Lost Fuchsia: Jane Lye
Lost Fuchsias / 27/04/2018

This week’s lost fuchsia is ‘Jane Lye’, which was introduced in 1870 and we are hoping that our fuchsia detectives will help us to find more information about this historic cultivar. Description: Current Status: Believed lost to cultivation Year of Introduction: 1870 Flower Type: Single Tube Colour: Pink Sepals Colour: Pink Corolla Colour: Mauve Pink Foliage Colour: Green We suspect that the fuchsia is named after James Lye‘s sister, although it could be named after a different member of the family. It may be possible to link the naming/introduction of this fuchsia through parish or census records. Additional Clues on where this cultivar has previously been listed to help our detectives: In The Checklist of Species, Hybrids and Cultivars of the Genus Fuchsia, by Leo B. Boullemier (1991), he highlights similarities between the Fuchsia Cultivars ‘Jane Lye’ and ‘Lady Kathleen Spence’. ‘At first glance, when flowers of these two cultivars are side by side, they appear to be very similar, in fact the colour of both corollas is exactly the same. Closer examination does, however, reveal that Lady Kathleen Spence is a much smaller flower with a much shorter tube ¼ in as compared with Jane Lye’s tube measuring 5/8…

Harper & Debbage wins Silver at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 2017

Harper and Debbage (owners of the James Lye Fuchsia Collection) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Silver award for it’s second exhibit of our Plant Heritage, National Plant Collection of Fuchsia Cultivars introduced by James Lye at the Royal Horticultural Society’s, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (4th to 9th July) 2017. Our concept this year was to exhibit some of the Fuchsias from the collection in a simple display and provide a range of interpretation panels highlighting key facts about James Lye, including his family (a number of his cultivars are named after his daughters), His career at Clyffe Hall and some of the awards he received for exhibiting his fuchsias, We have also been able to locate a number of colour plates of his Fuchsia introductions from 1877 to 1880, which are also displayed. We are highlighting a previously unknown fuchsia introduced by James Lye. Which was found listed in an article about New Fuchsias in the ‘Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener’ published in October 1899. Which describes the cultivar as follows:   Fuchsia ‘Lye’s Marvellous’ Tube and Sepals: Reddish Carmine. Corolla: Violet Purple.       Please see our blog post about this article…

Plant Heritage announces Brother Bursary winners for 2017

Kristopher Harper (owner of the Collection) is delighted to announce that the National Plant Collection of Fuchsia cvs. (introduced by James Lye) has been awarded a Plant Heritage, Brother Bursary this year. The Bursary given by Brother UK, provides financial awards and plant labelling machines towards projects to help develop National Plant Collections, and is judged by a panel of horticultural experts. Collection Holder Collection Award Kristopher Harper Fuchsia cvs.(introduced by James Lye) Professional photography of the Collection – creating a   photographic record of our National Collection, to aid in the promotion and   publicity of the plants by using high quality images  

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016 – Bronze Award

For the first time we exhibited a floral display of our Plant Heritage, National Plant collection of Fuchsia cultivars introduced by James Lye at the Royal Horticultural Society,  Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July (5th – 10th) 2016. Our concept for our first ever RHS Show exhibit was to display some of the National Plant Collection of Fuchsia cultivars introduced by James Lye, on a traditional tiered staging in Victorian clay pots.  We were keen to display the plants in a natural (untrained) habit, in different stages of flower so that visitors could see how the fuchsias would grow if untrained and that there is a succession of flowering once the plants starts to flowers. The display also provided information about the fact that the flowers and berries of fuchsias are edible, for this we also used F. procumbens which is an unusual mat-forming fuchsia specie, which has small, heart-shaped leaves and solitary, erect, pale orange flowers, with reflexed sepals which are deep purple with a green base, and the usual stamens with blue pollen. Our main interpretation panel (which is on the side of our display) highlighted three key areas, James Lye, Edible Fuchsias and Fuchsia History. We…

Suffolk Plant Heritage Spring Fair – Sunday 29th May 2016

This is a popular plant fair held in the stunning grounds of Helmingham Hall, with the offer of a wide selection of plants and garden products from over 40 exhibitors and attracts well over 1000 visitors. This was the first plant fair we have attended to promote our National Plant Collection.  The journey from home to the Hall was 41 miles, so we left home soon after 7.00 am to allow enough time to arrive and set up in plenty of time before the gates opened at 10am.  We were given a very warm welcome on our arrival, and easily located our pitch, which was amongst the other National Plant Collections exhibiting: Hosta, held by Mickfield Hostas. http://www.mickfieldhostas.co.uk/ Dianthus (Malmaison), held by Mr J M Marshall Iris (Sir Cedric Morris introductions), held by Ms S Cook Campanula – Alpines, held by Mrs S Wooster. http://www.bellflowernursery.co.uk/ It was a glorious day with plenty of sun and, judging from the number of visitors wandering around carrying bags full of plants, all the stall holders had been busy.  It was a shame that we didn’t have time to explore the fabulous gardens at Helmingham, which many of our customers talked about.  We hope to visit again in…

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – We are pleased to announce that the Collection will be exhibiting for the first time in the Floral Marquee at the Royal Horticultural Society’s, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 5 – 10 July 2016, as part of the Plant Heritage displays highlighting the diverse range of National Plant Collections. [The full press release is available here] (19 December 2015)

Collection’s First Open Day 2014

Collection Open Day – The James Lye Fuchsia Collection, will be throwing its doors open to the public for its first Plant Heritage, National Plant Collection open day on Sunday 7th September 2014. To view the full Press Release, click on the link below (3 March 2014)

National Plant Collection Status

Plant Heritage – Leading plant conservation charity, Plant Heritage is delighted to welcome a National Collection of Fuchsia cvs. Introduced by the Victorian Plantsman, James Lye. To view the full Press Release, click n the link below [PDF] (14 February 2013) Press Release Download (PDF)