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Gardman Poppy

by Diane - September 26th, 2016

gardman-poppyThe Gardman Poppy feeder  is lovely – and it can

Help Gardman Wild Bird Care Raise £200,000 for The Royal British Legion

Gardman Wild Bird Care has partnered with The Royal British Legion to help raise £200,000 for serving members and veterans of the UK Armed Forces and their families with the launch of an official Poppy Bird Feeder and charity Wild Bird Seed Blend… What Gardman say: Over the past year Gardman have been working with The Royal British Legion to create a stunning cast iron Poppy Bird Feeder. Through sales alone we have set ourselves the challenge of raising £200,000 for The Royal British Legion by Remembrance Sunday 2016. So help them and buy a gardman poppy to feed the birds in your garden today!

Dare to be wild

by Diane - September 21st, 2016

Director & Protagonist of New Film ‘Dare To Be Wild’ Issue Call For the UK & Ireland to Plant Just One Tree in their Gardens this Autumn to Help Reverse Climate Change

 

 

UK, LONDON: Wednesday 21st September 2016 – Inspiring environmentalist film directorVivienne DeCourcyand Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist Mary Reynolds (the central protagonist of Vivienne’s new film DARE TO BE WILD), have partnered with The Woodland Trust and are today announcing a call to action for everyone to plant one tree in their garden this Autumn/Winter to help reverse climate change. DARE TO BE WILD celebrates its UK Premiere tonight at London’s Notting Hill Gate Cinema and will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from this Friday 23 September.

 

After experiencing family tragedy, former US corporate finance attorney Vivienne gave up her law practice with the primary goal to raise awareness for the wilderness through her directorial debut. Now, with the protagonist of her first feature film, Mary Reynolds, she is supporting the UK’s Tree Charter (which is championed by The Woodland Trust) and hoping to raise awareness of the difference that people can make to climate change, simply by planting one tree in their garden.

 

Director of DARE TO BE WILD Vivienne DeCourcy explains: “Evidence has shown that planting trees could help to slow or reverse climate change. Right now humans are producing carbon dioxide faster than the environment can absorb it, which could be catastrophic for the whole world. This is not helped by the mass deforestation in some countries – the devastating effect of which is highlighted in the desertification of places like Ethiopia, a plight which is highlighted in Dare To Be Wild through Mary’s real life experience of supporting reforestation in the country. By simply planting a tree in your garden to absorb carbon dioxide, we can fight against one of the greatest threats to this world and protect our environment for future generations.”

 

In cinemas from Friday, DARE TO BE WILD is a romantic adventure story about the landscape designer Mary Reynolds, who believes we can preserve and re-generate wild nature – and in so doing – save ourselves.  The film tells the inspirational true story of Mary Reynolds’ very quick rise from rank outsider to winner of a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2002. She believes that if we experience the atmosphere of wild nature in our own back yard we will be more likely to protect the wilderness.

 

Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist, Mary Reynolds said:

“Hawthorns are sentinel trees. They grow very quickly in their initial years and their thorny stems are designed to protect the more delicate growth of larger parent trees such as oak or ash from wind and grazing damage. Hawthorns are one of natures guards, or protectors. They retain a strong energy of a warrior, the warrior spirit of nature. We need that energy to rise up in all of us now. We need to become natures guardians, her sentinels, as those in power are not playing their part. Embrace the spirit of the hawthorn and become a sentinel in natures army. Plant trees, it is one of the most gentle and powerful things you can do. Specifically plant locally sourced native trees to provide future sanctuaries for all the creatures that live above and below the soil.”

 

Matt Larsen-Daw of the Woodland Trust explains how this film highlights the deep-rooted connection that people have for the natural wonders around them:

 

“It is no exaggeration to say that we are at a crisis point for the UK’s trees and woods – a perfect storm of threats, changing lifestyles and apathy. Trees and woods improve life for people in so many ways, and yet their true value is rarely recognised. As a result, they are disappearing from our lives and landscapes due to man-made and natural threats, and a lack of commitment to planting new trees and woods for the future. Beneath the surface, however, I believe there is a deep-rooted love of trees and woods that just needs to be re-awakened and made visible. That’s why the Woodland Trust is leading more than 50 organisations in calling for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People to bring trees to the centre of decision-making and public consciousness where they belong.

 

“We hope that audiences will go and see Dare To Be Wild at the cinema. This beautiful film illustrates the transformative power of nature on an individual, and I am sure will cause many people to reflect on their own connection to the trees and other natural wonders around them. The aim of the Tree Charter campaign is to get people talking about how trees touch their lives. We are delighted that Vivienne DeCourcy and Mary Reynolds are supporting us in doing this.”

 

Vivienne and Mary are asking people to share pictures of their newly planted trees on their own social media sites with the hashtag #DTBW

 

DARE TO BE WILD is in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 23 September.

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Multi-coloured vegetables

by Diane - September 21st, 2016

How about buying some rainbow coloured vegetable seeds?

Your garden or veg plot could look absolutely amazing if you grew some of these fantastic multi-coloured vegetables.


Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ – 1 packet (80 swiss chard seeds)
 £2.99
This exciting RHS AGM leaf beet, produces a rainbow of coloured stems that are crowned with large leaves of green or bronze. The flavour is deliciously mild and packed with nutritional content. Leaf Beet ‘Bright Lights’ can be harvested from mid-summer to late autumn, and after a normal winter, it will re-emerge to give an unbelievably early spring crop! Guaranteed lo brighten the vegetable patch, or why not grow this colourful swiss chard cultivar in ornamental borders. Height: 50cm (20"’). Spread: 40cm (16"’)

Swiss Chard ‘Five Colour Silverbeet’ – Heritage – 1 packet (200 swiss chard seeds)
 £2.29
A rainbow mix of vibrant stem and leaf colours maintained as an Australian heirloom. An excellent value crop as the juicy, mild flavoured broad stems (chards), and the leaves (as spinach) can be eaten. Both are best steamed, but as baby leaves the stems and leaves can be added to salads. Decorative vegetable perfect for borders and containers

Beetroot ‘Rainbow Beet’ (Globe) – 1 packet (250 beetroot seeds)
 £1.99
Visually stunning 5 variety beetroot mixture - the colours of the outer skins, sliced flesh and contrasting shades of stems and leaves are amazing! And so is the flavour. Just wash young roots, peel and slice raw into salads for tasty crunch and colour. The tender stems and leaves make excellent salad ingredients too, or can be steamed and eaten like spinach or chard. ‘Baby’ roots are ideal for pickling, whilst mature roots can be steamed and enjoyed in a variety of dishes. Collection Includes: Subeto F1, Boldor, Chioggia, Albina vereduna and Bulls Blood Scarletta.

Carrot ‘Rainbow’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (300 carrot seeds)
 £2.99
This colourful mix brings together F1 Hybrids in some of the best shades resulting from unique breeding over many years. Carrot ‘Rainbow’ produces a diverse range of skin and core colours that are all packed with vitamins. Perfect for adding a splash of colour to cooked dishes and salads. Height: 30cm (12"’). Spread: 15cm (6"’)

Radish ‘Rainbow Mixed’ – 1 packet (500 radish seeds)
 £1.99
T&M has hand selected this visually stunning array of coloured skinned radishes all with crisp, white, delicious flesh. Radish Rainbow Mixed have round to plum shaped roots with white, purple, red, white and red, or a stunning gold skin, to add colour to your summer salads or sandwiches. Summer sowings grow quickly and will be ready to harvest in 28 days.

Tomato ‘Rainbow Blend’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (8 tomato seeds)
 £3.69
What more could you want from a tomato. Juicy, sweet and colourful! Simply stunning mix of four colours of ‘baby plums’ - Katiebell (yellow), Lizziebell (orange), Luciebell (red) and Flamingo (pink) - will make attractive and productive plants this summer. Contrasting fruit colours will add to the interest and taste of your salads, sauces and a whole host of other tomato dishes. Fruits are oblong and very juicy, weighing on average 16-20g (0.5 - 0.75oz) and with high levels of sweetness. A ‘must-have’ tomato for your garden this season

New products at John Lewis

by John - September 20th, 2016

John Lewis has loads of new items today

Barlow Tyrie Equinox Rectangular 6 Seater Outdoor Dining Table

Barlow Tyrie Equinox Rectangular 6 Seater Outdoor Dining Table £950.00
This outdoor dining table is made from 316 marine grade stainless steel which is hardwearing enough to be used in coastal areas and marine environments, where oxidation could be a problem. The top is made from High Pressure Laminate (HPL) which is unaffected by rain, sun, mould or rot. It has high colour stability and is UV resistant. The surface has a smooth, wipe clean finish that ensures dirt does not accumulate and includes a parasol hole. Please note: Not all of our Furniture ranges are on display at every branch. Please phone your nearest John Lewis to check before you visit. 0% APR Representative: If you buy this product in our shops, it’s eligible for Interest Free Credit , which is available when you spend £1000 or more on selected home products. Terms and conditions apply: find out more

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Apple trees

by Diane - September 19th, 2016

A lovely idea – your own apple tree.


Apple (Britain’s Favourites Collection) – 3 apple trees – 1 of each variety
 £34.99
Britain has one of the best climates in the world for growing apples of the highest quality. This collection contains some of the most highly regarded varieties. Grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock, the crowns are easily reached to prune, spray and pick your delicious fruit. The varieties in this collection are not self-fertile but will act as suitable pollinators for one another. Root wrap plants supplied. Height and spread: 25m (8′) Rootstock: M9. Collection comprises 1 tree each of: Apple ‘Braeburn’ - This well known dessert variety earns its popularity by being easy to grow, early to crop from a young age, and having excellent storage potentialApple ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ - The most famous cooking apple of all, producing large fruits with a sharp acidic flavour that are ideal for making delicious pies and crumblesApple ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ - Regarded to be the finest tasting dessert apple, the rich aromatic flavour and crisp, juicy texture set this apple apart from other varieties

Apple ‘ Red Falstaf’ – 1 bare root apple tree £14.99

Apple ‘Braeburn’ – 1 root wrap apple tree £17.99

Apple ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ (patio) – 1 patio apple tree £29.99

Apple ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ – 1 root wrap apple tree £19.99

Apple ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ – 1 root wrap apple tree £19.99

Apple ‘Egremont Russet’ – 1 root wrap apple tree £26.99

Apple ‘Family Apple Tree’ – 1 apple tree £29.99

Apple ‘Gala’ (Mini Fruit Tree) – 1 x 9cm potted apple plant £14.99

Apple ‘Golden Delicious’ (Mini Fruit Tree) – 1 x 9cm potted apple plant £14.99

Apple ‘James Grieve’ – 1 root wrap apple tree £24.99

Apple ‘Pixirosso’ – 1 root wrap apple tree £27.99

Apple ‘Red Falstaff’ – 1 root wrap apple tree £34.99

Apple ‘Sir Isaac Newton’ – 1 root wrap apple tree £29.99

Apple ‘Spartan’ – 1 bare root apple tree £14.99

Apple ‘Worcester Pearmain’ – 1 bare root apple tree £14.99

Apple (Britain’s Favourites Collection) – 3 apple trees – 1 of each variety £34.99

Apple Columnar ‘Purple Haze’ ® – 1 bare root apple tree £29.99

Most Scented …

by Diane - September 18th, 2016

Buy scented plants at Thompson and Morgan


Most Scented Bumper Pack – 72 plug plants – 12 of each variety
 £19.99
Treat yourself to this fantastic bumper pack of the most scented bedding and border plants! You’ll receive 12 plug plants of each of the following varieties (72 plug plants in total). Primrose ‘World’s Most Scented Mix- Let the sweet citrus scent and the fresh colour mix transport you into spring. Viola ‘Most ScentedMix - Hundreds of pretty little blooms smother the plants with their multi-coloured display as well as their wonderful strong fragrance. Stocks ‘Most Scented’ Mix - Specially selected for their strong and spicy fragrance as well as for their fabulous colours. Pansy ‘Most Scented’ Mix - The fragrance of this exclusive mix has been further enhanced to exude a spring-like perfume. Polyanthus ‘Most Scented’ Mix - Each fresh colour has a lovely, strong fragrance, creating a true scent of spring. Wallflower ‘Most Scented’ Mix - Selected for their most endearing feature; their fabulous fragrance, this is a glorious, mix in a wonderful array of colours

New products at John Lewis

by John - September 18th, 2016

New products added today at John Lewis

John Lewis Wharf Table And 2 Benches

John Lewis Wharf Table And 2 Benches £349.00
Simply and elegantly designed using acacia, the John Lewis Wharf Table And 2 Benches set is ideal for informal outdoor dining. Suitable for up to six, it makes the perfect picnic table which can be enjoyed by the whole family. Place on the lawn or patio to enjoy all day, every day over the summer months. Do NOT use a wire brush when removing dirt from this item as it may damage the paint leaving the surface open to corrosion. To clean, remove all dirt using mild soap and water only. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. using a clean dry cloth, apply a thin coating of UV protection oil / top coat. Leave to dry for a minimum of eight hours before use. Please note: Not all of our ranges are on display in our furniture departments. Please call your nearest John Lewis to check before you visit. 0% APR Representative: If you buy this product in our shops, it’s eligible for Interest Free Credit , which is available when you spend £1000 or more on selected home products. Terms and conditions apply: find out more

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New products at Garden Buildings Direct

by Sarah - September 18th, 2016

Garden Buildings Direct has these new items today

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed 8ft gables

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed 8ft gables £375.00
8×8 TandG Apex Windowed

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Price reductions at GreenFingers

by John - September 18th, 2016

Reduced price on products today at GreenFingers

Greenfingers Harrington Steel Arch

Greenfingers Harrington Steel Arch was £12.99 now £9.99
An elegant Greenfingers Harrington Garden Arch will look beautiful entwined with climbing plants such as clematis honeysuckle or roses. It is a lovely way to add interest to any garden and it will add height and structure to your garden. A gorgeous focal point that is sure to be admired by your friends and family.Manufactured from powder coated durable metal steel tubing this arch will look good for years to come.Colour: BlackOverall dimensions: W145 x D38 x H260cmPlease note: Greenfingers products arrive flat packed for easy home assembly. The nuts for this item are fixed within the horizontal bars and not supplied separately.

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New products at GreenFingers

by John - September 18th, 2016

New products today at GreenFingers

Gardman Bamboo Edging 5 x 1m long Multi-Buy

Gardman Bamboo Edging 5 x 1m long Multi-Buy £19.99
Decorative yet practical this natural coloured Bamboo Edging looks great in any style of garden and provides the ideal way to separate your gorgeous flowers from your lawn and now it is available as a great value Multi-Buy.Bamboo construction. Rustic look. Environmentally friendly. One of the best features of this edging is that it does not require any fixings as it hammers straight into the ground making it very easy to use. An attractive way for edging borders beds paths and drives this will also retain raised flowerbeds. Contents: 5 x Bamboo Edging Dimensions Each Section: L1m x H15cm

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