This page contains a brief
assessment of the performance of the cultivars I grew during 2001. A decision taken early
in the year meant I would grow only mediums during 2001.
Easy to grow yellow medium intermediate. Very consistent - lots of blooms to exhibition
Pure white intermediate, a bit loose for some tastes but a favourite with me. No problems
to speak of.
A pure white, hard petalled medium incurved. The best there is for consistency and ease of
growing - good exhibition blooms too. Proved it's worth several times over (at Stirling
and Perth Shows).
Good purple medium intermediate. Good size and very consistent for show purposes.
The best medium reflexed cultivar I have grown - outstanding.
A bit smaller than the parent but worth it's place in the garden for sure.
A good pink sport from John Wingfield. Taller this year - perhaps 5ft 6" to 6ft and
harder to dress than the yellow and the parent, but worth it's place.
Peach John Wingfield
Good colour but slightly smaller than the rest of the
family. Similar to pink when it comes to dressing.
A good October classified reflexed that can be grown for September shows. A big pink
flower that needs little or no dressing for the showbench.
Did not live up to it's promise of last year, all blooms rotted in the bags when other
cultivars grown alongside had no problems. No blooms shown.
Poor quality blooms, flowered late again. No form and short of petal.
A light yellow medium intermediate, lived up to the promise of last year. definitely one
to try again.
October classified medium bronze intermediate. I've been growing this as a Late for a
couple of years and decided to try a few plants for September flowers. Good size blooms
and good open intermediate form.
I've been growing this cultivar since I started with earlies in the early eighties so
there's some nostalgia attached to this one. Flowered very late with me, bloom size
reasonable but form not what. Finally will let this one go.
New in this year. Lots of hype in raisers catalogues and NCS literature - unfortunately
blooms were very small and rotted when about two thirds out. Not impressed! (Report and
pictures on Novelty 2001 page)
Ordered a dozen plants and the supplier sent me 6 of two cultivars, only apparent at the 5
inch pot stage. Both were grown because, being new, it was not obvious which was
Darlington Anniversary. As it happens neither cultivar turned out to be Darlington
Anniversary and both cultivars were very poor. No reports on the grapevine for this
cultivar and as the supplier has deleted the cultivar from his catalogue for 2002 I won't
bother trying to obtain it for next year. (Report and pictures on Novelty 2001
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Last updated on 23 December, 2001