An annual not to be denied – that’s Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil

Sweet Peas in skip

Mr Fothergill’s prides itself on the quality of its flower seeds and offers a particularly large range of sweet peas to UK gardeners. It introduces new varieties of the much-loved annual every year, among which is the sweetly scented chocolate ‘flake’ variety Sir Henry Cecil.

An eagle-eyed member of staff recently noticed that amongst a few out-of-date and slightly damaged-by-damp packets of ‘Sir Henry’ which had been discarded, one had produced a fine crop of seedlings. “We worked out that the seeds in the packet were five years old, but it looks as though every one has grown and looks really healthy. Two of us could not bare the thought of the plants being discarded, so we have taken them home to grow in our gardens and, hopefully, produce a wonderful display”, said the firm’s Rachel Cole.

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil, launched in 2013, was named in honour of the famous racehorse trainer who was based at Newmarket, very close to Mr Fothergill’s trial ground and headquarters. It is available from retail suppliers of Mr Fothergill’s and from the company’s catalogue.

To request a copy of Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue 2016, go online at, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB

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