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™

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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.

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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.

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Primrose – The Nation’s New Favourite Flower

Image_by_Stanze_on_Flickr

Image by Stanze on Flickr

The primrose overwhelmingly took out the title for favourite flower not only in one region of Britain but in three.  Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales all agreed that the humble primrose deserved the top spot; these results come after nearly three months of voting.

England diverged from the pack and voted for bluebell to slide into first, but primrose lovers should not be disheartened by this information as the primrose managed to secure a reasonable position in second place.

The question of favourite flower was put to the public as part of Plantlife’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.  We at Primrose are particularly ecstatic about these results and cannot wait to see what happens at the next vote. Can this beautiful wildflower win England over and reign supreme? We have our fingers crossed.

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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Smartedge’s Easy Lawn Edging – New Colours!

Creating the perfect crisp, neat lawn edge is a dream for keen gardeners all over the country, and with summer fast approaching it is the perfect time to get outside and make that dream a reality. Unveiling two exclusive new colours of Smartedge’s Easy Lawn Edging, we are making the range even more versatile than before. In addition to the classic black already stocked, the edging will now be available in green and brown – natural tones to suit a variety of garden projects.

Smartedge_Lawn_Edging_Green
Many are put off working on their lawn edges, however, by experiences with edging made of flimsy materials which rot away over time, or thin and feeble edging which snaps or bends no sooner than it is in the ground. Why spend hours struggling with these tricky to install products when they aren’t even going to last?

Smartedge provides an innovative solution to all these problems. Made from tough polypropylene it is UV and frost proof, and its unique patented A-frame system actually binds the pins to the roots of the grass, making a permanent boundary. Not only that but it is flexible and easy to use to create any type of line you want. The new brown edging could be used to create a curved garden path, or the green for a sharp cornered flower bed. The possibilities are endless.

Smartedge_Lawn_Edging_Brown
With the new colour range there is now triple the amount of choice with all the same durability you can expect from all of Smartedge’s products, giving you a solution for your edging as unique as your own garden without compromising on dependability. These edges still won’t crack, rot, or fade, and will stay neat and tidy without crumbling or allowing grass to grow through the sides. You won’t find these colours anywhere else, so visit primrose.co.uk to be one of the first to try them out in your garden.

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5 Flowers That Can Handle The Summer Heat

It’s nearly June, and spring flowers are coming to the end of their time. This is the month where all your hard work in the early spring could come undone, but do not fret for we are here to help. Here is our list of the top 5 summer blooms that aren’t fussy, can handle the weather and will keep your garden looking spectacular until well into autumn.

Aster

Aster flowers, in their many variations love full to partial sun exposure. This makes them excellent flowers to add to your summer garden. These stunning perennials were named by the Geeks for their star like bloom. They can be planted from early to late spring and have been known to last right through till first frost, meaning you can keep your garden blooming for longer. One of the reasons we love this little plant is that it is so easy to cultivate. Many Asters are drought resistant making them hard for even the most forgetful of gardeners to kill. They can even survive and thrive on one inch of rain water a week, not that this will be a problem for us in the UK, with our average rainfall these flowers practically look after themselves.
TIP: Add Mulch as a top layer that to keep soil cool and help prevent weeds.

Aster

Verbena

These flowers like a heathy dose of 8-10 hours of sunlight a day, so not only can they handle the heat but they flourish in it. Similar to the Aster, the Verbena can live off of one inch of water a week, making them one of the sturdier and more resilient buds of the flowering world. Verbena need to be trimmed regularly to encourage them to bloom into late summer. A simple deheading before the season turns will do.
TIP: Adding a handful of fertilizer to soil surrounding Verbena will encourage growth and keep your plants happy, although do remember that they are not heavy eaters so don’t overdo it.

Verbena

Dahlia

No garden is complete without some form of Dahlia; they come in a range of exquisite colours and will flower right through until November. These flowers prefer full to partial sun they enjoy hot climates and warm soil. They will thrive better if planted in late spring in a location sheltered from the wind. Although Dahlias are not fussy plants they will need some T.L.C after heavy rain fall, a simple check of the open blooms to make sure they have emptied of all remaining water will suffice. Hearty and resilient flowers, they can be cut back and left in the ground over winter.

TIP: Don’t be too hasty to water your bulbs when first planted; wait until they start to sprout as this will eliminate any chance of the bulb rotting.

Dellia

Lavender Chaytoriae

Native to the Mediterranean region this Lavender loves full sun but can survive almost anywhere in your garden even shaded areas. As the leaves are evergreen it is well suited to being used as low-lying hedging and can give garden structure throughout the year. This particular lavender blooms later than most, starting in July and leaving in September. Although it is a relatively short bloom the, plant itself will create interest within the garden throughout the rest of the year.

TIP: Prune the flowers no later than the end of August to encourage re-growth.

Lavender_Chaytoriae

Penstemon Heterophyllus

This beautiful little flower is a striking addition to any perennial border or container. They bloom wonderful blue and purple colours around mid-summer. Penstemon start to die down at the end of the growing season but rest assured that new growth will re-appear from spring onwards. They enjoy full sun but prefer to stay sheltered from the wind.

TIP: Prune any winter damaged stems at the start of spring to encourage new growth

Penstemon_Heterophyllus

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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Backyard Birds From Around The World

For millions of Brits a garden is something to share – with family, friends and of course, birds. While you can spot many beautiful birds in a British backyard, there are some species that don’t flock to our shores. Whether you’re a seasoned twitcher or have trouble telling a blue tit from a blue jay, we hope you’ll enjoy our colourful chart of Backyard Birds From Around The World, which gives you an up-close view of some of the most common garden birds from a number of countries across the globe.

Although you’re unlikely to see an Indian roller or spotted pardalote taking a wash in your bird bath anytime soon, we hope this infographic inspires you to create a welcoming home for our feathered friends in time for summer!

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Seeking an Experienced Plants Communicator – £35k per annum

Primrose™ Pond in a Pot

One of the new Primrose developments – Pond in a Pot

An online garden retailer based in Reading is seeking to recruit a talented and experienced plants communicator to join our team.

Applicants need to be skilled and well versed with all flora. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join a company expanding their plants inventory. Established 12 years ago, the company is growing yet closely knit with a knowledgeable and friendly team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Able to hold one sided conversations with all types of plants.
  • Able to multitask – we have thousands of plants in stock ranging from spring planting bulbs, hedging and shrubs, bay trees, pond plants, exotic plants and fruit trees.
  • Able to speak using different dialects – some plants respond better to Scottish accents for example.
  • Able to react to changes needed, such as repotting plants into differently coloured planters if they indicate they don’t like the colour. You’ll need to have familiarity with our range of over 1000 planters to match the right pot to the plant.
  • Monitoring the success of the communications through monthly and ad hoc reporting.

Candidates ideally would be:

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to take their plants knowledge to the next level and develop their career. Full support and on-the-job training provided.

Previous experience not required, but beneficial.

Pay will start at £35,000 – may be negotiable depending on experience

Please send your application or any queries to hello@primrose.co.uk.

Over 2600 Plants & Trees

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Have you seen our Gazopy?

Harlington Gazopy

What’s a gazopy? It’s what we think our Harlington gazebo-canopy should be called! Made from steel, it’s perfect for a party or simply to create an outdoor living space for your family and friends to enjoy whilst effortlessly adding style.

  • Here’s why we think it’s marvellous:
  • Powder coated steel frame – sturdy and long lasting
  • Coated polyester roof canopy – durable and stylish
  • Sleek ornate design – for a classic yet crisp finish
  • Pegs for extra ground support – to make sure it remains firmly in place

We’ve also got matching sidewalls – so you can hide away if the weather turns!

Garden Furniture at Primrose

Alium Garden Furniture at Primrose
 
75,142 Reviews for Primrose and counting

“Easy to assemble and looks good.”

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.

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Make your neighbours jealous!

This season's hottest colours at Primrose!

We’ve created our collections around what’s hot in trend this year. Whether you’re after deep mocha, sage or forest green, or a vibrant purple – we’ve got what you need to make Roger and Julie next door jealous.

A selection of our collection is below and the other colours are easily found from each product.

FU3783 FU3787 FU3810 OL0178LILAC OL0179 OL3261LS
FU3784FU4954FU4033

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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.

See all of Cat’s posts.

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