'Abbey Road' is a dwarf growing reverse bi-colour with five to six flowers on a stem. It is one of a series in various colours that will be released in the next two to three years. It is the first known reverse bi-colour Narcissus triandrus and was bred from N. 'Chipper'. Miniature Bulbs describes it as a strong grower that multiples well and said it anticipates a good haul of medals at the RHS shows after numerous orders from the country's top exhibitors.
Dutch rose hip grower Kwekerij De Pol BV is offering licences on three new varieties.
Rosa 'Plenty' (1) has sprays of small pink and white flowers with a small yellow heart. R.'Sanne' (2) has small white flowers with a bright yellow heart, as does R. 'Happy Hippy' (3).
All three are thornless or near-thornless and have good resistance against fungal diseases such as mildew. A limited number of licences will be offered to interested growers each year.
They are suitable for organic and biological growing methods and they produce a good yield, with 40-80 stems per plant.
They come from the breeding programme shared with breeder Plant Research Overberg and 'Plenty' has already been well received in Holland. The multiflora hips are 5-8mm in diameter with colours ranging from green, through orange to a deep chocolate red.