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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - July 10th, 2010.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New products at Crocus

handy-garden-roller £49.99
Specifications:50cm (20″) drum width42cm (16″) diameter one piece steel drum complete with drain plugSoft grip handle supportFolding handles for easy storageScraper Bar72kg approx. filled with water120kg approx. filled with sandNet weight 13kg1 year manufacturer’s warrantyHere are a few pointers regarding the machinery part of your order.Machinery cannot be left without a signature, so you will need to sign for deliveryIf you can’t be there, talk nicely to your neighbour and then when you place your order remember to say ‘please leave with neighbour if not in’, so we know what to doMachinery will be easy to assemble (if not already assembled) and will come with an owner’s manual or instruction booklet

dried-mealworms–800g £19.99
The best kept secret in wild bird feeding now available to you and your wild birds, provides this most natural of foods to wild birds without the inconvenience and mess of storing ‘live’ food. Freeze dried (just like coffee) to lock all the goodness in. High energy rating 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. 25% Fat and 50% crude protein.Mealworms are one of the best sources of protein which is necessary in a birds diet. The decrease of bird habitats through intensively farmed land and also loss of hedgerows, copses and woodland has seen a continuing decline in natural sources of live food such as worms, larvae, and beetles. Supplying this food at your garden bird table is therefore becoming very important for a whole range of birds including robins, wrens, woodpeckers and tits.Endorsed by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) and meets all the BSA (Bird Care Standards Association) standards
gardenia £12.99
Position: partial shadeSoil: prefers moist, well-drained neutral to acidic soilRate of growth: averageOther features: heavenly scented bloomsHardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)Few flowers have a more exotic fragrance than these. They appear in mid summer and autumn abover the glossy, dark green leaves and fill the air with their heady scent. This is a hardier type than most, so it can survive outside in milder winters in sheltered gardens, but will need protection in colder parts of the country.Garden care: Keep it potted up if your garden receives hard frosts so it can easily be moved between a sunny patio during the summer and an unheated conservatory or greenhouse in winter. Feed with a balanced liquid feed once a month and water freely with soft water during the growing season, but keep the compost reasonably dry throughout winter. Topdress or pot on in using ericaceous compost and lightly trim over-long shoots in mid to late spring.
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.
lupin £6.99
Extremely beautiful rich carmine-red flowers in summer
Foam flower
Foam flower £6.99
Position: partial or deep shadeSoil: cool, moist, humus-rich soilRate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: May to July Flower colour: creamy-whiteHardiness: fully hardyAttractive, deeply lobed leaves with a dark blotch in the centre make a great carpet of foliage throughout the summer. In late spring, slender stems rise up and hold spikes of tiny star-shaped, white flowers. This is a brilliant plant for covering the ground in a shady spot – plant it in large numbers for best effect.Garden care: Removing the faded blooms regularly will prolong flowering and encourage more to come. Cut back and compost the spent flower stems in autumn and apply a dry mulch around the crown of the plant to protect against frost damage
Columbine £6.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist, but well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: May-JuneFlower colour: whiteOther features: finely divided grey or blue-green leavesHardiness: fully hardyA strong growing columbine with nodding pure white flowers on upright stems. These appear in late spring and early summer in clusters of 5 -15 and have long spurs which can grow to 8cm in length. These long spurs are said to have evolved as a way of attracting pollinating insects.Garden care: Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe or in spring, but they hybridise freely so they may be different to the parent plant. Remove spent flowers to prevent seed production if no new plants are wanted. Plants are sometimes short-lived so may need to be replaced every two to three years. Contact with sap may cause irritation.