Seeds and BulbsWhen life hands you dirt plant seeds - Matshona Dhliwayo
Seeds and Bulbs
All our seeds and bulbs are now displayed in the new Barn Showroom. Our collection of Unwins seeds includes the full range of sweet peas for which they are justly famous. The collection has been hand-picked by Sue to include as many varieties as we can. If there is something that you particularly require, it is always worth asking to see if it can be ordered in for you.
We have stocked Franchi seeds for several years now. Franchi Seeds specialise in Italy from the Seed to the Plate being the importers for the Franchi seed brand, the oldest family run seed company in the world (seven generations), but they are passionate about the provenance and regionality of everything they sell. They were found to be the most ethical major packet seed brand by Ethical Consumer Magazine and also Vegetarian Society approved. Their seeds are grown free from neonicotinoids so are not harmful to bees and other beneficial insects. In the last 100 years 94% of heritage vegetables have been lost, but Franchi are still growing 200 from the last 6%, so are ethical, and maintain diversity.
Our bulbs, corms and tubers are supplied by Taylors Bulbs. They are a fourth generation family business, growing and supplying flower bulbs and associated products since 1919.
Daffodils are grown on their farm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire where they also design and pack a large range of products predominantly for the UK and Irish markets. In September we receive our spring-flowering bulbs and corms, with some new and unusual varieties. This is followed in the spring by the summer-flowering varieties which add such a lot of interest and colour to our gardens. Spring bulbs look particularly good planted underneath herbaceous perennials as these plants will grow and cover up the bulbs when they have gone over. Prepared hyacinths are available from September to start growing for flowering at Christmas. We also have beautiful hyacinth glasses in a variety of colours and designs for a great gift idea. Don’t forget to pick up bulb fibre in which to grow your bulbs. This has added charcoal and oyster shell to keep the compost fresh, and less added nutritional content ideal for all bulbs.
As part of their centenary celebrations, Taylors Bulbs are launching a nationwide campaign to get children planting bulbs this October. The ‘Little Daffodils’ initiative will be widespread throughout the UK at participating garden centres, who will be working with local schools or holding their own planting events for children to have the opportunity to learn more about nature and grow their own flowers. The campaign will take place during October. Children will get the opportunity to enjoy planting daffodil bulbs in their own pot and taking it home to watch the magic grow! We are hoping to involve the local primary school and Caterpillars Nursery and Pre-School.