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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - June 16th, 2010.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products added today at Crocus

handy-poly-body-tipping-dump-cart £99.99
Load capacity 400 KgsWater capacity 125 LitrePolycarbonate hopperTip up facilityDual purpose handle – push/pull with tow hitch4 large pneumatic wheelsHopper dimensions: L103cm x W55cm x D27.5cmWeight: 25.2KG

ryobi-26cc-petrol-line-trimmer £93.99
Start Easy engine26cc engineSplit shaft for ease of transport and expand it add on toolsAnti vibration handle for added safety and less vibrationReel-Easy head innovative ‘thread and load’ system for rapid line feed
bay laurel (standard)
bay laurel (standard) £34.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: slow-growing Flowering period: March to MayHardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)With its lustrous, dark green leaves, this evergreen bay laurel standard makes an elegant centrepiece for a formal vegetable garden or potager, or planted in a smart contemporary pot either side of a doorway, will frame an entrance. Clippings of the aromatic leaves are valuable, fresh or dried, for flavouring savoury stocks and sauces. It is pretty tolerant of most conditions, provided it is sheltered from strong, cold winds, and is not kept too wet in winter. Garden care: Keep well-watered during the growing season and feed with a slow-release fertiliser such as Osmacote. Clip established plants lightly twice during the summer months to retain a balanced shape, using secateurs not shears. Size Guide1/4 standard plants have a 45cm clear stem beneath a 20cm head1/2 standard plants have a 50cm clear stem beneath a 25cm head3/4 standard plants have a 80cm clear stem beneath a 55cm headStandard plants have a 1m clear stem beneath a 55cm head
chain-saw-starter-kit £34.99
Chainsaw HelmetChainsaw GlovesFuel Mixing BottleFilter Funnel500ml 2 Stroke Oil1ltr Chain Oil
rose Graham Thomas (shrub)
rose Graham Thomas (shrub) £12.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: July to SeptemberFlower colour: Graham ThomasOther features: excellent cut-flowersHardiness: fully hardyMasses of fully double, peony-like, fragrant, rich yellow flowers from July to September, and bright green leaves. This popular, repeat-flowering, shrub rose is perfect for a mixed or shrub border in sun or partial shade. Its lax, arching habit and beautiful, old-fashioned blooms make it particularly suitable for a cottage-style planting.Garden care: Before planting shorten thick roots to 25cm (10in) and reduce top-growth to an outward-facing bud 8-15cm (3-6in) above ground-level. Plant during a frost-free spell, incorporating well-rotted organic matter and a balanced fertiliser into the planting hole. Ensure that the ‘bud union’ (the bulge at the base of the shoots) is 2.5cm (1in) below the soil.All our roses are field grown. In October/November they are dug up and potted. However, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don’t be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when winter planting. Some suppliers send out ‘bare root’ plants unpotted, but we don’t as it is easier to manage them on the nursery in pots.
bugbane (syn. Cimicifuga)
bugbane (syn. Cimicifuga) £9.99
Position: partial shadeSoil: moist, fertile, humus-rich soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: September and October Flower colour: creamy-whiteHardiness: fully hardyA dramatic, stately perennial, this is a particularly useful plant because it comes into its own late in the season, when many flowers have finished, and because it thrives in damp shade. The slender, bottlebrush-like flowers emerge in autumn from green buds and open creamy white. Try it at the back of a border, between evergreens, or to light up a shady part of the garden. Avoid removing the faded flowerheads, since they develop into pretty, lime-green seedheads.In a recent article in the The Daily Telegraph, Dr James Compton – the man responsible for their classification – thought this plant needed atmospheric moisture to thrive. Think of trillium country, he said. On the acid side of neutral, light and leaf-mouldy but able to retain moisture.Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or composted pine needles when planting. Support using ring stakes well before the flowers appear. Lift and divide congested colonies in late autumn or early spring.
Japanese skimmia (male)
Japanese skimmia (male) £8.99
Position: partial to full shadeSoil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: April to MayFlower colour: pinkOther features: male plantHardiness: fully hardyA compact male shrub with red-margined, deep green leaves. Dark red flower buds are produced in autumn and these last all through the winter until the flowers open in spring. A great shrub for growing in a pot or for filling in gaps in the garden border.Garden care: Lightly trim after flowering, if necessary. To improve the moisture retention qualities of the soil add plenty of well-rotted compost when planting.
bearded iris
bearded iris £7.99
Position: full sunSoil: well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: April to MayHardiness: fully hardyA stunning, bearded iris with dusky, purple-black flowers from April to May and grey-green, sword-like leaves. It looks fabulous planted in drifts in a well-drained, sunny border, as a complement to other blue and purple flowers, or to provide a dramatic accent among paler flowers. Plant towards the middle of the border to fully appreciate the colour.Garden care: Bearded irises prefer full sun and neutral-alkaline soil but if you have acidic or peaty soils you can top dress with lime before planting for good results. Plant shallowly with the upper part of the rhizome sitting on the surface of the soil, incorporating a low nitrogen fertiliser in the planting hole. After planting remove the upper-most third of the leaves to protect against wind-rock. In exposed areas stake with bamboo canes in early spring. Divide and replant about every three years.
mathiasella £7.99
Position: full sun to partial shadeSoil: rich but well drained soilRate of growth: average Flowering period: April to JuneHardiness:frost hardy (may need protection during winter)Fabulous, nodding, jade-green, bell-like bracts appear from April to June gradually turning pink and persisting well into autumn. This interesting plant has umbelliferous flowerheads that slightly resemble those of lovage and angelica, and is great for cutting and drying. Originally from Mexico, this genus is named after the California plantswoman Mildred Mathias, who discovered it in 1954. Crocus were the first to preview this plant in our garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2007. Garden care: These plants are quite tolerant of low temperatures however it is important that you make sure the plant does not get too wet during the colder weather. Provide a generous layer of mulch around the base of the plant in spring.