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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.



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

The super fruits

They’re easy to grow, they’re incredibly good for you…. and yet hardly any of us grow them. When you think about the many other useful qualities of red, white and blackcurrants (such as the fact that they give enormous crops and they’re among the few fruit bushes to tolerate shade), this obscurity becomes all the more perplexing.

 

Certainly, if you do the maths, they are well worth growing. An established redcurrant …Read More

Clever ideas to light your garden at night

Warm summer evenings are what many gardeners live for. It’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labours. This thought struck me last night as I sat out with a glass of wine at as the sun set, lent back and was gently assaulted by the wayward branches of my tobacco plants. Their ivory-white blooms shone in the dusk, and their fragrance stopped me in my …Read More

It’s Bees’ Needs Week!

Our gardens are full of small miracles. The billions of tiny organisms in every teaspoon of soil that are the difference between a fertile tilth and sterile dust. The joyful, tumbling swifts and swallows that somehow fly here every summer from thousands of miles away in Africa. The wonderful feeling you get from smelling that first cut of the lawn on a warm day in spring, each time as good …Read More

The Marmite plant

Hydrangeas: love them or loathe them? Not always an easy question for me to answer. The very word conjures up images of fusty pom-poms of flowers in a dirty, granny-knicker pink. But recently I’ve begun to see one hydrangea in particular in a new light…

When I moved into my new house back last August, there were just two plants in the garden. One was an enormous dicentra (bleeding heart, now …Read More

The scent of summer

It’s a wet and windy night – big fat raindrops are lashing the steamy kitchen windows as the last of May’s delicate flowers are swung wildly to and fro in the looming dusk. No idyllic sunlit shots of the allotment for Instagram tonight.
It’s the kind of weather that makes me want comfort food. For me, when I need to make something from the cupboard and not set a foot outside, …Read More

Keukenhof 2016 - Photo 1

Keukenhof 2016

March the 24th, was the open day of Keukenhof 2016! Bakker.com have been proud sponsors of the Keukenhof now for many years. I was lucky enough to visit recently and my high expectations were well and truly met! From walking though the gates, the sense of excitement is buzzing around you. For any gardener, I can only liken it to Charlie entering the Chocolate Factory! Just wow!

It was a chilly morning …Read More

How to tame a Robin - Birds - Bakker Holland

How to tame a robin in half an hour

Last weekend I realised a long-held dream: taming a genuinely wild creature to eat out of my hand. I’d like to say it was a carefully thought-out process, but nothing could be further from the truth.
I’ve always seen robins around on the allotment. I love them for their beady-eyed, inquisitive nature – looking at you as if bemused, cocking their heads to one side, as if to say “are you …Read More