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Ageratum Mixture (Ageratum houstonianum) seed

Ageratum Mixture (Ageratum houstonianum) seed

Ageratum houstonianum is a popular annual garden plant.
Also known as Floss Flower it is often used for edging borders and is also useful in beds and containers.
A neat bushy plant with clusters of fluffy flowers in shades of white, pink and blue from June until the first frosts.
Grows to approx. 20cm.
Ageratum will grow in any reasonable garden soil but cannot withstand heavy shade or a wet site.

Seeds per packet (approx.): 600

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Aubergine (Solanum melongena) - Early Long Purple

Aubergine (Solanum melongena) - Early Long Purple

Eggplant is a frost tender, heat loving, branching bushy plant with thick, woody stems. The green to grayish green leaves are large,lobed, and alternate with the underside typically covered with spiny fuzz. Mature plants range from 1 to 8 feet in height. Although eggplant is a perennial, it is more commonly grown as an annual.

The fruit has a dense, uniform and firm, white, sweet flesh.

Seeds per packet (approx.): 150

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Spanish Daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus) seed

Spanish Daisy  (Erigeron karvinskianus) seed

Spanish Daisy is an easy to grow annual plant for hanging baskets, flower beds and rock gardens.
Originally from Central America, it has been growing wild in Southern Europe for many years and is now being hailed as one of the greatest horticultural discoveries of recent years.
The masses of small flowers are pink when they open, rapidly turn white, and finally as they mature change back to rose-red giving the plant an unusual and constant two-tone effect.
This compact jewel is beloved by bees and butterflies and will also make an outstanding contribution in a wildlife garden

Seeds per packet (approx.): 60

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Tomato Betalux (Lycopersicon esculentum) seed

Tomato Betalux (Lycopersicon esculentum) seed

Betalux is a very early Polish bred variety of dwarf tomato, with rigid shoots and very tasty, dark red, round fruits

Seeds per packet (approx.): 200

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Pole Bean Multi-Coloured (Phaseolus vulgaris var. vulgaris) - Jimenez

Pole Bean Multi-Coloured (Phaseolus vulgaris var. vulgaris) - Jimenez

A climbing or pole bean, French Bean Jimenez has been bred to grow in the form of vines which cling to poles or trellises. Their growth habit makes them very easy to harvest. These beans are also very easy to grow so long as you give them a nice warm site and a little shelter. An heirloom variety of French bean Jimenez is a strong grower and produces heavy crops of large long flat pods. The vines or plants can reach 7-8 feet tall but a 5 foot tepee, trellis or poles are usually sufficient. The flat pods are green streaked with red, have a great flavour and are stringless until they start to ripen. As they mature the pods get redder. The seeds or beans inside are of course coloured. Pods can be sliced when green and used as fresh beans or left to mature, then shelled and dried.

Highly colourful, French Bean Jimenez has a strong resistance to Bean Common Mosaic Virus.

Perfect for a sunny, well-drained spot, French bean Jimenez prefers to grow in moist, fertile soil away from strong winds, but it can also be grown successfully in pots.

Packet content (approx.): 10 gms

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Garlic Chives (Allium fistulosum)

Garlic Chives (Allium fistulosum)

Garlic Chives, sometimes called Chinese Chives, are perennial herbs. They look like grass, similar to chives but have a gentle spicy aroma and a distinct but much milder flavour of garlic. A member of the onion family they are very easy to grow. Garlic chives will thrive and grow vigorously on any fertile, moist but well drained site in full sun. A relatively new vegetable in the western world, garlic chives are well known in Asian cuisine. Grows slowly in expanding clumps and, besides its use as a vegetable, the plant's attractive flowers ensure that it is sometimes grown in perennial borders. Both the leaves and the stalks of the flowers are used as flavouring as well as a stir fry ingredient. The flowers can also be used as a spice. Garlic chives are extremely hardy and can survive very low temperatures (some have been know to survive -35 C) in winter and sprout again in spring when the temperature rises.
To speed seed germination it is generally recommended that seeds be soaked in warm water (below 40 C) for about 24 hours prior to sowing.

Uses include mixed in omelettes or scrambled eggs, all sorts of salads or chopped very finely and sprinkled over cooked new potatoes.

Seeds per packet (approx.): 300

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Glossary of Terms

Alternate: spaced one after the other, as with leaves spaced singly at different heights on opposite sides of the stem.

Anther: the part of the stamen containing the pollen

Awn: a bristle-like appendage found in ornamental grasses

Bisexual: flowers possessing both stamens and pistils

Blade: the main or expanded part of the leaf

Bract: a modified leaf often associated with the flower

Calyx: the sepals or outer portions of the floral parts

Capsule: the dry box, pod or fruit containing the seed

Compound: made up of many parts as in some leaves

Corymb: a short, broad, flat top cluster of flowers

Disk or disc: the central or inner part of ‘daisy-like’ (Composite) flowers

Elongated: stretched out, long as with some leaves

Filament: the stalk supporting the anther

Florets: small individual flowers together making a cluster

Glabrous: smooth with hairs or undulations

Glaucous: of greyish-white appearance, sometimes bluish-green

Hirsute: covered with hairs, as in the case of certain foliage

Imbricated: overlapping in regular order

Inflorescence: the method of flowering, or referring to blooms

Keel: the two lower petals forming a ridge as in sweet peas

Lateral: on or near the side, secondary

Mealy: covered with greyish white powder

Monoceious: with both male and female flowers produced on the same plant

Nectar: the sweet fluid secreted by some flowers

Ovary: the part of the flower which eventually contains the seed

Panicle: a loose flower cluster, made up of little racemes

Pedicel: the stalk of an individual flower in a cluster

Perianth: the calyx and corolla together

Petaloid: resembling a petal

Pistil: the female seed bearing organs – ovary, style and stigma

Pistillate: bearing pistils only, female

Raceme: an indefinite flower cluster

Radiate: spreading out, arrangement of ray florets

Ray: the outer florets of ‘daisy-like’ flowers

Reflexed: bent slightly downwards or backwards

Revolute: with tip or margin rolled back

Rotate: wheel-shaped, used to describe shape of a flower

Rudimentary: imperfectly developed, immature

Sac: a pouch, shape of flower

Scape: leafless stems rising from the ground terminating in a flower

Segment: a single leaf or petal

Sepal: one of the separate parts of the calyx

Sessile: without a stalk, sitting on a leaf

Spike: an elongated indefinite flower cluster

Stamen: the male pollen bearing part of the flower

Striate: marked with fine parallel lines, pencil-like

Tendril: a long twining extension by which a plant climbs

Umbel: inflorescence in which pedicels arise from the same point

Whorl: a circular arrangement of parts around an axis at a node is a Approved Store