RHS Flower Show Cardiff preview

Celebrating Wales’ Year of Legends

RHS Flower Show Cardiff
View of Cardiff Castle from RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Picture; RHS/Jason Ingram

RHS Flower Show Cardiff kicks off next week, celebrating Wales’ Year of Legends, with a host of themed gardens and features.

The show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society in partnership with Cardiff Council – will take place from Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9, in Bute Park. Last year’s record-breaking show attracted more than 26,000 visitors.

Show gardens will include Bridgend College’s ‘Y Continue reading “RHS Flower Show Cardiff preview”

Sarah Raven top cut flower and wildlife seeds

Ammi majus and Californian poppy are most popular

Ammi majus
Ammi majus. Picture; Johnsons

Growing annuals for cut flowers is booming and top of the sales charts in the Sarah Raven Cut Flower Collection and Wildlife Attracting Collection makes interesting reading.

Both ranges were launched in 2012 in partnership with Johnsons Seeds, with 47 varieties, but eight easy hardy annuals have dominated sales and another six remain the best sellers for wildlife gardening.

All are strong garden performers that can be direct sown where they are to flower.

Since the ranges were launched, Ammi majus has been the best-selling variety in the Cut Flower Collection, while Eschscholzia Orange Continue reading “Sarah Raven top cut flower and wildlife seeds”

Moveable Feast garden at RHS Chatsworth

garden that can be moved with you with Lubera fruit

Designer Tanya Batkin will be bringing a colourful – and edible – show garden to the new RHS Chatsworth House Flower Show, which runs from June 7-11 in Derbyshire. Continue reading “Moveable Feast garden at RHS Chatsworth”

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”

Back to the Land TV show: Dalefoot Composts

Documentary highlights sheep farmers-turned-eco-compost makers in Lake District

Dalefoot Composts
Simon Bland and Jane Barker from Dalefoot Composts. Picture; Andrea Jones

Dalefoot Composts, the company behind the Wool Compost brand, is to feature on tonight’s TV show Back to the Land on BBC Two at 8pm, presented by Kate Humble, about rural entrepreneurs.

Based at Heltondale near Penrith in the Lake District on a 120-acre farm, the company is run by Simon Bland and Jane Barker. It makes peat-free compost and restores damaged peat bogs across the UK.

It’s one of my favourite companies, making peat-free compost and restoring damaged peat bogs across the UK.

I’ve been lucky enough to trial the compost and it has been a Continue reading “Back to the Land TV show: Dalefoot Composts”

Afternoon tea at Beamish Museum

Traditional Edwardian tea starts on Mother’s Day

Afternoon tea Beamish
Fine china and afternoon tea at Beamish Museum

Afternoon tea is loved by all and there is no better venue than Beamish Museum, which is starting to serve up the traditional treat from Mother’s Day (March 26) in true Edwardian style.

Freshly-made sandwiches, home-made scones with clotted cream and seasonal jam, a selection of individual cakes from the museum’s Herron’s Bakery and tea or coffee are on the menu. Continue reading “Afternoon tea at Beamish Museum”

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 preview

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, April 20-23

Someone thought it would be funny for me to stand here…

I say it every year, but If you only go to one horticultural show a season, make sure it’s Harrogate (or push the boat out and make BOTH spring and autumn events).

Why? It’s good value, inspirational, down to earth, with great bargains from a huge variety of nurseries – shop wisely and you’ll make back your entrance fee on the money you save.

It’s also the only show my non-gardening partner will happily visit because there are so many other things going on – namely food and drink – to keep him amused.

This spring, floristry students gear up for their challenge to create floral bonnets – using the front half of a car as the backdrop for their team entries in the college competition. Continue reading “Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 preview”