When I knew that I was finally going to flower my noid, I contacted Julie Kennedy to see if she could give me any history of this plant, and she very kindly relayed a truly wonderful story. Below is a direct excerpt of her email to me, and it will give you the answer to why I call my noid Hoya ‘Jiffy Brian’.
It came originally from a retired gentleman on the Isle of Wight. His name on eBay was JiffyBrian, because he rooted all of his cuttings in jiffy pots😀. He was the only Hoya seller back then. I vaguely remember he was a retired policeman.
I am going back 14-15 years now, so the memory is a bit vague, however, Brian’s wife was seriously ill, so he decided to sell off what was then a pretty extensive Hoya collection. He basically said the plants were too large to post, and anyone who wanted some would have to go to collect them. I emailed him, and on our agreed weekend. I drove all the way from Harlington, got the ferry to the Isle of Wight, drove around the island until I found him, and voila! Brian had a 40 foot amazing greenhouse stuffed to the gunnels with hoyas❤️❤️