look out for about ten of them during the run-up to Chelsea.
Here is the description of one of them from Jooles

Electra
Wow!!! This is another electrifying plant!! Massive brightest golden leaves that have blood running through their veins! The blood keeps pumping through the veins all year even as the leaf colour changes from bright yellow to chartreuse then finally to tan in the winter. Suberb in containers or border mixed with black, purple or shocking pink! Short white spires of flowers borne in summer.



Electra is available NOW.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Look closely at Viking Ship

Here's a little treat - did you ever get down on your knees and look closely at the flowers of Heucherellas?

To really appreciate the photo click it for the bigger version

It's well worth trying, they are little gems, this one is the flower of H. 'Viking Ship'. A strange name for such a delicate thing but hey-ho, there must be a reason. I keep trying to see if the leaf markings resemble the prow of a Viking ship but perhaps my imagination isn't good enough to see it.

The marrying of Heuchera and Tiarella has been very fruitful, there are more and more real gems available.

You can see our range of Heucherellas on the main web site: Heucheraholics

My current favourite of all the tribe is Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' - this one is surely due a star role in the near future!
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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Heucheras - perfect container plants

We often think about container plants as being either for Summer planters or Autumn/Winter but Heucheras are perfect plants for either..........and when they get too big either pop them  into an even bigger pot or get them into the garden.

Here's my 'Blackberry Jam' - having thrived in Autumn and not flinched during the Winter it had totally outgrown it's planter. After being extracted it has been settled into a new home in our woodland garden.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Cuckoo fair

Where do all the people come from - it was a solid mass of humanity when I visited the Downton Cuckoo fair on Saturday. It was hard to really enjoy the experience but I was pleased to reach the sanity of the Heucheraholics stand and see the excellent display that Sean had put together.

I managed to have a quick chat with Sean in between him serving customers and bought four nice plants including the new, Berry Smoothie.

Seeing some of the new varieties in flower I was struck by how the leaf colour runs up into the flower head in some of them - very attractive.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Follow Luc on Facebook


These wonderful new Heucheras don't just happen spontaneously; behind the scenes there are breeders, growers, introducers and retailers all busy to keep the good stuff flowing.

Luc Klinkhamer is deeply involved in the breeding and introduction of various plants but high on his list of specialities is the genus Heuchera.
You can follow him on facebook http://www.facebook.com/dutchluke
and he has an interesting web site with and awesome list of Heuchera varieties.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Two new Heucheras and a Heucherella just released for sale.

Newly available on the Heucheraholics web site are Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' and 'Sugar Frosting' and, the one I've been waiting for because it's a real winner IMHO Heucherella 'Sweet Tea'.


I first saw 'Sweet Tea' early last year and thought is was something special, I'm pleased to see Heucheraholics have some of their chunky stock available this early in 2010. Get'em while they're hot!

I wonder why some of my most favourite Heucheras are Heucherellas?........answer please Jooles. Look at Tapestry as an example, that's a great plant and it's a Heucherella....or should that be an Heucherella?

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

More space - More Heucheras

Heucheraholics have expanded their growing area with a massive extra glasshouse.


This is a real luxury and as a result the 2010 plants look super-yummy. You can see Sean at the far end trying to look busy. Just look at the colour in those Heuchs!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Berry Smoothie - now available

This is a terrific plant! An amazing foliage colour of squashed raspberries that deepen to rose purple.

If you want a shocking contrast plant in container next to Lime Ricky or any other bright acid green plant!(Try Euphorbia!!) That is truely not sutble!!!! Flowers cream on strong stems in summer 50cm A big bold plant for all round colour!!!

Ht 45cmx 50cm best in well drained soil - partial shade

Friday, 19 March 2010

Heucheraholics Tour dates 2010

It's a hectic schedule for 2010 and it has already started. Thank heavens the weather has warmed up and Spring growth is happening. Our shows schedule is now on the heucheraholics website

Here are the coming four events, we'll see you there............

March 28th Venn Street Flower market –Clapham London

April 1st Sherborne charity plant fair-Digby Hall Sherborne –Dorset

April 3/4/5th Somerley Garden Show- nr Ringwood –Hants

April 4th Syon Park Rare plants fair –Brentford London

Friday, 26 February 2010

Heucheraholics at the RHS spring thing

Over on the Sea of unfathomable gravy there's an item about the Feb show. It's now called the RHS London plant and design show and has not had great press but hey-ho the Heucheraholics were there and if you scroll down the SOIG post you will have the joy of seeing Jooles and Sean wearing their natty T shirts (Sean, I find T shirts best worn not tucked in) You can click the pic below to see the T shirts - you need to scroll loads though: