Help Mr Fothergill’s fundraise for charity

September 6th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

At Mr Fothergill’s we like to support as many charities as we can – so far we’ve raised over £150,000. Over the last few years, we’ve supported and fundraised for the Royal Hospital Chelsea Appeal, Greenfingers Charity, and RSPB – among others!

For these charities, in particular, we’ve have been selling sweet peas, seeds or fundraising through events. If you’ve contributed to any of these, then thank you – all of these charities need help and we are grateful to have given them the chance to assist their causes further.

We’ve recently completed a 20 mile walk, that some of our team took part in to raise money for the Greenfingers Charity. You can find out more about our walk here. In addition to this walk, we’ve set up a page for each of the charities that we support – so if you’d like to help with our fundraising efforts, you can find each of the pages below.

 

 

 

If you’re going to donate your hard earned money to a charity, it’s important that you know what your generous donations are going towards. Each of these charities supports very different causes and all of them important.

Greenfingers Charity

Greenfingers Charity is dedicated to supporting the children who use hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation.  To date, Greenfingers Charity has created 51 inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces in hospices around the country and has a further waiting list of hospices that need our help now.

RSPB

RSPB are the largest nature conservation charity in the country, consistently delivering successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves.

Royal Chelsea Appeal Limited

The Chelsea Pensioners are the iconic faces of the UK’s veteran community. They reside at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, their 325-year-old home founded by Charles II, in the heart of London.

Thank you in advance for all the support you’ve given us and these charities over the years, we hope we can continue to help them through the sale of our seeds and fundraising. 

 

 

Roses from France

December 15th, 2017 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Rose 'Claude Monet' by Fabrice Moireau

Mr Fothergill’s is a seed company, right? Of course. But that’s not all. Young plants, perennials and also roses feature in the listings and the roses are rather special.

All the roses were developed in France by the historic Delbard rose specialists, who over the decades have introduced some of our loveliest varieties, including the seven chosen for the Mr F range.

These are supplied in the traditional way, “bare root” – that is, dug from their rows in the nursery and sent out without soil on the roots. Newcomers to rose growing can find this rather alarming but, as I discovered earlier this year, it’s a system that works very well.

My bare root roses arrived in February, while I was away. My neighbour simply left the package in a cool place outside until I returned in March – but their new planting site was not ready. I unpacked them and heeled them in: I dug a trench, set out the plants in a row and simply covered the roots with soil.

It must have been early April before they were properly planted, but they did well and produced some lovely blooms in their first summer. Even if the roots dry out they can be revived by a couple of hours in a bucket of water.

I find the small Floribundas, ‘Amelie Nothomb’ and ‘Dolce Vita’, especially appealing and, reaching only about 60cm in height, they’re ideal for small spaces or containers. The climbers, ‘Amnesty International’ and ‘Claude Monet’, are unusually disease resistant which is especially valuable when they’re grown on a wall..

The Delbard nursery, in central France, was founded by Georg Delbard and is now run buy his grandson Arnaud Delbard. They also develop disease resistant apples and pears.

* The watercolour of ‘Claude Monet’ climbing rose is by Fabrice Moireau and is taken from the 1994 book A Passion For Roses by Henri Delbard.

Welcome to Ken Ross our New Territory Manager

December 14th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

Ken Ross New Territory ManagerWe are delighted to welcome Ken Ross to the company. He has joined Mr Fothergill’s as territory manager responsible for looking after garden retailers in an area running from Cambridgeshire to the west midlands. He fills the vacancy left by Chris Owen who has been promoted to a new role as business development manager with the recently acquired Darlac garden tool company. Ken brings a wealth of sales experience in the hobby seed trade having spent 14 years working for Unwins and then 12 years for Thompson and Morgan.

Announcing the appointment, David Carey, joint managing director said “Ken will be a great asset to the company. His experience will only go to strengthen our commitment to great customer service”.

When not selling packet seeds, Ken spends his time as a keen supporter of Ayr United football club and the Scotland rugby team, of this Ken says “you can’t accuse me of glory hunting!” He also                                                                          enjoys cycling, horse racing and music.

Garden Boundaries That Look Great & Taste Amazing!

December 12th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

Black currant hedge as garden boundary

If you are looking into creating garden boundaries and hedges, now is the perfect time. Edible boundaries are especially attractive, a boon for local wildlife and delicious! Tap in nature’s bounty and stock up on country wines, jams, jellies and chutneys for the rest of the year.

Autumn is the best time to plant new trees, shrubs and fruiting canes. You can, however, wait until Spring if your winters a severe.

There are a few options when it comes to boundaries and hedges. First of all, what type of fruit would you like to see growing in your garden, and secondly how would you like them to grow? Here are some options for you:

  • Fruit trees: they can be trained to hug walls or fences. You can make them grow fan-shaped (with apples, pears and peaches), in espaliers with parallel branches or in single-stemmed cordons, which will enable you to grow different varieties in a smaller area. Trees can also be trained along freestanding post and wire supports to divide up areas within your garden for example.
  • Vining fruit: Grapes and kiwi fruits love to sprawl, they can cover entire walls at a spectacular speed.
  • Wall-hugging berries: They can be trained to grow against walls. Fan trained or wall-hugging.
  • Hedgerow fruits and nuts: This edible hedges will look beautiful, and will deliver delicious fruits or nuts. Match hedgerow plants with similar growing habits and pruning requirements so that one species doesn’t become over dominant.

Here is one additional tip for you; If your hedge needs to keep out animals or people, grow spiny blackthorn or hawthorn, they look pretty and will keep intruders out.

These are just a few tips and tricks to help you grow your garden boundaries. If you have any top tips that you can offer us let us know in the comments below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

First Year Flowering Perennials: Aromatic agastaches

December 8th, 2017 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Agastache 'Heather Queen'
I don’t usually grow agastaches from seed, I’ve always found that agastaches bought as plants are easy and inexpensive. But seeing four seed-raised types on the Mr Fothergill’s trial ground this summer made me think again. They were impressive.

The standout was ‘Heather Queen’ with, as you can see, a huge mass of pinkish lavender flowers opening from dark bracts. This mass of flower, in ever extending tiers, developed just four months after sowing in early March, went on blooming for weeks without deadheading, attracted butterflies and other insects and the plants never needed supporting. Oh, and the foliage is aromatic too. Alison and the team at Mr F are looking into adding it to the range.

‘Golden Jubilee’ is a different kind of agastache, its bright golden foliage is especially vivid on young plants but still impressive as the plants mature. The violet blue flowers come in short dense spikes and are set off well by the leaves. The foliage can look a little watery late in the season but with its two different appeals – flowers and foliage – it’s well worth growing.

‘Fragrant Delight’ is a mixture of different types of agastache, with flowers in blue, yellow, red, pink and white and foliage in different shapes and with different aromas. Derived from a number of different species, some prefer drier conditions while some prefer more moisture. The result is that the ones that suit your soil will thrive the best – which is handy, though unpredictable.

The other thing about all these agastaches from seed is that they’re good for cutting. You may need to clear up the florets as they fall, but it’s a small price…

Mr Fothergill’s Staff Showcase Their Photography Skills

December 4th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

This year, our staff members were challenged to take their best pictures from our trial grounds and they certainly rose to the challenge!

With well over 40 entries, some of our design department were tasked to come up with a short-list for voting. This shortlist was made available in our offices and also through our social media channels to see if the public would like to help us choose.

We received nearly 700 votes in total and we are pleased to announce that the winner was our Marketing Manager Ian Cross while Product Development Co-ordinator Pim Dickson took second and fromour Packet Store Zita Gumuliauskiene was a very close third.

Each of the top three pictures will be framed and take pride of place on our office walls for all to admire!

Ian Cross’ Winning Entry

2nd Place Image by Pim Dickson

3rd Place Image by Zita Gumuliauskiene