National recognition for Seaton plant variety

PUBLISHED: 15:01 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 28 September 2018

The Seaton  Nerine which has received national recognition. Picture: SUBMITTED

The Seaton Nerine which has received national recognition. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Royal Horticultural Society confirms the Nerine to be a plant of ‘special merit’

The unique Seaton Nerine. Picture: ROD BOYCEThe unique Seaton Nerine. Picture: ROD BOYCE

A variety of Nerine grown in East Devon has received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Named Nerine undulata ‘Seaton’ it has been established in the garden of Rod and Sandra Boyce, at Fields Afar, Rousdon, for nearly 40 years.

It came from a bulb in the garden of Rod’s mother - the late Lily Boyce - a long time resident of Seaton.

At the same time Lily’s eldest son, Clive Boyce, and sister, Wendy Pountney, received bulbs of the autumn flowing plant, a native of South Africa.

Said Rod: “We believe the plant has been grown in Seaton at least since 1945 but how it arrived there is a mystery.”

Clive Boyce, a keen plantsman and former president of the Alpine Garden Society of Great Britain had it submitted to the RHS for assessment.

After extensive trials it has just been confirmed as a new ‘variety of special merit’.

Clive was invited to suggest a name and his suggestion of Nerine undulata ‘Seaton’ has been accepted. It flowers regularly in autumn and will soon be at its best.


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