Planting can be done in succession from early March onwards to the end of May. The corns must be planted at least 15cm apart and will display much better if they are massed together. They should be planted 15cm below the soil; shallow planting encourages the flower spikes to topple and therefore requires staking. Height 90-120cm.
Amsterdam – White, Strong erect spike – £3.49
Bonfire – Fiery red and orange – £3.49
Buggy – Creamy white flowers with colourful yellow throats – £3.99
ChaCha – Lemon Yellow – £3.49
Cream Perfection – Cream with a hint of pink – £3.49
Esta Bonita – Carrot-Orange, mimosa yellow blotch – £2.99
Green Star – Lime Green – £3.49
Homecoming – White with purple lip – £3.49
Live Oak – Eye-catching bright orange – £3.99
My Love – Pink shaded rosy -white – £2.99
Perry – Pink and white with a deep magenta throat – £3.99
Topaze – Orange, red centre, ruffled – £3.49
Zorro – Dark red, velvet glow – £3.49
Gladioli Dutch Butterfly – 12cm+ corms
This strain of small flowered Dutch grown Gladioli has become very populat. The florets are of extraordinary texture and the unique colour combinations make them outstanding for decorative purposes. They suit the present day smaller homes and are ideal for artistic floral work. Height 60-80cm
Break O’Dawn – White with sunny yellow centres – £2.99
Mademoiselle de Paris – Bright red with a broad white throat – £2.99
Safari – Creamy yellow with deep red throat – £2.99
Glamourglads –12cm+ corms
A breed of semi-dwarf hybrids which grow to just 60cm. The colours are remarkably strong and remain so throughout the flowers life. As well as being ideal garden plants they are especially good for patio containers, given their manageable size. Excellent as a cut flower, as they flower from bottom to top at the same time.
Alana – Yellow with vivid orange red edges – £3.49
Flevo Cool – Lavender blue with a creamy white throat – £3.49
Flevo Flash – Velvet scarlet red, darker towards the centre with a white stripe –£3.49
Flevo Frizzle – Light purple and deeper violet blotches throughout – £3.49
Flevo Gipsy – Pinkish red with delicate white stripes – £3.49
It’s getting busy here at Halls of Heddon. Last week we took delivery of the new season Rhododendrons and Japanese Azaleas which although not during their flowering time at the moment, make quite an impact with the different coloured foliage amongst all the varieties. We are expecting delivery of containerised fruit and ornamental trees in ready for the weekend. By the end of the month Hedging and Soft fruit will have arrived and new rose stock is due to arrive early November.
By planting now you are giving your plants a really good start. The warm, moist soil will encourage the roots of your plant to grow meaning that when the weather warms in spring your plant has a root system more than able to support the plant and all its new growth.
Your onion sets should be planted in early spring, with the tips just showing, roughly 5-10cm apart for medium to large onions respectively. Shallots should be planted at the same time of year but about 20cm apart as they produce bulbs on the surface in early summer.
If you have access to a greenhouse or cold frame you could give your onions and shallots a head start by setting them away in plug trays so the roots have a chance to develop before putting them into the cold ground.
Watch out for Birds pulling at the necks of your newly planted sets and bulbs.
Find our varieties on the back page of the price list below:
To start your seed potatoes off or ‘Chit’, pop them in tray or box in a light, frost free area with good ventilation, I have mine in an egg box on the office window. The potatoes need to be in a single layer with the ends with the most eyes pointing upwards. They will be ready to plant when the eye growth is about 2cm and the risk of a harsh ground frost is gone.