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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - January 17th, 2014.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

Crocus just added these new lines

Large oak whiskey barrel - water butt

Large oak whiskey barrel – water butt £169.99
An attractive water butt made from an ex-distillery,212 litres (56 gallon) oak barrel. Please note: there is a real scotch whiskey smell in the barrel you may wish to wash it out before first use. These barrels may have coloured paint on the top this is a feature of feature of these ex-distillery barrels. we would advise this can be painted over using a black gloss paint if required to make it look more natural in the garde n. You can raise your barrel off the ground with a brick or paving slab base to enable you to fill watering cans from the tap. We cannot guarantee how many years these barrels will last, but can give you some tips on how to look after your barrel for longer life. During a hot summer you should never fully empty the barrel but keep some water in the barrel so the timber does not shrink and leak. Also siting the barrel in a shaded position will give the barrel a longer life. A 83mm hole has been cut in the top to fit most standard sized drain pipes (see instructions at bottom if you want to fit a rain diverter). Also a 20mm hole has been cut 16cm from the base ready to fit a standard brass tap (simply screw the tap into the wood and it will give a tight fit). This barrel has been photographed with a decorative tap (not included) Please note this water butt is large, measuring approximately 100cm tall, 70cm in diameter, and may not fit through a standard single doorway easily. Fitting a rain diverter (Please note: rain diverter not included) To fit a  rain diverter  to this water barrel it can be done! Here are our tips to help you. First of all the hole for the rain diverter would need to be 12cm down from the top due to the metal banding on the barrel. (So your water butt will never fill to the top) You will need to cut a 25mm hole – this can be done with a hole saw on an arbour that fits a normal electric drill  25mm Hole Saw and Arbour.  The elbow of the rain diverter can then be screwed into this hole and this will normally give a watertight fit (the plastic nut supplied is not required) – however if it does not a little plumbers PTFE tape can help.

Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Purple' (foxglove)

Digitalis purpurea ‘Dalmatian Purple’ (foxglove) £4.99
Position: partial shade Soil: humus-rich soil Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period: June to July Hardiness: fully hardy A breakthrough in breeding has produced these new ‘Dalmatian’ foxgloves, which will usually flower in their first year. This purple flowered cultivar forms tidy clumps of foliage, but it is for the wonderful spires of thimble-like flowers that open upwards from the base of the spike in summer, that it is best-loved. Garden care:Ensure that the soil is kept moist in summer. After flowering, cut back the flowered spikes to encourage more sideshoots. Cut down to the ground after flowering. Apply a generous 5-7 cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the plant in early spring. These plants are mainly short-lived perennials, although if happy they will produce plenty of new sideshoots and self-seed freely.