Best of Seeds
Is your soil frozen solid or perhaps the rain
is belting down? Either way you may still start
on an important gardening job-deciding which
new varieties of seed to order from the 2002
The first one to catch my eye was the new Rudbeckia
Cherokee Sunset from Thompson and Morgan. I
trailed this variety last year and it was superb.
It is an annual, flowering all summer and autumn
at a height of 30-36 inches.It lasts well as
a cut flower. The range of colours was impressive,
from deep yellow through orange to deep bronze.
Another interesting one from the same seed house
is the double, white spring flowering Helleborus
Mrs. Betty Ranicar. Apparently up to 85 % of
the seedlings will be double flowered. It is
a perennial so there wont be the opportunity
to see the blooms until the year after sowing.
With only 5 seeds in the packet, I hope for
The Organic Gardening catalogue offers most
of the standard vegetable varieties as seed
grown organically. I dont grow many vegetables
and I dont grow organically but if you
are, or want to become, organic this is the
catalogue for you.
Dobies have a new dwarf foxglove (digitalis)
in their catalogue. Dwarf Primrose Bells grows
to 18 inches with pale yellow, summer flowers.
Although they are biennial, flowering the year
after sowing, Dobies claim that, if sown in
February or March they will flower the same
Plant World Seeds specialise is the unusual
and the different. They list 4 Echiums. The
one to take my fancy is Echium pininana Snow
Tower. It is biennial, flowering in the second
year, with an enormous 12-15 ft high flower
spike of white flowers instead of the usual
Another catalogue with a difference is from
Chiltern Seeds. If you grow clematis and would
like something unusual, try their celery
leafedClematis apiifolia. It will climb
to 15 ft, producing its white flowers in late
autumn. The Japanese cook and eat the leaves!
There is a new poppy listed in Mr Fothergills
seed catalogue. Dawn Chorus is an annual, flowering
within weeks of sowing. The white,pink or mauve
flowers are double and appear to be made of
tissue paper. Famous for their sweet peas Suttons
Seeds have the new streamer series
on offer. They are fragrant, flowering all summer,
each bloom beautifully striped and flecked.
Last year, I tried the new hanging basket tomatoes.
They were fantastic, with a big crop of well
flavoured, cherry tomatoes. They are available
from most of the seed companies in red and yellow.
Get ready to shorten your list when you work
out the total cost.
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