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GARDENA

There is a flourishing trend for inner-city gardens across the towns and cities of the UK with the advice from GARDENA, and with bank holiday season fast-approaching this offers the perfect opportunity to tend to the garden and tackle the jobs that may have been neglected over the cold winter months.

With the Easter, Early May and Spring bank holiday’s just around the corner, GARDENA provides this handy guide to help city-dwellers find their green-fingers and cultivate their own green haven, whether that be vast and sprawling, a minimal balcony garden or even a communal space or… Full story

Keepsake Cards

Small but perfectly formed, keepsake cards are the perfect size for the finishing touch to smaller items of giftware jewellery and flowers.

Created from original paintings by owner and artist Caroline Crawford, the artwork is then printed into small folding cards. Inspired by current trends in the industry Caroline paints the images in watercolour, using colour pallets including the ‘white range’ to compliment current trends and occasions; These are then printed on beautiful silk sustainable board and all the cards are printed here in the U.K and sold in packs of fifty.

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Information Pack

The Plant Heath Coordinator at one of the UK’s leading nurseries has created an Information Pack on biosecurity to help address the recent concerns related to the topic within the industry (March, 2018). 
 
Kyle Ross from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford has created a Plant Health Information Pack to hand out to customers to raise awareness of potentially damaging pests and diseases that are currently threatening the horticulture industry. 
 
Twenty-four-year-old Kyle explained:

“We feel it is important that businesses working within the sector are aware of… Full story

beautiful blooms

With the first day of spring falling on Tuesday 20th March, its time to find the most beautiful blooms with longer days and lighter nights are finally in sight. When we think of spring we think of newborn lambs, hearing the birds begin to sing, and of course flourishing trees and colourful flowers.

To get you through the last few weeks of winter, last minute rental provider Snaptrip.com shares the best blossoming places to visit this spring.

1.       Daffodils at Bodnant Garden

The daffodil is the proud emblem of Wales, and the country is… Full story

Leading retailer Argos

Spring is finally in the air and it seems Brits are preparing to leave hibernation. With searches for gardening products at argos.co.uk up 43 percent compared to last year, leading retailer Argos is tipping 2018 to be the year of the garden.
 
With searches for garden chairs up 60 percent on the same period last year, Argos predicts many a garden party this season as the nation starts to prepare for Royal Wedding celebrations and a summer of sport.
 
What’s more, it seems we’re not even willing to wait until the temperature rises to enjoy our outdoor spaces as… Full story

Woodlodge

Woodlodge is preparing for a strong 2018 season after investing heavily in its warehouse and operations facilities to increase its offering to retail customers.

Following on from a phenomenal period of growth – including 2.2 million pots sold in 2017 alone - the leading pot and garden ware supplier was bursting out of its Tetbury headquarters, which currently covers over 100,000 square feet in the Gloucestershire countryside.  Recognising that improvements were needed to maintain full capability of its distribution operations, the… Full story

bestselling gardening glove

With a vast range of high-quality gardening gloves to choose from, including the UK’s bestselling gardening glove it is no wonder that Town & Country is the ‘go to’ company for discerning gardeners who value functionality, quality, and style. If you are someone who enjoys taking care of their garden and wants to look good whilst doing so, Town & Country has a glove for you – no matter the price point!

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First cut Sunday

Sunday 08 April has officially been named First Cut Sunday by the makers of UK gardening superbrand Flymo.

The outdoor power product manufacturer Husqvarna Group has identified that annually, the second Sunday in April is the most popular day for homeowners to dig the lawnmower out for the first time and get their gardens ready for the warmer weather ahead.

The gardening favourite has been an expert in its field for over 50 years following the invention of the ‘Flymo’ hover-mower by Karl Dahlman in 1964, based on a concept similar to that which a hovercraft used. Since then… Full story

Composite Prime decking

Building and timber merchant, Beesley & Fildes, has experienced a successful year of sales since taking on Composite Prime decking product, HD Deck Dual, and has forecast to the possibility of double sales within the next 12 months.

Currently stocking both colour options of the reversible decking board in its Widnes and Chester branches, the product has been well received by customers looking for a low maintenance, durable decking solution that retains a natural likeness to timber. HD Deck Dual is the second Composite Prime product to be stocked by Beesley & Fildes,… Full story

Forest Garden

Whether you have acres of land, a modest balcony, or something in between, Forest Garden has the perfect product within its newly launched 2018 range to help you to create a beautiful outside space, that is on trend, practical and beautiful.

For those with plenty of space to play with, Forest has developed a range of gazebos that will help you to make the most of your land. With the appeal of alfresco living continuing to grow, Forest Garden’s newly launched collection of premium, round timber gazebos will create the perfect setting for open air entertaining and alfresco dining, no… Full story

charity range

Town & Country will be donating 10 per cent of sales from the three new charity range of products: gloves, secateurs, and a gardening pouch to the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now

It is recommended that being active for 20-25 minutes every day, including gardening, can help reduce your risk of breast cancer

Over 50,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, this means that one in eight women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Town & Country, one of the UK’s leading gardening brands that… Full story

seeds

After the recent cold spell, as the weather starts to improve, you might be thinking about your plans for the garden so now is the best them to start buying or gathering seeds. 

Below is a handy guide for using seeds to grow anything from plants to fruit and vegetables.

 

  • First of all read the back of the seed packet, as some seeds need differing sowing conditions.
  • Everything you need to know about growing the plant is on the back of the packet.
  • Some seed packets contain hundreds of seeds so don’t sow more than you are likely to use; most… Full story
bulbs

As the weather starts to improve, you might be thinking about your plans for the garden this Spring so get out your seeds and spring bulbs, because below is a handy guide for growing spring bulbs which highlights tips for planting, the aftercare and potential problems you might have.

Planting

  • As a general rule plant 4 times deeper than the height of the bulb.
  • Plant in well-draining humus rich soil; if the soil is too wet they will rot.
  • Some are suitable for under-planting deciduous trees and shrubs.
  • Plant from October to… Full story
Out door plant pots for first impressions

There’s no doubt about it, first impressions count and when it comes the front of the house, kerb appeal matters.

With spring the most popular season for home improvements, it’s the ideal time to start those long-awaited projects. A property's outer appearance - its kerb appeal, - is also often a deal breaker (or maker) when it comes to buying a home. It is the first and last impression a potential buyer sees, reflecting the buyers’ overall opinion of the inside of the house. Sometimes you only get one first impression, so make it one to remember. If doors and windows are looking a… Full story

February  Be 'Lawn Ready' For Spring

Providing tips for a healthy lawn

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We know it feels like it is a long way off, but the days do seem to be getting a little longer now and spring will be here before you know it!  At this time of year lawns and soils are cold and sometimes wet, and the weather does not encourage gardening!  

However, some pests are still active, busily chomping away at your roots.  The… Full story

winter canopy

The British winter is synonymous with temperamental weather and therefore it is important that the exterior of your home is safeguarded from the elements. Wood and masonry left untreated, will over time, flake, chip and crack in cold and wet conditions. However, protecting your home is not as hard as it may seem. 

 

Exterior paint expert Sandtex®, has developed a brand-new range of quick drying paints to make exterior DIY as easy as possible. The Rapid Dry Plus Satin and Gloss ranges, are every DIYers dream as the range of colours is not only extensive, but the range … Full story