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Grow your five-a-day at home

19 March 2016 16:41:21 CET

Grow your own fresh vegetables in your garden.  Sowing vegetables from seed is an inexpensive way of raising healthy crops.  Just follow this guide to raising easy crops packed with vitamins and minerals to top up your five-a-day.

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It has generally been a very mild (and not to mention wet) winter so far, as witnessed by many early spring flowers blooming super early this year.  Some of the first daffodils have already come and gone by mid January, which is quite extreme to say the least.  As a result the soil is generally warmer than usual, and this means that conditions for sowing new crops are already almost upon us.

 

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With a name like Bulbs & beyond it was always a matter of time before products other than flower bulbs would be part of the online catalogue.  As of February 2016, customers will also be able to shop from a large range of garden seeds, including vegetable seeds, flower seeds and herb seeds.

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Top 5 Summer Bulbs - March 2015

25 March 2015 16:50:11 CET

As with previous seasons, we thought we share with you what we believe seem to be the most popular summer bulbs at the moment.  Our (non-scientific) observations have lead to the following list of five popular summer-flowering bulbs:

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Spring Bulb Competition Winner Announced

28 November 2014 16:22:31 CET

Following our recently closed autumn free bulb promotion where we promised to give away a large spring bulb collection “surprise pack”, we are now in a position to announce the lucky winner. 

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Growing Amaryllis Indoor Bulbs For Christmas

10 September 2014 15:35:58 CEST

Amaryllis, or rather Hippeastrum, bulbs in full bloom are part and parcel of the holiday season.  Amaryllis bulbs make a wonderful Christmas present, especially when you present them planted in a beautiful pot or (transparent) glass bowl with decorative pebbles or stones. 

Amaryllis bulbs are extremely easy to grow indoors, and to have them flower at Christmas and New Year, you would have to plant them at the end of October.  If you are not too fussed about having them in bloom at Christmas, you can still plant them later in the year or even in early spring, and they will flower until well after Easter.  In fact, early spring is when they flower naturally.

However, this article is about getting your bulbs to flower at Christmas so let’s focus on that. 

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Bulbs & bees

9 September 2014 11:38:56 CEST

The last few years there has been an increased awareness and desire to attract bees to gardens around the UK and much of Europe.  For various reasons (diseases, varroa mite, bad weather and pesticides), bees have had a tough time over the past years with numbers dwindling significantly.  It is therefore encouraging to have great institutions such as for example the RHS actively promoting bees in gardens.  You will also find many articles raising awareness and drawing attention to the plight of the dwindling bee population. 

Following are some tips on how you can attract bees to your garden.

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Top 5 Spring Bulbs – September 2014

4 September 2014 16:50:02 CEST

Flower bulbs for spring 2015 are now for sale again and are currently finding there way to gardens across Europe.  We are already seeing some trends developing in terms of what is “hot” this season and thought it would be interesting to share this.

So far on the popularity scale we are finding the following bulbs:

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Bulbs & booze

3 September 2014 11:50:03 CEST

How to prevent your “Ziva” Paper White Narcissi from falling over

At first glance the title and subtitle of this blog seem contradictory.  After all, alcohol is supposed to make you light headed, not steadier on your feet!  However academic research by the Flower Bulb Research Program at Cornell University headed by Dr Miller has shown that when used responsibly, alcohol can actually be the perfect solution to keep upright those fast growing indoor bulbs such as paperwhites.  As most people know, these bulbs often grow very fast and very tall, but then unfortunately all too often tip over just when the flowers start to appear. 

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Summer Bulb Competition Winners Announced

14 May 2014 13:05:55 CEST

Following our spring promotion where we promised to give away 3 large summer bulb packs in a competition that closed on 30 April 2014, we have randomly picked 3 lucky winners out of an amazing number of entrants of close to 4,000 garden enthusiasts. 

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