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Mr Fothergill’s WW1 centenary flowers

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Poppy Victoria Cross
Poppy Victoria Cross. Picture; Mr Fothergill's

Poppy and sweet pea raise funds for Royal Hospital Chelsea

To mark the centenary of the end of World War One, Mr Fothergill’s fundraising links with Royal Hospital Chelsea (RHC) continue, with the sale of poppy Victoria Cross seeds.

Having raised more than £63,000 from the sales of the poppy and sweet pea Scarlet Tunic since 2014, the seedsman hopes gardeners will continue to support the RHC and its work with veterans.

Just like wartime citizens, you can do your bit for the Chelsea Pensioners. A charity contribution of 25p from each packet sold raised £53,500.

Sweet Pea Scarlet Tunic was added this season, increasing the total to more than £63,000. In recognition, RHC appointed Mr Fothergill’s as its first corporate patron.

Mr Fothergill’s joint managing director David Carey said: “The wider centenary commemorations that have taken place since 2014 have brought into sharp focus the debt we owe to the servicemen who defend our freedom.

“We are proud to be supporting the RHC and pleased to see so many gardeners joining with us to do that. While the centenary draws to a close in 2018, our close links with the RHC will see us supporting their important work for many years to come.”

Victoria Cross makes a fitting remembrance symbol with its bold white ‘crosses’ across single red flowers. Easy to grow and quick to flower from a spring sowing, this form of Papaver somniferum is ideal for informal borders and wildlife-friendly gardens. Its distinctive ‘pepper-pot’ seedheads are also useful in dried arrangements when flowering ends.

Seeds are available from www.mr-fothergills.co.uk and Mr Fothergill’s 2018 Seed Catalogue.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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