Asters in 1914

Trials of Asters in Sutton's Experimental Grounds at reading in 1914

Trials of Asters in Sutton’s Experimental Grounds at reading in 1914

Back in 1914 Asters were hugely popular with 46 varieties listed in that year’s catalogue taking 6 whole pages.

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Growing for Showing – Aubergines, Cucumbers… i need a greenhouse

Growing for Showing – Someone somewhere is messing with time.

A few weeks ago everything was calm, everything on time, my best laid plans were ready to be implemented – yet now, as the sun shines, it’s gone crazy.

First of all an update on my show roots. I did sieve a lot of soil for my carrots and parsnips. I ended up digging a couple of trenches two spades wide and two spades deep. That mountain of soil was sieved and riddled to remove the bigger bits and bobs. Continue Reading

The Northlew Poppy

Northlew poppy remembrance

“In Flanders fields
the poppies blow
between the crosses,
row on row”

Back in October we posted a blog about the Northlew Poppy initiative. Northlew, a small Dartmoor village, lost proportionally more enlisted men than any other principality in the UK and in remembrance are created a 20 mile poppy avenue, using poppy seeds very willingly donated by Suttons. We have also created a special poppy seed packet, telling the sad story of Northlew and containing 2,800 seeds.

Northlew Poppy Seeds

Create Your Own Poppy Remembrance with these seeds, £1 donated to Northlew for every pack sold, click for details

If you want to create a poppy display this summer then now is the time to sow the seeds. A Northlew Poppy Seed packet costs just £1.99 and Suttons will donate £1 for every packet sold to the Northlew Memorial Store fund. Thus helping the community that lost so much.

Click here for more information and to place your order.

Adrian Bloom says

Creating drama and excitement in the year round garden, is a title of one of my lectures, and it has been very much my mission to inspire others over many years, however small or large their garden, to help them create their own inspirational planting.Adrian Bloom

This is one reason why i am pleased to begin, what i hope will be a fruitful association with Suttons and their catalogue and online business. Our joint aim is to provide an informative gardener- friendly catalogue, first class service and plants with ideas as to how to use them in the garden. like gardening, nothing (usually) happens overnight, but we hope that you will find our new joint venture helpful in your selection of plants.
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How to choose secateurs


Here are my top tips for selecting secateurs:

For pruning anything from sappy, soft growth to woody twigs, a decent pair of secateurs is essential. To perform well, they should have a good-quality blade that keeps a very sharp edge, feel comfortable in your hand and have a catch that works smoothly.

If you have a weak grip or smaller hands, it’s particularly important to get a pair that is easy to use. If you’re left-handed, look for secateurs with a central safety catch – small metal safety catches on the left-hand side of the secateurs will be a pain to reach.

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