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Definitely a gimmick. I have a mention of it in a book on Vegetable growing from the 1930's so it is not new.
If you want to have a go why buy one when all you need is a potato plant and and tomato plant. They are not that hard to graft together.
The Cornus which is flowering now with yellow tiny flowers is Cornus mas. It has red fruits later on, edible but a bit insipid.
Lonicera fragrantissima or purpusii, both flower now and are wonderfully scented.
Sarcocca, Christmas Box, again flowering now and highly scented.
Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postil ditto.
It does seem unusual for nothing to grow somewhere. Not even weeds? Or do you mean that ornamentals don't grow?
The garden is just under an acre and it is all down to myself and my wife. It helps being retired with the time element.
C.hederifolium is much more of a woodland plant than C. coum.
Looking good B.L.
I cannot find the thread where folks posted pictures of their gardens so I started one for this year.
Here is my contribution. A wander round the garden this morning.
Depends on the size of the corm. Small ones take a while to reach flowering size.
Not sure about growing them in the same pot as hederifoloium. They need slightly different conditions. C.coum prefer a little more sun than C. hederifolium to get them to flower well.
Actually all the forms of V tinus look the same in bud like that and even in flower you need to be fairly expert to tell them apart. We have V tinus Eve Price, V.tinus French White, and V tinus compactum as well as straight V tinus. Only way to really distinguish them is by the label.