How to Clean Copper – The Natural Way

From that small copper planter right up to the water feature you bought last summer, is your copper starting to look a little dull?

Here is the natural and easy way to polish up copper. This method uses only two ingredients. Both are nontoxic and can be found at almost any supermarket.

Lemon_and_Salt

     What you will need:

       1 lemon

       1 tablespoon of salt

 

 

Step 1: Cut lemon in half.

Step 2: Take ½ tablespoon of salt and pour it onto one half of the lemon. Pour onto the side that has been cut.

Step 3: Rub the lemon salt mix onto the copper that needs to be polished. I like to hold the lemon by the rind and scrub in circular motions but this is entirely up to you.  Coat the entirety of the chosen copper item.

Step 4: Take a non-abrasive cloth and buffer. This part requires elbow grease but shouldn’t be too hard. Work away at the grime until you start to see some shine coming though.

Step 5: Add more lemon and salt as needed, some areas will need more work than others.

Step 6: Rinse with clean water to remove the lemon and salt residue.

This method can be used on most fine metals in the garden and because you are not using nasty chemicals it will avoid harming any pets, children or wildlife that may visit. So give the metal in your garden a spruce up with this handy trick.

Cleaning_Copper_With_Lemon

Sally primroseSally works in the Marketing team here at Primrose.

She spends most of her spare time looking into the latest developments in social media. Sally loves travel and wants to step foot in every continent in the world. When not travelling the Globe or working, she likes to relax with a bit of DIY.

She is a novice gardener and doesn’t claim to be an expert, anything she learns she will happily pass on.

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Pictures of the Week: Dogs in the Garden

We are bringing you a selection of the pictures we love the most as posted by you on Primrose Gardens. This week we saw how many of you have fluffy, fuzzy bundles of fun to help you out in the garden so we have picked a few of our personal favourites that have been posted on the site so far.

So if you’ve been having a ‘ruff’ day take a look at some of the photos we really dig:

Teddies_Garden

Teddie showing off his beautiful garden furniture.

Sophies_Garden

Sophie’s enjoying her new garden.

Leadhall

Mya and Chester enjoying the afternoon sun in Leadhall’s garden.

Love_Gardens

Love Gardens‘ pups are seeking some cooling shade.

Boz in his Garden enjoying the summer sun.

Boz in his garden enjoying the summer sun.

Alf posing by his new pond in Church Road's Garden.

Alf posing by his new pond in Church Road’s garden.

Primrose Gardens allows you to create a beautiful pictorial record of your garden where you can show off your garden to family and friends to enjoy over the years. It’s also a community of garden enthusiasts and the perfect space to discuss tips and tricks, as well as getting plants identified!

Sally primroseSally works in the Marketing team here at Primrose.

She spends most of her spare time looking into the latest developments in social media. Sally loves travel and wants to step foot in every continent in the world. When not travelling the Globe or working, she likes to relax with a bit of DIY.

She is a novice gardener and doesn’t claim to be an expert, anything she learns she will happily pass on.

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Delivering Dream Gardens: Our New TV Advert

Here at Primrose, we’re celebrating 12 years of delivering dream gardens with our new video advert. We believe that anyone can find exactly what they’re imagining for their perfect garden right here on our website.

Our film tells the story of a family planning the garden of their dreams, which Primrose delivers… with some fantastic results!

We’re incredibly proud of our new advert and really hope you enjoy it!

Visit our website and start creating your dream garden today.

As seen in our latest video…

Pond in a Pot

Pond in a Pot
Bring instant wildlife to your outdoor space with our innovative Pond in a Pot kits. Designed exclusively for Primrose, these offer a pond you can easily set up wherever you like, complete with beautiful flowers to make your garden bloom.

 

Shade Sail

Shade Sail
Transform your patio with our stylish range of shade sails. Offering shelter from the sun (and rain!), these shades will create a stunning feature for entertaining or relaxing outside.

 

Bubble Water Wall

Bubble Water Wall
For a modern touch, take a look at our range of bubble water features, which bring a magical ambience to indoor and outdoor spaces. With bubble jets and changing colours, these water walls make a spectacular centrepiece.

 

Hammock

Hammock
Nothing beats an afternoon relaxing in the summer heat, especially when you have a hammock! Ours are affordable, durable and easy to put up. So choose your favourite colour, lay back and enjoy.

 

Bamboo Fence Panel

Bamboo Fence Panels
Decorate your garden with some of our eye-catching framed fence panels. Made from natural bamboo, these panels are a sustainable and eco-friendly way to add stylish privacy to your garden.

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

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Primrose Shade Sails Make an Appearance on Love Your Garden

Beautiful seating area with Primrose sail shade

Another week and another fantastic episode of ITV’s Love Your Garden to hit our screens. Last night we adored watching the inspiring Sabina Iqbal and her husband Asif get treated to a gorgeous garden makeover, featuring a pair of our very own shade sails! The couple were hugely deserving of the garden treatment, both active in doing outstanding charity work in the deaf community, as well as raising three small children.

The Iqbals’ huge garden was spacious but the couple lacked the time to make it into the relaxing space they deserved, so Alan Titchmarsh and his team totally transformed the area into a Bollywood-inspired paradise!

Features of the garden included a striking water feature centrepiece, plenty of space for the children to play in, and even an outdoor kitchen (we’re really jealous – that looked amazing!). The Indian theme meant bright jewel tones were the order of the day, and our vibrant orange Kookaburra shade sails looked fantastic above the comfortable seating area on the expansive deck.

“The perfect place for the family to throw the huge parties they love, or just kick back and relax in the shade”

Alan described the deck as “the perfect place for the family to throw the huge parties they love, or just kick back and relax in the shade”, and we couldn’t agree more.

We’re really glad that the family loved their well deserved garden makeover, and can’t wait to see the transformations in the rest of the series.

Find more information on our shade sails and how to get your own here.

The LYG team celebrate their hard work on the deck

The LYG team celebrate their hard work on the deck

Harriet works in the Primrose marketing team, mainly on online marketing.

She’s a big fan of reading, TV quiz shows, and is a highly experienced user of gardens (especially when it involves lounging outside on a sunny afternoon).

As a trivia lover whose favourite book when growing up was an illustrated factopedia (true story), she likes to write for the blog about interesting things she has found out whilst wandering the internet.

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5 Easy Steps to Making the Most of a Primrose Gardens Profile

How to get started with Primrose Gardens

We all know the amount of hard work that goes into creating your dream garden, but did you know that there’s a very easy way to share the results?

In 5 minutes or less you can create your very own Primrose Gardens profile – it’s absolutely free and gives you a great space where your photos can be seen by friends, family, and even the world! Not only that, but you can easily browse, follow, and comment on other gardens, giving you a never ending source of outdoor inspiration. Want to get started? Here’s what to do!

 

Get started by making a profile

1. Make Your Profile

Simply go to gardens.primrose.co.uk and click ‘Start building a website for your garden’.

All you need is your name, email address, and a name for your garden. You can be really creative, but we’re happy with just your name too! A Primrose Gardens profile is free and once you’ve signed up you’re ready to get started with all of our features.

If you’ve already created a profile, just click ‘Login’.

 

Add some features to your profile

2. Create Some Features

Profiles on Primrose Gardens are split up into features – albums which helpfully organise the photos you want to show off.

We’ll give you a few examples when you sign up but these features can be called anything you like to best reflect your unique garden.

There’s no limit to the number of features you can have and you can order them on your profile however you like!

 

 

3. Get Uploading Your PhotosStart uploading some photos to your profile

Once you’ve completed the first two steps you can already start uploading!

There are two ways to do this:
– Upload straight from the website – just go to the feature you want the photos to go into, click the ‘Upload photos’ button and follow the instructions.
– Use our mobile app to snap photos and post them to your profile. Available for iOS & Android, it can also be used to post photos which you already have on your phone.

 

4. Explore and commentEasily browse and comment on other profiles

Now that your profile is taking shape, take a look around our garden community to see what other people are posting! Click ‘Recent Posts’ at the top of the page to see the latest uploads to the site.

If you see a garden which inspires you, let the owner know! Just click comment to communicate with other users – perhaps you’d like to get their tips on how they keep their flowerbeds flourishing, help them out with their garden queries, or just let them know you love their garden.

 

Share photos to social media platform of your choice5. Share with us!

Proud of your garden photos and want to show them off to the world?

Send us the link to your profile and we’ll share our favourites on our Facebook page. Keep an eye on our social media for competitions and your garden might even win a prize!

What are you waiting for? Get to gardens.primrose.co.uk to create your free profile now, and start sharing your hard work!


Harriet works in the Primrose marketing team, mainly on online marketing.

She’s a big fan of reading, TV quiz shows, and is a highly experienced user of gardens (especially when it involves lounging outside on a sunny afternoon).

As a trivia lover whose favourite book when growing up was an illustrated factopedia (true story), she likes to write for the blog about interesting things she has found out whilst wandering the internet.

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Garden Story Contest – Winner!

Garden Story Contest - Winner!

We really enjoyed reading your garden stories in our competition – thank you to everyone who sent one in! It was a tough decision, but we would like to say congratulations to our winner Lorraine F. who sent us this touching story about how she got into gardening:

I’m a patio/balcony gardener as well as studying gardening and I’m also disabled with my knee. My Mum never, ever thought I would stick with gardening after a Cousin of mine set me a challenge in May 2014 to grow some tomatoes and I was scared stiff lol.

Hence over a year later I am hooked on gardening, I don’t even have my nail extensions no more nor extensions in my hair I’m just all natural now thanks to my gardening and proving my Mum wrong.

Gardening is also good for bipolar sufferers to well it’s helped me so now I’m helping the Mentally ill adults to do gardening to with the Master Gardener Project to give something back for how gardening has helped me. I’m even running a gardening group on Facebook to show you can do gardening even in the smallest space.

Lorraine won two tickets for the show, and has shared some fantastic photos with us which we have loved looking through! Here are some of our favourites:

Harriet works in the Primrose marketing team, mainly on online marketing.

She’s a big fan of reading, TV quiz shows, and is a highly experienced user of gardens (especially when it involves lounging outside on a sunny afternoon).

As a trivia lover whose favourite book when growing up was an illustrated factopedia (true story), she likes to write for the blog about interesting things she has found out whilst wandering the internet.

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Show off your Garden with Primrose Gardens!

Primrose Gardens

We’re incredibly excited to finally be able to share Primrose Gardens with you! What’s Primrose Gardens you ask?

Primrose Gardens allows you to create a beautiful pictorial record of your garden that you, your family, and your friends can enjoy over the years. But in addition it’s also a community of garden enthusiasts and the perfect space to discuss tips and tricks.

Love your garden, but not sure what plants you’ve got growing in there? Thanks to our newest feature on the site you can now get help identifying unknown plants in your garden, and help other people identify their unknown plants. Simply upload a picture of your plant and tick the ‘ask for help’ box. 

We’ve got some amazing gardeners already using the site; here are a few of our favourite images:

Kingston

Great picture of Kingston‘s colourful garden furniture.

Elephant Moth found in User Mervin's Purplearium's garden.

Elephant Moth found in  Mervin’s Purplearium’s garden.

Great place to have your morning coffee, we love the bright red furniture in Abandoned Wild Gardens of Coolcreen's Garden.

Great place to have your morning coffee, we love the bright red furniture in Abandoned Wild Gardens of Colcreen‘s Garden.

Create your garden website

Sally primroseSally works in the Marketing team here at Primrose.

She spends most of her spare time looking into the latest developments in social media. Sally loves travel and wants to step foot in every continent in the world. When not travelling the Globe or working, she likes to relax with a bit of DIY.

She is a novice gardener and doesn’t claim to be an expert, anything she learns she will happily pass on.

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Primrose Tree Seat on ITV’s Love Your Garden!

Primrose's tree seat appears on Love Your Garden

We know that our readers love their gardens, so were wondering how many of you tune into ITV’s Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh. Those watching last night (30th June 2015) must have seen our very own Liz Frances™ Tree Seat take centre stage of the beautifully designed garden! Positioned as a centerpiece around an old walnut tree, the tree seat certainly made an eye catching focal point as well as providing a great place to sit and take in the beautiful surroundings.

“Oh gosh. Gosh gosh gosh. That’s lovely”

The high quality teak garden furniture definitely grabbed Mr Titchmarsh’s attention, his first reaction simply being “Oh gosh. Gosh gosh gosh. That’s lovely”. Could we have had a better endorsement? The presenters were quick to praise the wood it was made from, noting the sturdy visible grain and the fact that it is from sustainable sources. At the end of the show, Alan Titchmarsh and the ecstatic owners of the garden sat together round the tree seat with glasses of champagne, relaxing and enjoying the newly beautified view.

We’re honoured that our seat was featured on the programme, and more than a little bit jealous of the Colquhoun family for their stunning new garden look. Let us know if it inspired you in the comments section below.

If you love our tree seat, you can check it out on our website here. We’ll be popping up on Love Your Garden throughout the series, so keep an eye out for Primrose products!

Tree Seat 1.8m 'Hayle' Grade A Teak by Liz Frances™

Harriet works in the Primrose marketing team, mainly on online marketing.

She’s a big fan of reading, TV quiz shows, and is a highly experienced user of gardens (especially when it involves lounging outside on a sunny afternoon).

As a trivia lover whose favourite book when growing up was an illustrated factopedia (true story), she likes to write for the blog about interesting things she has found out whilst wandering the internet.

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30 Gardening Hacks For Green Fingers

Even if you love tending to your garden as much as we do here at Primrose, we bet you’d probably jump at the chance to spend less time on your knees pulling up weeds and a bit more time relaxing with friends and family.

To help you do just that and make the most of what will hopefully be a sun-filled summer, we’ve unearthed some of the best time-saving gardening hacks. As well as hacks to help you get your garden chores completed a little sooner, you’ll find advice for repelling pests, attracting butterflies and finding out whether your soil is acidic or alkaline.

And while we haven’t found out how to grow a money tree yet, there are plenty of cost-cutting tips to help your cash stretch a little further!

30 Gardening Hacks

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

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Prehistoric Pest Control – Dinos Destroying Your Garden?

Could these pest products have worked on prehistoric creatures?

Tyrannosaurus on the terrace? Velociraptors on the veranda? Bactrosaurus in the bushes? What if we really were Walking with Dinosaurs?

Dinosaurs have been notoriously tricky to keep in the enclosures created for them in the movies, but how good would your garden be at keeping them out? We’ve investigated a few of our pest control products to see which would be best to keep the dinos from trampling your tulips. Here’s what we found out…

PestBye™ Advanced Cat Scarer1. PestBye™ Advanced Cat Scarer

Bad luck, although the hearing of mammals like cats extends to ultrasonic frequencies, making a sonic repeller like this the perfect deterrent for them, research suggests that large dinosaurs could probably only hear low frequency sounds meaning that this would be as silent to them as it is to humans. Perfect for keeping away the kitties, less so the big dinos.

Anti Bird Spikes2. Anti Bird Spikes

Did you know that birds are basically modern dinosaurs? This xkcd comic shows that T-Rex is actually more closely related to the sparrow than it was to triceratops! These spikes are great for protecting your sills and ledges from becoming roosting sites for pesky birds so we bet that they’d make a pterodactyl think twice before making your garden her home.

PestBye™ Get Rid of Spiders Spray3. PestBye™ Get Rid of Spiders Spray

Ok, so a huge iguanodon is probably not going to be that fussed if you spray this at him. But spiders have been around on Earth for a terrifying 240 million years, meaning that they’re a menace even older than our Jurassic pests. This spray is perfect for harmlessly keeping them from building cobwebs and preventing them from infesting your home and garden (and we can think of plenty of people who find the sight of a spider just as terrifying as that of a velociraptor!)

Deer Repeller4. Deer Repeller 

“Don’t move! He can’t see us if we don’t move!” That’s what Jurassic Park tells us about the vision of the T-Rex on the hunt, but evidence actually suggests that this dino had great eyesight. Perhaps then the super bright LED of a deer repeller would be just the thing to startle them into keeping off of your lawn. Measuring about 40 ft long these giants could cause a great deal of damage if allowed to run round the garden.

PestBye™ Rat Cage Trap5. PestBye™ Rat Cage Trap

Not all dinosaurs are the huge creatures which are the stars of the movies. Anichiornis is the smallest known non-avian dinosaur and, at approximately 34cm in length, it would be stumped if it wandered into this cage trap! However, you may not actually want to keep these tiny beasts out of your garden – it’s likely that they were insectivores so may have provided some pest protection themselves!

Dinosaur Silhouette

Whether you your garden is infested with dinosaurs or something a bit more native to this millennium, check out the Primrose website for our extensive range of pest control products.

Harriet works in the Primrose marketing team, mainly on online marketing.

She’s a big fan of reading, TV quiz shows, and is a highly experienced user of gardens (especially when it involves lounging outside on a sunny afternoon).

As a trivia lover whose favourite book when growing up was an illustrated factopedia (true story), she likes to write for the blog about interesting things she has found out whilst wandering the internet.

See all of Harriet’s posts.

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