Extract from Growing Triphylla Fuchsias Page:January 2017In September 2016 I volunteered to stage a display of Triphyllas at the North West Fuchsia Societies Workshop at Bilsborrow. I have always grown 2 or 3 so the hunt was on to collect some more. I managed to gather about 24 plants from various nurseries and was quite pleased with the result I really enjoyed growing these so much that I have decided to increase my collection and am eagerly awaiting new varieties
December 2017To increase my collection I knew I was not going to be successful in finding new varieties from the likes of B&Q, 6 varieties I was able to obtain from Woodmoss Fuchsias before they ceased trading, for more varieties I would have to go further afield and go down the mail order route.I have had quite a few disappointments in the past with mail order but I had little choice. My first port of call was Otherfellow Fuchsias who listed 29 different varieties but out of these only 11 were available. After no replies from telephone calls and a couple of emails I gave up on them.My next choice was Clay Lane Nurseries who have an excellent selection. 6 different varieties were ordered in December 2016 and landed March 2017 and what great plants they were, well packaged and good clean, healthy plants. I can highly recommend Clay Lane Nursery for mail order plants. I was so pleased I ordered another 8 varieties which I would collect whilst I was at the Mario De Cooker lecture down in Normandy in June (a 500 mile round trip….crazy) I was also able to obtain a few more of Mario’s introductions whilst I was there. A few more from Little Brook Fuchsias added to the ones I already had and I now have 47 different varieties. I have to add that not all these are true Triphyllas and are variants, in fact some of them have no Triphylla genes at all but have been bred from Species and ordinary Cultivars to maintain the familiar long tube and short corolla, but I could not ignore them.The ones from mail order I ordered 3 of each variety. Remember the 3 in a pot from the Growing Triphylla Fuchsias page, a quick and easy way to get a decent size plant in one season. No stopping was made as I was keen to get them in flower to photograph them and also to see how they grew i.e. vigorousness, upright, lax or trailing and to see which ones would be worth keeping for a second year. Needless to say all them have found a place in the greenhouse for over wintering but I have had to sacrifice quite a few ordinary cultivars to make room for them and cuttings to be taken.At the time of writing this I have placed a further order from Clay Lane Nursery and am now wondering where I am going to put them!Below you can view most of my collection. Just click on a picture to start a slide show.