Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 review

Jam-packed queen of gardening shows

Harrogate Spring Flower Show
Real Hort Couture… a Jenny Gillies outfit at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

It’s no secret that I love Harrogate’s Spring and Autumn Flower Shows, having been a visitor for many a year.

What better way to be greeted on National Wear a Flower Day than by a lovely gent at the entrance with a Gerbera?

The people, the plants, the food, the vast shopping opportunities and bargains – even if you pay full price tickets at the gate, you’re likely to save more than you spend – for example, I bought a large golden Continue reading “Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 review”

Urban Flowers book competition and review

2 copies to be won of best gardening book of the year

Urban FlowersI’ve reviewed a lot of gardening books this year but the best so far is Urban Flowers: Creating Abundance in a Small City Garden – and I have two copies to win in this week’s competition.

Written by Carolyn Dunster with photographs by Jason Ingram and published by Frances Lincoln, the book is available to buy from April 6.

The reason I like it so much is that it is truly inspirational to all – it gives simple, cheap but stylish upcycling tips to people with no gardening ability. Continue reading “Urban Flowers book competition and review”

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”

Dahlias Harrogate

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2016 review

Monster veg come up trumps again

Marrows and onions
Marrows and onions line up for the weigh in

Sorry RHS, forget Chelsea – the Autumn Flower Show at Harrogate knocks it into a cocked hat (as does the spring event).

It may not have glamour or the high-class show gardens but these are my five top reasons for going:

  • Value for money;
  • Ability to buy plants and goods at end-of-season bargain prices;
  • Monster veg;
  • A new plant hall;
  • For northerners, it’s doable in a day.

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REVIEW: HandiMoova trolley and HandiSac

At last – a trolley for steps and rough ground

HandiMoova trolley
HandiMoova trolley

Reinventing the wheel might be a big claim but HandiWorld Ltd has managed it with its all-terrain off-road trolley, the HandiMoova.

Designed and developed in the UK, the HandiMoova uses patented technology to help you shift loads of up to 60kg over rough terrain including grass, sand and gravel and up and down stairs with ease.

My garden is terraced, with narrow gravel paths, so I can’t use a wheelbarrow and it’s been an absolute Godsend to use.

It’s light (5kg) and easy to store. The additional HandiSac, which has a capacity of 190 litres, has transformed taking hedge cuttings up to the tip. It’s like a bottomless pit with a drawstring top. It attaches to the trolley with long Velcro straps. Continue reading “REVIEW: HandiMoova trolley and HandiSac”

Table top heater magic and Al Fresco Fortnight

REVIEW: Bringing light and warmth to outdoor living

Tabletop heater
Light and heat – the family sits down to a barbecue with the tabletop heater – should have hidden the extension reel!

Just squeezing in for the end of Al Fresco fortnight, we managed to road test our barbecue (only bought 13 months ago) and my (note the my) fab new tabletop heater and light from www.primrose.co.uk.

To be honest, I’ve not been a fan of outdoor heaters. I did have one of the giants fuelled by a massive gas canister a few years ago, but I was convinced it would explode, and was so heavy it was immoveable. Some worrying corrosion put paid to it a couple of years back.

However, this Firefly™ Tabletop Heater with Beech Wood Effect Stand and Base 2.1KW is in a different class. For a start, it’s electric and light enough to lift with one hand.

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