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Zinnias take their place in the sun as Mr Fothergill’s celebrates 2017

November 7th, 2016 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Zinnias have been the subject of much breeding work in recent years and, as a result, are now more widely grown than they were 20 or 30 years ago. Their importance is being acknowledged by 2017 being declared ‘Year of the Zinnia’ by Fleuroselect, the organisation which trials and assesses new seed varieties from around the world to determine their suitability for European conditions. Mr Fothergill’s is celebrating the initiative with the introduction to its mail order catalogue and website a new formula mixture.

ZinniasBritish-bred Zinnia Solmar Mixed F1 will create a stunning display in pots, containers or garden borders. The beautiful, large flower heads last well with good heat and drought tolerance, and excellent disease resistance. This delightful annual needs little maintenance to put on an eye-catching display. The mature plants have a height of 45-60cm (18-24 in). A packet of 20 seeds costs £3.99.

New to both Mr Fothergill’s mail order and retail ranges is Zinnia Sombrero, which produces lots of single-flowered, red and white, jam tart-like blooms for many weeks through summer and into autumn. Plants reach around 35cm (14in) tall. A packet of seeds sufficient for 50 plants of Sombrero costs £2.35.

You can see Mr Fothergill’s range here or click here to request a catalogue .

Mr Fothergill’s is full of beans as we celebrate them in 2017

October 21st, 2016 | News | 0 Comments

Celebrate beans Mr Fothergill’s 2017 seed catalogue features several new bean varieties, as we support the pan-European Year of the Bean initiative in the hope of encouraging gardeners to grow more of these tasty vegetables in 2017. Exclusive new runner bean Aurora is unique in being both pink flowered and producing self-setting pods. It is British-bred and produces an abundant crop of usually stringless, succulent pods whether conditions are cool or hot and dry in our unpredictable summers. A packet of 45 seeds costs £3.35.

Broad bean Eleonora is offered as organic seed. These beans, often five per pod, are both juicy and very tasty, and are recommended by all staff who have taken home pods grown on our Newmarket trial ground. Fast growing and not too tall, Eleonora is a good choice for windy sites. A packet of 45 seeds cost £3.35. Reintroduced dwarf bean Coco Noir Starazagorski can be eaten young as sliced green beans or left to mature and the black beans shelled as haricots. Ten seeds cost £3.35.

Celebrate beansThree other new and exclusive beans are offered both via mail order and from retail stockists of Mr Fothergill’s throughout the UK. Exclusive runner bean Guinness Record could be well-named. This exhibition-quality runner bean produces large crops of very long, smooth, tasty, slender pods up to 45cm (18in) from July to October. The vigorous, red-flowered plants are resistant to all bean viruses. A packet of 45 seeds costs £3.25.

Runner Bean Snowdrift is a white-flowered variety specially bred to yield large crops of succulent beans. White-flowered beans are often less prone to bird attack than scarlet-flowered ones. Pods set reliably in cold or hot and dry conditions, helping to ensure a good harvest. A packet of 40 seeds of Snowdrift costs £3.25. Also exclusively from Mr Fothergill’s comes pencil-podded climbing bean Python. Its uniform, succulent pods, up to 15cm (6in) long, are produced abundantly through a long summer cropping season and into autumn. A packet of 50 seeds costs £3.25.

For more information on Mr Fothergill’s range, or to request a catalogue please visit the Mr Fothergills site.