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
Ah the joys of spring – seedlings bursting forth, bulbs flowering and a cacophony of birdsong – all of which for me tends to bring a mix of heady optimism and mild panic. It’s such a busy time of year – I always wish April was twice as long! Where to start? Based on past experience (both successes and regrets), here’s my April ‘bucket list’:
Plant summer bulbs – …Read More
Wonderful or What? I think that the Asiatic Lily ‘Sugar Love’ must be one of the prettiest of lilies. Look closely at the image, how perfect is the shape and the soft colouring of these beautiful pink tipped flowers?
The up facing flowers are making such a statement in my garden in an unassuming way. Thank goodness I grew them in a pot as I have been able to stand them in …Read More
What more can you ask for on a Saturday afternoon? Adrian and I have been planning a get together for planting and today’s the day. Our order from Bakker Spalding has arrived and we are eager to get started. Such a great feeling to get back into the gardening mode after the cold winter days.
Sleeves already rolled up but before we start we’ll spend a little time drinking coffee and …Read More
Last year Adrian grew some lilies that looked really good on his patio – so not to be beaten, this year I decided to grow some. So glad that I did as they are absolutely amazing!!!!!!!
Are they better than Adrian’s? – Maybe not but I like to think so. I had a pack of 8 lilies in 8 varieties. They look fabulous and are great for cutting for the home too …Read More
Where would we be in spring without bulbs? No daffodils, tulips or hyacinths… it just wouldn’t be the same. But don’t forget, you can plant bulbs now too for quick and easy summer flowers.
Summer bulbs are one of the most sure-fire ways to inject a splash of colour into your garden. The reason they’re a good bet is that someone else has done a year or two’s work looking after …Read More
Fishing some rubbish out of the pond on my allotment a couple of weeks ago I was surprised to see what I thought were three small fish in the bottom of the net… and then even more surprised when I realised they had legs.
“Oh My God, newts!”, I muttered to no-one in particular, beaming like an idiot. The allotment pond, you see, is not a thing of beauty, its battered …Read More
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
January, named from the two-headed Roman god Janus who looks both forwards and backwards, is a great time to take stock in the garden. The leaves are down, everything that dies back has done so by now and the garden is at its absolute barest – all the strengths and weaknesses of its design will be at their most obvious. Take a moment to look out from various different windows …Read More
Ok I confess Annie, I’d forgotten I’d planted this new Spalding product! I returned home last night and was checking the garden when I spied in one my pots these beautiful White Powell Lilies. I then cast my mind back to the start of the year…..
I was browsing through the Spalding Plant and Bulb catalogue with Annie and was planning what I wanted to grow. I was looking at a …Read More