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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An eagle-eyed member of staff recently noticed that amongst a few out-of-date and slightly damaged-by-damp packets of ‘Sir Henry’ which had been discarded, one had produced a fine crop of seedlings.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

Sussex Gardener Wins Mr Fothergill’s Sweet Pea Competition Prize

July 20th, 2015 | Competitions | 0 Comments

Bags of postal entriesA bunch of eight sweet pea stems sent by post from East Sussex gardener Richard Baron scooped the £250 first prize in the General Postal Class in Mr Fothergill’s national competition held at Capel Manor College, Enfield, north London on Saturday, 18 July 2015. The event attracted postal entries from as far afield as Tyne and Wear, Co Tyrone, Somerset and Yorkshire. Miss L Smith of Burton on Trent and Janice Sharkey of Glasgow were second and third respectively, winning £150 and £100.

Mr Fothergill’s competition co-ordinator Pim Dickson, who also devised the postal method using a two-litre plastic soft drinks bottle to ensure safe transit of blooms, said he was delighted at the good condition in which they all arrived.

There was also a class for on-the-day entrants, who staged their exhibits during the morning, with similar levels of prize money. First prize was awarded to Alec Cave of Derby, with second prize going to Bill Jones and third prize to Derek Florin.

The Junior section of the competition was won by students of Access Group 2 from Capel Manor College. In second place was Bollington St John’s C of E Primary School from Macclesfield, with Montbelle Primary School of New Eltham in third.

The judges for the competition were John Fothergill of Mr Fothergill’s, gardening writer Peter Seabrook MBE and Stephen Dowbiggin OBE, principal of Capel Manor College.  Entries were judged on their overall appeal.

Sweet pea sowing at Woolaston Primary School

March 20th, 2015 | Garden Diaries | 0 Comments

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At the end of February we heard from our green fingered friends at the Woolaston Primary School gardening club.  This was a new group of reception class pupils at the school who were keen to embark on the new gardening year.  They had been provided with a whole treasure trove of Mr Fothergill’s seeds to sow in the lead up to the end of the school year in July.

To start their journey, in March the group of young gardeners have been sowing sweet peas: Galaxy Mixed and Tiller Girls.  All 28 children in the reception class at the school are now eagerly waiting to see whose will be the first to send up shoots…

 

Sweet peas germinated in a pupil's hand

How the children sowed their sweet peas (some top tips for any other young gardeners out there!)

Each child had three seeds to sow in their own 15cm pot. We set up a potting station with a tub of compost and they followed a five-step process:

  • Stir the compost to get rid of lumps
  • Fill the pot and firm it down
  • Poke three holes in the surface
  • Pop a seed into each hole and cover with a bit more compost
  • Use the watering can (there was much excitement about this, and some rather wet socks)

 

A few tips. And a few lessons learnt…

Watering sweet peas at Woolaston Primary SchoolSchool parent, Mary Hamblyn is involved in the gardening club and she is also keeping us updated here on the blog.  She reported that this first session was lots of fun for the children, but a steep learning curve for the adult helpers!

Of this inaugural gardening session Mary commented, “Working with small groups meant we could take a hands-off approach and let the class really take ownership of what they were doing. We just gave gentle prompts if needed and watched to make sure all the seeds made it into the pots.

“Class teacher Mrs Price had briefed the children earlier in the day. This was really helpful as once they were outside – and raring to go – we only needed to give simple instructions.”

However, there proved to be minor peril for shoes and socks in the form of a little too much fun with water!

“It didn’t take us long to realise that four and five year olds can’t resist playing with water. In the end we just used one closely guarded watering can, counting ‘one – two – three – stop!’ as each child watered their pot. Otherwise all the seeds would have floated away on a river of composty water,” observed Mary.

“We soaked our seeds before planting them. There is conflicting advice on this – some say it gives them a head start, others say it can make them prone to rotting. In the end we had to sow ours in two batches and the second lot were beginning to germinate by the time we got to them. We’re not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but we encouraged the children to handle them carefully and hopefully they’ll be OK. With a bit of luck we’ll be able to enter Mr Fothergill’s sweet pea competition in July.”

Sweet peas all in a row

 

Next time

In their next session the children will be planting Broad Bean Witkiem Manita, Garlic sets and Tomato Sub-Arctic Plenty so watch out for another update very soon.

How are you getting on in your school garden?

 

Mr Fothergill’s have supplied Woolaston Primary School with all the seeds they need to produce a really productive school garden this year.  The Woolaston Primary School gardening blog posts are written by school parent Mary Hamblyn.  She also blogs at www.brookendcottagegarden.com  

How to plant sweet peas

March 5th, 2015 | The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea JimeldaAfter you have sown and overwintered your sweet peas, it is time for many to take the next step and plant them out when conditions allow.

This short video shows you how to plant sweet peas, giving you some tips on how to pinch out your young seedlings to get the most out of them in the coming growing season.

If you didn’t sow sweet peas, then all is not lost. You can order sweet pea plants from the Mr Fothergill’s website and play catch up with your neighbours! Order now for delivery in mid-April.