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Rose Roald Dahl

Cirsium, a walnut and three roses

Here’s a round-up of the latest plants to be launched, available now or soon…

The once-neglected Cirsium is back in fashion and Woolmans has a limited quantity of the world’s first white-flowered cultivar of Cirsium rivulare, available from August.

Cirsium Frosted Magic was one of 20 finalists in the Plant of the Year competition at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The compact, well-branched plants reach a height of 120cm, with pure white tufted blooms from June through to September, which attracts butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects.

It is offered as garden-ready plants along with Cirsiums Pink Blush and Trevor’s Blue Wonder in 9cm pots at £7.95 each, or buy any three for the price of two, plus £2.95 p&p.

For more details, visit www.woolmans.com, telephone 0845 658 9137 or write to Woolmans, Western Avenue, Matrix Park, Chorley PR7 7NB for a catalogue.


Lubera is offering self-fertile walnut Lange van Lod, very early yielding, with three-year-old plants that are capable of bearing fruit.

Lange van Lod has huge, elongated, oval-shaped nuts, 6-9cm long and 5cm in cross-section; a dry nut can weigh up to 33g, the core 11g.

Walnut
Walnut Lange van Lod

It is a medium-late bearer, with some tolerance to late frosts; but do not plant in areas with danger of frost. The yield is very high; after 10 years, 700 and more nuts are possible, maturing at the end of September/early October.

The flavour is excellent, one of the best and sweetest varieties, which can also be cracked easily.

The variety was found by chance by Frans Geraets in Limburg, near Venlo, in The Netherlands – he named the plant after the nickname that his tall father had: Lange van Lod.

A strong tree in 10 litre pot costs £51.90, for more information visit www.lubera.co.uk.


David Austin Roses has introduced three roses this summer, all repeat flowering.

Roald Dahl is an English shrub rose with very free-flowering peach coloured blooms, produced almost continuously.

Orange-red buds open to cupped peach rosettes with a lovely tea fragrance. It matures into a very attractive, rounded, bushy shrub with few thorns. £2.50 from the sale of each rose will be donated to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Imogen is also an English shrub rose with soft lemon blooms paling to cream. The rounded soft lemon blooms have many delicately frilled petals arranged around a classic button eye. It forms a sturdy, upright shrub.

Bathsheba is a climbing rose with large, many petalled apricot blooms with a myrrh fragrance with floral and honey character.

The blooms are a beautiful blend of colours, giving the overall impression of rich apricot.

All roses are bred by David Austin and cost from £19.95, visit www.davidaustinroses.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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