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Mr Fothergill’s Flower Mixes are Given a Fresh New Look

October 31st, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

Hardy annual seed mixes are great value and perhaps the easiest way to grow flowers.
This season Mr Fothergill’s has given its range of flower mixes a refresh. The new design incorporates bigger pictures and new pictorial instructions to make preparation and sowing even clearer.

The generic look of the new packaging is modern and draws the attention of flower-minded customers. Packed in outers of 8, the mixes are available in four themes:

Wildlife Attracting Flowers – a special blend for beneficial insects, rich in nectar and pollen, that also provides seed for hungry birds in the autumn.

Cottage Garden Flowers – traditional cottage garden favourites, created to provide a beautiful display of colour throughout the summer months. Also contains flowers that are great for cutting.

Blue Flowers – blended mixture designed to create a coordinated border in vibrant shades of blue and purple for a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere. It is Mr Fothergill’s bestselling flower mix.

Red Flowers – a designer mix created to provide striking, vividly coloured flower garden with plenty of eye-catching shades blooming over a long season.

Each box contains 20g of hardy and half-hardy annuals, mixed with a natural carrier to give up to 20sqm coverage. All have RRP of just £3.99.

 

 

More Australian Seaweed Sets Sail for Mr Fothergill’s

October 27th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

Due to increased demand from retailers, Mr Fothergill’s is set to receive delivery of another container of Seasol seaweed concentrate from Australia in the coming months.

David Carey, Mr Fothergill’s Joint Managing Director says

“We are delighted that Seasol has sold in so well to our retail customers in the UK. This exciting addition to the market will give gardeners the opportunity to garden in a more environmentally friendly manner and achieve overall better results in the garden. The big question is – will there be enough seaweed in Australia to keep up with our demand?…”

Seasol seaweed concentrate is an all-natural plant tonic, offering a complete treatment for all areas of the garden, promoting healthy growth of plants, flowers, vegetables and even lawns. It contains useful micro-nutrients and is rich in trace elements. Used regularly, the concentrate has been proven to provide excellent chemical-free plant nourishment.

As well as being watered directly into the soil for uptake at the roots, Seasol can also be applied as a foliar spray for fast absorption of nutrients. Mr Fothergill’s has also seen improved germination and increased initial root growth from seeds soaked in Seasol before sowing.

Seasol can be applied at any time of year on all garden plants and is available for supply to garden centres from January 2018. The 1 litre bottle has a RRP of £7.99 and is available in cases of 9 or as a floor standing display of 64.

Gardening Gift Ideas for a Happy Christmas

October 25th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

If you are thinking of what to buy for your garden minded friends or relatives, Mr Fothergill’s has got some great options with a wide range of gifts for kids, beginners and addicted gardeners. Widely stocked by garden retailers, you can choose from a number of innovative gardening gifts from windowsill kits to fun ‘grass head’ kits for youngsters.

There are four windowsill kitsHerb Garden, Fragrant Garden, Strawberry Garden and Sunflower Garden – each comprising a galvanised metal windowsill container, seeds, compost and instructions. Each has a recommended retail price of £7.95. The Herb Grow Kit (RRP £10.95) has three galvanised pots on a tray, basil, parsley and chives seeds, plus compost discs, while the Grow Your Own Pesto Kit includes basil seed, compost discs, a ceramic pestle and mortar, and instructions on how to make the much-loved Italian sauce for pasta. It has a recommended retail price of £6.95.

Eye-catching grow kits in the caricature form of various animals would make ideal stocking-fillers to encourage youngsters to take an interest in growing from seed. The ceramic egg cup-style planters are known as Munakuppi (Finnish for ‘egg cup’) Hair Grow Kits have a recommended retail price of just £3.95. Each Munakuppi includes two sachets of seed – basil for short hair and ryegrass for long hair – plus compost and growing instructions, so anyone can simply sow, water and watch the green ‘hair’ grow. The six hand-crafted animals, including an elephant, dog, pig and duck, are becoming collectables. Children would also enjoy four new Smiley faces and four adorable cats. These gorgeous kits come with a pot, coco pellet, rye grass seeds, instructions and growing tips for easy and instant display in the home. Unlike traditional grassheads kits, these ceramic characters can be used again and again.

For anyone new to gardening, Mr Fothergill’s offers a patented GroBox (RRP £6.99) and GroMat (RRP £4.99) ranges of easy-to-grow, pre-sown gardening products. GroBox is a bio-degradable cardboard box of four varieties of pre-sown vegetable or herb seeds in compost, which is planted, covered and watered in the garden or in a container. The range also includes a children’s flower garden and a children’s vegetable garden. GroMat is a two-metre, bio-degradable mat pre-sown with a mix of either flower or vegetable seeds, and can be rolled out as it is or cut to fit any size of plot, border or container.

For chilli lovers, there are Chilli Pepper Grow kits available in classic, great tasting, fiery red chillies and juicy medium-hot green chillies perfect for pizzas. Available as complete kit, with a RRP of just £4.99.

Mr Fothergill’s range of seeds and kits is available from garden centres, supermarkets and leading DIY stores throughout the UK and at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

Pumpkins at Kentford Trial Grounds

October 23rd, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

Pumpkins, squashes and gourds

With the arrival of Autumn on the Mr Fothergill’s trials ground closing down and clearing away starts in earnest but for some vegetables now is their time to shine. Cucurbits or pumpkins, squashes and gourds are perhaps best associated with Autumn harvests particularly around the celebration of Halloween. Martina, Mr Fothergill’s assistant trials manager, has gathered in the result of the summer’s growing to create an amazing display that shows just what fascinating and varied fruits these are.

Mr Fothergill’s trials include new lines that are being assessed as well as existing ones. The following current Mr Fothergill’s varieties can be seen amongst Martina’s colourful display;

Large pumpkin; Atlantic Giant – the biggest fruits and our best seller,

Medium pumpkins; Racer F1 and Charmant F1, a more manageable size, ideal for carving and culinary use.

Small pumpkins; Small Sugar and Rouge vif d’Etampes. These mini fruits are high in sugars with dense flesh making them ideal for cooking.

Among the squashes, you’ll see the teardrop-shaped Uchiki Kuri and the green-skinned Honey Bear F1. Both have sweet nutty orange flesh, best roasted with a little olive oil.

For pure decoration there are also the decorative gourdes, they grow in a wide range of shapes and colours. Though they are not edible they are fun, easy to grow and undoubtedly a fascinating addition to the autumn display.

Pumpkins, squashes and gourds

RHS and Mr Fothergill’s Sales Success for AGM Seed Range

October 18th, 2017 | News | 0 Comments

Mr Fothergill’s reports that sales of its Award of Garden Merit flower and vegetable seed range, endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), have exceeded initial expectations, with both collections beating the season’s forecast already.

Ian Cross, Mr Fothergill’s retail marketing manager says

“We are really pleased with the positive reaction we have had from retailers and their customers to our recently launched AGM seed range. Our partnership with the RHS is an extremely important one and we are looking forward to working with them on other products in the near future.”

Reflecting on the success so far, Cathy Snow, RHS Licensing Manager says

“Bringing this range to market has involved close cooperation between the RHS and Mr Fothergill’s at every stage: from design and packaging to seed selection and quality control. Between them the RHS licensing department, its horticultural experts and the highly experienced staff of Mr Fothergill’s have developed a range that we all agree is the best it could possibly be. Mr Fothergill’s seeds are the only RHS endorsed seed range available.”

Not only will gardeners be guaranteed excellent performance from the range, they will also be doing their bit for local wildlife and the charitable work of the RHS. As Cathy also comments,

“Mr Fothergill’s RHS-endorsed seeds are the only products of their type that financially support our charitable causes.”

For more information about the range, visit www.mr-fothergills-trade.com or call 01638 554111 to be put in touch with your local territory sales manager.