I love you Mrs. Popple
Fifty years ago staff of Hartlepool parks dept. took a busman’s holiday to Leeds parks dept. They were lead by their Parks Director Mr. Grubb (I kid you not). Leeds were very proud of their new woodland garden and there in a clearing was a very fine specimen of fuchsia - Mrs. Popple. To a young garden apprentice it was love at first sight!
Mrs Popple is one of the most reliable and hardiest fuchsia I know. She is not as glamorous as some, but has a fine constitution. In the north of England, like most hardy fuchsias, she is cut to the ground each year by the winter cold. She always comes back to me each May.
Next to the ivy at Bolton Percy churchyard gate, Mrs Popple has returned every year for 35 years.