Dave and I have attended your nursery a couple of times now. Your assistants are truly welcoming and extremely knowledgeable, and we have seen amazing results in the clarity of our pond water since purchasing some of the oxygenating plants we bought from you ie. crispa, water violet, water cress etc. Dave practically fell in the tank of crispa when we visited you and it has been a standing joke ever since. Thanks to all of you for your help and we will visit again soon.
Elaine Harvey, Aylesford
Supplied as freshly dug and washed tubers.Available from approximately mid November 2015
Thanks to 'celebrity' gardeners and chefs such as Carol Klein, Alys Fowler, Marc Diacono and Nigel Slater, this once little known and much underrated vegetable is now finding the favour it truly deserves.
Crushingly easy to grow and self perpetuating, these are an essential for hearty Winter dishes; simply slice and sauté, roast or use as a base for fantastic soups.
Jerusalem Artichokes are infamous for their after effects - and certainly do live up to their nickname of 'Fartichokes'! But don't let that put you off these lovely veg, and remember that incorporating the herb Winter Savory into your dishes will go a long way to alleviate this problem.
In the garden or allotment Jerusalem Artichokes can be used as a very successful wind break (or should that be that they actually absorb the wind, releasing it when eaten?) growing to around 6 - 8 feet (1.8 - 2.4 metres) tall. Closely related to the Sunflower, they are also extremely pretty when they flower late Summer.
The variety Fuseau is particularly useful for the kitchen as it is less nobly and smoother skinned, making it easier to clean and peel.
Recommended by the RHS to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.
Pollinator Friendly Plants
A detailed guide to the seeds and plants Victoriana Nurseries sell that will attract and provide a food source to bees and other beneficial pollinating insects.