Bowood House sometimes referred to as Bowood Park near Calne in Wiltshire hosted the Calne Flower Show for many years and James Lye , gardener to the Hon. Mrs. Hay of Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington was a regular exhibitor at these shows. The following Marquess’s of Lansdowne owned/occupied Bowood during the years that James would have exhibited. • Henry Charles, 4th Marquess of Lansdowne (1816–1866) • Henry Charles Keith, 5th Marquess of L...

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Lost Fuchsia: Miss Welch

  This weeks lost fuchsia is ‘Miss Welch’, which was introduced around 1885. We know very little about this cultivar, to our knowledge there appears to be only one description of this cultivar and no known images. We suspect that the fuchsia is linked to a member of James Welch‘s family, because James Lye and James Welch were known to each other as they both lived in Market Lavington and sat on the parish council.  It m...

Unusual Raffle Prize – Stergene!!
Pest and Diseases / 17/04/2018

At the end of March I was invited to the Wessex Fuchsia Group to talk about James Lye and his Fuchsias. This is the most local specialist fuchsia group to where James lived and worked. On the raffle table I spotted a small bottle of Stergene… This appeared to be an unusual item compared with the usual array of plants and other gifts that members had brought in. I asked some of the members what Stergene has to do with fuchsias, I was i...

Wiltshire Life – Covers the Lost Fuchsia Hunt
Lost Fuchsias , Wiltshire / 17/04/2018

The Wiltshire Life magazine has covered our hunt for James Lye’s lost fuchsias in their Home and Gardens Supplement, which is issued with the May edition of Wiltshire Life.   The full-page article provides details of the lost fuchsia hunt and encourages readers to put Wiltshire back on the horticultural map, by engaging in the hunt for the lost fuchsias of James Lye who is one of the most important Victorian fuchsia gr...

Lost Fuchsia: Duchess of Fife
James Lye , Lost Fuchsias / 10/04/2018

Today’s lost fuchsia is ‘Duchess of Fife’, which was introduced in 1892. We know very little about this cultivar and are hoping that our fuchsia detectives will  help us to find more information about this historic cultivar. On this occasion the partner named fuchsia ‘Duke of Fife’, doesn’t appear to have been introduced by James Lye (like the Duke of Albany and Duchess of Albany) instead the ‘Duke of Fif...

Calne Flower Shows at Bowood, Wiltshire

Bowood House sometimes referred to as Bowood Park near Calne in Wiltshire hosted the Calne Flower Show for many years and James Lye , gardener to the Hon. Mrs. Hay of Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington was a regular exhibitor at these shows. The following Marquess’s of Lansdowne owned/occupied Bowood during the years that James would have exhibited. • Henry Charles, 4th Marquess of Lansdowne (1816–1866) • Henry Charles Keith, 5th Mar...

Lost Fuchsia: Crimson Globe

Today’s lost fuchsia is ‘Crimson Globe’, which was introduced in 1879 (Though we suspect that it may have been introduced slightly earlier). The Gardeners Chronicle (29/11/1879) – provides a brief description of this cultivar and refers to the colour plate published by the Floral Magazine in September 1879. The image and description from the Floral Magazine, can be found in one of our earlier posts The Gardeners Chro...

Lost Fuchsia: Louisa Balfour

Today’s lost fuchsia is ‘Lousia Balfour’, we do not know when she was introduced and at present have a limited description of her. We understand that this fuchsia was named after Louisa Balfour who was born in 1852 in Darjeeling, India. Daughter of George G. and Juliana G. Balfour. From the census we can follow her travels: 1881 she was living at Middle Green, Langley-Marsh, Buckinghamshire. 1891 she visited Louisa Hay...

Lost Fuchsia: Walter Long
James Lye , Lost Fuchsias / 20/03/2018

We believe that this fuchsia is named after Walter Hume Long, who was born in Bath in 1854, and married Lady Dorothy (Doreen) Blanche, daughter of Richard Boyle, 9th Earl of Cork, in 1878. Walter died in 1924 at Rood Ashton House in Wiltshire. During his political career which spanned over 40 years, Walter held office as President of the Board of Agriculture, President of the Local Government Board, Chief Secretary for Ireland, Secretar...

Lost Fuchsia: C. N. May
James Lye , Lost Fuchsias / 12/03/2018

C. N. May (Charles Neale May, born in Reading). Mr May was instrumental in resurrecting the Devizes Flower Show, in 1880 (Devizes Horticultural Society). In 1882 the show was held on the 7th August at Roundway Park, the residence of C. E. Colston, Esq. Charles May founded with Mr Brown, ‘Brown and May’ a North Wiltshire Foundry based in Devizes in 1854, which was the largest employer in the area, and exported its machinery all over ...