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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - October 2nd, 2010.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus just added these new items

coolaroo-5m-triangle-shade-sail-terracotta £69.99
Save £32.00 off the RRP of £89.95As the Australians know a thing or two about the sun they’ve developed these great architectural shade sails to keep you cool this summer. Their unique shapes and flexibility means the Coolaroo Shade Sail lets you create interesting and unusual angles with it in the garden. Ideal for patio, play areas or even as a temporary car port.Size: 5m x 5m x 5mFeaturesMade using Coolaroo’s famous polyester-weave fabric It blocks 90% of the sun’s dangerous UV rays Colourfast so will not rot, mildew, shrink, fray or tear Easily fixed using existing structures or attached to timber or steel polesCan be cleaned with mild detergent and water Fabric also ‘breathes’ to allow cooling air circulationThe Sails are light shower resistant but not waterproof as there is small gaps in the fabric that are designed to disperse heat upwards. Edges are reinforced with polyester webbing Remains totally unaffected by moisture and natural temperature Available in four colours: clockwise from top left – Terracotta, Polar White and Desert Sand 5-year guarantee (unlike other suppliers who only offer 5-years guarantee because their shade sails are of a thinner fabric)How To Install your Coolaroo Shade SailShade sails can be easily fixed from existing structures or attached to correctly installed steel or timber poles. There are a range of stainless steel fixing accessories for that professional finish. All sails come complete with a stainless steel d ring in each corner, it is recommended that a triangle have three pad eyes two snap hooks and one turnbuckle to tension.The importance of sun safetyKids tend to spend a lot of time playing outside and as responsible adults we need to play a key role in preventing skin damage caused by over exposure to the sun. A great way to help prevent this is to use a Coolaroo Shade Sail, which will protect you and your family from the sun’s harmful rays.

apple £29.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageUltimate size on M27 roostock: 1.8 x 1.8m (6 x 6ft)Ultimate size on M26 rootstock: 3 x 3m (10 x 10ft)Ultimate size on MM106 rootstock: 5.5 x 5.5m (18 x 18ft)Flowering period: April and MayHardiness: fully hardyPollination Group: B – flowering mid seasonThis upright, spreading tree is covered in pure white, cup-shaped flowers in mid and late spring, followed by crisp, juicy, red dessert apples. The tree forms a natural dome shape, and the leaves are small, toothed and dark green. Unlike other fruiting varieties, the fruits from this tree keep well for several weeks after they’re harvested in mid August. Garden care: Keep the base of the tree weed free, fertilise at the beginning of each year and water regularly during hot, dry spells. Remove damaged or crossing branches during the dormant season.Pollination Information: This apple belongs to pollination group B, so you will need need to plant one other different variety of apple to guarantee cross pollination, and a subsequent bumper crop. Ideally this should come from the same pollination group, however it is possible to use one from group A or C as well.
christmas-tree-stand £24.99
Known in the trade as the ‘Express’ stand because they are so quick to put up. A ratchet system allows easy control to hold the tree straight and in place, while push-pull tree bolts enable quick release – ideal for instant adjustment or removal of the tree, and a real bonus for the user. With even larger trunk access and water reservoir capacity, this is probably the ideal Christmas tree stand.For regular domestic trees up to 2.1m (7″) tall, trunk up to 15cm (6″). Water capacity 4.75 litres (8.4pints).
hybrid rhododendron
hybrid rhododendron £21.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compostRate of growth: average Flowering period: May and June Flower colour: deep purple-blueOther features: medium-sized, dark green leaves, retained all yearHardiness: fully hardy A popular late flowering hybrid rhododendron bearing flamboyant trusses of frilled, funnel-shaped, deep purple-blue flowers with a prominent, purplish-black throat. ‘Purple Splendour’ is excellent for a shrub or mixed border with well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil. Coping well in full sun or partial shade, for the best results water during dry spells and mulch in spring. Garden care: Avoid planting too deeply. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of leaf mould around the base of the plant each springGoes well with: Amelanchier lamarckii, Pieris japonica ‘Prelude’, Enkianthus campanulatus, Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora, Hamamelis mollis, Galanthus nivalis
clematis (group 2)
clematis (group 2) £14.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: May to AugustFlower colour: whiteOther features: attractive dark purple stamensHardiness: fully hardyGorgeous single white flowers which are offset by large, domed bosses of deep purple stamens. The flowers appear in late spring or summer amongst the mid-green, semi-evergreen foliage. An excellent climber for a container or to weave up and through a wall shrub.Garden care: Remove dead and damaged stems before growth begins in early spring, cutting all remaining stems back to where strong buds are visible. Apply a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early spring.
winter-citrus-feed £6.99
A balanced formula for natural sustained winter activity including fruit ripening. Also helps to prevent leaf fall and leaf discolouration.Feed the tree regularly through the winter with sufficient solution to moisten the compost, but don’t over water. Roots will be kept more active if a water temperature of 20°C is used. Contains: NPK – 18-18-18When the clocks change to British summer time, change to Summer Food for Citrus
chempak-orchid-fertiliser £6.99
A super orchid feed specially designed to produce foliage and lots of flowers. Feed once a week during the growing season and occassionally at any other time of year. Contains: NPK – 35-10-10. (High phosphate to keep the roots active in poor growing conditions)
cranesbill £6.99
Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growingFlowering period: June to AugustFlower colour: violet-blueHardiness: fully hardyA bigger Geranium, which is covered with clear violet-blue flowers, with red veining and a white centre, throughout the summer. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for quick growing, summer groundcover. Garden care: In midsummer rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded, by removing old flowered stems and leaves. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.
summer-citrus-feed £6.99
A high nitrogen formula to boost bushiness and growth. It helps to prevent fruit drop and premature ripening of immature fruits. Also helps to prevent leaf discolouration.Apply every seven days during the summer and water regularly between feeds to prevent the compost from drying out. Contains: NPK – 24-14-14.When the clocks change in autumn, change to Winter Food for Citrus