The year of the cherry tomato?


Anna, Dave and Chris in the Thompson & Morgan trial grounds
Is it going to be a bumper year for tomatoes? My greenhouse plants are producing the biggest crop I've ever known. I'm feeding them with Flower Power three times a week and watering them daily. This year, I'm growing Gardeners' Delight, one of the very best cherry sized varieties, and the trusses are getting huge. I just wish that I'd been weighing the crop as I've picked them. But they taste so good that I've been picking them off as they ripen and eating them like sweets.

I've had a grand time visiting gardens over the past few weeks. In July, I went to the gloriously named Foggy Bottom, Adrian Bloom's wonderful all-year-round garden in Diss. Adrian kindly took a few of us on a guided tour and pointed out some of his all time favourite plants including Sedum 'Matrona', a fabulous perennial with striking pink/red leaves and long-lasting heads of pink flowers. Incidentally, if you grow it, don't cut back the flowers when they finish as they'll provide a great food source for birds in the winter.

Earlier this week, I spent a few days visiting the trial grounds at Thompson & Morgan in Ipswich and at Ball Colegrave near Banbury. I went there with Martin, QVC's gardening buyer, to select some of next year's varieties. A QVC crew (Anna, Dave and Chris, pictured above) came with us and we filmed the plants so I can show viewers just how good they look.

It's always interesting when a group of gardeners gets together. Invariably someone spots something special that the others missed. Anna, our director, who loves her plants, spotted a fine yellow osteospermum. She tips it as her top new bedding plant to grow next year. She's got a fine eye for plants, so that's really saying something!

I was pleased to get back home though, as there's lots of watering to catch up on (despite the rain) and of course, lots more yummy tomatoes to pick!

Happy gardening

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  1. Louise October 3, 2010 at 7:26 am -  Reply

    I have never written a ‘gardening’ post before, and have never really been into gardening – still not – but I do love my salads. I am interested in growing lettuce, spring onions, water cress, cucumber, etc. Inddors would be better for me, as I have boxers and I don’t want my veg to be ‘flavoured’.
    Any advice?

  2. janice taylor July 10, 2012 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Can you please give me some advise on growing carrots. we have planted two lots this year and the foliage grows to approx 2 inches then half of them disappeared one night, we thought it was the birds pulling them up so covered with a wire cage to wake the next morning and the rest had gone. we have grown them several years before in different part of the garden with success. many thanks

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