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Tomato review – how did you do?

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I didn’t grow too many tomato plants in the greenhouse this year, focussing instead on chillies and peppers, writes AG gardening editor Kris Collins.
Just three tomato varieties (all cherries) made it on to my growing list. Having overseen my daughter picking the last of the fruits this week, I thought it time to give a brief review of them: 
‘Super Sweet…

New busy Lizzie shortage looms

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Bedding busy Lizzies are set to be in short supply for a second year running.
Seed and young plant supplier Thompson & Morgan has decided not to re-introduce the border and hanging basket favourite to its 2013 catalogue due to the global spread of impatiens downy mildew. 
The disease, which prompted T&M to pull Impatiens walleriana from its catalogue in 2012, quickly…

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…

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…

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…

A smarter way to shop

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A technology revolution will change the way gardeners shop for plants and products.
Hi-tech barcodes, called ‘QR’ codes (quick response), are appearing on items from plant pots to fertiliser and compost.
When shoppers scan the codes with a mobile phone, they are directed to websites or videos explaining how to use the product.
Editor of trade magazine Garden Retail, Matthew Appleby, said: “QR codes…

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…

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…