November Conservation Feature

Chrysanthemum ‘Dulwich Pink’ AGM

This autumn I’m discovering a new Conservation Scheme plant – 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.


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.

Sally AdamsPosted by Sally AdamsSally joined the Hardy Plant Society in the autumn of 2001, but only as a national member at first. She eventually joined the Essex group and was quickly co-opted onto the committee as Group Secretary. About the same time she also took on the job of Database Administrator for the Conservation Scheme. She worked with various co-ordinators on the scheme for several years, but by 2013 she needed to step down. Now retired, she continues to be the Essex Group Secretary, and divides her time between her small back garden and her allotment, which is where all those spare seedlings end up.

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