We are excited to release
the first miniature sheet in our new series Clematis Gold, which depicts
clematis cultivated by world-renowned nurseryman and Guernsey grower, Raymond
Evison OBE. Each of the clematis in the series has been part of the Gold Medal winning
displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the world’s most prestigious
Beautifully depicted by
botanical artist Gillian Barlow, the Sarah Elizabeth Clematis was created in
memory of Sarah Elizabeth Groves, whose life was tragically cut short when she
was murdered whilst backpacking, on board a houseboat on Dal Lake, Srinagar,
Kashmir, on 6 April 2013. Sarah was just 24 years of age.
Raymond Evison said: - “Clematis
Sarah Elizabeth was bred and developed as part of the Evison (R) and
Poulsen (R) Breeding Programme, in the Guernsey-based clematis nursery. As with
the development of all new clematis plants, Sarah’s clematis took about 10
years from the pollination process to create a new plant, until it was launched
at the Chelsea Flower Show.
“The Sarah Elizabeth is a breakthrough as regards its flower colour, being a
unique shade of pink to any other clematis plant on the market. Its stunning
prominent anthers reminds one of Sarah’s delightful, naturally long eyelashes,
which was behind the selection process of the variety to be named after Sarah,
as well as its cheery brightly coloured sepals.”
previously collaborated with Raymond Evison in 2013 for our 25 Years of Gold
stamp products, we are delighted to be working with him once again for our
Clematis Gold series.