As you probably know this year marks the 50th Anniversary milestone of the BBC's Gardeners’ World programme. For us gardeners it remains the go-
The Garden Trade’s connection to GW has not been good as garden centres are unable to get advanced notice of what plants are going to be recommended, so often they do not have them in stock for viewers who have been inspired to plant. In a world of super speed communication this nagging missing link still remains. So, my hope that this will change soon and we’ll be kept up to date with what Monty, Joe, Rachel and Adam enthuse so passionately so you, the gardening public, can benefit and purchase the plants lovingly ‘promoted’ on the BBC. Happy anniversary to GW and here is to the next 50 years!
Enjoy your midsummer garden -
SHOP UPDATE PT1: SHADE PROTECTION
SHADE LOVERS To keep you away from those harmful UV rays this summer why not choose from our great range of parasols that will provide you and your garden with some much needed shade. Kettler has a great selection of colours to choose from as well as different sizes to keep your family safe whilst enjoying the BBQ and party season. Their push up and wind up systems make them quick and easy to use as well as including a 12 month warranty. The choices of colours are slate, amethyst, sage, aqua and stone. We also have a range of covers to protect the parasol in the harsh downpours and windy conditions of late summer and the winter.
PROTECTING YOUR GARDEN FURNITURE As a lot of us are aware we love to sit out on our garden furniture but never know how to treat it or what to use, here is a quick and helpful guide to help you through a variety of treatments. We stock a lot of wooden furniture here in the Garden Centre and are often asked what the difference between treating and preserving is.
Many of the hardwood furniture do not require treatment such as Teak, Roble and Mahogany as they have a high oil content which is a natural preservative. These timbers will turn to a silver grey colour after 3-
Due to the wood being a natural product it will expand and contract in different seasons and periods of weather, this may lead to small cracks and unevenness in your wood.
You can use the following to protect your furniture: Timber Protector – a water based, environmentally friendly product for use on Teak and Roble, which nourishes and gives more uniform appearance to the timber. Timber Treatment – oil based for use on Teak, Mahogany or Roble, to help enhance and protect timber. Timber Sealer – for use on Teak, Roble, Mahogany and Pine to provide a protective coating but allowing the timber to breathe whilst reducing the amount of weathering. Do ask staff for extra information.
All of these treatments are designed to prolong the durability of the furniture so you can enjoy your garden for as long as the sun allows.
* please note: some larger items of furniture are only available to purchase online using our Click and Collect service.
Local delivery may be available, please ask for details and costs.
SHOP UPDATE PT2: KADAI FIREBOWL
A DIFFERENT AND ATTRACTIVE BARBEQUE Pauline Brown looks at the story behind The Kadai Firebowl. The ethos of Christo and Kate’s business is ‘To minimise our impact on the planet by using recycled materials where possible and only producing items that will last and hopefully improve with age if properly cared for’. They have born this in mind since Christo spent a year back in 1990 travelling by motorbike around India. By 1995 he and Kate started selling antique treasures they had brought back from their frequent visits to India and selling them in the antiques market in Church Stretton. By 2002 they had started to develop a range of goods carved by highly skilled craftsmen in Rajasthan. A year later a close relationship was built up with families of small workshops across Rajasthan, and then in 2004 Christo and Kate exhibited the Kadai at the RHS Chelsea and received a Merit Award for Outstanding Presentation for the design created by Julian Faulkner. This was the first proper public showing of the Kadai.
The following year, having seen traditional Kadais used as cooking bowls in India, but with the fire underneath, they came up with the idea of putting the fire inside the bowl. In 2006 they returned to RHS Chelsea and launched the original Kadai as a fire bowl then later that year grills were added as it was realised it would make a great barbecue. By 2008 they had perfected the design for the recycled Kadai, hand-
In 2011 amongst the accessories available to compliment the Kadai was a Charcoal Maker and this was entered into the first Chelsea Flower Show Products of the Year Awards and it won! By 2012 Christo and Kate were still sourcing Indian antiques for sale but they decided to focus all their attention on the Kadai Firebowls. By 2014 the original team of four had expanded to over 10 then by 2016 the products were selling at over 200 outlets in the UK. Now in 2017 we have taken on this very different and attractive Barbecue with its many accessories and not surprisingly it is proving very popular. We have two displays of the Kadai -
BATTLE OF THE GARDEN GIANTS LILIES VERSES THE ROSE
In a recent Gardeners’ World magazine poll both Roses and Lilies faired well as the UK's most popular summer flowering plants, says Chris Day. So, here’s a few tips on making sure they both perform well for the summer.
If you are growing lilies then well-
Most are happy in sun, but the Turk’s cap lilies, such as L. martagon, are better in light shade. These Western European and Central Asian species are the best for the British climate.
Plant deep -
Slugs are the great enemy, above and below ground -
Keep an eye open for scarlet lily beetles, pick off and and crush underfoot if seen. If you are growing them in pots then you can use Glue Bands from Agralan. Apply these around the pot so stopping the lily beetles literally in their tracks as they try to cross the pot. They stick to the glue and then you can kill them easily without using any insecticides. In pots they benefit from the compost being moist at all times, but not sodden. Feed with a high potassium liquid fertiliser such as tomato feed every fortnight through the summer.
Our affair with the rose remains as strong as ever. The introduction of David Austin, Harkness and Peter Beales Classic roses to our range has given us a much wider choice of varieties across the Hybrid Teas, Cluster flowered (floribunda), Climbers, Ramblers, Groundcover and Patio forms. There’s so much roses can give to the garden -
Keeping your roses flowering does depend on if the variety is repeat-
It is also worth cutting back your roses after the blooms have faded in the autumn by around half. The main reason for doing this is to reduce wind rock which can cause serious problems by damaging the roots.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE PLANTS DEPARTMENT
The mid summer perennials really do come into the fore, so look out for some fantastic varieties of Echinacea (pictured right). Look out for the new SunSeeker colours including a vibrant orange form. The popular form ‘Magnus’ provides weeks of colour and is useful at attracting both bees and butterflies into your plot. For many people the Rudbeckia are the quintessential cottage garden plant and justly so. Two varieties to look out for are ‘Little Henry’, an ultra compact form only 60-
We also have a new limited selection of potted fruit and ornamental trees which feature in our Mail Order range. Please come along and browse the range and these offer good value over our standard range of trees. Two particularly good trees to look out for include Malus ‘Rudolph’, a crab apple with rose red flowers followed by orange-
We are also offering a range of individually grown Raspberry varieties, including the recently introduced ‘Joan J' (pictured left). This variety starts cropping from July through until October with fruits which are somewhat larger than ‘Autumn Bliss’ with excellent flavour.
We also have available Raspberry ‘Malling Jewel’, a summer cropping variety with medium to large sweet dark red berries on compact growth. It is a heavy, reliable cropper and is considered to be one of the best flavoured raspberries available. These are available in 10cm poly pots at £2.00 each or 3 for £5.00. You can pick and mix the varieties in the offer to get the cheaper price.
As Wimbledon approaches our thoughts naturally turn to strawberries and cream. We have a great range of varieties available to purchase online and at the Garden Centre. You can take your pick of ‘Hapil’ (right), an early summer cropper with fabulous flavour; ‘Alice’, a mid-
PUZZLE CORNER -
Would you like to win a £25 Buckingham Garden Centre Gift Voucher? Enter our crossword competition below. Use the clues to fill in the answers. Take the letters from the shaded boxes which form an anagram of a popular climber (5,3).
3. Sobbing Salix (7,6)
8. Livingstone daisy and also means “midday flowering” (16)
11. Type of soil that often does not retain water or nutrients (5)
12. Phaseolus coccineus: _ _ _ _ _ _ bean (6)
13. Roots, Tubers, Rhizomes, Corns and _ _ _ _ _ (5) ?
14. Zodiac lion: Doronicum Little _ _ _ (3)
15. Carol _ _ _ _ _, enthusiastic Gardeners' World presenter (5)16. Forsythia, Hypericum ad Kerria all produce this colour of flower (6)
1. Katherine Hepburn 1981 movie: _ _ Golden Pond (2)
2. Draceana _ _ _ _ of India, a foliage house plant (4)4. Popular brand of both Gas and Charcoal BBQ (5)
5. Beta vulgaris with a sweet red root (8)
6. Passiflora edulis: _ _ _ _ _ _ flower (7)
7. Plastic greenhouse Poly _ _ _ _ _ _ (6)
9. Gardening is a form of ? (7)
10. Ivor Novello song: "We'll gather lilac _ _ the spring again" (2)
Once you’ve solved the anagram, send the name you have discovered by e-
APRIL/MAY CROSSWORD ANSWERS
Did you try our crossword in the last newsletter? See if you were correct, the answers are below:
1 Gardeners like to create them FLOWER BEDS
7 A useful tool to control weeds with clogs on perhaps? DUTCH HOE
8 Monty Don's 2-
11 Cornwall is famous for spring displays of which flowering shrub, originally from the Himalayas? RHODODENDRONS
12 You can grow Dahlias from seed or a? TUBER
14 Parsley the Lion starred in which children's TV programme? THE HERBS
16 'King Alfred' and 'Cheerfulness' are two popular varieties DAFFODIL
2 The common name for Kniphofia RED HOT POKER
3 Inspired by Great Maytham Hall, Kent, this mysterious garden is discovered by Mary Lennox. Name the book THE SECRET GARDEN
4 What sleepy gardeners prepare? PLANTING BED
5 A gardener's escape building or somewhere to store? SHED
6 Local National Trust Garden designed by Capability Brown STOWE
9 Top brand for gardeners? Miracle-
10 'Gardener's Delight' and 'Moneymaker' are two popular varieties of these? TOMATO
13 A term for layer of material placed on the soil and around plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds and improve soil structure MULCH
15 The common name for Buxus sempervirens BOX
So the solution to the anagram we were looking for was PINOCCHIO
Congratulations to Mrs D Williams of Deanshanger who was the winner of the £25 Garden Centre voucher for getting the answer correct.
With the limitations that cerebral palsy puts on movement and co-
I first met Nicole (pictured left) when she started at THRIVE in Beech Hill seven years ago. She was a little bit apprehensive at first but her bubbly, fun loving character soon shone through. This helped her to make new friends quickly and along with her sense of humour and independent streak she soon became an established member of the THRIVE family.
I’ve worked weekly with Nicole at The Vyne Walled Garden Project, a local National Trust property near Basingstoke, where she helps to maintain the kitchen garden and learns woodland conservation skills. Nicole is currently learning to cope with a change in medication which can make her feel extremely tired so at the moment she has decided to remain on-
Nicole loves physical activities which can help strengthen her weak right side particularly digging and transporting plants. We work together to find solutions to the frustrations of her physical condition and she embraces the physical aspects of gardening with real gusto and a fantastic work ethic. She is very motivated and actively joins in as part of a team. I also love the fact that she gardens with perfectly manicured pink nails!
I believe the whole THRIVE experience has really helped to shape Nicole into the well-
Following completion of her Entry Level Diploma in Horticulture last year, Nicole has become a real asset to Thrives’ garden project here at Beech Hill and she is always encouraging and helping others through her caring and sociable nature.
Working with Nicole is so motivating! I admire her resilience and the fact she never lets anything stand in her way and I look forward to developing new skills with her in the future. Will you donate today so that more people like Nicole can have a fulfilling future?
With your support, we are using gardening to help people to get the most out of their life! For information on THRIVE or to take advantage of their free support and advice on all aspects of social and therapeutic horticulture, phone 0118 988 5688, e-
You can help us to help THRIVE by purchasing our range of herb plants. We will donate 10p from every sale of 9cm and 1-
LAST CHANCE TO CLAIM YOUR FREE GIFT THIS JUNE
FIVE MINUTES WITH LEE CRAWLEY, LOCAL BUTCHER
Hi Lee, Please can you tell us a little about yourself and your business?
I’m 48 and been butchering for 30 years and running my own business for 5 years. I trade in markets and the Garden Centre covering Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire 6 days a week.
Where do you live and how would you describe your garden?
I live in Bletchley and I’d describe my garden as being very sparse, but tidy with a few hanging baskets
Oh, do you have any strong gardening links way back then?
Only that my Grandad was a keen gardener, who was a ‘live in gardener’ in the New Forest, Hampshire.
We know this is going to be a difficult one, but if you were stranded on that castaway island, which foodstuffs would you like to take with you?
That’s easy sausages for the BBQ, ice cream and lager!
Your favourite edible?
Cucumber (pictured right with Lee).
Your favourite gardening activity?
Relaxing and lounging in the garden.
And least favourite?
Oh, weeding and mowing the lawn!
You have run your own business for many years -
Be yourself, be polite and put in the work.
How do you feel Brexit will affect your business in the years to come?
Hopefully make us stronger.
Do you have any hobbies?
If you could have one Super Power what would it be?
The ability to create a happy peaceful world.
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HELP CHARITY THRIVE WITH OUR TASTY RAFFLE IN JULY
We will be running a THRIVE raffle to win fresh produce vouchers from our popular stall holders. In July Lee Crawley, our enthusiastic Sunday Butcher is kindly donating a £40 voucher to use to purchase meat from his stall. Raffle tickets will be available from our Customer Service Desk and the draw for the Butcher Lee’s £40 Voucher will take place on Sunday 30th July. The winner will be notified on the day. Our usual competition Terms and Conditions apply.
MAKE TIME TO DISCOVER EVENLEY WOOD GARDEN
If I had been given a £1 for charity for every person to has said to me words to the effect ‘I have lived in this area for years and have never visited Evenley Wood Garden before and now realise what a gem I have missed all these years!’ a local charity would have had a nice swelling of their funds, writes Pauline Brown.
Only this weekend a member of our staff came to me to say that despite all the posters and information we have given out over the years she had visited the Garden for the first time and was amazed at its diversity, tranquillity and beauty. She showed me a photograph of an amazing plant she had seen there and had no idea what it was and I immediately remember walking in the Wood with the late and extremely knowledgeable Tim Whiteley who made a point of taking us over to see this very same plant, the parasitic, Lathraea clandestine, Purple Toothwort (pictured above right), which is only seen when in flower, hence its name ‘clandestine’. It is closely related to the more common Toothwort, Lathraea sqamaria, which often grows on the roots of Hazel on the edge of woods and is again only seen in flower but the bizarre scaly flowers are creamy white with purple tinges, unusual but not spectacular. However, the flowers of the Purple Toothwort are vivid purple and grow along the length of the roots of willow, poplar or alder, all water loving trees, found mainly alongside streams or lakes. Those in Evenley Wood, as far as I know, are only in one place beside a small lake on the root of a willow, and what a sight they are!
This is just one of the many interests of these local Woods – there is the ‘Scilla stream’, Martagon and other Lilies, a stunning collection of Euonymus, amazing Magnolias and so many species of trees giving beauty at different times of the year, so much to be seen that a visit at any time of the year is well worth while. This year we decided that our visit should be at Snowdrop time and, as usual, found ourselves still wandering round when in theory the Gardens were closed – there is so much to see one just loses track of the time. The only ones who were not so keen on the walk were our two Medical Detection Dogs, Lexi and Kiwi, who were very disappointed not to be allowed to swim in the lake, romp along in the steams or chase each other through the woods – they had to be on their best behaviour but at least they enjoyed all the wonderful smells and a long but sedate walk -
WHAT’S ON THIS SUMMER AND EARLY AUTUMN
EVERY WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY You can stock up on your fresh produce throughout the week with Martin and Susie’s fruit and vegetable stall. Every SUNDAY between 10am-
SUNDAY 25th JUNE Evenley Wood’s Lily and Rose Festival. In celebration of two of our favourite flowers! Food, stalls, children’s activities, talks, and more. The Garden Centre will be attending and Chris Day will be giving an inspirational talk on Re-
TUESDAY 18th JULY Summer Pruning Course hosted by Clare Price 9.30am-
GARDEN VISIT RHS Hyde Hall & Flower Show on Thursday 3rd August BGC Members £43, Non Members £48. RHS /BGC Members £36.00. RHS/BGC Non Members £41.00. More details here.
WEDNESDAY 13th SEPTEMBER A talk -
JUNE UNTIL SEPTEMBER A National Garden Scheme shout out for Leonie Thorogood’s Hill House Garden, Castle Street, Buckingham MK18 1BS. This years it is open by arrangement from June to September. Adults £3.50, Children free. Home-
SATURDAY 23rd & SUNDAY 24th SEPTEMBER Apple and Honey Show Weekend. Top RHS fruit expert Gerry Edwards and Moulton College’s Fritz De Zutter will be joining us over this celebration weekend of the apple. The Mid-
GARDEN VISIT Batsford Arboretum & Bourton House Garden Thursday 12th October BGC Members £48.00, Non Members £53.00. For details and to book please call our Customer Service Desk on 01280 822133. More details here.
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