Mr Fothergills New Seeds on Trial 2018


Mr Fothergills New Seeds on Trial 2018

Late last year I was lucky to be selected by Mr Fothergills to test some exciting new Flower and Vegetable varieties that are to be launched for sale for the 2018 Growing season.

New seed varieties from Mr Fothergills.

On trial are 2 vegetable varieties and 4 flower varieties.

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End of Month View of the Garden. End of December 2017


End of Month View of the Garden. End of December 2017

With thanks to Steve at The Glebe House Garden Blog for hosting this Meme.

It’s the end of December and also the end of 2017, my gardening time has been seriously hampered by grisly weather and a grisly persistent cold.

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The Decline of the Evil Weevil and The 5 best things at the Edible Garden Show 2016


29-I pod 031Following on from my last post where I discovered an outbreak of Vine Weevil in my Strawberry tubs I set about dumping infected plants, and dumping the compost away from my garden, some new Strawberry Plants ordered and a recommended chemical purchased and applied.

A necessary evil.?
A necessary evil.?

I’ve also started to receive parcels of plants that I ordered earlier in the year.

Newly arrived baby Fuchsia plants.
Newly arrived baby Fuchsia plants.
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Potted and growing on.

12 new Fuchsia plants, a mixture of Bush and Uprights. I’m hoping to go potastic this year and make up a few nice containers of mixed plants. (Vine Weevil Permitting.!)

The Fuchsia plants came from a mail order company that I have used in the past called Potash Nursery they also attend many of the major flower shows throughout the year.

Seed sowing has started....
Seed sowing has started….

I was hoping for some settled weather over Easter so I could potter in the garden and faff with a bit of seed sowing in the greenhouse, however storm Katie blew through last night dumping almost an inch of rain on the garden leaving everything soggy and a bit meh.

So I just thought I’d show you some of the best things I spotted during my recent, and first visit to the Edible Garden Show which was held recently at Stoneleigh park in Warwickshire.

I visited on the Saturday.
I visited on the Saturday.

 

1st.

The first item that caught my eye was this…

The Garden Scoot in bright purple.
The Garden Scoot in bright purple.

A seat on wheels that you can move about sidewards on. (I just thought it had big eyes).

Available from Garden Scoot.

2nd.

This dinky living picture frame and these splendid seed packets on the Sea Spring Seeds stand.

3rd.

Kitchen Garden Magazine stand.
Kitchen Garden Magazine stand.

Kitchen Garden Magazine.

This stand in-particular stood out to me as it was nicely set up with lots of little offers on.

 

4th.

I also went to a couple of talks, and the one below stood out to me quite positively.

The talk was called Growing in small spaces by Mark Abbot-Compton.

A Talk by this chap.
A Talk by this chap.

Mark runs a  website called Learn How to Garden,  Gardening Courses.com it is pioneering teaching using internet courses that give step by step tuition to beginner gardeners right through to the more technical aspects of horticulture and an online monthly interactive publication.

His talk was very interesting, and interesting in which an ‘old hand’ like myself a learned few new bits of info, such as the reason why seed packets state why Cabbage crops should be 2ft apart*.

5th.

Beautifully designed seed packets from Meadow in my Garden.
Beautifully designed seed packets from Meadow in my Garden.

Each of these packets of seed looked like little works of art to me.

The stall was Meadow in my Garden. but  I noticed from the packet that the contents were supplied by Thomas Etty Esq. Heritage Seeds.

 

So that was the 5 best things I saw, to be honest there were lots of interesting things, and many of them were quite pricey for what they were.

The only purchase I made however was a subscription to a magazine which gave out extra seeds if you subscribed at the show. Also it appeared to me that every other stall sold Chilli pepper seedlings, as I’ve already got an increasing population of chilli seedlings in my greenhouse I did without.

 

 

*Cabbages are stated to be 2ft apart because the wheelbase of Massey Ferguson tractors are 4ft apart, and it was so the tractors could move about the fields for harvesting & spraying etc….

 

Bye for now…

Autumn Greyness, occasional bonus flowers and Impatient Iris.


The clocks have been turned back, and now I’m going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark..  I’m having to grab short amounts of time in the garden at weekends when weather and household chores allow.

Its been unseasonally mild up till now, with only 1 night of a slight frost, I still have leaves on most of my plants and even some flowers on others.

I’ve got a clematis in a sheltered site that’s actually started to flower again, I don’t know what this means for the long term health of the plant, but it does look odd flowering in Mid-November.!

Confused Clematis.
Confused Clematis.

Even though the days are grey I’m delighted by a few bright stars shining in my garden, My Malus evereste is full of pretty red fruits.

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The tree is still hanging onto its leaves though, I think the next sharp frost will put an end to that though.

I am also very pleased with a deciduous ornamental grass that I planted out earlier last year, I have had it knocking around the garden in a big pot for a few years, but finally got it planted, it has lovely, tall golden foliage and seed heads.

Unknown grass....
Unknown grass….

Now I know I had a label for it when I planted it, and I just hope its still somewhere around the root ball, as I have to move this grass to a new spot soon as I planted a Magnolia too close to it last spring, and it will be easier to move the grass and not the Magnolia.!

I’ve also got a few bonus flowers at the moment, an Erysimum bowles mauve which is refusing to believe its mid-November and a Rose Geoff Hamilton which has sprung back into growth…

Eryngium bowles mauve
Erysimum bowles mauve

 

Rose Geoff Hamilton
Rose Geoff Hamilton

No doubt the next frost will put an end to my bonus flowers, and It might even stop the lawn from growing.

Although this mild weather does have a little advantage, some seeds I collected from an Iris have already germinated, and I thought the seeds would prefer a cold snap to aid germination.

Apparently not.!

Impatient Iris.
Impatient Iris.

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