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Poppies and sweet peas to mark VE Day 75th anniversary

Poppy Victoria Cross. Picture; Mr Fothergill's
Poppy Victoria Cross. Picture; Mr Fothergill's

Mr Fothergill’s seeds to raise cash for Royal Hospital Chelsea

May 8, 1945, was Victory in Europe Day, ending nearly six years of war on the continent that had cost the lives of millions and had brought huge suffering to entire countries.*

This year is the 75th anniversary of VE Day and Mr Fothergill’s will continue raising funds with its two special packets of Poppy Victoria Cross and Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic – 25p from each packet sold will be donated to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Poppy Victoria Cross (£2.15 for 250 seeds) makes a fitting remembrance symbol with its bold white ‘crosses’ across single red flowers.

Easy to grow and quick to flower from a spring sowing, this form of Papaver somniferum is ideal for informal borders and cottage garden settings.

Its distinctive ‘pepper-pot’ seed heads are also useful in dried arrangements when flowering ends.

Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic (£2.40 for 20 seeds) was named in honour of the famous Chelsea Pensioners’ red coats and is a delightful blend of red-shaded blooms. It can be sown where it is to flower – an outstanding mix of large flowers. It’s ideal for garden displays and as a cut flower.

Poppy Victoria Cross and Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic are available to buy from selected garden retailers or online at www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

*World War Two officially ended on September 2, 1945.

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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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