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Make a New Year’s resolution: Grow and win with Sweet Peas

January 10th, 2014 | Competitions, Events, News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea Old Spice MixedGardeners can make the best and most easily kept New Year’s resolution by sowing sweet pea seed in January for both the satisfaction of producing armfuls of cut flowers and the chance to win a large cash prize in Mr Fothergill’s national sweet pea growing competition.  The Suffolk seedsman has put £3500 up for grabs at its event to be held at Capel Manor College, Enfield, on Saturday 5 July 2014.

“Sweet pea seed can be sown in small pots of compost and placed in the greenhouse or on the kitchen windowsill any time during January or February”, says the company’s John Fothergill.  “The seedlings grow away well as the days lengthen to provide stocky young plants for setting out to their flowering positions in March or April”.

Several of Mr Fothergill’s recent and exclusive sweet pea introductions, such as Sir Henry Cecil, Chelsea Centenary and Pandemonium, have been bred in New Zealand by the renowned Dr Keith Hammett.  Such is his reputation that Mr Fothergill’s now puts a special flash on all its sweet pea variety packets bred by him to highlight the fact..  “We are delighted to be forging links with the world’s foremost sweet pea breeder”, comments John.

Sweet Pea Hammett CollectionThe competition is aimed at ‘ordinary’ gardeners rather than sweet pea exhibitors, and John is offering a collection of seed of six Hammett-bred varieties for just £8.95 – saving over £3 on the normal catalogue prices, to encourage as many people as possible to grow sweet peas this year (2014).  Collection includes: ‘Sir Henry Cecil’ (chocolate flaked), ‘Hi Scent’ (cream/mauve picotee), ‘Chelsea Centenary’ (pale lavender), ‘Pandemonium’ (frilly pink flake flowers), ‘Blue Shift’ (purple-blue) and ‘Almost Black’ (rich, dark colouring). Simply visit the main website to order our Sweet Pea Hammett Collection.

As the competition approaches, entrants may either post their blooms in a two-litre soft drinks bottle or turn up at the college on the day of the show to stage their flowers.  The two categories will be judged separately and there are also categories for individual youngsters and for schools.  Each of the four classes will carry a prize of £500.

Sending Postal Entries

The company has devised a method of allowing postal entries to arrive in good condition.   Follow the instructions for how to do this in the competition rules page.   All entries received this way last year arrived in good condition for judging.

 

The new Mr Fothergill’s catalogue features an extensive range of sweet pea seeds, which you can also browse online.   Request a copy of Mr Fothergill’s Seed, Plant and Bulb Catalogue 2014 online now or you can telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB for a copy.

 

Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition Rules

January 10th, 2014 | Competitions, Events, News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Date: Saturday the 18th July. (Postal entries to arrive at Capel Manor College by Friday 17th July.)

Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea competition to be held at Capel Manor Gardens.

Competition Details

  • Competition entry is free, entry to the gardens is also free for competitors.
  • Competitors can enter one bouquet per class, if eligible.
  • Bouquets can be mixed or single colours.
  • ‘On the day’ entries: Bring along 10 stems to Capel Manor Gardens, entries to be made by 11.30am.
  • Postal entries: 8 stems, to arrive at Capel Manor College by Friday 17th July. (See suggested method of posting and postal address below.)
  • Judging will take place after 11.30am and the awards will be announced around 12.30pm.
  • All competitors will receive a £5 Mr Fothergill’s voucher for use against catalogue purchases.
  • Judges decisions will be final.
  • Display vases will be provided for postal entries.
  • All competition entries must be left on display until 4pm.

Address for postal entries

Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition
Capel Manor College
Bullsmoor Lane
Enfield
Middlesex
EN1 4RQ

Classes

  • General: ‘On the day’ entries: – 10 stems brought along on the day.
  • General: Postal entries – 8 stems required for postal entries.
  • Junior: Schools and group entries (Up to 16 years old).
  • Junior: Individual entries. (Up to 16 years old).

Prizes

  • The General Class prize is £500 for first place, £300 for second place and £200 for third place.
  • For the General Class Postal entries the prize is £500 for first place, £300 for second place and £200 for third place.
  • The Junior Class Schools/Groups prize is divided into £500 for first place, then £300 Second place and £200 for third place.
  • For the best Junior Class Individual’s exhibit it’s £250 for first place, £150 for second place and £100 for third place.*

*Please note that Individual Junior Class’s prizes will be paid in Garden Gift Vouchers.

Sweet Pea Competition postal entries

Judging Criteria

Judges may consider the following;

  • Overall appeal to the judges
  • Number of blooms: Total number of flowers
  • Quality: Free of blemishes, scorching, spots or pest damage


Postal entries:

A suggested way to safely post your entry is described below:

Materials required:  

  • Minimum 2 litre drinks bottle, disposable kitchen towel and cling film. A large padded envelope or brown paper covering will also be required for posting.

Sweet Pea postal methodMethod:

  • Remove the top of the drinks bottle just below the ‘shoulder’. Wrap kitchen towel tightly around the stems of the sweet peas and moisten it with water. Insert the sweet peas into the removed neck of the bottle and carefully insert them into the main body of the bottle (as shown in the picture to the right here).
  • Finally wrap the moistened kitchen towel covering the stems in cling film to prevent water damage to the postal wrapping.
  • Don’t forget to include your name, address and daytime telephone number

Aim for your parcel to arrive at Capel Manor by Friday the 17th July. Everyone who enters will receive a £5 Mr Fothergill’s Seeds voucher for use against catalogue purchases.

 

£2000 of prize money up for grabs in Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea competition at Capel Manor next year

October 10th, 2013 | Competitions, Events, News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Mr Fothergill’s has announced it will be running its national sweet pea competition again in 2014 after a successful launch of this event in Summer 2013.   There is £2000 in prize money up for grabs for entrants.  The event will be held on Saturday 5 July at Capel Manor College in north London.

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil

Entrants may either post their blooms in a two-litre soft drinks bottle or turn up at the college on the day of the show to stage their flowers.  The two categories will be judged separately and there are also categories for individual youngsters and for schools.  Each of the four classes will carry a prize of £500.

Launching the competition, joint managing director John Fothergill said it will once again be aimed at ordinary gardeners rather than exhibitors, and that each bunch of mixed blooms will be judged on its overall appeal.

“I very much hope our newly launched and exclusive sweet pea Sir Henry Cecil will figure in some gardeners’ entries.” said John.

“Autumn is an ideal time to sow sweet pea seeds, although they can also be started from January to March.  We want as many people and schools as possible to have a go and join in the fun”

The new Mr Fothergill’s catalogue features an extensive range of sweet pea seeds, which you can also browse online.   Request a copy of Mr Fothergill’s Seed, Plant and Bulb Catalogue 2014 online now or you can telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB for a copy.

 

Sweet Pea Competition postal entriesSending Postal Entries

The company devised a method of allowing postal entries to arrive in good condition for the 2013 competition.

The instructions for how to do this are below and all entries received this way last year arrived in good condition for judging.

Materials required:  

  • Minimum 2 litre drinks bottle, disposable kitchen towel and cling film. A large padded envelope or brown paper covering will also be required for posting.

Method:

  • Remove the top of the drinks bottle just below the ‘shoulder’. Wrap kitchen towel tightly around the stems of the sweet peas and moisten it with water. Insert the sweet peas into the removed neck of the bottle and carefully insert them into the main body of the bottle (as shown in the right hand picture).
  • Finally wrap the moistened kitchen towel covering the stems in cling film to prevent water damage to the postal wrapping.
  • Don’t forget to include your name, address and daytime telephone number.

Valerie Harrod Acclaimed ‘The People’s Sweet Pea’

August 29th, 2013 | Competitions, Events, News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea Valerie Harrod

Presenting the Sweet Pea Valerie Harrod

Visitors to Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea competition, held at Capel Manor College in early July 2013, had the opportunity not only to see plenty of beautiful blooms grown by everyday gardeners and serious exhibitors, but also to vote for their all-round favourite from a selection of 12 varieties presented for their inspection. It may only have been a bit of fun, but the company took notice of the ‘people’s choice’ and is now offering seed of Valerie Harrod on its website.

Valerie Harrod was a runaway winner, so we felt he had to offer it in our range”, explained Mr Fothergill’s technical manager Tracy Collacott, who staged the blooms for the public vote. “It’s a smashing orange pink variety and the most successful exhibition variety in its colour, so it makes sense to offer it. On top of that, it is large flowered and well scented”.

In second place was the lavender-flowered Maestro, bred by the late and renowned Bernard Jones, and in third place was Mr Fothergill’s Chelsea Centenary, which it launched in 2013 to mark the 100th birthday of the Chelsea Flower Show. A ‘multiflora’ bearing up to seven blooms per stem, Chelsea Centenary is also a lavender variety and was shortlisted for the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year.

To buy seed of Sweet Pea Valerie Harrod go to www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.  A packet of 20 seeds costs £2.45.

Sweet Pea named in honour of Sir Henry Cecil

August 9th, 2013 | Events, News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil

A beautiful new sweet pea bred by the world’s leading hybridist and introduced for the 2014 season by Mr Fothergill’s has been named Sir Henry Cecil in honour of Britain’s greatest racehorse trainer, who died earlier this year (2013).   The sweetly scented chocolate flake variety was officially ‘christened’ by Lady Cecil at the Kentford, Newmarket, seed company’s annual press open day in early August.

“We knew Sir Henry loved his flower garden as a form of relaxation from the pressure of training racehorses, and so we were honoured when Lady Cecil agreed to our request to name the new variety in his memory”, said the company’s joint managing director John Fothergill.  “He was also greatly admired and loved not only by the racing community, but by the whole of our home town of Newmarket and beyond”.

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil was bred in New Zealand by the renowned Dr Keith Hammett and is available exclusively from Mr Fothergill’s.  Such is his reputation that Mr Fothergill’s now puts a special flash on all its sweet pea variety packets bred by him to highlight the fact.  A packet of 20 seeds of Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil costs £1.99.

In a training career at Newmarket which spanned more than 40 years, Sir Henry won 3431 races worldwide, 25 British Classic races, had 75 successes at Royal Ascot and won 10 trainers’ titles.  Of the many top-class horses he trained the most famous is Frankel, which won 14 races and retired unbeaten in 2012.