I know it’s been a bad year for everyone who is growing things, but I’m not sure that it helps for farmers to put the boot in and blame the poor potato harvest on people who grow-their-own. According to them we are to blame for the spread of blight. Fortunately Thompson & Morgan has mounted a stout defence of those that prefer to grow their potatoes without a weekly dose of fungicide spray and pointed home growers in the direction of the blight resistant Sarpo potatoes. We have grown them very successfully for several years and MORE
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Cucumber ‘Delizia’ is a new variety from T&M with a very thin, translucent skin, a good flavour and a juicy but firm texture. Not only that, but apparently it will banish the burps!
It was Thompson & Morgan’s Press Day on July 27th. We garden writers get to wander among the trial beds and are introduced to the new varieties of flowers, fruit and vegetables for next year. Although the aesthetics of the floral display beds are not to my taste (far too many clashy colours alongside one another), it is an ideal opportunity to see how the plants grow in the ground and there are always interesting introductions that catch my eye. I did find one colour-themed bed to photograph!
A couple of weeks ago I made my annual pilgrimage to the trial grounds at Thompson & Morgan to see what’s on offer in the coming season. I’ve never been very keen on their flower pouch but thought the idea of using them for vegetables was brilliant. Perfect where space is an issue, for balcony railings and for keeping your veggies away from the local cats and other pests. They also had a very impressive new ever-bearing strawberry ‘Finesse’ that can be planted fourteen (!) to a grow bag and will crop from May to November. When it comes to flowers power, the new hardy gerbera, known as Garvinea is bound to be a crowd pleaser. I came away with a cerise pink one and a very pretty white with pink reverse on the petals – just like a lawn daisy on steroids. They are both very happy in the garden.