Create bee-friendly gardens with ecofective

Defender Range safe for children, pets, and pollinators

Rose Defender. Picture; ecofective
Rose Defender. Picture; ecofective

With bees under threat, gardeners are looking for pest control products that are not harmful to bumble and honey bees that are responsible for pollinating nearly 85 per cent of our food crops.

The ecofective Defender range can help to keep your garden disease and pest-free garden yet not harm the vital pollinators.

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RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2017

Top new flowers, fruit, and veg of the year

Zantedeschia Dubai Nights
Brighter Blooms’ Zantedeschia Dubai Nights. All pictures unless otherwise stated RHS Media Image Collection

One of the highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show is the Plant of the Year competition and this year sees a host of bigger, better and brighter blooms, veg and fruit to tempt you to part with your cash.

Not all of the new plants get entered into the competition but those below have been. The winner is picked on Press Day, Monday, May 22.

Good luck to you all!

Zantedeschia Dubai Nights, Brighter Blooms, Walton-le-Dale, Preston, www.brighterblooms.co.uk
Flowers are a rich velvet purple with an outer margin of cream, held well on very speckled foliage. The plant is nice and compact.
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David Austin’s new roses for Chelsea 2017

Buy after May 22 launch – Dame Judi Dench, Vanessa Bell and James L Austin

Rose Vanessa Bell
Rose Vanessa Bell. Picture; David Austin

Rose expert David Austin is launching three new varieties at next week’s Chelsea Flower Show – and a trio of beauties they are, too.

They’ll be available to buy after the launch day on May 22 and to help gardeners explore the vast collection of roses, there is a new brochure broken down into handy sections, such as ‘roses for shady areas’, ‘roses for small gardens’ and ‘bee friendly roses’.

The new Chelsea roses are:

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David Austin rose offer

Save 15% plus the best yellow and apricot roses

The Lady Gardener.
The Lady Gardener. Picture; David Austin Roses

Looking for some floral inspiration on this dull day? David Austin Roses has a great 15 per cent saving on roses – enter code KCM in your basket by April 11.

No roses can be as warm and uplifting as yellows, apricots, and oranges. Here are six favourites, all bred by David Austin:

The Lady Gardener (shrub rose)
Large, full-petalled rich apricot blooms with a strong, tea scent. Repeat flowers quickly. Good for disease resistance. From £16.50. Continue reading “David Austin rose offer”

Valentine’s Day gardening gifts

Romantic treats for gardeners

Red Rose in Terracotta Pot
Red Rose in Terracotta Pot

When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, I’d happily settle for half a tonne of well-rotted manure (gift wrapped), but other people may want something a little less unconventional.

Here are a few ideas – get your orders in sharpish…

The rose has long been a favourite for lovers -.in the language of flowers, red roses means ‘love and desire’.

In a terracotta pot, wrapped in hessian, tied with a red satin ribbon, this rose comes with a Valentine’s card and planting instructions, £25, www.treesdirect.co.uk.

This sterling silver adjustable ring by Shrieking Violet is hand made with a real miniature rose bud at the centre, £29.99, www.flowerjewellery.com.
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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”