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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - September 18th, 2009.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products at Crocus

passion flower
passion flower £12.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)A really exotic-looking plant, with showy purple flowers and contrasting purple and white filaments from July to September, followed by egg-shaped, orange-yellow fruit. The leaves are pretty, too, deeply lobed, dark green and glossy. It is a trouble-free climber that thrives in hot summers and will quickly cover a sunny wall or fence. This variety is particularly vigorous and free-flowering. Ideal for a tropical planting scheme, it grows best at the base of a sheltered wall in full sun, although it will tolerate some shade. The fruit are edible, but not very tasty! Passion flowers are believed to represent the suffering of Christ on the cross and the mysteries of the Passion. The 17th century monastic scholar, Jacomo Bosio, describes ‘the column rising in the centre of the flower surrounded by the thorn of crowns (and) the three nails at the top of the column. In between, near the base of the column is a yellow colour about the size of a reale, in which there are five spots or stains (stamens) of the hue of blood evidently setting forth five wounds received by our Lord on the cross.’Garden care: Choose three to five of the strongest shoots, tying them in to horizontal wires. Once the plant is established, cut back the flowered shoots immediately after flowering to within two or three buds of the permanent framework of the plant. In spring remove dead, misplaced or overcrowded stems.

raspberry £9.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingOther features: large, delicious raspberries from mid summer until the first frosts; the canes require little supportHardiness: fully hardyA vigorous, spine-free plant that has good disease resistance and is renowned for the quality of its fruit. It starts to produce its fruit quite early in summer and will produce up to a massive, 2.5kg of large, deep-red raspberries that have an exceptionally sweet taste from late July to October.Garden care: Prepare the planting area well, removing all perennial weeds and adding plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure. Plant canes 45cm (18in) apart in a trench 8cm (3in) deep, carefully spreading out the roots and backfilling with soil.Please note that as we grow these raspberries especially for you, we need to take full payment when you place your order to reserve the stock. The raspberries will then be despatched to you during November. If you want other items on your order delivered beforehand, please select split delivery in the wheelbarrow when placing your order.