UK top of the lot for privacy!

Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing some fun facts taken from the largest European garden survey covering 17 countries across the Continent, conducted by ourselves here at Bakker Spalding. In total 26,760 Europeans were surveyed, 3,193 of those participants were from The UK.

We are known in the UK for being a private bunch. You can see from the graph, to the left, just how much …Read More


The Chelsea Flower Show

An Enjoyable Day at Chelsea Flower Show! Last year Adrian went off to the Chelsea Flower Show and left me behind – this year it was the reverse, I went off and left Adrian behind. My friend Liz and myself both being keen gardeners were very excited about the day ahead of us until we were travelling through London in a coach with the weather looking anything but friendly. Thunder above us, …Read More


Butterflies & Bees in Your Garden

We all love to see butterflies and bees in the garden – but do we actually think about how best to encourage them into your garden?
It really is quite simple – you just have to give a little thought into which plants are best for attracting them. In fact Spalding Plant and Bulb Co. have made it even easier for you by putting together the following packs:

Plants for Butterflies
We don’t …Read More


Spring Flowering Bulbs – Narcissi/Daffodils

Daffodils/Narcissi are one of the most popular spring flowering bulbs.  My daffodils and narcissi this spring have been amazing – blankets of colour! I love them, they are always cheerful looking and brighten up any part of the garden and they are also great for tubs on the patio. The advantage of these lovely flowers is that they naturalise and reappear the following spring.
Today was such a beautiful day so …Read More

Cooking with fresh basil

Basil is the common name for the herb Ocimum basilicum and one of the most widely-used herbs in the world, from pesto to pasta sauces, basil runs the kitchen. It is usually used at the last moment of cooking, as cooking it quickly destroys its flavour. Being a common household herb we thought we would share three delicious recipes with you, a luxurious starter, main course and a dessert using fresh …Read More

Summer Bulbs Gardening Webshop

Our Top 5 Summer Flowering Bulbs!

It is still far from being a summer, but it’s always good to think ahead.  And with the new range in our web shop we get are already looking forward to it! Have you looked around your garden and started planning for your 2104 summer garden? Are there any changes you want to make? Perhaps you can use some inspiration. Especially for you we have our top 5 summer bulb …Read More

Cooking with fresh Rosemary

Cooking with fresh rosemary

Cooking with fresh rosemary? Rosemary is considered one of the main herbs in Mediterranean cuisine. This herb is used in marinades for meat and fish. But did you know that you can also use it in a homemade dessert? Rosemary is very popular for cooking, so we thought we would show two delicious recipes, a luxurious main course and a dessert using fresh rosemary.

Rosemary pork roast


500 gr pork roast
6 …Read More

Q&A - Question & Answer about gardening

Facebook Q&A with Gareth Richards – 10-01-14

Q: Susan Purse – I always have plenty of flowers on my rowan (chinese lace) but never any berries, any reason?
A: Hi Susan, Plants can sometimes fail to produce berries for a number of reasons. Late frosts can damage flowers and they’ll fail to set. If the weather is very dry after flowering time, the plant can sometimes abort the young berries, meaning you’ll get no display later in the season. …Read More

Christmas Tree

Taking care of your Christmas Tree

 It’s come round to that time of the year for a Christmas tree! Do you already have one? If you have a real tree then of course that is extra special – but what is the best way to care for it? Read on and we will tell you how to keep it looking healthy through the festive period.

Let your tree acclimatise
During the Christmas period it can freeze, and especially …Read More