WIMBLEDON is cancelled, courtesy of Covid, so it’s a case of game, set and despatched. As a result, no tempting strawberries at prices that rival a couple of juicy steaks or a few jars of best ale.
Well, not having stepped inside the hallowed chamber that is SW19, I can’t comment on the quality of those super-strawbs. What I can reveal is that Devon plant and seed firm Suttons have come up with a mouthwatering offer that should make you drool with delight in the summer of 2021.
The offer: Any two varieties for £18 in a two dozen mix-and-match or same-name format. Or pay £12.99 for a single helping of a dozen plants if you don’t have sufficient space for 24.
The varieties: Malwina – Unusual because of its distinctive bright red flesh, much richer in colour that traditional strawberries. The conical fruit are large, juicy and flavour-packed, plus it’s disease tolerant and will reliably dish up a heavy crop, starting in mid-June and continuing through to mid-July, so it is listed as late season.
Honeyoye – Consistently bears heavy yields of big, beautiful, crimson fruit, disease resistant and a little earlier than Malwina.
Sonata – A mid-season contender, fruiting with bumper crops of sizeable berries complete with sweet taste and firm flesh.
All plants are supplied as bare-rooted runners, certified under the Plant Health Propagating Scheme and all will be hand-graded and selected before packing.
Suttons tell me that, at despatch time, plants will be partially dormant and some may have very little foliage.
Once planted, however, they are ready to grow away vigorously in spring.
Plant 18in apart, with 2ft between each row in a sunny spot which has been enriched with plenty of manure or compost.
▲ www.suttons.co.uk / 0344 3262200
▲ Scrumptious in summer: Suttons trio of strawberries, from top – Malwina, Honeyoye and Sonata. Pictures courtesy of Suttons.