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Posts Tagged ‘Thompson & Morgan’

Seed potatoes sprayed with fungicide

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One of Britain’s leading garden retailers has taken steps to reassure customers that its seed potatoes are safe to handle.
Shoppers at Homebase were confronted by signs warning that seed spuds have been treated with chemicals.
Signs urged gardeners to wear gloves while planting, due to tubers having been treated with fungicide.
A Homebase spokesman said: “The poor weather this year has had…

Wet winter will lead to big plant losses

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Gardeners face forking out a fortune to replace plants that have rotted during the wet winter.
Experts warned that trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants may fail to spring into life, as roots have turned to mush.
Gardeners on heavy clay soil are likely to be worst affected but plants on lighter sandy soils may also struggle – as nutrients have been washed…

Novelty foxglove is best new plant of 2012

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A novelty plant that prompted a buying frenzy among gardeners has won an industry Oscar.
Digitalis ‘Illumination Pink,’ launched exclusively by Thompson & Morgan, picked up the title of Best New Plant at the Garden Retail magazine awards in London in November.
The tropical foxglove, a hardy perennial that flowers for six months in peachy-pink colours, was previously crowned RHS Chelsea Plant…

Gardeners deny spreading potato blight

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The Potato Council has accused amateur gardeners of spreading potato blight – leading to poor harvests and price rises.
Commercial growers say amateur gardeners often fail to identify blight outbreaks quickly, and don’t know how to control it. This, they say, led to rapid spread of late-blight across the UK. 
But gardening groups leapt to defend Britain’s growing band of allotment and…

Snowdrop sells for record-breaking £725!

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A new world record has been set for the most expensive snowdrop after a single bulb was sold for £725.
The Galanthus woronowii ‘Elizabeth Harrison’ snowdrop bulb was snapped up by Ipswich-based Thompson & Morgan (T&M).
T&M emerged as the successful bidder after more than 30 galanthophiles (snowdrop enthusiasts) embarked on a bidding frenzy for the unusual yellow-headed bloom on an internet…

Could YOU name this sunflower?

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From February, Amateur Gardening will begin giving away THOMPSON & MORGAN SEEDS with every issue, taped to the front cover, completely FREE!

And to celebrate the new season, we want an AG reader to help us name one of these seed varieties!
Here’s a description of the Sunflower seed that we would like you to name, to help give you inspiration:

Busy Lizzies in short supply

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Bitain’s biggest garden retailer is to stop selling the nation’s favourite bedding plant.
B&Q, which has 357 stores, pulled the plug on busy Lizzies (Impatiens walleriana) after impatiens downy mildew struck in 2011.
B&Q usually sells 20 million busy Lizzies a year, making it the UK’s biggest retailer of the hanging basket favourite.
The firm warned of a “chronic shortfall of busy Lizzies…

Dahlias are super-sized!

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Super-sized dahlias are proving that big is beautiful.
Giant dahlia ‘XXXL Series,’ exclusive to Thompson & Morgan, has dinner plate-size flower heads from early summer into autumn.
“These are the biggest flowered patio dahlias that we have seen,” said T&M’s Michael Perry.
“We think it’s time for dahlias to enjoy a revival thanks to their long-flowering and ability to lengthen the flowering season…

Downy mildew could ‘wipe out’ busy Lizzies

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The busy Lizzie, one of gardeners’ favourite bedding plants, could be wiped out within five years as a virulent disease tightens its grip.
Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) are being struck down by downy mildew which thrives in mild, wet summers.
“The UK busy Lizzie market could be dead in five year’s time unless something is done,” said Paul Hansord, managing director of Thompson…

T&M offers cash rewards for new plants!

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Gardeners who discover new plants can bag big cash rewards.
Thompson & Morgan, the Ipswich seed company, is offering rewards of £500 to gardeners who come up with a new plant that makes it into its range.
Gardeners are being urged to search their plots for novelties or dabble at breeding in a bid to come up with striking new plants.
T&M’s plant…