Posts Tagged ‘Award of Garden Merit’

New Introductions in Mr Fothergill’s RHS Award of Garden Merit Seed Range

January 25th, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

If you are thinking of what reliable and prolific plants to grow this upcoming spring, Mr Fothergill’s has got some great options to choose from in the RHS endorsed flower and vegetable seed ranges.

Among the top selling varieties are Courgette Defender F1, Runner Bean Firestorm, Lettuce Sioux and Erigeron Profusion.

RHS Onion (Spring) Matrix - A New Introduction in Mr Fothergill’s RHS Award of Garden Merit seed range

New to the range for next season, Mr Fothergill’s has introduced Onion (Spring) Matrix (RRP £2.50 for 350 seeds), a winter hardy variety which is slow to form bulbs and shows good disease resistance.

Sweet Corn Mirai Gold F1 (RRP £3.05 for 35 seeds) produces unbelievably sweet tasting cobs, up to 20cm in length and packed with extra-tender kernels.

Pea Starlight (RRP £2.75 for 300 seeds), is a top-quality variety producing generous, wilt resistant and extremely reliable crops. Pods are uniquely held above the canopy for easy picking and well filled with delicious, medium-sized peas.

Runner Bean Stardust (RRP £3.55 for 50 seeds), is a modern variety bred in the UK and ideally suited to our climate, giving maximum crop yields. The self-fertile white flowers give fantastic results as well as a sweeter tasting pod.RHS Sunflower Teddy Bear - A New Introduction to Mr Fothergill's RHS Garden Award of Merit Seed Range

Sunflower Teddy Bear (RRP £2.35 for 20 seeds) is a compact and bushy, well-branched variety producing lots of double, uniquely soft-to-the-touch blooms.

The RHS Award of Garden Merit is a mark of quality, awarded to garden plants with excellent garden performance. Each award is given only after a trial at an RHS garden and judged by a team of experts.

Visit your local garden centre, head over to mr-fothergills.co.uk to shop or request your copy of the latest Mr Fothergill’s seed catalogue here.

‘Teddy Bear’ is back in favour

November 2nd, 2018 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Sunflower 'Teddy Bear'

The new ‘Sun King’ sunflower was one of the hits of this summer in my garden. Its densely double, rich yellow flowers stood out for months, both in the garden and when cut.

But it’s tall, mine all reached at least 2m in height which in many of today’s gardens is rather awkward. They also needed stout support and while the flowers repay close inspection, you wouldn’t really want to grow them on a patio or a balcony. But there’s a shorter version.

I’ve been uncomplimentary about ‘Teddy Bear’ in the past, it’s a variety that’s been around for a while but a few years ago I found that my plants were not all double and were also all different heights, 60cm or 1.2m is a big difference. So I stopped growing it.

But in the 2017 Mr F trials I noticed that it was back to its original quality. It’s also recently received an AGM for use in containers and the RHS assessors commented: “striking double, large heads, rich yellow-orange, floriferous, performing well over a long period.” Fair enough.

My point is now that its quality is back and that the RHS has awarded ‘Teddy Bear’ the much coveted Award of Garden Merit, it’s been added to the Mr Fothergill’s AGM seed range for the coming season. So it’s available on the special Mr F AGM garden centre seed rack, on the Mr F website and in the Mr F seed catalogue.

Next year I’m going to grow ‘Sun King’ and the back of the border and ‘Teddy Bear’ in front where it will hide the bare stems of its taller cousin. I’m already looking forward to it.

See the Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley

February 20th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Butterflies-in-the-glasshouse-RHS-WisleyEscape to tropical climes at RHS Garden Wisley to discover more than 50 vibrant species of exotic butterflies as they fly freely among the Tropical Zone of the cathedral-like Glasshouse. You have until the 4 March 2018 to plan your visit before the “Butterflies in the Glasshouse” exhibition closes.

The special guests will showcase their magnificent colours, patterns and form among lush plantings such as palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as the aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool.

This year, enjoy new species of butterflies such as Graphium doson (common jay), a black tropical butterfly with pale blue wing bands, and swallowtail Papilio paris (Paris peacock).

Other favourites to see:

  • Magnificent Morpho peleides (blue morpho)
  • Master of camouflage Kallima inachus (orange oakleaf)
  • Brilliant green Siproeta stelenes (malachite)

 

Mr Fothergill’s is proud to have entered into a new partnership with The RHS to bring out a range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds for home gardeners.  The extensive flower seed range creates beautiful garden displays with excellent performance. Additionally they have been awarded RHS’s perfect for pollinators, as the best source of food for pollinating insects.  The vegetable collection, of 56 AGM varieties, includes excellent modern strains as well as much-loved, trusted favourites.

The RHS Award of Garden Merit is a mark of quality, awarded to garden plants with excellent garden performance. Each award is given only after a trial at an RHS Garden and judge by a team of experts.

Royal Horticultural Society

 

To browse all the RHS events follow this link to the website.

Take a look at the RHS Range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds on the Mr Fothergill’s website.

 

 

Chippenham Park Open Gardens and see the Snowdrops with your RHS Membership

February 15th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Chippenham-park_open_garden

Close to both Ely and also Cambridge, Chippenham Park is a private Grade II listed family home set in 300-acres. This is an historic garden, first created in the 17th century and some features have remained static throughout history including the walled kitchen garden, the formal waterway and complex waterways, and some of the trees.The 40-acre formal and informal gardens are spectacular all year round – from possibly the greatest display of delicate and naturalised snowdrops and aconites in East Anglia in February, daffodils and early spring bulbs in April, summer borders and roses in June through to late-summer borders and autumn colour. There are some lovely walks by the lakes, canals and through the ‘Wilderness’ – an area of berrying trees and shrubs.

The Spring Garden with its breathtaking display of daffodils, narcissi and shrubs stretches for half a mile around the lake. In summer visitors can see a huge display of nearly 500 roses, a multitude of shrub and climbing roses and large well-stocked borders of interesting shrubs and perennials. And the autumn months offer a wonderful time of the year to see the fabulous differing colours of the rare and unusual trees in an area of semi-wild planting as well as many late borders.

To find out more about the Chippenham Open Gardens click here.

 

Mr Fothergill’s is proud to have entered into a new partnership with The RHS to bring out a range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds for home gardeners.  The extensive flower seed range creates beautiful garden displays with excellent performance. Additionally they have been awarded RHS’s perfect for pollinators, as the best source of food for pollinating insects.  The vegetable collection, of 56 AGM varieties, includes excellent modern strains as well as much-loved, trusted favourites.

The RHS Award of Garden Merit is a mark of quality, awarded to garden plants with excellent garden performance. Each award is given only after a trial at an RHS Garden and judge by a team of experts.

Royal Horticultural Society

 

To browse all the RHS events follow this link to the website.

Take a look at the RHS Range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds on the Mr Fothergill’s website.

 

 

Spend some of February half-term at RHS Rosemoor

February 12th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

ebruary-half-term-at-RHS-RosemoorThis half term the RHS garden Rosemoor is getting muddy!

Enjoy mud, machines and total mayhem this February half term, with fun and messy drop-in activities throughout the week. Each day, enjoy a selection of quiz sheets and colouring templates to add to our giant farm and building site collage, plus take a picture with our mini-digger or small tractor and wear your wellies to have messy fun in our puddle splash!

Find out about all the daily activities here.

 

Mr Fothergill’s is proud to have entered into a new partnership with The RHS to bring out a range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds for home gardeners.  The extensive flower seed range creates beautiful garden displays with excellent performance. Additionally they have been awarded RHS’s perfect for pollinators, as the best source of food for pollinating insects.  The vegetable collection, of 56 AGM varieties, includes excellent modern strains as well as much-loved, trusted favourites.

The RHS Award of Garden Merit is a mark of quality, awarded to garden plants with excellent garden performance. Each award is given only after a trial at an RHS Garden and judge by a team of experts.

Royal Horticultural Society

 

To browse all the RHS events follow this link to the website.

Take a look at the RHS Range of flower seeds and vegetable seeds on the Mr Fothergill’s website.