SEDUCTIVE strawberries have few rivals when it comes to the aromatic joy of soft fruit . . . except perhaps for raspberries. But we won’t be entering the “which one is better debate” which may prove more controversial than Brexit!
What we will be chewing over are three new and nearly-new varieties introduced by those famous seed and plant people at Devon-based Suttons.
Award-winning Delizz is the newbie and joins Frisan and Toscana to form a special trio which make up the firm’s Day Neutral Collection.
You can buy six 9cm potted plants for just £14.99 or a complete collection of three of each variety for £22.
All are high-yielding strawberries, none of which are affected by the shortening daylight hours of late summer. So they will continue to produce en mass beyond the summer equinox, giving you a highly successful harvest to devour at your heart’s content!
Perfect in your fruit patch or in containers and hanging baskets for those with smaller gardens. And here’s a bonus point – the three contenders each have their own individual flower colour which will create a wave of pretty petals . . . in traditional white with Delizz, a delicate pale pink with Frisan and a striking dark pink which the bees will adore when it comes to Toscana.
All in all, this is a package that will bear an abundance of the most juicy, sweet-flavoured “gourmet” strawbs for up to a staggering five whole months.
Do bear mind that the more fruits you pick the more your plants will deliver, so your dessert dishes should be brimming with these ravishing reds for the whole summer and into autumn.
Day-neutral strawberries are insensitive to day length, therefore they continuously grow fruit as long as the weather is fair.
Remember too those delightful flowers in three different shades. Mix a few plants together and savour the blooms before you tuck into the irresistible berries.
■ www.suttons.co.uk/0844 326220
■ Luscious: From top – A handful of Toscana in front of those gorgeous deep pink blooms; a plateful of Delizz; a basket full of Frisan with its pale pink flowers.