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Geum Scarlet Tempest

Geum Scarlet Tempest achieves second place at the Chelsea Flower show ‘Plant of the Year 2016’

Geums as a genus have become more popular over the past few year especially with the successes for Totally Tangerine being launched at Chelsea flower show over 5 years ago.

This new Geum comes from the breeder of the Anemone Swan series Elizabeth McGregor. Hardy Cottage plants launched this new hybrid. With its early large flowers of brilliant-scarlet, open, slightly double flowers of about 5cm across.

This Geums starts to flower in early March and continues throughout the summer and into autumn. Its height is also a good size at 35-40 cm.

Liners available from spring 2017.

Geum 'Scarlet Tempest'

Endosan Water Treatment

Last year we started using hydrogen peroxide as a water treatment method.

Using Endosan gave us the advantage of extending the period of time that hydrogen peroxide remains active in the water in low concentrations all the way down the irrigation lines and our capillary beds. The active ingredient, stabilised with silver ions, worked extremely well in high concentrations as an irrigation system cleaner.

The dosing system incorporates a high injector ratio pump, resistant to corrosive chemicals. Fine tuning the pump allows us to achieve the desired concentration, whether for shock treatment or in conjunction with a pulse meter for continuous treatment. The system is very easy to connect, maintain and adjust.

Endosan Hydrogen Peroxide treatment equipment

Our Endosan Hydrogen Peroxide treatment equipment

Healthy and vigorous Agapanthus root growthUnlike chlorine, hydrogen peroxide degrades quickly and doesn’t leave any residue, which makes it more environmental friendly. Its effectiveness is relatively unaffected by pH changes. Continuous dosing at low concentration doesn’t affect biological control. We didn’t notice any reduction of activity and effectiveness of Nemasys in our applications. Also, when hydrogen peroxide products degrade, oxygen is produced. That can be very beneficial for the plants when located in the root zone.

We can see the improvement in root condition of our overwintered production already.

We also noticed a significant decrease in leaf nematode activity. It is unclear yet how much we can credit to continuous treatment with hydrogen peroxide. Some researchers suggest that H2O2 has a direct and indirect effect on nematode eggs and hatched juveniles and boosts plant resistance to infection. We are still at the early stages of finding out.

Read more about Endosan here.

Dawid Handswchuh-Pawlak, February 2016

2016 Catalogue.

patrick-bikeFairweather’s 2016 Catalogue now available

Are new 2016 catalogue is now available. All copies have been posted to our mailing list. If you have not received your copy yet then please contact sharon@fairweathers.co.uk

One of the more unusual ways to deliver a catalogue was when Patrick visited on of our French customers. Off the coast of Paimpol is lle Bre’hat, one of Brittany’s loveliest islands. With no cars are allow on the Island Patrick hoped on a 10 minutes Ferry ride and biked the rest of the way to the nursery.

 

We can’t guarantee your catalogue will be delivered in the same way but if you haven’t received a copy of the new 2016 catalogue please let us know and we will pop one in the post to you.