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New Flower seeds varieties 2019

October 26, 2018

New flower varieties to grow from seed for 2019 include:-

Helianthus. Sunflower Sunsation Yellow seeds

Helianthus. Sunflower Sunsation Yellow 10 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large flowers up to 17cm across, pollen free hybrid with a black center, producing multiple flower buds. It has dark, green, glossy foliage and have excellent garden performance. Height 35-45cm. Sunflower seeds.

Zinnia. Queen Lime Orange seeds

Zinnia. Queen Lime Orange 30 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

This new Zinnia series makes stunning cut flowers and are good for summer borders. The unique colours of soft orange and lime petals offer something different, they can also be used as cut flowers for bouquets. Features good vase life with high quality double flowers. Awarded Fleuroselect Gold Medal. Large range of Zinnia Seeds.

Salvia. Big Blue seeds

Salvia. Big Blue 10 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

Add some height to borders with this eye catching blue flowered salvia, ideal for landscaping or back of flower borders showing off its blue spires until the frost. Attractive to bees and butterflies, best grown in full sun. Flowers from July to Autumn.

 

Gazania. Enorma Mix seeds

Gazania. Enorma Mix 30 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

Large flowers 10-12 cm across, uniform flowering on strong flower stems with a vigorous habit. Good mix of Oranges, Yellows, Red and White. The foliage is dark green and glossy. Great for large containers and flower beds

 

Cosmos Sonata Purple Shades seeds

Cosmos. Sonata Purple Shades 25 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

An award winning Cosmos variety. An interesting series of cosmos, dwarf plants with semi-erect habit and very free flowering and long lasting, in purple shades. Grow in beds, borders and cut flower garden sow from Spring to Summer attracts butteflies and bees into the garden. Cosmos Sonata series RHS Award of Garden Merit. See our large rage of Cosmos seeds.

 

Campanula Alpine Breeze White seeds

Campanula. Alpine Breeze White 50 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

White bell shaped flowers these compact campanula are ideal for the rockery, woodlands or borders. Flowers in the first year. Flowering from potting is 17-19 weeks. Height 15cm Campanula cochleariifolia

 

Campanula Alpine Breeze Blue seeds

Campanula. Alpine Breeze Blue 50 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intense blue bell shaped flowers these compact campanula are ideal for the rockery, woodlands or borders. Flowers in the first year. Flowering from potting is 17-19 weeks. Height 15cm Campanula cochleariifolia

Calibrachoa Kabloom Denim seeds

Calibrachoa. Kabloom Denim 10 pellets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calibrachoa Kabloom This new series of long flowering hybrid Calibrachoa trailing plants are perfect for use in hanging baskets, mixed planters, containers, borders and patio. Also known as Million Bells they are now available from seed. Plants produce a mass of bell shaped flowers similar to small petunias throughout summer and tail/spread up to 40cm. Million Bells Calibrachoa seeds

 

Poppy Somniferum Hungarian Blue

Papaver. Poppy Somniferum Hungarian Blue 500 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hungarian Blue a Heirloom variety with single flowers in gorgeous purple-blue shades and dark inner markings on each petal. Ideal cut flower and dried pods can be used in fower arranging Height 90c. See our extensive range of poppy seeds

 

Papaver Poppy Somniferum Maanzaad

Papaver. Poppy Somniferum Maanzaad 600 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppy Maanzaad the best Bread seed Poppy, producing beautiful white single flowers with pink markings and a seed head which holds onto the seeds rather than allow the seeds to scatter making seed collection easier. Use the seeds in salads, curries, Asian dishes and home grown seed is Ideal as a topping for bread. Attractive in the border. See our extensive range of poppy seeds .

Nasturtium Jewel Cherry Rose

Nasturtium. Jewel Cherry Rose 30 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrumptious hot pink semi-double blooms on compact, bushy plants. Ideal for growing in borders or containers. Hardy Annual, Tropaeolum majus Height 30cm

 

Nasturtium Queen Mix

Nasturtium. Queen Mix 30 seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attractive variegated foliage becomes clothed in a vibrant mix of single flowers. Ideal used for climbing a trellis, but can also be used as an effective ground cover, or cascading over the edge of baskets or containers.

 

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Grass seed

September 14, 2017

Best time to sow grass seed is from March to October, make sure the area to sow is level, free from stones, plants, weeds etc. and is deeply dug and raked to a fine seed bed. Preparation is the art of a fine lawn.
From lush green lawns and hard-wearing  mixtures for play areas, to golf course mixes that are perfect for encouraging wildlife – all our grass seed blends are carefully created to offer you the very best results.

There are a number of grass seed mixtures available, choose the one that suits your conditions.

Front Lawn Grass seed mixture

Front Lawn Grass seed

A Front Lawn Grass seed Mixture will produce a fine front lawn, that will withstand a minimum amount of wear.

 

Back Lawn seed

Back Lawn Mixture

A lawn seed mixture suitable to take the heavy traffic of dogs and children playing on it is the Back Lawn Mixture. This produces a hard wearing back lawn that is ideal for children’s play areas, lawns with heavier usage, sports areas and landscaping.

 

Ornamental Lawn grass seed

A Fine Ornamental Lawn

 

Formal lawn grass seed, this is an excellent blend of the best varieties of fescue grasses ensuring a high quality fine ornamental lawn that will have your neighbours green with envy. it has a fine dense sward, free from coarse species that is required to see the full benefit of the short fine varieties.
Ideal for Ornamental lawns, croquet lawns, golf greens a mixture without ryegrass that can be cut to a height of 5mm once established

 

 

Winter Hanging Baskets

August 15, 2017

It is believed that the hanging basket was originally designed to remind a princess of home, some also believe the idea came from the hanging gardens of Babylon, it is with the wonderful versatility of this idea that we can design our own little piece of heaven from our doorstep right through to our garden. However, casting our minds back to the long, cold winter we experienced not so long ago it is probable that most of us may be reluctant to consider planning how to add warmth to our otherwise dreary doorways and garden during the late season. Despite this, in order to avoid even the slightest, sparse period it is vital to plan ahead when it comes to complimenting any garden displays throughout the seasons. When it comes to winter hanging baskets a mixture of upright and tumbling plants can have the best effect. Shrubs like Box,  heathers and carex (ornamental grass) can provide height while trailing plants like ivy not only add warmth but can also hide the edges of the basket. Bedding plants such as primroses, violas, cyclamen and polyanthus will contribute colour with winter pansies great for filling in any gaps and can be grown from seeds.

Regardless of space or the size of your doorway, choose no smaller than a 14-inch basket. Cover the inside of the basket with a coconut fibre liner, followed by a plastic disc to use as a saucer in the bottom of the hanging basket to help retain water. Using soil based compost, particularly if growing shrubs put a one-inch layer into the base of the basket. Make three small cuts across the sides of the liner or fibre. These small holes can be used to secure the plants in place, preventing damage to the root ball of each plant. Add another layer of compost followed by more plants. Once everything has been added fill the basket with compost but leave an approximate two-inch gap from the top. Pack the compost and the plants in tightly, filling any gaps with smaller flowers and compost.

During the winter months, the rugged flowers of heather are superb at filling out an arrangement and surrounding them with trailing plants such as ivy or creeping thyme will soften the edges. With preparation remaining key, why not add a few dwarf daffodil, narcissus, tulips or iris bulbs to extend the display well into spring. Once quality plants and shrubs are chosen, maintain your winter hanging basket by not letting it dry out and dead heading flowers as soon as they show any signs of fading. If weather conditions become harsh, boost your plants with a weekly liquid feed.

Cucamelon – Melothria scabra seeds – baby watermelons

March 4, 2017

Cucamelon

Cucamelon seeds Melothria scabra If you have never seen or eaten a cucamelon (and the chances are that
you haven’t) then you are in for a treat. Not only are they really interesting
plants which would look good scrambling up a fence or even over an ugly shed or
garage, but the fruits look like tiny little watermelons which turn out to
taste of cucumber with a hint of lime. You can get cucamelon seeds from Nicky’s
Nursery and you can sow them now to plant outside when it gets warmer – we are
all assuming it will get warmer, sometime soon!

Melothria scabra seeds (to give these delicious fruits their full
Latin name) are reliable to grow and you can put the plants really close
together because they like to twine and twist onto other stems so will help
support themselves this way. The fruits need to be harvested when they are
about the size of a biggish grape and if you plant the cucamelon seeds indoors
now you should be harvesting them by July and they will hopefully (weather
permitting) still be going strong in September.

Cucamelon is also known by lots of other names, many taken from the
appearance of the fruits – mouse melon is perhaps the cutest, the others being
Mexican sour gherkin, Mexican miniature watermelon and Mexican sour cucumber,
so perhaps it will come as no surprise to find that they grow very freely in
Mexico. The plants can be grown a second year from the roots, but they have to
be lifted and stored like dahlias and other tubers, so most people prefer to
grow cucamelon seeds fresh every year. They aren’t hard to get going and the
yield is very high, so it is simple to just buy a new packet of seeds every
year, especially if you don’t have too much gardening experience.

You can eat them just as they come off the vine and if you like to have
drinks and nibbles outside on nice summer evenings it is really fun to pour the
drinks and then point your guests at the vines to pick their own nibbles. You
can also pickle cucamelon fruits just like gherkins or cucumbers. You can
pickle them whole if you want and they look great that way mixed with olives
when they are done, or, for a crisper result, you can cut them in half. The
main thing to remember when you pickle Melothria scabra is that you must
salt them first or they can be soggy – still delicious, though!


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