Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

On the Grapevine

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

On the Grapevine

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Byline: By Peter Surridge

Poor postal service could put gardeners off ordering plants by mail. Specialist mail order firms, which save amateur growers the trouble of sprouting difficult-to-germinate flowers, are finding that many orders, posted first-class, are not being delivered within two days. Thompson & Morgan says 95pc are delivered within four days ( though one took 14 days ( and Suttons reckon 2pc are damaged or lost. Next year the Royal Mail will start charging by size and weight instead of weight alone so companies will have to consider putting up delivery prices.

* LATEST in a collectors' series of booklets about individual trees is `Chequer or Wild Service Tree' by Patrick Roper. Sorbus torminalis , related to rowan, is widespread in England and Wales but not particularly common. The nickname chequer is thought to have derived from the fact that in medieval times a chequer-board was hung to indicate an inn, and the tree was grown nearby so the fruits could be used in brewing beer. …

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