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! 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

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

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
and he has an interesting web site with and awesome list of Heuchera varieties.