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. 

 

 

Larkspur with a flying start

September 13th, 2019 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Larkspur 'Giant Imperial Mixed'

This summer, my larkspur grew as tall as my delphiniums. They were amazing. And the reason for so much vigorous growth? They were self sown seedlings that germinated in August and September.

Germinating in warm soil, they soon got their roots down, developed plenty of attractive divided foliage through the autumn and winter and then surged into flower in late May and June.

So, learning the lesson, I’ve already sown some larkspur seed and the seedlings were through in just a few days. Of course, you can simply scatter the seed around as if it was self sown but there’s a better way.

Choose somewhere sunny and sheltered. If the soil is heavy, work in some old potting compost to open it up a little. Use the point of a stick, or your finger, to draw a drill (a shallow furrow) in the soil. Take the rose off the watering can then gently pour a stream of water along the drill, put your thumb over the spout to limit the flow. Gentle is good.

Sow the seed thinly along the drill. A packet of ‘Giant Imperial Mixed’ larkspur contains three hundred seeds. Don’t sow them all! In a 1.2m/4ft row you’ll only need fifty seeds. At this time of year the soil is warm and, with the moisture you’ve provided, the seeds should be peeping through in a week. Beware of slugs.

Sowing in rows makes it clear which seedlings are the larkspur and which are the weeds. Pull out the weeds.

In a 1.2m/4ft row you’ll only need about eight or ten seedlings, so remove some as they develop to ensure that they don’t become too crowded. If you grow ‘White King’ you’ll need fewer than if you grow ‘Giant Imperial Mixed’, you’ll need more seedlings of ‘Giant Imperial Mixed’ to be sure you get flowers from all the colours.

Keep them protected from slugs through the winter and late next spring you’ll be glad you sowed seeds now.

Whiskered wonder

September 6th, 2019 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Viola 'Network Improved'

I’ve visited the Mr F trials field a couple of times now this season, the first time from under the umbrella and then last week on a scorching morning, and both occasions I was struck by this dainty little viola. It’s called ‘Network Improved’.

To be honest, the plants themselves did not look so very impressive, they’d been suffering in the heat. But the individual flowers are so delightful that I knew I had to recommend it.

And here’s the thing. The plants in the trial were grown from seed sown in plugs in spring and then planted out. So they’d had the heat of a record breaking summer to contend with. And they’re violas, after all, no wonder the plants were looking a bit sad.

But the individual flowers of ‘Network Improved’, with their old gold petals boldly whiskered in black, are just so pretty. Have to grow them somehow…

So what about sowing them now? And instead of putting the plants into a field, or a border, plant them in a patio container? They’d be lovely with dark blue grape hyacinths. And if you site the container near a path or in a porch, you’ll be able to admire the pattern in the flowers every time you pass.

Sow the seed as soon as possible in a plug tray with large cells, perhaps one that you’ve kept after receiving some Mr F plants, or try this plant raising kit. Sow two or three seeds per cell of fresh moist seed compost and cover lightly. Place the tray in a cosy place outside, or indoors on a bright windowsill. Never let them dry out. When they’ve reached planting size they can go in a container for a lovely spring treat.

Make a Healthy Start with Mr Fothergill’s and David Domoney this 2020 Season

September 4th, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

David Domoney Make a Healthy Start campaign. Grow to eat the rainbow!

 

‘Make a healthy start’ is a new message promoting the importance of eating a rainbow of colours for the best diet.

It’s no secret that vegetables have the power to boost our health, but did you know that eating a rainbow of colours gives you the best chance of a well-rounded diet? Nutritional facts featured on point of sale show which vitamins are in the vegetables people eat every day.

The booklet, which is included free for customers to take, has also been updated. As well as tips on what to sow and how to start growing, there is seasonal inspiration, interesting facts, vitamins content, a sowing calendar, crop rotation information and more.

 

 

 

A packet of Mr Fothergill's David Domoney Rocket seeds

 

 

Aimed at encouraging newcomers to grow-your-own, the collection includes 56 of the most popular vegetable varieties and 10 easy-to-use seed mats and tapes. Packet instructions offer simple, jargon-free growing advice and a QR code links to further ‘on the spot’ tips from David.

The packet fronts employ easy reference icons designed to sell the simplicity of the products. In store, the stand-alone range is displayed A to Z, and includes smaller pea and bean packets suited better to smaller scale growing and beginner gardeners than traditional pea and bean packaging.

 

 

 

 

David Domonet Make a Healthy Start Point Of Sale standAmong top selling varieties are basil, pea and carrot. David Domoney commented: “The aim in launching the ‘make a healthy start’ stand is to highlight clearly for gardeners the health benefits available to them, to make choosing seed varieties that much easier. Coupled with a rainbow vitamin scale, the packaging guides them through which seeds are best suited to their needs, depending on the food they want to harvest and the individual dietary requirements they might have. This is all in the aim to get people growing at home and reaping the plentiful rewards involved in that.”

Customers who buy a seed packet from the range are then given a chance to win a brand new NutriBullet food processor—the all-in-one Magic Bullet Blender to help nourish your soul. All you have to do to enter the prize draw, is snap a photo of the packet you’ve purchased and upload it to the entry page on the daviddomoney.com website.

Visit your local garden centre for the full range or head over to www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

Mr Fothergill’s Announces RHS Range Extension

September 3rd, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

RHS Mr Fothergill's Flowers for Cutting Seed CollectionRHS Mr Fothergill's Vegetables for Easy Growing Seed Collection

Following the success of the RHS Award of Garden Merit flower and vegetable ranges, leading seeds and plants supplier Mr Fothergill’s has added a seed collection range to its selection of seed products for gardeners, again in partnership with the experts at the Royal Horticultural Society.

The RHS believes it’s possible for everybody to enjoy growing flowers and vegetables from seed and get great results, whatever space or experience they have. And, with themes including ‘Flowers for Cutting’ and ‘Vegetables for Easy Growing’, there’s something in this range for every gardener.

There are 8 vegetable collections and 8 flower collections, each pack contains 6 specially chosen varieties. For instance, Flowers for Drought-Resistance were selected to thrive in dry and hot conditions, where Vegetables for Heirloom crops have reputation for being reliable and rewarding for generations.

RHS Mr Fothergill's Flowers for Drought-Resistance Seed CollectionRHS Mr Fothergill's Vegetables for Heirloom Crops Seed Collection

Ian Cross, retail marketing manager at Mr Fothergill’s, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this new range of collections. Working with the team at the RHS we have created 16 inspiring themes to appeal to all gardening tastes’.

Examples include ‘Vegetable Superfoods’, ‘Vegetables for a Vertical Garden’ and ‘Flowers for Hanging Baskets’.

Each collection packet has a RRP of £4.99. Visit your local garden centre, head over to www.mr-forthergills.co.uk to shop or request your copy of the Mr Fothergill’s latest seed catalogue.

Mr Fothergill’s introduces new Cucumber Swing F1 for the Year of the Cucumber

September 2nd, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

Supporting Fleuroselect’s Year of the Cucumber, Mr Fothergill’s has added a new variety to its existing selection. Cucumber Swing F1 (RRP £2.55 for 5 seeds) is a great cucumber with all female flowers for outdoor or greenhouse growing.  Fruits are 20cm long, have dark green shiny skin with a juicy flesh. Slightly spined, resistant to powdery mildew and grows well in unfavourable weather conditions.

An exciting dwarf Dill Nano (RRP £2.15 for 200 seeds) is a perfect candidate for gardens with limited space, but also great for kitchen windowsills so it is reachable when cooking. It produces compact plants with deliciously aromatic leaves. Surplus can be dried or frozen.

Mr Fothergill's supporting Fleuroselect's Year of the Cucumber with Cucumber Swing F1Dill Nano, new to the Mr Fothergill's 2020 range

For the brave only, scorching hot Pepper (Hot) Devil’s Brew (RRP £2.55 for 30 seeds). It is a bushy variety producing a traffic-light mix of yellow, green and red peppers. A standard cayenne-type chilli, thin, pointed fruits about 8cm long and only 9mm wide. They start green and ripen to a beautiful eye-catching shade of red Damian, orange Kilian and yellow Kristian. Very good for Asian style cooking.

New and exclusive to Mr Fothergill’s, Viola Network Improved (RRP £2.40 for 125 seeds) has striking yellow flowers marked with a bold network of fine lines which gives a truly unique effect.  These robust plants are great additions for an eye-catching front of borders and patio containers.

New to the Mr Fothergill's range, Pepper (Hot) Devils BrewViola Network Improved, new to the Mr Fothergill's 2020 range

Vibrant, deep purple flower heads of Candytuft Purple Rain (RRP £1.45 for 300 seeds) generously cover compact plants with bright green foliage. Bushy, dwarf plants, with mounded habit are an ideal choice for low borders, rock gardens, containers and mass plantings. This groundcover bloomer can grow in poor, sandy or dry soils and stands against heat, humidity and drought.

Other new varieties include Calendula Playtime Mixed (RRP £2.40 for 75 seeds), Dianthus Hollandia Mix (RRP £2.15 for 100 seeds), Nasturtium Bloody Mary (RRP £2.40 for 25 seeds), Nicotiana Starlight Dancer (RRP £2.40 for 100 seeds), Zinnia Choice Mixed (RRP £2.40 for 75 seeds) and Lambs Lettuce Vision (RRP £2.15 for 500 seeds).