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More plants added to Shoot

7 Comments 25 November 2011

Aquilegia

Shoot has almost 12,000 plants listed in the plant finder A-Z database. We are always adding new plants for our members and now we are working with plant nurseries to add even more unusual plants to the Shoot database!

Carrie Thomas of Touchwood Plants (the holder of two National Collections of Aquilegias in the UK for the Plant Heritage National Plant Collection) has worked with Shoot to add new Aquilegia vulgaris cultivars to Shoot!  Aquilegia ‘Elegance’ is one of the new plants added and has been developed at Touchwood over a number of years. There is now a range of flower colours available in the ‘Elegance’ range, all named after gems.  Aquilega ‘Flamboyant’ has also been introduced by Touchwood. Carrie Thomas of Touchwood explains:

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the Aquilega ‘Flamboyant’ hybrid is that it is SCENTED, with sweetly fragrant flowers

We are delighted to be working with Carrie to promote Aquilega to a wider audience and look forward to working with more plant specialists to promote their beautiful plants. See all the Aquilegia in Shoot.

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7 Comments so far

  1. Barry Tabor says:

    Many of us, perhaps most of us, love Aquilegias, and I think many members are, as I am, members of NCCPG and many other ‘clubs’. What about the Bumblebee Trust, for example? I agree that the best sources of new and unusual plants are the specialist nurseries, but even the big, commercial company of Jelitto Seeds lists 17,000 varieties, so we have a long way to go yet!! If anyone had the time to copy type all the plants listed by the Hardy Orchid Society, and all the specialist seed companies like Chiltern, we should reach 20,000 in no time, and 50,000 in a year or two. It would then be very interesting to all of us, and more useful to many of us, too.

    Barry

    • Nicola Gammon says:

      Hi Barry – Thanks for the comments! I am glad to hear you are a NCCPG member. We are trying to make the process of adding as many plants as we can to Shoot as easy as we can. We need to ensure that they are also widely available in the UK as we need to make a limit of sorts. We are happy to hear from any growers or plant specialists who want to help promote their plants in Shoot:) Please get in touch.

      • Barry Tabor says:

        Thanks, Nicola. Many people, especially (but not only) members of the NCCPG, are constantly on the lookout for unusual and scarce members of particular genera and species, and making sure all the old plants are on the Shoot palnt lists would assist in this aim. So ‘adding only widely available plants’ to the lists may not be the only available policy? It is natural that many new varieties will be missing from the Shoot lists until somebody adds them, after having bought one of them for their garden. However, there are a large number of old varieties that have slipped ‘out of fashion’ but remain garden-worthy and in need of some assistance before they go extinct (gene-pool and all that). I would agree that many old vars that go extinct deserve their fate, but a number have been fraudulently re-named by unscrupulous growers in order to get intellectual property rights and make cash out of them. This cannot be stopped, of course, until the DUS tests are applied properly, and I doubt if this will ever happen with decoratives, but perhaps we could help by listing them by their old names, in the hope that whoever is holding them might come forward and offer propagating material via this site and to NCCPG local groups, so that they can be saved for future generations, like NCCPG has been trying to do for years, and has sometines succeeded.
        Sorry to be so long-wided, but it seems too easy to be misunderstood if too few words are used.
        Barry

        • Nicola Gammon says:

          Hi Barry – thanks for the note. We want as many plants listed as possible!!! If commercially available we might be able to get help from plant nurseries to add them if they are selling them in our new marketplace too.

  2. Richard says:

    I could not find a way to access your plant list, other than searching for a specific plant. I wanted to browse.

  3. When your market place goes live, perhaps there could be some kind of indication in the listings/plant database if a plant is available from the market place (with a link to it), maybe with a simple symbol. That way users of the site won’t have to check the in to every plant to see if they can buy it, if they are only interested in plants they can readily get hold of? It’s also worth mentioning data quality and accuracy of information of any user can add details. For example, a plant may be hardy in the South of England and listed as such, but will surely not survive in Scotland and so on. :-)
    Chris – Gardening Express


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