Meet Herbie McCauley, from Halfway House, Dromore, Co Down. Herbie is a prominent member of the Northern Ireland Chrysanthemum
Society and Banbridge Horticultural Society. Before his success with ‘Purple Chempak Rose’ as related on this site, Herbie can proudly boast of two other notable awards.
There’s the ‘Heaviest Onion Grown in Ireland in 1998’ award for a wee vegetable weighing in at 9lb and half an ounce. This was an Irish record and when I enquired, Herbie described the onion as something like a football only bigger! Not content, Herbie went on to scoop another record the following year. His 9’ 9” entry won him ‘The largest Parsnip in Ireland - 1999’ award. How did you ever dig it up, I asked, thinking about my prize dandylions. I grew in in a pipe at 45 degrees was the reply. So now you know!
Herbie is very quick to express his gratitude to The Northern Ireland
Chrysanthemum Society and proceeds from the sale of ‘Putple Chempak Rose’ are donated to the society. Herbie has requested that the work of the society be promoted as much as possible on this site. We will be more than happy to oblige.
If you are interested in propogating and growing Chrysanthemums, you will be pleased to know that a booklet by Herbie is available through the Northern Ireland
Chrysanthemum Society. Again proceeds go to the Northern Ireland Chrysanthemum Society.