About & Contact
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I'm Paul Cumbleton and I live in Somerton, Somerset in the southwest of the U.K. I've been growing Pleione for more than 20 years and have also bred many of my own hybrids My collection used to number over 800 pots but these days is considerably smaller as I have chosen to grow just my favourites rather than try to collect everything. This also makes the collection much more manageable.
I used to raise my own seeds in flasks at home using makeshift equipment (see Growing from Seed) but currently I send my seed to a laboratory instead.
In addition to Pleione I also grow, together with my partner, quite a lot of bulbs in pots under glass. Our two main collections are of Fritillaria and of winter-growing South African bulbs (I am particularly fond of Massonia and Daubenya). But we are plantaholics and grow a very varied mix of other things too. Professionally I had the good fortune to work for the Royal Horticultural Society as the Team Leader of the Alpine Section at the famous Wisley Garden. Previously I was a scientific officer for ADAS, then part of the Ministry of Agriculture. I am now retired and so able to spend more time caring for my own plants.
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