‘Pot­ter’s Wheel’

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardening Miscellany -

Since the 1950s, ‘Pot­ter’s Wheel’ has been one of the most fa­mous forms of Christ­mas rose. A mys­tery helle­bore seedling ap­peared at the rented home of Ma­jor G. H. Tris­tram in Stafford­shire. He had planted a bed of roses and the seedling ap­peared, even though there were no other helle­bores nearby.

He gave the plant to nurs­ery owner Hilda Daven­port-Jones in Kent. The seedling plant had large flow­ers, but it was a slow-grower, and Hilda couldn’t quickly ‘bulk’ it up for sale (usu­ally car­ried out by cut­tings). So she col­lected the seed and over sev­eral sea­sons rig­or­ously se­lected a uni­form strain. Over the years, ‘Pot­ter’s Wheel’ has won nu­mer­ous awards.

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