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Tomato oh happy day.

Tomato oh happy day.

It’s a happy day for gardeners who enjoy their tomatoes

Richard Wright

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 13:30

OH HAPPY day! — there’s now a tomato specifically designed to ripen in the poorest of summers and shortest of planting seasons, which resists blight too.
It’s oh happy day — by both description and name — from seed and plant company Thompson & Morgan.
Following on from losetto (one of my favourites) and mountain magic, oh happy day F1 is a cross between a very blight-resistant North American line and a French marmande type. 
In T&M trials, oh happy day F1 resisted late-blight infection for three weeks longer than mountain magic which makes a real difference to outdoor toms. 
The round, slightly flatter, 150g tomatoes grow in clusters of three to seven fruits which, T&M said, have a superb taste balance of acidity and sweetness.
I certainly hope to try them this year.
T&M’s vegetable expert Colin Randel said: “The high late-blight resistance of oh happy day means these outdoor-grown tomatoes will have longer to ripen to their full potential and to provide the superb flavour that only comes with sun-kissed, outdoor-grown tomatoes.”
A simultaneous release is that of poppy supreme which is the result of an eagle-eyed discovery on the trials ground.
Its fully double flowers are three times larger than those of other similar papaver rhoeas varieties and boast exquisite crinkly petals with picotee edges in pink, cherry and orange tones with white centres. 
T&M said it will grow to a final garden height of 75cm and is long-flowering and multi-branching.
The predecessors of supreme were spotted in a batch of double Shirley poppies.
Two generations of selective culture produced supreme, which is said to be a magnet for bees and butterflies.

 


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