It always pays to look before you buy. I have had a few problems with the sunflowers this year. They were so impressive last year that I knew I was going to have a problem getting a better display this year. But a combination of leaving some in their pots too long and then the munching of snails meant I had some gaps where I had planted them, in groups between the sweetcorn and behind some squashes, meant that I had to go to the local garden centre and get some more seeds to sow direct in the borders in the hope they would catch up.
I wanted giant sunflowers so ‘Russian Giant’ was the one for me. I surveyed the ranks of packs and noticed that there was a choice. Like many seed companies Thompson & Morgan offer a number of different ranges and some varieties appear in more than one range.
There was the standard pack or the ‘Start-a-Garden’ pack. I would assume the ‘Start-a-Garden’ range would be the user-friendly range and offer good value because it is presumably designed to encourage children and beginner gardeners to get planting. But I was wrong. As I discovered when I turned the pack over.
There is quite a difference in price. The seeds in the standard pack cost 4.5cents each while those in the ‘Start-a-Garden’ pack cost more than 6.5cents each. That is quite expensive for something that is grown for bird seed!
What was also interesting was that in one pack the seeds were large and striped black and white, as expected, but in the other they were smaller and pure white. I wonder which one is the right variety?