November 2020 Conservation Feature

Published: November 17, 2020

Posted on 17.11.2020 |
Added in Featured Conservation Plants

Chrysanthemum ‘Dulwich Pink' AGM 

This autumn I'm discovering a new Conservation Scheme – not one that is new to the scheme, but new to me. It has actually been in the scheme since 2010, introduced from the Hertfordshire group. 

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Somewhere I got the impression that Chrysanthemum ‘Dulwich Pink' AGM was a rather drab pale pink with scruffy flowers and not a plant I wanted to grow. This year I have ended up with 3 rooted cuttings that would have gone to the national plant exchange, which of course we didn't have. Much to my surprise these have bloomed and performed beautifully, and are certainly not dull pink! The dark cherry-red buds opened to a gorgeous rich wine red, which set off other fall colours perfectly. Now, a few weeks later they are fading to an antique plum-pink. 

They are just about the last plant blooming on my patio, and cheer my up no end when I see them up at the top of the garden. At least one is destined for a permanent place in a new bed I'm creating especially for Conservation Scheme plants on my allotment. I plan to plant it next to a dark-stemmed, blue aster I have (not in the scheme). 

I know quite a few people in my local group are growing C. ‘Dulwich Pink' AGM, but I wonder how many other people around the scheme are currently growing, and enjoying, it. Do you grow it? Let me know, and tell me what you think of it.