What Dobies Seed Was Being Sown and Grown in 1975?
March 29, 2017
So, what seeds were we sowing back in 1975? Many of the same flowers and vegetables that we are still growing today but with some interesting differences and similarities:
The 1975 Dobies Seed Catalogue dedicated 10 pages to listing flower seeds specifically for the greenhouse. These included cactus, cineraria, coleus, gloxinia and African violets.
Sweet peas remain ever popular but in 1975 we offered 60 different varieties, considerably more than the 15 we offer today. Many of those older varieties simply no longer exist. Sweet Pea Winston Churchill has however stood the test of time and rightfully so with its “fine bright crimson, frilled and fluted” flowers.
So many of what we grew then we still grow now. OK so we no longer plant in neat rows but we still love begonias, calendulas, sunflowers, carnations and dahlias. Interesting in 1975 we offered a choice of 24 African and 25 French marigolds. They were an important part of formal bedding displays of the time.
Look at our current range and you will see that we are a stockist for Halls Greenhouses. Look in our 1975 catalogue and what do you find? Hall greenhouses. We love their quality and they must like something about us to have worked in partnership for over 42 years!
Our range of veg seed was far smaller back in 1975. Smaller and with fewer types of vegetable. You could choose from 24 varieties of peas, 24 of carrot and 19 of lettuce. However, you wouldn’t find courgettes, flowersprout, chicory, chilli, cornichon, kohl rabi, pak choi and many others. There most were not any cucamelon, salsify, samphire or any of the many other slightly more unusual veg that today’s customers so enjoy growing.
Quality – Then and Now
All these processes of harvesting, cleaning, testing and re-testing both for purity and vitality: storage and finally packing, are subject to the most careful quality control to ensure that seed reaches you in prime condition and should grow into the fine vegetables or flowers you have chosen to raise.
Like you, many of our highly qualified staff are themselves gardeners. We understand the amount of care you take in planning and preparing your own garden and do all we can to make certain you will be pleased and satisfied with the results you obtain from our seed.”