Those lovely people at the Royal Horticultural Society are really getting the message that growing fruit and veggies is NOT a poor relation to pretty flowers. Today I went to a fantastic display of seed potatoes at RHS Lindley Hall in London.
This weekend you can choose from over 75 different varieties of seed potatoes from Pennard Plants.
Here at the Spring Plant and Design Show
you can choose single potatoes for 22pence each! What a joy! So often I just want a few of one, and a few of another to try new varieties. Most of the time in the shops you have to buy pounds and pounds at a time when you just want one. It is on this weekend in London if you want to make your way down there.
Popular varieties were selling out within hours of opening. The ultra first early potato 'Rocket
' was all sold out, so the staff at Pennard Plants were amazingly knowledgeable and were able to recommend other first early varieties. I bought 5 seed potatoes of 'Vanessa'
a waxy first early. I've not tried them before. Has anyone tried them?
And I was thrilled, over the moon, and sick as a parrot that they had my all time favourite 'Epicure
' on sale here too. This is a very old traditional Ayrshire potato, a first early that has the bestest ever taste in the whole wide world! Hard to come by sometimes, but Matron most highly recommends them if you can get your hands on some. They do have quite deep eyes, they are round and wonderful new potatoes. I just dig them, cook them and eat them with nothing on..........
Now I've always wanted to try growing Oca - so I have now taken the plunge and bought some tubers to try this year. There were two different colours on sale, does anyone know if they are different varieties, or just varied in colour??
If you are feeling rich you could always buy some of these wonderful hand made bronze gardening tools. Never tarnish, never blunt and worth every penny!
.. or how about a Buddhas Hand citrus