New Varieties for the 2012 Season
Johnsons is introducing four exclusive new varieties – two vegetables and two flowers – for the 2012 season. The vegetable varieties have been carefully selected for their ability to perform well in British conditions, while the flowers are ideal for creating bold splashes of summer colour. Squash Hurricane F1 is an outstanding Butternut type, which has become very popular in the UK in the last few years. This early maturing variety has a small seed cavity and delicious orange flesh with a splendid texture.
British-bred Leek Lincoln F1 stands up well to the harshest weather conditions and is claimed to be the highest yielding leek available to British gardeners. “It sailed through the bitterly cold early part of the winter and was still looking good in trials in February”, reports Leila Russell of Johnsons.
Also new for 2012 is Aubergine Pot Black F1, which again has been specifically bred with the British climate in mind. Even when grown outdoors in a warm, sheltered position, it produces heavy crops of delicious, small fruits.
Phlox Cranberry and Cream and Cosmos Fizzy Pink are Johnsons’ flower seeds exclusives for the 2012 season. Cranberry and Cream produces masses of delightful two-tone flowers on bushy plants. It is an ideal choice for cottage garden and informal borders. Cosmos Fizzy Pink promises to be a head-turner in summer borders, where its ruffled, semi-double blooms borne on rather tall plants will create a delightful impression for many weeks.
Leila Russell reports the company is still keen to promote the benefits and plight of bees. “We are continuing our support of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust by donating 25p to the cause for every packet we sell of our Mixed Bumblebee-Friendly Flower Seeds. Many gardeners appreciate the value of bees and have shown their support by buying the seeds”, says Leila. The mix of flower seeds is presented in an distinctive and eye-catching packet. As with all Johnsons standard size packets, a free plant label is attached to the front of the Mixed Bumblebee-Friendly Flower Seeds.