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Ways with watering

July 5th, 2019 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Sweet peas appreciate plenty of water

“Watering requires more care than is often given to it.” As we look back over a hundred years, so we read in the introduction to the fine old Annual & Biennial Garden Plants by A. E. Speer published in 1911.

“In dry weather a little sprinkling does more harm very often than good. The roots are attracted to the surface only to be burnt up by the hot rays of the sun. When watering do it thoroughly, so that it may go down to the roots, and not the roots up to the moisture.

“Some annuals, like Sweet Peas, especially if grown for exhibition, require copious watering, and occasionally with a little liquid manure added. Always water after the sun is off the plants; and it may be added, rain-water saved from a tub is preferable to water from a pipe. It is softer and not so cold.”

Good advice. My approach is to enrich the soil with organic matter by mulching and working in weed-free compost when planting so the soil retains as much moisture as possible.

I’m also very keen on spot watering and spot feeding individual plants as they need it. Tomatoes, courgettes, outdoor cucumbers, sweet peas and dahlias in particular appreciate a regular drench and to make this easier, when planting, I create a shallow dip into which the plants are set. This collects water and feed where it’s needed and prevents it running away across the border.

The good Mr Speer is right when he says that “pipe” water can be very cold. But it’s also good to remember that the water in a hose pipe left out in the sun can also get very hot. Some gardeners line up filled watering cans one day for use the next, allowing the water to warm up.

Me? I think it’s more important to do it rather than not, and not to worry too much about the temperature. Either way, you’ll see the difference.

Mr Fothergill’s Names its New Sweet Pea Capel Manor After Well-Known College and Partner

January 8th, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

Leading sweet pea seed supplier Mr Fothergill’s has introduced a new and exclusive large flowered variety for the forthcoming season which has been named after Capel Manor, as it was to Dr Robert Uvedale, a schoolmaster at the college, to whom Franciscus Cupani sent the first sweet pea seeds to arrive in England, back in 1699.

Sweet Pea Capel Manor has large, frilly two-tone, deep purple-blue blooms that are lightly scented. This classic Spencer type sweet pea will add colour and create perfect displays when planted over trellis or fences. A packet of 20 seeds of Capel Manor is priced at £2.35.

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Capel Manor College educates new generations of horticulturists offering a range of courses for those who are interested in plants, trees and environment. Mr Fothergill’s has a long-established relationship with the College working together to produce spring and summer display gardens and providing an award for exceptional students every year.

Among other new Sweet Peas introduced in the 2018-2019 season is the gorgeous dwarf and compact Teresa Maureen, with RRP at £2.35 for 20 seeds. This highly scented variety stands out from other Lathyrus odoratus with a mass of small flowers in pink, white and lavender shades.

Sweet Pea Balcony Mixed is a stunning blend of large white frilly blooms with coloured markings in red, orange, pink, blue, purple and magenta. This versatile, scented variety is perfect for large patio pots. A packet of 20 seeds of Balcony Mixed is priced at £2.35.

Sweet Pea Terry Wogan distinguishes itself with an incredible warm salmon rose colour which is more intense on the petal edges. It produces large fragrant blooms that makes it one of the nation’s favourite cultivars.

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All sweet peas are available from Mr Fothergill’s retail stockists throughout the UK and from the company’s latest Seed Catalogue or online. Visit your local garden centre for the full range or head over to www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

Mr Fothergill’s Name New Sweet Pea after Capel Manor

August 15th, 2018 | News | 1 Comment

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We are delighted to introduce our new and exclusive large flowered variety of Sweet Pea for the forthcoming season which honours education provider Capel Manor. With large frilly two-tone deep purple blue blooms that are lightly scented, this vibrant classic Spencer type Sweet Pea will add colour and create perfect displays when planted over trellis or fences.

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The new Sweet Pea was officially named at our annual press day by Malcolm Goodwin, Principal at Capel Manor College. Capel Manor College educates new generations of horticulturists, offering a range of courses for those who are interested in plants, trees and environment. We have a fantastic long-standing relationship with the College, working together to produce spring and summer display gardens. We also provide an award for their exceptional students every year.

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Among other new Sweet Peas introduced in the 2018-2019 season we have the gorgeous dwarf and compact Teresa Maureen. This highly scented variety stands out from other Lathyrus odoratus with a mass of small flowers in pink, white and lavender shades.

Sweet Pea Balcony Mixed is a stunning blend of large white frilly blooms with coloured markings in red, orange, pink, blue, purple and magenta. This versatile, scented variety is perfect for large patio pots.

Sweet Pea Terry Wogan distinguishes itself with an incredible warm salmon rose colour which is more intense on the petal edges. It produces large fragrant blooms that make it the nation’s favourite cultivar.

A packet of 20 seeds are priced at just £2.35. Visit your local garden centre for the full range or head over to www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

Mr Fothergill’s supports hospice gardens with launch of new sweet pea Greenfingers

August 19th, 2016 | News | 0 Comments

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Mr Fothergill’s has pledged its support for Greenfingers (www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk), the charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for children’s hospices, by naming a brand-new sweet pea after it for the 2017 season. Sweet pea Greenfingers has an old-fashioned grandiflora flower form and the strong, memorable scent associated with those types in their Victorian heyday; its blooms are a rich cream with a delicate wire rim or picotée of pale violet. The climber is well suited to both garden display and as a cut flower, when its fragrance fills a room.

Mr Fothergill’s Tim Jeffries has pledged 25p to Greenfingers for every packet of 20 seeds priced at £2.45 the Suffolk seedsman sells through its retailers, mail order catalogue and website during the 2016/17 gardening season. Announcing the initiative, Tim commented “We are delighted to support such a worthwhile charity and a cause close to so many hearts. By launching sweet pea Greenfingers, we hope we can raise the charity’s profile with our customers, Britain’s gardeners and the garden trade”.

Head of fundraising at Greenfingers Linda Petrons officially named sweet pea Greenfingers at Mr Fothergill’s annual trial grounds open day for the gardening media in mid August. She said “We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Mr Fothergill’s for this thoughtful gesture, which we hope will not only make more people aware of the work we do, but will also raise vital funds to help us continue creating magical and inspiring gardens for children who spend time in hospices right across the UK”.

For more information on Mr Fothergill’s 2017 range, please visit the Mr Fothergills website.

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An annual not to be denied – that’s Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil

February 18th, 2016 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet Peas in skip

Mr Fothergill’s prides itself on the quality of its flower seeds and offers a particularly large range of sweet peas to UK gardeners. It introduces new varieties of the much-loved annual every year, among which is the sweetly scented chocolate ‘flake’ variety Sir Henry Cecil.

An eagle-eyed member of staff recently noticed that amongst a few out-of-date and slightly damaged-by-damp packets of ‘Sir Henry’ which had been discarded, one had produced a fine crop of seedlings. “We worked out that the seeds in the packet were five years old, but it looks as though every one has grown and looks really healthy. Two of us could not bare the thought of the plants being discarded, so we have taken them home to grow in our gardens and, hopefully, produce a wonderful display”, said the firm’s Rachel Cole.

Sweet Pea Sir Henry Cecil, launched in 2013, was named in honour of the famous racehorse trainer who was based at Newmarket, very close to Mr Fothergill’s trial ground and headquarters. It is available from retail suppliers of Mr Fothergill’s and from the company’s catalogue.

To request a copy of Mr Fothergill’s Seed Catalogue 2016, go online at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB