Fresh figs for Christmas 2017

Best figs for Christmas plus delicious cheese recipe

Baked fresh figs with blue cheese. Picture; Pascale Treichler from Lubera

Figs are a traditional part of Christmas food – usually dried in a block, a million miles from the succulent fresh fruit.

Lubera’s Pascale Treichler recommends eating fresh figs like this:

  • After picking, wash and dry them.
  • Cut into the middle of each fig crossways and place a slice of blue cheese in each cut.
  • Place the figs in a dish and bake in the oven until the cheese starts to melt.

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River Island’s Greenfingers campaign

Give a Gnome a Home fundraiser

Give a Gnome a Home
Greenfingers charity Patron Jim Carter (Downton Abbey’s Mr Carson) at the Give a Gnome a Home launch

This Christmas, River Island is supporting Greenfingers, the national charity dedicated to creating beautiful, outdoor spaces for children who spend time in hospices across the UK.

River Island launched the Give A Gnome A Home (#RIgiveagnomeahome) campaign last week with 800 exclusive gnomes appearing in store windows and displays in 68 flagship outlets.

The gnomes are for sale now (until December 23) for £40, with proceeds going to Greenfingers. Northern stores involved include Newcastle, the MetroCentre, Continue reading “River Island’s Greenfingers campaign”

Genus gardening trousers review

REVIEW: Genus Performance Gardening Trousers

Genus Performance Gardening Trousers
Genus Performance Gardening Trousers – obviously not me in the photo

Looking for a last-minute present for gardeners who like to be out in inclement weather?

A pair of Genus Performance Gardening Trousers is an investment (at £120, you need to know you’re going to get your money’s worth).

I was a little dubious about the price at first, but after wearing them from February, they really earn their keep. Continue reading “Genus gardening trousers review”

New RHS London Christmas Show

Festive plants, food and entertainment

RHS London Christmas Show. Picture; Bethany Clarke
Gearing up for the RHS London Christmas Show. Picture; Bethany Clarke

RHS London Christmas Show, December 16, 6-9pm; December 17-18, 10am-5pm, RHS Lawrence Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls, Elverton Street, London SW1P 2QD (St James’s Park underground station or Victoria train station are within easy reach).

Celebrate the festive season with a mixture of plants, food and entertainment at the new RHS London Christmas Show. Taking part will be independent food producers, artisan craftsmen and specialist nurseries. Continue reading “New RHS London Christmas Show”

Gardening Christmas gifts from Suttons

Planting the seeds of great present ideas

Personalised crates.
Personalised crates. Picture; Suttons

Struggling for gardening gifts? Here’s a selection of gifts from Suttons for this Christmas.

Personalised Crates, from £20: These crates can be used for many things. Available in seven sizes and six colours, they can be personalised with a message for free. Made from FSC sustainably sourced wood. Continue reading “Gardening Christmas gifts from Suttons”

Christmas plants around the world

From holly to carved radishes

Noche de Rabanos
Carved radishes for Noche de Rabanos, Oaxaca, Mexico

There are many plants that symbolise Christmas: holly, mistletoe and ivy being the obvious ones – but look much wider and you’ll find a host of others associated with the festive season throughout the world.

Instead of plumping for a Poinsettia at the supermarket, follow the Horticultural Trades Association’s advice and visit your local garden Continue reading “Christmas plants around the world”