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 informed it helped with controlling Whitefly. The solution ratio mentioned was one teaspoon to a litre of water as a spray. It isn’t systemic, but it does kill them on contact. One member said that they sprayed once a week, from below, on the fuchsia plants they keep in their greenhouse, making sure they sprayed on the underside of the leaves, where usually you will find the heaviest infestations. As we all know Fuchsias are susceptible to several pests including Whitefly, Greenfly, Red Spider Mite, Capsid Bugs, and Vine Weevil. There are several insecticides on the market which will help you keep these under control safely if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. For those growers who are…

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 growers and exibitors, who came from Market Lavington in Wiltshire. Notes about Wiltshire Life: Wiltshire Life was established in 1946 and is Wiltshire’s leading county magazine. It looks both forwards and backwards, bringing its readers some of the best stories about county traditions while also keeping them up to date on more recent innovations. They cover the entire county, from Swindon in the north to Salisbury in the south, and from Marlborough in the east to Trowbridge in the west.  Wiltshire Life’s winning formula of stunning photography, well written features and strong design has made it the magazine to read. It is packed with interesting and topical features on county personalities, village life, walking, local history, food and drink, gardening, the arts and much more. #lostfuchsias #Wiltshire #jameslye #harperdebbage