For 2014 you will find a lot of new oriental x trumpet hybrids, such hybrids are often called 'Tree Lilies' due to their height and vigour. The picture alongside is of a Profundo a new 'Tree Lily' hybrid, extra large bulbs are available in 2014. We also have bulbs available of Sweet Desire, one of our two contenders from ' The plant of the year' competition, at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show.
This year we are offering a big range of new varieties, although most of them are now online we have kept back 25 for Chelsea, visitors to this years show will be able to see them for the first time.
The bulbs we offer are all top quality. We work with breeders all over the World, to bring Gardeners new and unusual Lilies.
The 'Chelsea Plant of the Year Competition' was first contested in 2010, since then it has been run every year. Exhibitor's in the floral marquee can enter as many new plants as they wish, but only the top twenty are selected to go forward for the award. In 2010 we had planned to enter Lily Allen, but we missed the deadline !
For 2012 we decided to only enter two varieties : Bethan Evans and Cream Tea, both were voted into the top twenty.
Our contestant for the 2014 competition : Jennifer Evans
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Sarah Hyde admire our new, double flowered Oriental variety Snowboard at this years Chelsea Flower Show.
Exhibit number ten at Chelsea and we have maintained our perfect record of winning Gold Medals. This years display was constructed of four big beds of growing plants plus a central feature of double flowered orientals.
This year we showed 100 new varieties at the Chelsea Flower Show, of which many will be added to our site over the coming weeks.
The picture alongside is of a huge, sweetly scented, Longiflorum x Asiatic hybrid called 'Sweet Desire'. This variety (along with 'Zirconia') was selected as one of the contenders for ' The plant of the year' at the show, beating all the other Lilies, entered by other Companies !
Visitors to the show were able to purchase bulbs of both these varieties and others.
At this years Chelsea flower Show we were awarded our 8 th 'Chelsea Gold Medal and ' The Queens Diamond Jubilee Award' for the best Exhibit in the Grand Pavilion. Sarah received the award from The Queen on the Monday afternoon, a great honor. Here at H W Hyde & Son we take great pride in being the UK's top specialist Lily growers. Every year we run trials of the very newest varieties of both Lilies and Tulips, only the very best of these get included in our catalogue, tulip bulbs and martagon lily bulbs are supplied in the Autumn. Most other varieties of lilies are supplied in the Spring
During the year we exhibit at the top flower shows in the UK and our displays are made from flowers grown at our own nursery. So far we have a perfect record at the World famous 'Chelsea Flower Show', winning gold every time.
In 2010/11 Winter arrived early in the U.K. by December the whole Country was covered in deep snow, with temperatures down to minus 20 centigrade. This year the weather has been totally different, in December the average temperature was plus 10 centigrade. Now in the first week of February the wind is coming direct from Siberia, bringing with it not only temperatures way below freezing, but also the first snow of the Winter.
During January we have been very busy filling our cold stores with bulbs for the coming year, at the moment they contain nearly 250,000 bulbs. Next week the first shiippments are due to go out, firstly they are despatched to warmer Countries such as Spain, Italy, Taiwan and Australia, then in a week or so to U.K. customers (if the snow goes), after which it's Scandanavia and Russia's turn.
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