We have a fantastic range for 2012 that is packed with the very best new and exclusive varieties. At Thompson & Morgan we are always on the look-out for new and exciting plants. This year, we're thrilled to be offering you such varieties as our exclusive Sweet Pea 'Prima Ballerina' and our Pea Shiraz - so thrilled, in fact, that we've made these two splendid varieties our Flower and Vegetable of the Year 2012!
We can’t resist the fabulous colours and gorgeous scent of sweet peas. And this Prima Ballerina impressed our critics so much we’ve named it our Flower of the Year for 2012.
Coming from one of the world’s leading breeders, this new addition to the Thompson & Morgan range of sweet peas is something very special indeed. Following on from 2011’s ‘Ballerina Blue’ comes a new dancer - Sweet Pea odoratus ‘Prima Ballerina’.
Exclusive to Thompson & Morgan, ‘Prima Ballerina’ already holds a Fleuroselect Novelty award. The appearance of ‘Prima Ballerina’ represents a breakthrough in sweet pea colours, with its beautiful combination never having been seen before.
Producing beautiful blooms in a blend of soft pink, mauve and cream, the unique colouring is coupled with intricate veining and a delightful scent too. Each stem produces an average of four blooms, making ‘Prima Ballerina’ a perfect choice for cutting and bringing indoors.
It’s been a long time coming, and our veg expert has been impatient to introduce it, but our exclusive new pea is finally here.
Bring a colourful addition to the table with the arrival of this delicious and decorative new pea. From British breeding, Pea Shiraz is a unique purple mangetout pea that has never before been available to gardeners. Its attractive bicoloured flowers form stunning flat, purple pods which are delicious raw and in stir fries.
The purple colour is rich in healthy anthocyanin (antioxidant) pigment, which fades a little if the pods are steamed, or turns a rich dark green if they are boiled. For the best taste, mangetout should be harvested and eaten young, just as the seeds start to show.
Thompson & Morgan’s vegetable product manager Colin Randel is full of praise for Pea Shiraz. "I’ve been hooked on this pretty pea since I first saw it in trial several years ago," he said. "I’ve been patiently waiting for its backcrossing and re-selections to attain perfection in pod uniformity and habit so that a seed crop could be produced."
Pea Shiraz also has a resistance to powdery mildew and tolerance to downy mildew which means the sowing season can be extended to early July.
To view all of our exciting new seed varieties, click here for the full range.