I have just tried growing your Victorian colossal pea, with fantastic results. We have a small garden and my wife found these thinking we would get more for the same space as the 'normal' peas. Problem is they are so heavily laden with pods they are tearing from the support frame and I have had to tie them up with soft string. A problem that is very welcome. I have just sown more in the greenhouse to plant out for a later crop. I have also tried your coloured carrots but too soon to try, but I will be ordering more seeds and greater variety in the future. Best wishes
Jeff Norris, Ashington, Northunberland
The Sloe bush Prunus spinosa, also know as the Blackthorn tree, produces small plum-like fruits known as 'drupes' in autumn. These sloe fruits (which are often mis-described as berries) are usually added to gin (along with a sizeable amount of sugar!) or vodka, and make a great addition to homemade preserves.
An Autumn frost will help to sweeten these extremely tart fruits, which we don't recommend are eaten raw! Prunus spinosa can be grown as a sloe bush if pruned at 6-8 feet in height, or left to its own devices will reach around 16 feet (5 metres) tall.
Sometimes known as Blackthorn. Clouds of white flowers are followed by the astringent blue-black fruits. Ideal for jams, jellies - and of course sloe gin.
Supplied as a containerised tree pruned to approximately 2 - 3 feet (60 - 90 cm) tall including pot.