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 the world. Charles was Mayor of Devizes in 1868. By 1871 he and his wife lived at Spittlecroft House. In 1889 he was listed as a Director of ‘The North Wilts Dairy Company Limited’, of Elm Lodge, Devizes and was a JP (Justice of the Peace) for the borough of Devizes. Charles died in 1908 and is buried at St. James, Southbroom, Devizes. During the period 1891-1908 he appears to be living Seaton, East Devon. The Fuchsia Cultivar ‘C. N. May’ appears in the following nursery catalogues, W J Bull, B S Williams, John Forbes. We would love to see images of these catalogue entries. We hope that our fuchsia #detectives will help us find more information about this #fuchsia cultivar including information relating…

Lost Fuchsia: James Welch
James Lye , Lost Fuchsias / 05/03/2018

Today’s lost fuchsia is ‘James Welch’, James was born in 1856 and married Annie Earle in London in 1887. The Fuchsia Annie Earle has survived and is held within our Plant Heritage, National Plant Collection. We would love to find James so that we can reunite the couple. James was the Secretary of the Wiltshire Agricultural Association (Society) for many years and a founder member of the Market Lavington Parish Council and its chairman from 1915-1919). The Fuchsia Cultivar ‘James Welch’ appeared several times in the Gardeners Chronicle first in 1885 as a new fuchsia for 1886, and had listings in following nursery catalogue’s, John Forbes, Dobbies, W J Bull, B S Williams. We would love to see these listings.. 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 #trowbridge #bath #cultivar #agricultural #marketlavington #gardeners, #dobbies, #forbes #welch #london

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

Lost Fuchsia: Mrs Hooper Taylor
James Lye , Lost Fuchsias / 19/02/2018

Mrs Hooper Taylor (Betty) had links to the Bath Floral Fete and Band Committee and the Clifton and Trowbridge Horticultural Societies. She resided in Bath with her Husband Mr Hooper Tayor (Robert), who we will be highlighting in due course. We hope that you will help us find more information about this #fuchsia cultivar and any information relating to its introduction or when it was last seen or listed in a #nursery catalogue. #lostfuchsias #wiltshire #nationalplantcollection #harperdebbage #fuchsias #bath #trowbridge #horticulture #clifton #society

Lost Fuchsia: Duke of Albany
James Lye , Lost Fuchsias / 12/02/2018

The Duchess of Albany is looking for her lost Duke. We are not sure when the ‘Duke of Albany’ disappeared from cultivation, and are hoping that our #detectives are able to help us reunite the couple. The Dukedom was create in 1881 for the fourth son of Queen Victoria, and we suspect that the cultivars ‘Duke of Albany’ & ‘Duchess of Albany’ were introduced earlier that currently know date of 1885 to commemorate their marriage (Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Prince Leopold) in 1882. We hope that you will help us find more information about this #fuchsia cultivar and any information relating to it’s introduction or when it was last seen or listed in a #nursery catalogue. #lostfuchsias #wiltshire #albany #duke #duchess #nationalplantcollection #claremont #royalfamily #harperdebbage #fuchsias #prince #royal #queenvictoria #victoria #queen

Lost Fuchsia: Beauty of Lavington
James Lye , Lost Fuchsias / 05/02/2018

Our 1st lost #fuchsia is ‘Beauty of Lavington’ this #cultivar was selected by our #detectives. We do not know when this fuchsia went missing, so we are hoping that our detectives can help locate information about this cultivar. #lostfuchsias #nationalplantcollection #wiltshire #lavington

Lost Fuchsia Hunt – Become a Fuchsia Detective

Become a Fuchsia Detective…..   During 2018 we are hunting for the lost fuchsias that were introduced by one of England’s most important Victorian Fuchsia growers, exhibitor and hybridiser Mr James Lye, from Market Lavington, Wiltshire. James introduced many fuchsia cultivars but only a small number of these have survived over the years, with all the known surviving cultivars held within our National Plant Collection®. On the 5th February we will be launching our Lost Fuchsias Hunt which will highlight one lost cultivar each week. We are hoping that our fuchsia detectives (you/your members) will start searching for information relating to each cultivar, this could be by searching published material (Books, Pamphlets, etc.), Historical Journals such as the Gardener’s Chronicle, The Gardening World Illustrated and The Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, etc., Local Newspapers in Wiltshire for example the Devizes & Wiltshire Gazette or surrounding areas. Nursery Catalogues such as H. Cannell & Sons, etc. We also hope that detectives will spend the summer exploring gardens to see if they can locate any fuchsias growing in gardens (e.g. those open to the public). We will provide detectives with the following clues each week. On a Monday a postcard will…

Fuchsia, Crimson Globe – The Floral Magazine – 1879
Fuchsias , James Lye , Lost Fuchsias / 07/07/2017

Plate 371.  FUCHSIA, CRIMSON GLOBE This is a very fine exhibition and decorative variety, raised by Mr. James Lye, Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington, Wilts, and distributed by him last spring.  Our illustration is from a spray plucked fram a plant of good size, which displayed to the greatest advantage the handsome leafage and symmetrical growth of the variety, its great freedom of bloom, the elegant outline of the plant, and the fine individual character of the flowers. The tube and sepals are of a deep red, very broad, stout, and finely formed; the corolla, which is of the finest form and very massive, as well as handsomely rounded, is of a plum-purple colour. Mr. Lye has been turning his attention to raising new varieties of the Fuchsia that should possess all the qualities desirable in exhibition and decorative plants.  As exhibition varieties his new forms are particularly worthy of notice, and we can heartily commend them to the attention of our readers. Image taken from: The Floral Magazine, 1879. Plate 371.