BRING A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO JULY

Warwickshire based Hawkesmill Nurseries have over 40 years experience of growing stunning flower varieties which provide bright displays and encourage seasonal sales.  These beautiful blooms below will bring a splash of colour to your July deliveries!  All of these varieties are supplied with large lock-in labels and a colour bed card.

The Crocosmia selection of late flowering perennials are abundant in their 3 litre pots and very popular.  Six of the best varieties are on offer including, ‘Babylon’, ‘Carmine Brilliant’, ‘Colombus’, ‘Emberglow’, ‘George Davison’ and ‘masonorum’.

Brand new for 2017 is Helenium ‘Short ‘n’ Sassy’, this compact formed variety has rich bright orange and gold flowers.  This super, colourful beauty blooms over a long flowering season and is supplied in 3 litre pots.

Another new stunner for this year is Lobelia ‘Starship Scarlet’, striking is the word for this variety!  Scarlet red flowers contrast above ruby red foliage to bring a blooming intergalactic sensation to the garden.

Who doesn’t love a Rudbeckia?  And Hawkesmills brand new ‘Goldsturm’ is a late summer/ autumn cut above the rest!  The masses of gorgeous yellow, daisy like flowers would be a golden asset to any plantaria.  Provided in 3 litre pots.

For a touch of blue hue mystery, Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ is just the ticket.  The long flowering form of this variety is full of blue-purple flowers and fragrant foliage. The bees and butterflies just love it too!

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Hawkesmill Are Double Winners At The National Plant Show

The Hawkesmill Nurseries team are proud to announce that their brand new and exclusive Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ and also their Viola ‘Bridie’, which is from the Victorian Viola range, have both won silver at the HTA National Plant Show in the New Plants Awards ‘Herbaceous Perennials’ category.

The Warwickshire based family business, who offer retailers a wide selection of plants such as perennials, alpines, grasses and wildflowers, have chosen to offer these amazing plants this year to compliment their extensive herbaceous collections.

Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ is a pink form of the immensely popular Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and is exclusive to Hawkesmill Nurseries.  Available from June and throughout the summer in bud and flower, this stunner is supplied in 3 litre pots. Attractive to bees and butterflies, ‘Pink Lips’ also has a superb aromatic foliage and a height and spread of 90 x 60 cm.

Viola ‘Bridie’ is one of the superb flowers from the Victorian Viola range, ‘Bridie’ will be available from Hawkesmill Nurseries in 2018. The range has a rainbow of colour options, with many varieties also being scented.  This abundant collection of flowers has superb ‘staying power’ from April through to September, and as hardy perennials, they will continue to flower year after year.

Richard Evans, Sales Director said ” We are so pleased to have won awards again this year after having won a gold last year for the amazing Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’. We feel that both the winning Salvia ‘Pink Lips’ and Viola ‘Bridie’, are not only beautiful, but also have many added benefits for the end consumer. Once again the time at the National Plant Show has been exceptional for our team and we look forward to next years show!”

Hawkesmill Nurseries is a family run business with over 40 years growing experience – providing quality seasonal plants to Retail Nurseries, Garden Centres and also more recently to Landscapers and Garden Designers too.  They are based in the heart of the country having their own satellite nurseries all within a 25 mile radius of the main production and dispatch site.

Garden Retailers can contact Hawkesmill Nurseries for more information about their plants, as well as general availability on 01676 532334 or by emailing sales@hawkesmillnurseries.co.uk

‘Nibbling’ The NEW Gooseberry

Lubera have found the perfect name for their brand NEW gooseberry ….’Nibbling’.  Nothing better describes what you will want to do, and indeed we guarantee you will end up not being able to resist doing, when you see these red, jewel-like berries dangling temptingly in front of you!

This year, Lubera’s very large gooseberry cultivation program has reached 10 years of breeding work. The goal was to improve the mildew resistance on the one hand, to increase the quality of the fruit on the other hand, and, finally, to produce less thorns…the fruits of the new variety ‘Nibbling’ are large, medium red to bright dark red, aromatic and deliciously fruity in taste.

Gooseberry Crispa’Nibbling‘ is the aromatic tip of our gooseberry range together with the new Crispa ‘Darling’ variety and the yellow equivalent Crispa ‘Goldling‘.  All of these three varieties also have a better tolerance level against mildew!

‘Nibbling’ ripens a bit earlier, stays longer on the bush, and are a continually source of snacking heaven, the fruits are rounder, darker and slightly larger. Together with the ability to have slightly less thorns, it is a great variety for growing in containers. ‘Nibbling’ is a cross between ‘Redeva’ and ‘Hinnonmäki Yellow’.

Maturity: very early, before Crispa ‘Darling’. However, the fruits remain 3 – 4 weeks on the shrub, then turn a warm, dark red colour and they get sweeter. One can be snack on them for a very long time. It is ideal for growing in containers
Fruits: Slightly larger and rounder than the quite oval ‘Darling’ fruits. Sometimes a neck is formed on the stalk side, which makes the gooseberries look like small figs. The shell is fine, not hard; it can be well eaten, the fine hairiness is not felt
Flavour: ‘Nibbling’ can be eaten very early when the fruits are pinkish red with white stripe; later they get darker, sweeter, more intense, but without the “soapy” aftertaste, which some overripe gooseberries have. Actually these fruits hardly ever get overripe
Growth/health: In trials over the last five years, ‘Nibbling’ is one of the most robust varieties. It has a round, vital, balanced habit, which is ideal for growing in pots.
Yield: ‘Nibbling’ has a significantly higher yield than ‘Darling’. And there has been no loss of yield in the testing period throughout the past five years
Cost: A strong plant in 5 litre pot £15.90

Come on you reds – Tesco launches indoor tomato plant that keeps on producing

It’s a dream shared by many people – growing your own tasty fruit and vegetables, but not everybody has a garden or the required space to do so.

Now a new unique and super-productive indoor tomato plant is being launched by Tesco aimed at helping people living in urban areas without gardens. The mini tomato plant has been naturally developed over the last five years by produce experts who have bred together varieties to come up with one that is small, compact and most importantly very productive.

By following the care instructions the small, but powerful plants can each produce up to 150 delicious tomatoes with minimal fuss.

Tesco herb and vegetable buyer Phoebe Burgess said:

“We hope this remarkable little powerhouse of a plant will help all those people eager to grow their own vegetables but don’t have a garden or adequate growing space to do so. “It really is the gift that keeps on giving and will help bring not only an abundance of delicious tasting tomatoes but a lot of fun in producing one of the UK’s favourite salad foods. “Tomatoes are among the most popular fruit and vegetables to grow at home, but as even the most green-fingered of Brits know, the success of garden growing is often down to the weather, which in the UK can be quite unpredictable. “The beauty of the mini tomato plant is that it’s so small it can fit on a small, sunlit window sill and doesn’t grow much over one foot tall.”

The popularity of fresh growing herbs and vegetable plants is on the increase in the UK with demand rising by nearly 10 per cent at Tesco in the last year.

Added Phoebe Burgess: “Picked off the plant when perfectly ripe, the bite-sized tomatoes are juicy with a classic sweet flavour.

“The plant already comes with about 10 tomatoes growing on it but my tip is that when the yellow flowers of the plant start to open, tickle them with your fingers to replicate pollination which will then encourage further production.”

The mini tomatoes are ideal as a healthy lunchbox snacking food, and are perfect in fresh summer salads or delicious pasta sauces.

The Mini Tomato Plant goes on sale this week priced at £4 and will be available in more than 300 Tesco stores across the UK.

RHS Chelsea Best New Plant announced – HibisQs® Petit™ Orange takes third position

Thompson & Morgan is delighted to have been recognised in the prestigious Best New Plant 2017 category at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a newly developed and very different type of hibiscus, HibisQs® Petit™ Orange.

Chosen from an impressive list of finalists, HibisQs® Petit™ Orange had previously been awarded the ‘IPM Innovation Award 2017’ in the Flowering Pot Plant category at IPM Essen in January.

“Everyone at Thompson & Morgan is delighted that HibisQs® Petit™ Orange has been placed in the top three of the Best New Plant category. It’s great to see a stunning exotic plant such as this being given the recognition it deserves. Its flowers really have to be seen to be believed!” said Paul Hansord, Thompson & Morgan’s commercial director.

From new breeding and selected from tens of thousands of seedlings, HibisQs® Petit™ Orange differs from other traditional hibiscus with its smaller, vibrant orange, bicoloured flowers, its naturally compact habit and its small and shiny leaves. The plant is aimed at consumers who want a more minimalist, but still exotic product that is suitable for display in the home or on the patio or balcony during the summer months. Flowers are plentiful and long-lasting, blooming from May until the first frosts, while the shiny, dark green foliage provides the perfect backdrop and is an added decorative bonus.

‘HibisQs® Petit™ Orange produces twice as many flowers as traditional Hibiscus and its blooms last for twice as long’

Plants are available now from Thompson & Morgan for despatch by the end of June 2017. Go to www.thompson-morgan.com/hibisqs-petit-orange to order.

New & Exclusive ‘Victorian Violas’ Range

Hawkesmill Nurseries, the family run business based in Warwickshire, grow an abundance of over 3.5 million plants throughout the year. The team are proud to announce that they have a brand new and exclusive Victorian Violas range which has been added to their array of plants for 2017.

This superb collection of stunning violas comes from RHS Chelsea Gold medallist Rob Chapman.

Rob Chapman says “Our ongoing breeding programme has produced a range of stunning varieties, with a wonderful selection of colour and scent to grace your pots, patios and flower beds”

Available from Hawkesmill Nurseries this year, the range has a rainbow of colour options, with many varieties also being scented.  This abundant collection of flowers has superb ‘staying power’ from April through to September, and as hardy perennials, they will continue to flower year after year.

Available in 1litre pots from May, the ‘Victorian Violas’ will be supplied with branded labels and point of sale.

Garden Retailers can contact Hawkesmill Nurseries for more information about collections and general availability by contacting the company on 01676 532334 or by emailing sales@hawkesmillnurseries.co.uk

New Look & New Plants from Thorncroft Clematis

At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 Thorncroft Clematis will be creating a compact clematis garden packed with exciting plants and some exclusive new clematis too.
With our towns and villages becoming more densely built, gardens are inevitably becoming smaller and plants are expected to fight for the remaining space available. Clematis are ideally suited to give excellent flower colour, variety of shape and long flowering periods including year- round flower potential, without taking up huge amounts of ground space.
Our exhibit for 2017 will showcase some of the best ‘value for money’ and ‘value for space’ clematis.

Top of the bill is ‘Taiga’® a stunning new clematis from Japan. The name means river, you can imagine blue waters with the white caps of a rapid when you look at its striking blooms.
This stunning free flowering clematis has it’s official launch at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Thorncroft Clematis and it is entered for the Chelsea Plant of The Year Competition!

‘Taiga’® is a wonderful feature plant for a patio container
or against a sunny south facing wall and can reach a width
of 1 metre and a height of 2.5 metres.
When the flower first opens, it is very spikey, then it
becomes like a rosette with large outer tepals, before the final stage when the centre opens out to create a luxuriant fully double flower. Magnificent!! Available Now £19.50 for a 2 litre pot.

GREEN PASSION ‘Zo11050’PBR is the next of our introductions at Chelsea Flower Show.
We really love to have something different and in our opinion this is going to be a clematis that some gardeners will love and others will not!
Entered for the Chelsea Plant of The Year Competition we will be fascinated to hear what the judges make if it.
This extraordinary new clematis has a double green flower head with later tepals having white tips to them. Autumn flowers are double with more white than green in them.
You get a prolific display of flower whether grown in the ground or in a container and it is very hardy, great news for the gardener.
Flowering May-June & again in August-September.
Available Now £16.00 for a 2 litre pot.
SEA BREEZE ‘Zo09063’PBR – A Superb new viticella type clematis from J van Zoest nursery in Holland. Peter first admired this clematis in their nursery before it had even been given a name, so he was thrilled when J van Zoest nursery introduced the plant a year later.
It is a very refreshing colour which is going to be very useful in a dull corner and the plant flowers a long way up the stem so giving blooms from between 2 to 8 feet high and with a long flowering time of June -September it really is very impressive!
Available Now £16.00 for a 2 litre pot.

A New Look at Thorncroft
At the Chelsea Flower Show we will be introducing our new
brand logo to the public for the first time along with our new
full colour A4 catalogue.
We have had an update and what better place to show it off to our customers and the press than Chelsea Flower Show? Come along to see us for some refreshments and chat about the new clematis on the exhibit. Stand GPA 147

Entries anounced for RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year

A newly developed and very different type of hibiscus has been announced as Thompson & Morgan’s Plant of the Year entry for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

‘HibisQs® Petit™ Orange produces twice as many flowers as traditional Hibiscus and its blooms last for twice as long’

From new breeding and selected from tens of thousands of seedlings, HibisQs® Petit™ Orange differs from other traditional hibiscus with its smaller, vibrant orange, bicoloured flowers, its naturally compact habit and its small and shiny leaves. The plant is aimed at consumers who want a more minimalist, but still exotic product that is suitable for display in the home or on the patio. Flowers are plentiful and long-lasting, blooming from May until the first frosts, while the shiny, dark green foliage provides the perfect backdrop and is an added decorative bonus.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis HibisQs® Petit™ Orange had its first public outing at IPM Essen, Germany in January of this year where it won the ‘IPM Innovation Award 2017’ in the Flowering Pot Plant category.

Key points:

  • Excellent as an indoor pot plant and as a stunning feature patio plant
  • Small, but abundant bicoloured flowers
  • Long flowering – May until frosts
  • Decorative foliage
  • Compact exotic
  • Suited to modern consumer needs

Thompson & Morgan is also entering its innovative Cosmos bipannatus ‘Cupcakes Blush’ and Strawberry ‘Just Add Cream’ into the running for RHS Chelsea’s Plant of the Year. Both entries are from the horticultural firm’s own breeding programme.

Introducing a new English Rose for 2017

‘Vanessa Bell’ is a rose of delicate beauty with an alluring freshness and grace. Rounded, pink-tinged buds open to reveal deep, medium-sized cups held in large, open clusters. Soft lemon-yellow, paling to white at the edges, the delicate texture of the outer petals is such that the light runs through them creating a pleasing, almost luminous effect. The inner petals frame a rich yellow eye deep in the centre of each bloom. It is very free-flowering, producing blooms almost continuously throughout the summer months. There is a lovely medium strength fragrance, which is best described as green tea with aspects of lemon and, at times, honey.

It forms a bushy and upright shrub, which complements both formal and informal plantings. Being extremely floriferous, it also makes a wonderful hedge.

Named for the artist, designer and founder member of the Bloomsbury Group, Vanessa Bell – sister of the writer, Virginia Woolf. 10% from the sale of each rose will be donated to The Charleston Trust. Charleston, the home of Vanessa Bell, is managed and conserved by the charity for the benefit of the public.

Have A Happy Fathers Day With Redlove Apples

Hmmmmm Fathers Day is here again in a month, so…….say NO to more ties, BE GONE ‘Best Of Prog Rock’ cd’s, and ADIOS to craft beer!  And HELLO to the Redlove Apple range…barbecue, bake or make it into cocktails, your dad will say thank you, we promise!

Does you dad like gardening? We’ve got the perfect apple tree range … red and delicious

Does your dad like delicious healthy juice? This juice is juicier than any juice from Juicyville

Yes banish your Fathers Day gift blues with something bright RED……

Redlove Apple Range
We have six varieties within the Redlove apple range, all produce bright pink blooms and fruit which is richly red all the way through from skin to flesh…including:

Redlove ‘Circe’ – 1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £17.40
Redlove ‘Calypso’ – 1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £17.40
Redlove ‘Era’1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £17.40
Redlove ‘Odysso’1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £17.40
Redlove ‘Lollipop’ – BRAND NEW Last year1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £19.90
Redlove ‘Kohlhaas’ – BRAND NEW for 2017 – Available from August this year

Redlove Juice

  • It is exclusive
  • It has a beautiful colour
  • It is different and those who serve it will be wowed!
  • It is 100% natural and pure
  • It has a flavour that you, your guests or the recipient of your gift will remember for a long time
  • It has no alcohol, but can be the perfect basis for exciting cocktails
  • It is healthy; the anthocyanins are responsible for the red colour and have an antioxidant effect
  • 5 L Redlove juice; Bag in Box  £17.40

Redlove Cocktail
(for 6 people)
Ingredients:
1 Redlove apple
400 ml Redlove® juice, chilled
200 ml gin
2 tablespoons Calvados
2 tablespoons dry vermouth
12 ice cubes
Redlove apple for garnish:
Cut three rings from the apple, halve and cut out the core. Pour Redlove® juice, gin, Calvados, dry vermouth and 6 ice cubes into a pitcher. Mix well. Prepare the glasses with the apple rings. Pour the Redlove juice mixture into the glasses