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 at Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington. 1901she visted Margaret Ewart at Broadleaye Park, Roundway. 1911 she resided at Eastbury Manor, Crompton, Guildford. There appears to be little information regarding this cultivar. Some Clues: Mentioned in Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society Reportedly, extensively used by James Lye as a seed parent. We hope that our fuchsia #detectives will help us find more information about this #fuchsia cultivar including information relating to its first listing, when it was last seen or listed in a #nursery catalogue. Is it possible there was another Louisa Balfour who this cultivar could be named after, but considering this one stayed at Clyffe Hall unlikely. Any information you can share will help us and other fuchsia detectives helping in the search. #lostfuchsias #wiltshire #nationalplantcollection #harperdebbage #fuchsias…

Lost Fuchsia: Hon. Mrs Hay
James Lye , Lost Fuchsias / 26/02/2018

‘Hon. Mrs Hay’ is named after James Lye’s employer, Hon. Mrs. Louisa Hay (nee. Pleydell Bouverie). Louisa was the daughter of Captain (afterwards Admiral) the Hon. Duncombe Pleydell-Bouverie, (son of the 2nd Earl of Radnor of Longford Castle) and Louisa May. Louisa married Captain Hon. Samuel Hay (son of the 17th Earl of Erroll of Slains Castle) in 1832. Louisa spent nearly all her life at Clyffe Hall. We know this fuchsia cultivar was exhibited at horticultural shows at Trowbridge and Bath and received prizes. We hope that our fuchsia #detectives will help us find more information about this #fuchsia cultivar including information relating to its first listing or when it was last seen or listed in a #nursery catalogue. Any information you can share will help others in the search. #lostfuchsias #wiltshire #nationalplantcollection #harperdebbage #fuchsias #horticulture #earl #Radnor #Erroll #longsford #castle #slains #clan #hay #pleydell #bouverie #trowbridge #bath #cultivar

James Lye’s Obituary
James Lye , Market Lavington / 14/02/2016

James Lye. – On Saturday last, at a ripe age, a victim to paralysis, there passed away at Market Lavington, Wilts., a gardener in the person of James Lye, who had the warm esteem and regard of a wide circle of friends, and who had made for himself a good name in horticulture.  For very many years he was Gardener at Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington, and there gave his attention largely to the raising and growing of Fuchsias and Potatoes. Whilst the varieties of the latter which he raised have been elbowed out of commerce by newer ones, many of his Fuchsias to-day still rank amongst the very best in cultivation – indeed, none are more beautiful, have better habits, or flower more abundantly.  Mr. Lye was a very capable raiser and first class grower of specimens, and the noble pyramids he grew at Clyffe Hall, 9 to 10 feet in height, and referred to in an article in Gardeners’ Chronicle, February 14, 1885, were never excelled out of the West of England. He had retired from active life for several years, but still retained his love for Fuchsia-raiding to the last. A.D.   From: The Gardeners’ Chronicle, February 14, 1906….

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