We have quite good yields of Big Brother, Jeannie, Glasnevin, Snowlight and Solitude from New Zealand, but there wasn’t much of Zillah Harrod. All of these will be tested at Rush before being released. We have heard rumours of some grandiflora types appearing in white bulked in New Zealand, and added to that the wonderful Annette Conole has had to hand over her Sweet Pea growing to other people. All being well, though, we will sell Snowlight as our novelty and Solitude for the first time in 2015.
Thomas Butterly took a risk but judged well -
Roger Parsons Sweet Peas will
sell our seed: and we’ll stop.
Visitors to Mr Fothergill's sweet pea competition, held at Capel Manor College in
early July 2013, had the opportunity not only to see plenty of beautiful blooms grown
by everyday gardeners and serious exhibitors, but also to vote for their all-
"Valerie Harrod was a runaway winner, so we felt he had to offer it in our range", explained Mr Fothergill's technical manager Tracy Collacott, who staged the blooms for the public vote. "It's a smashing orange pink variety and the most successful exhibition variety in its colour, so it makes sense to offer it. On top of that, it is large flowered and well scented".
It seems a little surprising that rather than increasing the demand for seed of Valerie Harrod, all this free publicity in 2013 seems to have made Cooltonagh customers try out other varieties for 2014.
Yes, Roger Parsons has agreed to take over our business of retailing Irish Sweet
Pea seed. That gives our customers a big increase in choice, it gives our varieties
Sydney Harrod says, “I was afraid this change might be difficult for those of our
customers who only want half a dozen seed of each kind, but Roger says he sells a
lot of packets containing just ten seed. You know, I have had a lot of fun in interacting
with such interesting people by post, e-
Roger has not been sending his attractive but weighty catalogue to all his overseas customers, but we will just get one bundle for Ireland and post them at inland rates.