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And the Winners Are………

I’ve been running a free giveaway competition for just over a month now courtesy of Lands’ End who have sponsored the Colour Garden at Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland. The prizes are a couple of packets of nasturtium seeds for everyone that commented on the post and a chance of winning 1 of 5 £25 Lands’ End Clothing Gift Vouchers.

So to ensure impartiality Chloe was drafted in as Drawmistress to pull out the 5 winners from her sun hat.

And the winners are…………

Sue at Green Lane Allotments
Maureen at Allotment Heaven
Britta at Gardening in High Heels
Is at Tattie Bogle
Jo at The Good Life

A £25 Lands’ End Gift Voucher and 2 packets of Nasturtium seeds are on their way to you soon.

Thanks to everyone else who entered: Flighty at Flighty’s Plot, Amy at Souper Allotment, Niece, Allotofveg, The Idiot Gardener, Libby, Richard Cox, Rob, Jen, Christine, Claire at Ma Larkin’s and Rose. Seeds are on their way to you all. I will be in touch soon (if you happen to read this beforehand and want to send me a mail with your address please do. But don’t worry if you haven’t got time I’ll be in touch once the gardening jobs for the weekend are done!).

Also thanks to hillwards and Edith Hope who commented and said they didn’t need the seeds.

Hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend!!

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Lands’ End Free Voucher & Seed Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with clothing retailer Lands’ End to offer a fantastic free Lands’ End Gift Voucher and Seed giveaway.

The new Colour Garden at Barnsdale is sponsored by Lands’ End, who have jackets and coats for whatever the British summer throws at us. You can follow progress of the garden on the Lands’ End blog.

The first 25 readers to leave a comment on this post will receive 2 free packets of Nasturtium seeds – Jewel Mix, semi-double blooms – ideal to sow next spring to brighten up your flower bed or veg plot. In addition they will go into a draw for 1 of 5 £25 Lands’ End clothing gift vouchers I have to give away which can be used online. The draw will be made and vouchers/seeds despatched at the end of August.

A fantastic prize and all you have to do is leave a comment and I’ll do the rest. Couldn’t be simpler!!

More Bloomin’ Marvellous

Here’s a selection of my favourite flowers from around the garden this weekend. Everything seems to be in bloom at the moment, a great time of year to sit back and enjoy all the hard work!

The Sweet Peas are still going strong, around 6 foot high now. I am keeping up with the cutting just about, only seen a couple of seed pods. As I’m allergic to them they stay in a vase on the garden table or I give them away.

And next to the Sweet Peas is a patch of Cornflowers in various colours.

There’s also a couple of groups of Carnations that I grew from seed last year.

And in the same bed are Nasturtiums and Marigolds grown from seed.

Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus) growing amongst the Marigolds.

I think this one is a Phlox.

Pansy ‘Joker’ from seed.

I love the striping on the Gazania flowers.

This Mallow hides the drainpipes coming down this corner of the house and gives off loads of flowers.

The Hydrangea by the kitchen door is now in flower.

And finally the clematis against the back fence is in full bloom.

Embrace the Dark Side

In previous years I’ve just grown veg, now I’m embracing the dark side and having a go at growing flowers. It’s a pretty miserable day here and I’ve been left alone to look after the girls. Rach is off at a local NCT sale helping out and trying to make some spending money for our holiday.

So in between nursery rhymes, painting, stories etc I thought I’d sow some flower seeds. I moved the operation indoors and the dining table became a temporary sowing area. I’ve recently received some seeds from Maureen which was amazing and a very kind offer. She has collected them from her garden, something which I need to learn to do this year! And put a little note on each packet to help me. There’s a whole host of them, some I’ve never heard of, so it’s exciting to learn more about them and to see their progress. Here’s the list:

Mixed Sweet Peas
Marigolds
Red Orach – hardy vegetable like spinach and deep red leaves mean it can be used as an ornamental border plant.
Mixed Dahlia’s
Sweet William – to be sown direct outside
Cenrinthe Major pururascens
Nasturtium tom thumb mixed
California Poppy ‘Golden Values’
Pumpkin Rouge Vif d’Etamps
Tomato Gardener’s Delight

I’ve sown all but the Poppies and Sweet William in a mixture of trays and pots filled 3/4 full with moist multi-purpose and topped with seed compost. After sowing I’ve covered the larger seeds with a thin layer of seed compost and the smaller ones with just a sprinkling of vermiculite. Then into the sink to soak up some water and then onto the windowsill. Job done!

Most of the seeds sown so far are up and well away with the first true leaves on the cauliflower, calabrese, onions, sunflowers and lettuce. I have some peppers and chilli seedlings coming on and waiting for the courgette and squash to germinate. I’m really pleased that all 3 cucumber seeds I’ve sown have come up as the seed I use, Dobies Carmen F1, is quite expensive at £3.75 for 6-8 seeds (although I do get 50% discount on that price ordering through my local Horticultural Society). If they survive the pack of seeds has latest me two seasons and I will manage to give one plant away each year as I only need two plants in the greenhouse to be self-sufficient in cucumbers from May-October (and we eat a lot of cucumber!). So all in all good value.

A week to go to our local Spring Show and my daffs are nearly there.

I’ve never entered, or even been to, the Spring Show before so have no idea what I’m doing other than what’s on the schedule. I was hoping to enter some of the flowers I planted as bulbs back in the Autumn. There’s a dozen daffodil classes of various sizes and types, a couple of tulip classes (no chance for me as mine are only 3″ out of the ground), flowering shrub, primula and a few other classes such as collection of spring bulb, mixed vase of cut spring flowers etc. Then there are handicraft, homecraft, photography, art, flower arranging and junior sections. We’ll see how it goes, I need to get my entry form in a couple of days beforehand so I will wait and see what I’ve got in the middle of next week.

Here’s the Plot Defender aka “Polo”, my dog, a rescue Staffie cross. He hasn’t featured on this blog before. He likes sticks and proving how destructible so called indestructible toys are (I used to have a Staffie as a kid, Grip, full pedigree name, Grip ‘The Dandy’ III – he used to chew up a car tyre in a few weeks!). Polo’s dislikes are cats and pigeons so he makes a great defender of my patch of earth.

Whilst I’ve been typing Chloe has been busy practising being the next Jackson Pollack!