Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 6°C


Suffolk flower firm wins Plant of the Year at RHS Chelsea

Peter Freeman, Thompson and Morgan's New Product Development Manager, with RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 'Runaway Bride' Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Peter Freeman, Thompson and Morgan's New Product Development Manager, with RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 'Runaway Bride' Picture: ADAM HOWLETT


A Suffolk flower company are celebrating after its hydrangea hybrid ‘Runaway Bride’ won Plant of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Five of Ipswich-based Thompson and Morgan’s seven flower entries made it to the 20-strong final shortlist - with ‘Runaway Bride’ winning the gold and the firm’s sunflower ‘Sunbelievable Brown Eyed Girl’ placing third.

Its winning entry is described as a Hydrangea hybrid which blooms from almost all of its lateral stems.

Paul Masters, head of horticulture at Thompson and Morgan, said he was thrilled the firm’s plant had impressed the Chelsea judges.

He said: “We’re completely over the moon to have taken first and third laces in this year’s RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year.

“Runaway Bride’ is a truly spectacular plant - I’ve never seen so many flowers on a hydrangea. To see six blooms on each branch is unheard of.
“It really is incredible.”

A pigeon cull on Ipswich Waterfront has been suspended following plans from protestors to “disrupt” the event.

Restoring a village pub that was once John Peel’s favourite watering hole has been a labour of love for two families in Rattlesden, who couldn’t bear to see their local pub falling into a state of disrepair.

Schoolchildren joined a poignant suffragette march through Ipswich to mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote.

This was the moment a miraculous double rainbow appeared over an Ipswich school.

The Ipswich-based Volvo retailer, Donalds Garage has celebrated the opening of their new multi-million-pound showroom at Futura Park.

Looking for bargain toys in the run-up to Christmas? If so, there’s still just time to take advantage of Argos three for two toy sale - while Smyths has unveiled early Black Friday offers.

Serious safety incidents led to 35 deaths at the region’s mental health trust over a six month period, figures have revealed.

Ipswich is expected to have one of the fastest-growing city economies in the UK in the three months following the scheduled date for leaving the EU, according to a new report.

A road in a coastal town centre has been shut at short notice for emergency repairs.

Suffolk last week took a step nearer to taking charge of enforcing parking along streets, writes Mary Evans, Suffolk County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for highways, transport and rural affairs.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24