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

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Back to the fuchsia

Human beings are fickle creatures. Imagine if someone introduced a new bedding plant that gave unique, colourful flowers, bloomed for months on end and even grew well in the shade – it would set the gardening world alight.

And yet the trusty old fuchsia, which does all of these things, has steadily fallen from favour through no fault of its own. We’ve just taken it for granted and been distracted by …Read More

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Helping bumblebees!

Last spring we saw lots in the media regarding our UK decline of bumblebee species. Many of which have been declining for a number of years. The main reason for this is the loss of their natural habitat through urbanisation and a steep incline in intensive use of agricultural pesticides. Historically, large proportions of our countryside was not cultivated due to it not being feasible or profitable for farm use. …Read More

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From root to fruit!

Whether you have acres and acres of countryside, or a high-rise balcony, we all have space to grow our own strawberries! As the nation’s favourite fruit to grow, you really are missing a trick if you haven’t given them a go!
I inherited mature strawberry plants in my little village garden, they are now hardy enough to withstand the snow and take no maintenance at all. I have decided that this …Read More

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Know your Christmas blooms!

Interesting facts about our two favourite Christmas beauties

Poinsettias are the UK’s number one Christmas plant, with the most being bought during the six weeks prior to the 25th of December each year.

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Amaryllis, means “to sparkle” in Greek.

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The coloured parts of Poinsettias are not actually flowers, but bracts (modified leaves).

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Amaryllis are considered an easy to grow bulb and can last for many years, if well cared for.

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Aztecs used Poinsettias for many …Read More

Red Rimmed Tuberosa Begonias

Non Stop® begonias, they just keep flowering!

Flowers, flowers and yes more flowers, flowering from June through to November. That’s what you call value for money and in such beautiful colours they will look spectacular wherever you grow them! And guess what… If you look after them over winter they will flower again next year.

For years begonias took a back seat to many other plants in the garden but now with their amazing range of …Read More

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Allergic to gardening?

 “they [pollen grains] are tiny – perfect masterpieces of natural architecture and structural engineering – and often breathtakingly beautiful”*

Pollen is amazing stuff, and it’s everywhere in spring and summer months. Its individual grains are infinitely variable and beautiful when you look at them under a microscope, with forms varying from simple footballs to prickly alien spaceships.
However, try telling that to someone who’s who has spent the first sunny day of …Read More

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Cut Flower’s – The ‘how to’ guide!

Our Facebook followers really know their gardens!  From buddleias to brassicas , tulips to thyme there are always great garden related tip to be shared.  Our weekend post detailed a couple of tried and tested tips for keeping cut flowers. Our followers have shared their tips with us too. Try them out and let us know what works best for you.

Kay Mando – Put a teaspoon of sugar and …Read More

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Beecause they’re worth it!

Bees are rapidly losing their natural habitat all around the world due to intensive monoculture-based farming practices, pristine green (but flower-barren) lawns and from the destruction of native landscapes.

You can help!!
By just planting flowers in your garden, on your patio, or in a window box, you will help provide bees with forage. When selecting plants for your garden, always remember that simple, old-fashioned varieties are better than highly cultivated ones. …Read More

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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