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

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

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

Frost Leaves Garden

For the love of… frost?

I missed it. Dahlias frazzled and a thick layer of ice in the water butts were the only clues as I wrenched myself out of the house and hurried to the allotment into the watery light of a hazy November Sunday afternoon. Jack Frost had well and truly paid a visit.
Despite the devastation, I was glad. Why? Well, frost is very useful to us gardeners, for a number of reasons. …Read More

Garlic

Glorious garlic

Trapped inside by inclement weather and my own laziness (OK it was hardly even raining, but I did feel very lazy), I turned to the freezer and cupboards for inspiration one dark November night.

Pasta and pesto? Again? Lovely in Italy, but frankly a bit boring in dark old Peterborough when it’s packet pasta and pesto from a jar. Luckily, homegrown veg came to the rescue. Faced with a glut of …Read More

Bat - Bats in the garden

Going Batty!

Confession time. I’m a bit batty. Take that as you will but I’m talking a deep admiration for small furry flying mammals, the mere thought of which makes some people want to scream.
Our native bats are a cute bunch, 18 species of what are called ‘microbats’ (as opposed to the largely tropical, technical-sounding ‘megabats’ – I kid you not). Microbats are smaller, and eat only insects, whereas some megabats also …Read More

Underground Rainbow Bakker Bulbs

The Underground Rainbow

The people have spoken! The votes have been counted for Bakker Spalding’s online poll on which varieties should be included in their new, exclusive rainbow bulb collection. Thousands upon thousands of you voted and it’s clear that this year, everyone’s dotty about tulips! So, who are the winners, and how can you get the best from them in your garden? 

 RED: Tulip ‘Case Grande’ Wow! What a start to the rainbow. This …Read More

Lily Garden - Standing Proud

Lily Garden

Did you know that the lily symbolises the 30th wedding anniversary, meaning devotion? So if any of you gardeners are looking forward to celebrating your 30th wedding anniversary next summer why don’t you start planning now by ordering some lily bulbs and then next year you can present your other half with a bouquet of lovingly home grown lilies? How romantic is that?
This year I have grown several different varieties …Read More