Posts Tagged ‘planting’

Still time for alliums

October 26th, 2018 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Allium christophii

When we think about spring bulbs we think of daffodils and tulips and crocuses – all the old favourites. But what about alliums? They tend to be forgotten. In fact, I forgot about them myself, this year, and will finally be planting mine this morning.

It’s true, alliums tend to flower a little later than other spring bulbs, in May and June. Some flower later still, in July or even August, but they still need planting now. And while all bring us masses of tiny flowers gathered into flower heads at the tops of their stems, those flower heads come in large and medium and small.

The largest and most dramatic flower heads belong to Allium schubertii, with 30cm flower heads like exploding fireworks on stems 50cm high. They even have a sweet fragrance, and can be cut for dramatic flower arrangements and for drying.

Less wildly exuberant in its look, but with dramatic 20cm flower heads packed with purple stars, is A. christophii. Lovely planted amongst low penstemons such as ‘Carillo Purple’, as its flower heads turn to straw they break away and roll around the borders, lodging unpredictably amongst border plants.

More like drumsticks, the taller ‘Purple Sensation’ makes smaller heads on 70cm stems, ideal growing through early summer perennials, they look amazing amongst lupins!

Finally, perhaps my favourite, with the smallest flowers in the darkest purple on tall 50-60cm stems at the latest season – and at the best bargain price: A. sphaerocephalon. At £5.95 for fifty bulbs, I’m going to plant them in a row for cutting and also amongst my shasta daisies. I have some new yellow flowered varieties on trial – sounds like a good combination to me. Get your order in today.

How To Plant & Grow Asparagus Crowns

March 9th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Young asparagus crowns growing in raised bedsAsparagus is a very satisfying vegetable to grow in your own garden. But it does take time & patience to grow. In this short post, we will guide you through planting Mr Fothergill’s asparagus. 

  • Take the asparagus crowns from the sealed bag.
  • Make a trench, it must be wide enough to spread the roots out and give them room to grow. The trench must also be about 20 cm deep.
  • Within the trench, you’ll need to create a small ridge so that the asparagus can sit on top of these. The roots can then spread down the side.
  • Fill the trench back in and firm it down. It’s that easy!

Asparagus can take another two years to get a full harvest – but it’s worth the wait! If you have any further tips on planting and growing asparagus crowns, then you can let us know on this blog or over on our social media. You can buy our asparagus crowns on Mr Fothergill’s website here.

How To Plant & Grow Asparagus Crowns


More bulbs, bigger plants and exclusive Primrose feature in Mr Fothergill’s Autumn Catalogue

August 16th, 2016 | News | 0 Comments

Mr Fothergill's Autumn Catalogue Mr Fothergill’s newly published Autumn Planting Catalogue 2016 offers more bulbs than ever before on four additional pages. All winter and spring bedding varieties now come as large plugs for even surer success, and there is a new and exclusive primrose with terrific ‘flower power’. The catalogue also includes bare-root wallflowers, perennials and several money-saving deals on multiple purchases.

The improved and extended bulb selection, top-size for the best results, has been extensively trialled by the Mr Fothergills’s to give an impressive display in spring. There are several new-to-Mr F narcissi and tulips, plus a focus on collections of both to aid customer selection. These include narcissi for successional flowering, naturalising, containers and double types, and tulips which are long-lived, scented, and suitable for containers, plus carefully chosen blends of complementary colours. Buy any four packs of bulbs and get the lowest priced one free-of-charge.

All Mr Fothergill’s autumn-planting bedding is offered as large plugs, as its recent trials proved these establish more quickly, grow more vigorously and flower earlier than the same varieties offered as standard plugs. In addition, large plugs do not need growing on, and can be planted straight-out if desired.

A superb addition to the bedding range is new and exclusive primrose Amore F1, a remarkably free flowering strain, which has butter-yellow blooms edged with rose-pink to create a lovely display in patio pots, window boxes and for edging paths. A pack of 20 large plugs costs £14.95. Buy any two packs of autumn-planting bedding plants and save £5.00.

Hand-graded, UK-grown, bare-root wallflowers in four single colours (£5.95 for 10)
and Persian Carpet Mixed (£4.95 for 10), are another highlight of the catalogue. All are supplied ‘in the green’ within 48 hours of lifting from the nursery for autumn planting and bigger, better plants next spring. They are despatched from mid-October onwards for immediate planting.

autumn-planting-press-release-flowerThere are also many new additions to the 14 pages of hardy perennials, all offered as sturdy, young plants in 9cm pots for despatch from late September 2016. New to the range are semi-double Anemone Ruffled Swan, bicolor Aquilegia Rhubarb and Custard, compact-growing Excalibur delphiniums, and three impressive kniphofias. Several perennial genera may also be bought as money-saving collections.

To request a copy of Mr Fothergill’s Autumn Planting Catalogue 2016, all you need to do is fill out the form found here.