~ Seed for some special FLOWERS ~
Queen' RED & ORANGE Sunflower
To help make your vegetable patch beautiful we have these unusual sunflowers.
They have deep red petals with an orange background. The 5' plants produce multiple heads suitable for cutting, or just admiring at the back of a border. The colour is stunning and the seed would be edible if the sparrows didn't always get there first.
Order FLVQ - approximately 16-18 seed £
China Cat Sunflower Mix
A fantastic multi-headed sunflower with rings of orange on its yellow petals.
About 5' to 6' tall, the nice thing about this is that lots of heads are produced over a long season, so it is ideal for cutting, or just a fancy display in the garden. The seeds are a reasonable size and you could save them to eat or feed the birds.
This variety was created by Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds. To get the multi-heading habit, he crossed 'Gloriosa' with silverleaf sunflowers, and when he finished, he named the variety after the 1972 song by the psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead.
The song is pretty cool, but the sunflowers are even better, and less likely to annoy your neighbours.
Order FLCC - 16 seed £
Dwarf Fantasy Sunflower Mix
Mini sunflowers? This might seem a bit of an odd idea - but they are really, really pretty, short little sunflowers of different colours, they look great in the flower border....
Very cute little sunflowers - sure to make you smile.
Order FLDF - 30 seed £
Sunzilla VERY BIG HEADS
This new variety of sunflower grows to about 10ft tall and has been chosen for the absurdly large heads that it makes - 18 to 24 inches in diameter!
Selected by Tim Peters of “The Bigger and Better Nursery”, who has bred for a thicker stem so there is less risk of it collapsing under the weight of the massive flowers.
In fact the whole plant is ‘supersized’ and the leaves are enormous as well, as you can see in the photo whith Jemma.
A very, very BIG sunflower. Stake well in windy sites so it doesn’t blow over .
Order FLSz - 10 seed £
Calendula 'FlashBack Mix'
Flashback Mix is an amazingly diverse mix of Calendula ("pot marigolds"). They have been bred for all sorts of different coloured backs to their petals, to contrast with the fronts.
In the evening, they fold up their petals for the night, showing off the flashy backs of their flowers.
Although they make a beautiful garden and cut flower, Calendula flowers are also edible.
In times past they were used to colour butter, but nowadays their main use is to add to salads. A sprinkling of petals, or even whole flowerheads, is a really nice way to add a bit of colour to a fresh salad.
Bred on Gathering Together Farm by Frank & Karen Morton.
Order FLFM - pkt of 100 to 200 seed £
Sokol breadseed poppy
Breadseed poppies are unique in that the heads do not 'open' when the seed is ripe, so the seed doesn't shake out in the wind – instead you can collect it for cooking, topping breads or pasta.
These beautiful poppies are 3ft tall, pale pink with pretty darker patches on their petals. Easily-grown, giving a lot of seed from a small space, this is the rare white-seeded type with a superior flavour.
Rare, white-seeded. One of our best-selling varieties.
Order FLSo - pkt of seed (hundreds and hundreds) £
this was Ben's favourite photo of 2012
Mixed Salad Nasturtiums
Nasturtiums are a really easy plant to grow – ideal for kids - and as well as attracting beneficial insects, the leaves are added to salads, and the flowers are edible too. Even the seed-pods can be pickled and used like capers!
Here we have mixed three colours (red, orange and yellow) and added a variety with variegated leaves, so you can have colourful salads all summer long.
Red, Orange, Yellow, & variegated. Ones in the photo were grown by Josie in her edible flower-garden.
Order FLMN - a generous pkt of 75-80 seed for £
Borage for Salads
A very well-known bee plant, attracting them and other useful pollinators to your garden, borage has very pretty blue star-shaped flowers that are edible.
We often sprinkle them on top of our tomato salad for an amazing contrast.
Pictured in our back garden, and on a salad earlier this summer.
Order FLBo - at least 200 seed £
Wild Violet "Johnny Jump-Up"
An easy and beautiful old flower, with little yellow/purple little flowers. The plant is about 4 inches tall -it will often naturalise and grow in your garden for many years.
Very easy to grow. Sow the little seeds in fine compost in trays / modules and *just* cover with soil. Water gently and keep moist and nicely warm until they germinate. When big enough to handle transplant out to their final position; they will tolerate partial shade.
The flowers are edible and can be put in salads or candied to decorate cakes.
Order FLJJ - about 500 seed £
Aquilegia "Garden Party Mix"
Aquilegias (also known as Granny's Bonnet or Columbine) are Ben's favourite flower, and this is a special mix of different types that will cross and self seed easily in the garden, giving you a whole range of colours.
Sow in spring in April/May. Once big enough to handle move them into pots, later on transplant them out. They will flower the following spring, and in mild areas may survive for several years, as well as new baby plants coming from the seed they make. Easy and beautiful!
Please note Aquilegia are not edible, these are for decoration only.
Order FLAq - about 300 seed £
Forget-Me-Not "Royal Indigo Blue"
A very pretty and easy cottage-garden flower. Simple to sow and grow, and will often self-seed thereafter.
Sow in spring in trays with some heat and plant out once the weather is really good; the biggest plants will flower straight away,and the rest will flower the following spring. They can easily be transplanted around the garden to make a nice bedding display, or left to grow where they wish for a more natural look.
Please note Forget-me-not are not edible, these are for decoration only.
Order FLRi - about 500 seed £
Poached Egg Plant ATTRACTS BENEFICIAL INSECTS
A very easy, beautiful and child-friendly plant. Sow in Spring, in a fine tilth directly where you want them to grow; the seeds should be about 3mm deep. An old favourite of ours, the plants make a spreading low mat with cheerful white and yellow flowers that beneficial insects such as hoverflies really love.
Please note poached egg plant are not edible, these are for decoration only.
Order FLPE - about 200 seed £
Sweet William Special Annual Mix AMAZING SCENT
An easy cottage-garden plant, these make a beautiful long-lasting cut flower with a wonderful scent.
This mix contains special new varieties that should flower in their first season (Normally Sweet Williams only flower in their second year). For this to work, plant them in Spring in trays or modules, ideally with a bit of heat.
Plant out to their final position once big enough to look after themselves; they do need full sun but don't mind being close together; they're trouble-free and need little attention once they are established.
Please note Sweet Williams are not edible, these are for decoration only.
Order FLSW - about 400 seed £
Mixed French Marigolds
Here we have made our own special mix of dwarf marigolds to interplant with your other crops; the roots repel nematodes in the soil and the flowers attract beneficial pollinators. We always put them in clumps among our tomatoes in the tunnel!
Easy to grow. Sow in Spring in pots/modules undercover, plant out to a final spacing of about 5 inches to 1 ft apart.
Please note French Marigolds are not edible, these are for decoration only.
Order FLma - about 200 seed £