Air Cadet Leah
This cultivar is a true full double fuchsia. The tube is pink. The sepals are pink fading to white tipped green and fly back to cover the tube exposing the corolla. The corolla is blue and flares out. The petaloids are blue flushed pink adding to the beauty of the flower. This fuchsia has a bushy habit which lends itself to both bush and basket training. It will also make an excellent standard. Thousands of cuttings of this cultivar were raised and donated to The Air Cadets Corp at Skelmersdale, Lancashire. The fuchsia was named after a young R.A.F. Air Cadet from the Skelmersdale Squadron, Air Cadet Corps, who lost her life in freak accident when two gliders collided in mid air over Burtonwood Airfield, Cheshire.The following Ode was written by Leah's Mother who sadly died shortly afterwards, literally of a broken heart. She never recovered from the shock and trauma of losing her only daughter. This is what she wrote and sent to me as a 'Thank You'.
A flower dedicated and named after you What a truly beautiful thing to do Each perfect petal reflects your face Each tiny sepal imitates your grace Each leaf is a page from your life’s book Representing each step and challenge you took It’s stem is your strength and determination To conquer your fear in any situation It’s sap rises, as did yours, embracing each day Your zest for life in its colourful display As its roots gather goodness giving beauty its power Your memory lives on in the gift of a beautiful flower With all my love to Leah from Mum XXX