In my opinion only by members breeding NEW and improved cultivars can Societies attract new members from the gardening public.
For example people want new combinations of colour , proven ease of growing, distinct scent and Societies that remain anchored in the past will perish sadly.
This Society has produced only Three Fancy Exhibition cultivars in the last decade .All are now past their best.
On joining the NVPS in 2007 all I wanted to do was to compete at the show side however that now, whilst I continue ,is a much smaller part of my interest.
This is the first open flower of the late famous horticulturist SAHIN SEEDLING CROSSED WITH GLADYS HUGHES. This was then crossed with SUE’S CHOICE. By John Snocken and the seed bearing plant kindly given to me to grow on what seeds eventually developed this in June 2012 at the Annual Show.
The distinctive top petals are quite enchanting(better looking in the flesh ) even though the form is terrible .(there I go again looking at the show side) I have another dozen of this cross to come into flower and will post any that seem to be an improvement on what is in cultivation at present.