MANY gardeners each new season go for the same trusted varieties of flowers and vegetables, but there are many others who revel in trying something new as a challenge, and also eager to have the very latest introductions to enjoy and sample. Each year the Ipswich-based Thompson & Morgan introduce a number of new varieties and the 2014 season is no exception with some stunning seed introductions among quite a selection.
Apparently named after the Enfield schoolmaster credited with introducing the sweet pea into Britain in 1699, Robert Uvedale (exclusive to T. & M.) is a delightful pink, with spikes of frilly blooms full of fragrance, perfect for cutting and exhibition, and there’s Juliet in a class of its own in agorgeous cream colour with just a hint of apricot as the blooms open, adding to its appeal.
Nasturtiums are very popular in summer and now breeders introduce one that performs well in hanging baskets, that’s Firebird. With its variegated foliage and boasting a spectacular colour range, it’s an attractive addition for the amateur gardener.
For something a little bit different, there’s antirrhinum Purple Twist. Unusually tall at 90-100cm (36-40in) but with robust spikes, this striking new variety produces unique striped flowers in an intriguing purple and white biolour, making it not only one for the summer border but will appeal to those ladies who enjoy flower arranging.
Turning to new vegetable seeds, lettuce Little Gem has been a popular variety for years now, so to compliment this old favourite, T. & M. indtroduce Intred, a red little gem with reddish purple outer leaves and a pronounced red heart full of flowers that can be grown alongside its older cousin to enhance any summer salad.
A majority of greenhouse owners grow tomatoes, so here’s couple of new ones. The F1 hybrid Santonio has red ‘cherry plum’ fruits with a lingering sweetness, and the F1 hybrid Green Envy (exclusive to T. & M.), produces clusters of grape-size green fruits with a delicate, sweet, lingering flavour.