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Get in! 100% strike rate!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Penstemon 'Raven' (Photo from Wooten Plants)

Last Summer a keen poster on this forum shared a tip about propagating penstemons. 

Someone had complained about a patchy strike rate for penstemon cuttings and Alan suggested placing them in water rather than in gritty compost.

I was keen to give it a try and stuck 12 P. Raven cuttings in a jam of tap water. It went on the kitchen window sill next to the over wintering cayenne chilli plant. Apart from topping up the water once or twice, Ive not bothered with it at all. 

This weekend I needed the sill space for my newly sown Tomato 'San Marzano' and Itaian parsley , so I took the  penstemon jar into the garden.  I checked them and its a 100% strike rate! And with decent root systems too. I spent a gleeful 19 minutes potted them all up. 

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New Apple Variety for London - naming competition!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on October 3, 2012 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A new Apple for London- Your chance to name a new apple variety!

The London Orchard Project are launching a new variety of apple (pictured above) that has been developed specifically for London and we are offering YOU the opportunity to go down in history, by naming it. The lucky winner will also receive one of the first trees of the original batch of 100 that have been developed to plant in your garden (plus fame and glory obviously!)


We’re planting one hundred of the new trees in orchards in public spaces, parks and schools across London throughout the month of December 2012 and if you would like a new apple variety in your community orchard or area, let us know.

We have worked with the lovely nursery, ‘Trees for Life’ who have supplied many of our fruit trees to create this variety. It was nurtured from a single seed and has taken ten years to develop. The parents of the tree are the Pixie apple, introduced in 1940 and the Laxton Fortune apple, introduced in 1904- both of which are known for their strength and disease resistant qualities. In addition to its robustness, this tree will also produce high numbers of sweet, flavoursome apples. 

The apple will be the first London specific variety to have been developed since 1953, when the Merton Delight was born.

If you can think of a name for the new London variety, Tweet your suggestions to @LondonOrchard then follow us on Twitter, for the announcement of the winning title.

You can also email suggestions to [email protected] – and you can make your mark on Britain’s apple history!