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Artichoke Violet de Provence
Artichoke
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50 seeds £1.70   JS2077

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This delicious medium sized artichoke develops rich/violet purple headed globes on thistle like plants that prefers a rich heavy soil. Plants produce for at least three years. Sow from March to August and harvest between May and July. This is one of the most traditional of Italian vegetables.

Asparagus Crimson Pacific
Purple Asparagus
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5 seeds £2.13   JS2518

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An open pollinated variety producing a good crop of purple spears. A leading variety giving a high yield with a very even grade-out. Excellent, sweet flavour and must be worth a try. Cropping will take 1 year longer than purchasing and planting crowns.

Asparagus F1 Backlim
Late Cropping Asparagus
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5 seeds £2.13   JS3684

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A late variety that delivers a very high yield of good quality, uniform spears. Suitable for both green and white spear production.

Aubergine Dusky
Egg Plant 
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40 seeds £2.28  JS1903

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An early maturing hybrid with a 30% to 50% higher yield than normal varieties. Fruits are near black in colour with a mild flavour. A 60 day transplanting to maturity time frame can be expected given warm conditions. Harvest them at 6” long for tender, succulent flavour. Yields are also improved with this variety through a good resistance to disease. Needs to be sown under glass in January to February and eventually planted in pots in the greenhouse or in a sheltered sunny position out side in early June. Height 30”.

Aubergine Fairy Tale
Egg Plant n£
Aprx 20 seeds £3.95   JS1902

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A 2005 AAS winner, this is a compact growing variety, great for containers, with highly attractive lavender flowers. Height and width 18”. Early to mature, approximately 50 days from transplanting, it produces many slim, lavender-purple fruits with white stripes and a bitter-free flavour. Best harvested when the fruit is about 4” long. Needs to be sown under glass in January to February and eventually planted in pots in the greenhouse or in a sheltered sunny position out side in early June.

Aubergine Fengyuan Purple
Egg Plant n£
Aprx 20 seeds £1.95   JS3012

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This slender Asian eggplant is one of the longest available. Its beautiful purple skin is so thin that peeling is unnecessary and creamy white flesh is reliably mild with no bitterness. Plants produce an abundance of fruit that can grow well over a foot long. Easy to grow and wonderful for grilling or adding to stir fries.

Aubergine Rosita
Pink Egg Plant n£
Aprx 20 seeds £1.95   JS3013

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This large Aubergine is a an unusual lovely pink-lavender colour. It also has some of the whitest, mildest flesh of any eggplant available. Large fruits have a teardrop shape and become 8 to 9 inches long and about 4 inches across. Developed in Puerto Rico in the 1940's.

Aubergine Striped Toga
Egg Plant n£
10 seeds £2.15   JS2714

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Stunning 3" oval, bright orange with green stripes, strong to mild flavour but also keeps well as an excellent ornamental.

Celery Celebrity
Self Branching Celery
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Aprx 500 seeds £2.19   JS2260

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Slightly quicker to mature than some varieties and very little stringiness. Planting closer together will encourage paler green or white stems.

Celery Mammoth Pink
Pink Celery
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Aprx 100 seeds £1.95   JS3529

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Developed for the vegetable exhibitor, this will produce fine specimens of solid celery with pink hues. An excellent flavoured large trench celery.

Coccinia grandis
Ivy Gourd  n£
5 seeds  £2.95   JS2359

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Ivy Gourd or Dondakaya is a widely consumed vegetable in India, rich in beta-carotene, and available in India through out the year, large numbers are now imported daily to the UK. The small, stubby, green coloured vegetables which grow on aggressive perennial vines are used to prepare delicious stuffed curries, stews, pickles, salads and stir fries. can be harvested at the green unripe stage or when red. The young shoots and leaves can also be eaten as greens and the fruits can be eaten raw. Worth a try as an annual crop in a warm sheltered spot in the UK.

Okra Pure Luck F1
Ladies Fingers n£
10 seeds  £1.95   JS3740

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Okra Pure Luck F1 is a very vigorous and prolific variety. It grows to about 80-90cm so has less need for support. This variety will also produce outside in a sun trap area, as a bonus it produces edible flowers which are visually stunning.

Okra Jambalay F1
Hybrid Ladies Fingers  n£
10 seeds  £1.95   JS3484

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An early high-yielding dark green variety with uniform pods with 5 points. Large, robust flowers are also edible, and may be stuffed or used as a garnish. Makes a great ornamental in containers.

Okra Burgundy
Burgundy Ladies Fingers n£
10 seeds  £2.55   JS1239

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Vigorous 1 metre tall plants with burgundy-tinged stems and foliage, soft yellow 4" flowers followed by 4-6 inch long burgundy pods. Makes a bold statement in any arrangements or tropical border and quite an unusual selection.

Oryza sativa
Japanese Rice - Koshihikari n£S
Approx 40 seeds  £2.85   JS2055

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Grow your own Paddy field? This is the premium rice of Japan, distinguished by its aroma, sweet flavour and sticky texture. Also, dried stalks are beautiful displayed in flower arrangements. Harvest time about 5 months and contrary to expectations it does not need to be waterlogged to grow well, just regular watering! Worth a try for the novelty factor? Maturity: Approx. 160 days

Physalis ixocarpa Cisineros
Tomatillo  n£
10 seeds £2.21   JS1932

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Tomatillo a native of Mexico, is a relative of the tomato, eggplant and pepper. As a traditional part of Mexican cooking, tomatillos are found in stews, moles and salsas. They are seldom used whole, and are often pureed. Its texture is firmer than a tomato and it tastes like a tangy lemon. On the outside, the 2” sized vegetable is bright green. On the inside, it’s considerably lighter. Its seeds are fine and edible. Growing tomatillos is like growing tomatoes, only easier. The tomatillos grow inside a papery husk. The husk helps to protect the fruit should a light frost occur. When the fruit has grown to nearly fill its husk, it’s ready to harvest. Make sure they’re picked before the fruit turns yellow, otherwise the fruit’s tangy flavour will be lost.

Cisineros is an incredibly large tomatillo that is easily twice the size of most tomatillos. Apple-green fruits which have a papery husk that splits open as the tomatillos mature and turn yellow-green. Use in the bright green stage for a tart flavour, or allow to ripen further for a sweeter taste. Huge size makes this tomatillo really special. Crops in 75 days from planting

Physalis ixocarpa Pineapple
Pineapple Tomatillo   n£
10 seeds £2.21   JS3627

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Physalis ixocarpa or Tomatillo, a native of Mexico, is a relative of the tomato, eggplant and pepper. As a traditional part of Mexican cooking, tomatillos are found in stews, moles and salsas. They are seldom used whole, and are often pureed. Its texture is firmer than a tomato and this one has an unusual pineapple taste. On the outside, the 2” sized vegetable is bright green. On the inside, it’s considerably lighter. Its seeds are fine and edible. Growing tomatillos is like growing tomatoes, only easier. The tomatillos grow inside a papery husk. The husk helps to protect the fruit should a light frost occur. When the fruit has grown to nearly fill its husk, it’s ready to harvest. Make sure they’re picked before the fruit turns yellow, otherwise the fruit’s tangy flavour will be lost.

Physalis peruviana
Giant Cape Gooseberry or Poha Berry  n£
Approx 200 seeds £1.70   JS2053

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This giant cultivated form is native to Brazil but long ago became naturalized in the highlands of Peru and Chile and became identified with the region. Best grown as an annual crop in the UK sown in Feb/Mar but it is perennial by nature and not frost tolerant. Plants grow 2 to 3ft with bell-shaped, nodding yellow flowers forming in the leaf axils. After the flower falls, the calyx expands, forming a straw-colored husk surrounding the fruit, which take 70 to 80 days to mature. The tangy, tasty fruit is a berry with smooth, waxy, orange-yellow skin and juicy pulp containing numerous very small yellowish seeds. The plants need regular watering, in a well drained soil in a hot sunny position planted outside in June, or pot grown in the greenhouse. Do not fertilise as they do best in poor soil. The tasty fruit is often dipped in melted chocolate as a special treat!

Rhubarb Glaskins Perpetual
Rhubarb
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Aprx 50 Seeds  £1.55   JS2588

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A popular mid season variety with long juicy stems of bright red and very sweet flavour, very easy and quick to grow from seed. Started in heat in late winter it can even be harvested lightly the following year.

Salvia hispanica
Chia
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Aprx 1000 Seeds  £1.35   JS3620

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A native of South America this attractive annual (perennial in frost free areas) has flowers of purple to white growing 3ft to 5ft tall. Its grown commercially for the seeds which are used as a health food eaten cooked, raw or as a drink and classed as one of the new wonder foods favoured by the Aztecs. The seeds are packed with omega 3 , calcium, fibre, iron, vitamin C and an excellent source of dietary fibre.

One of the most important Chia seeds health benefits is that they help in improving the function of the brain - we could all do with some of that!

Solanum burbankii
Wonderberry  n£
Aprx 25 Seeds  £2.21   JS2075

 

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An annual hybrid berry developed as a cross from Huckleberry but with a much sweeter flavour and larger up to 1/2" diameter. Grow like a tomato in rows planted outside after all frosts have passed. The berries are produced very early even on 6" plants but take a while to ripen. The green berries are slightly poisonous and should only be harvested when black and non shiny. Eaten raw there is next to no flavour but when cooked with sugar they develop a taste superior to blueberries. Best for pies, jam and jellies.

Solanum torvum
Makhua Puang from Thailand  n£ 

10 Seeds  £1.95   JS3209

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This Thai Eggplant or aubergine is known in Thailand as Makhua Puang botanical name Solanum torvum. The fruits are in fact the small green pea sized berries which grow in large clusters. These berries turn yellow when fully ripe but are harvested for use when they are still green and is one of the main ingredients in Thai Green Curry. Makhua Puang are full of flavour but slightly bitter to taste so are not usually eaten on their own.

Enjoy the authentic taste and texture of pea aubergines in curries, stir fries or soups. This versatile ingredient can also be crushed and used to create delicious relishes or dips.

Strawberry F1 Delician
New Delicious Hybrid Strawberry from Seed  n£]]
15 Seeds  £3.33   JS2978

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This latest introduction is an Oriental hybrid developed for its unique aromatic flavour. Medium size fruit and few runners on an upright growth habit make it a neat plant for gardeners to manage.

Strawberry F1 Florian
Hybrid Pink Flowered Strawberry from Seed  n£]]
15 Seeds  £3.33   JS2977

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An excellent new hybrid strawberry from seed with striking appleblossom pink flowers that produces a heavy crop of good sized juicy red fruits. Ideal for growing under glass, but as fruits hang from the main plant as well as its runners, it is also good for sunny patios in baskets and containers.

Strawberry Temptation
Runner Free Strawberries! n£]]
15 Seeds  £3.33   JS2226

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Seed raised Strawberries have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly as these are mainly runner free. Temptation has large, luscious, fruit produced early in the season on first year, virtually runner free plants. They crop almost continuously from mid-summer through to the first frosts. An ideal Patio or hanging basket plant. For the earliest crops an autumn sowing is advisable, but a marketable crop can be grown from a mid-winter sowing.

Swiss Chard Bright Lights - Beta vulgaris
Swiss Chard or Rhubarb Chard  n£]]
20 Seeds  £1.13   JS1993

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Strictly a vegetable but with colour and form that looks striking in a mixed Tropical Border. These plants were used for tropical effect within Wisley’s 2002 summer bedding. Bright Lights includes a stunning colour range of Gold, Red, Pink and White. Excellent as a lettuce substitute if you pick the emerging young leaves, with the benefit of a crop source that lasts all summer and into the winter.

Swiss Chard Galaxy Red - Beta vulgaris
Swiss Chard or Rhubarb Chard  n£]]
20 Seeds  £1.13  
JS2979

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A Strictly a vegetable but with colour and form that looks striking in a mixed Tropical Border. We now offer both the Red form and the Yellow after finding an improved seed source. These plants were used for tropical effect within Wisley’s 2002 summer bedding.

Swiss Chard Yellow - Beta vulgaris
Swiss Chard or Rhubarb Chard  n£]]
20 Seeds  £1.13  
JS650

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Strictly a vegetable but with colour and form that looks striking in a mixed Tropical Border. We offer both the Red form and the Yellow. This plant was used for tropical effect within one of Wisley’s 2003 summer bedding schemes.

 

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