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Views from the Greenhouse

For a Garden You’ll Love to Grow!

 

With over 70 years experience as a garden business, Bakker.com is a long-established, reliable company, forward looking with exciting new ideas to share with our gardening friends. We pride ourselves in our expert knowledge in getting top quality flower bulbs, indoor and outdoor plants, roses, perennials, seeds, and other garden related products directly to your door from the fields of Holland. We also take great pride in offering all the garden information and help that you need to make the right choices and, if necessary, to ‘hold your hand’ as you develop your skills on the road to becoming the expert gardener.



Christmas trees the easy way!

Everyone loves a real tree at Christmas! The excitement of choosing it, the smell of the fresh pine filling the room, it really is a wonderful tradition not to be tampered with.

Bakker.com are making it even more special this year as they are delivering them straight to your door! Imaging all the wonderful parts of having a real tree without having to cram it into your car! Simply choose your …Read More

Who doesn’t love to see bright-yellow daffs bobbing about in the sharp spring breeze? It’s a loud, proud sign that summer is on it’s way and we are very ready for the warmth of the sun to shine down on us once again.
The Daffodil Society was established in 1898  for all who are interested in and appreciate the stunning Genus Narcissus, (the botanical name of this much loved flower).
The societies …Read More

How to Start a Vertical Garden

If you have limited space for a garden at home but you do have a blank wall or fence that needs some life adding to it, then you should think about creating a vertical garden. It doesn’t matter how big or small an area you have, this type of garden can be versatile in its design, both in size and plants. Similarly, people create vertical gardens when they haven’t got …Read More

5 Ways To Enhance Your Garden With A Water Feature

 
A growing number of people in the UK are discovering the joys of gardening. In a study of 2,000 British homeowners, a third of young people said that they love to garden, with most spending around £747 to improve their outdoor spaces. As the gardening movement grows, it is expected that more young Brits will be spending more time and effort to enhance their garden in preparation for next year. Recently, …Read More

Guest Blog – Protecting Plants from Frost

Just like myself, most gardeners worry about their plants when there is threat of frosts. Frost can damage, harm and kill crops. There are some things you can do though for protecting plants from frost.

Frost often happens when the night is still and clear, when air temperature is almost freezing. When temperature is almost freezing, the plant’s surface temperature has a tendency to dip below freezing point. Under this situation …Read More

Guest Blogger – Geoff Stonebanks, Driftwood Garden.

Back in March this year I was approached by Rachel Morgan from Bakker’s  marketing department and asked if I wanted them to run a competition for my many Twitter followers. Not really sure what it would involve I said why not. Little did I know how successful it would be for Bakker, myself and the lucky winner of the £50 box of goodies, Jane Rogers!

Nor did I realise too that …Read More

It’s a cheese & vine party!

 

Led Zeppelin is on in the back ground and the coffee table is swamped by a Swiss cheese plant… No you haven’t just stepped back in time, the 1970’s style is set to take interiors by storm this year ( and Zeppelin never went away).

 

From shag pile rugs, to colourful velvet sofas and house plants in abundance, there’s something to excite everyone about this fun 70s décor style revival.

So, dust …Read More

Wimbledon Final Fancy!

It’s the Wimbledon final and time to be ironically British!   Strawberries and cream are the done thing, however here at Bakker UK we fancied a touch of decadence this Sunday!

I am blessed to have several well established strawberry plants in my garden fruiting abundantly in the Lincolnshire sunshine! These will certainly come in handy with this recipe.

This simple strawberry pudding is a mixture of strawberries layered with whipped cream, shaved …Read More

Just like I imagined

Bakker’s Top 10 for Spring 2018!

Who wouldn’t want some extraordinary bulbs ready to spice up your spring?
Here we have our top ten, chosen for a long display of colour, vigour and fun!
Every bulb offers something different! They will certainly stand out in the spring sunshine. With a wide variety of colour, shapes and sizes, they really are perfect to be planted in your borders, patio pots and homes!
There are so many spring bulbs to choose …Read More

Who will dig it? Proud sponsors of The Gardening Scotland Festival!

Scotland’s hugely anticipated garden festival – Gardening Scotland – will once again open its doors to the public at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, from 2nd-4th June 2017.
Welcoming more than 35,000 people, the three-day event is a celebration of all things related to the great outdoors, attracting novice and expert gardeners, foodies, nature lovers and families looking for a fun and action-packed day out.

Bakker.com is the proud sponsor of the …Read More

TOP TIPS FOR BUDDING POND KEEPERS!

 

Spring is upon us and that means it’s the perfect time to give our gardens some much needed love and attention after the cold, winter months. It also provides an opportunity to redesign gardens and put in that pond you’ve been thinking about. Maybe you already have one but you need some help bringing it to life. To help, Dave Hulse, Tetra’s Technical Consultant has popped together some key tips …Read More

A Helping Hand From Rosemary

Do you fancy something a little different with your lamb this Easter?
Here is a easy winning recipe for just that!
Crispy Rosemary Potatoes
For 4 hearty eaters you will need.

2kg white potatoes

140g butter melted

Small springs of rosemary

Sea salt or rock salt (if you have it)
Method
1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Slice peeled potatoes as finely as possible, preferably on a mandolin, if you don’t have one, use a very sharp …Read More

Driftwood Garden Owner Guest Blogs for Bakker.com

This is the first blog I have written for Bakker! I have bought quite a few new plants this year as there always seems to be a unique collection available. Some of you may have heard of my multi-award winning garden on the south coast. It’s called Driftwood and is situated midway between Brighton and Eastbourne. There is nothing between the garden and the sea, a quarter of a mile …Read More

The opportunity of winter in the allotment garden

Winter can feel such a dreary and empty time for us allotment gardeners.

December brings the merry distraction of the festive period, but when the New Year has passed and the middle of winter sets in with cool temperatures, low levels of light and short days, we really begin to crave for the spring and the life and resurgence it brings.

To fend off the feelings of longing and despair, I have …Read More

Goodbye and good gardening…

As 2016 draws to a close, so does my blogging for Bakker.com. Three years have flown by and I’ve had enormous fun writing about gardens, plants, flower shows and my allotment plot in Peterborough.

The wonderful thing about gardening is that you never stop learning. Every garden is different, and so is every gardener. Add to that the capriciousness of nature herself and you have a topic that’s as varied as …Read More

Holly, but not as you know it

How are your balls? Box balls, that is. If, like many gardeners across the country, your box trees are looking a bit poorly then read on.

Over recent years, three new nasties have started attacking our most beloved of topiary plants. Two kinds of fungus (both known as ‘box blight’) and the box tree caterpillar have begun conspiring to pretty much seal the fate of a plant we’ve been growing in …Read More

Lawnmower man

Autumn’s colourful cloak diminishes with every chilly gust, sending blazing leaves swirling on the breeze, while down below, diamond lilies sparkle and spring bulbs begin their slow march to glory, sending out roots into the cold earth.
 

It may feel like the year is drawing to a close, but there’s still one or two really worthwhile jobs to be doing in the garden. Those autumn leaves make a wonderful addition to …Read More

Discovering the lost charms of diamond lilies

Standing tall, fresh and defiant amid the season’s death and decay, they thumb their noses at autumn’s dullness – exotic punks who remind us it’s not all doom and gloom. Nerines are my new favourite plant.

 

They’re kind of thing you see in catalogues or online gardening sites but never buy – but what a mistake! I guess they don’t exactly get off to a good start when you see the …Read More

Bat love

Poor old bats. No, I’m not talking about little old ladies who insist on going out shopping at lunchtime when you’re in a rush and paying for everything in the smallest change possible. They, quite frankly, can get lost. I’m talking pipistrelles, horseshoes, natterer’s and the other 14 different species of bat that we share our island with.

 

They (the furry sort) get a bad press. Being creatures of the night, …Read More

The Chickens and The Egg

Today was a milestone in my little world of allotment chicken keeping. We’ve gone full circle, my girls and I – from egg to egg.

 

Regular readers of this blog may remember that when Itchy, the last of my ex-battery hens, started looking a bit peaky back in the spring, it coincided with a very determined spell of broodiness from Marian, my gorgeous Black Rock. So, doing the maths (one about …Read More

Grow something different… 10 quirky bulbs to plant now

Why not try something fantastical and new this year? There are hundreds of weird and wonderful bulbs out there, from the mad-looking Sicilian honey garlic (whose bell flowers turn to rockets as they mature), to the pouting, sinister ‘Papilio’ amaryllis with its strange greenish flowers streaked in darkest maroon. Everyday yellow daffs and red tulips move aside!

1) Sicilian honey garlic  – related to the blue globe allium below, the weirdly-named …Read More

Are bulbs boring?

 

 

I’ve been gripped by bulb fever this autumn, buying packets of dwarf daffodils, tulips, iris etc as if they were going out of fashion. I’m determined that come springtime, I won’t regret being stingy back in the autumn – and end up buying pots of bulbs in flower at a much greater cost than purchasing dry bulbs in the autumn.

 

But there’s a problem with bulbs… there won’t be anything much …Read More

Springing into autumn

A warm summer’s evening might seem a weird time to be thinking about spring, but as anyone who’s been to any DIY store or garden centre recently will know, it’s bulb time again. Like mushrooms after the rain, racks of packets, covered in gaudy pictures, suddenly sprout on the shelves, and the soft thud of the Bakker.com bulb catalogue on the doormat heralds a change in the pace of the …Read More