Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Strawberries. My mail-order!

Order Strawberries today!
- Blackmoor Nurseries - 1 x Strawberry Buddy - 10 Runners Bare Root (STRZ33) = £8.20+Delivery (Royal Mail First Class): £3.80=Total: £12.00
Strawberry 'Buddy' has it all - heavy crops, quality berries and a fabulous, sweet flavour, even in hot weather. Bred at world renowned East Malling Research centre, this exciting new strawberry variety will provide a continuous supply of large, deep red berries from late June through to October. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 30cm (12").
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 4-8 months.
Estimated time to best yields: 4-8 months.
Perpetual strawberries.

- Ken Muir - Strawberry 'Gariguette' - Pack of 12 (Early) - Total: £12.08
Muir will be showing strawberries at Chelsea for the 34th successive year. His useful booklet, Grow Your Own Strawberries, is sent out with orders.

Strawberry 'Gariguette' is an old and much-loved French variety that produces sweet and aromatic fruits early in the season. Grow in full sun for the greatest depth of flavour. The point about a strawberry like 'Gariguette' is that you are unlikely to be able to buy it because it does not keep or travel well.

Strawberry varieties are categorised as early midsummer, midsummer and late midsummer fruiters. There are also perpetual or remontant varieties which will fruit both in July and again in late summer/early autumn, but can be de-blossomed in May to produce a heavy late crop.
The sweetest strawberries
Early midsummer for southern gardens, 'Gariguette'; elsewhere 'Claire-Maree'.
Midsummer 'Cambridge Late Pine' for its divine flavour. 'Hapil' and 'Maxim' for drought resistance and heavy yields. 'Maxim' is a large strawberry suitable for the showbench. 'Marshmello' crops heavily in a range of conditions and has a rich, intense flavour.
Late midsummer 'Symphony' and 'Florence' are quite disease-resistant. 'Symphony' does well in the north.
Pink-flowered 'Viva Rosa' looks pretty in hanging baskets and containers.
The perpetual 'Mara des Bois' has an alpine taste and resistance to powdery mildew.

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