Halloween, Tyler

Pumpkin carving is a great activity to do in the lead up to Halloween and if pulled off correctly, you can get some amazing designs. As it is getting closer and closer to Halloween, we thought it would be a great idea to carve the Primrose flower into a pumpkin to create the Primrose Pumpkin to get into the spooky spirit!

The first thing we decided to do was head down to the shops and grab all the equipment we needed to carve. This included:

-A pumpkin
-Two knives, one big and one small
-A safety knife
-A spoon
-A pen
-A bowl

Then we drew out our logo onto the pumpkin. This is so we had an outline to follow when it was time to carve it.

Next step was the messiest part of all; cutting the top off the pumpkin and scooping out all of the seeds and fibres using the spoon (and hands!) and then discarding it into a bowl.

Empting Pumpkin

Emptying pumpkin

Now that is done and out of the way, it’s time to start carving our Primrose Pumpkin! Using the outline that we drew earlier, we carefully then cut through the pumpkin following the outline by using the knives we listed. This required a lot of concentration as you can tell…

Cutting the Pumpkin

Cutting Pumpkin outline

Removing part of Pumpkin

Final adjustments…

Final adjustments

And there you have it, the Primrose Pumpkin in all of its glory!

Candle in the Primrose Pumpkin

From all of us at Primrose, we hope you have a great and creepy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Tyler at PrimroseTyler works in the Primrose Marketing team, mainly working on Social Media and Online Marketing.

Tyler is a big fan on everything sports and supports Arsenal Football Club. When not writing Primrose blogs and tweets, you can find Tyler playing for his local Sunday football team or in the gym.

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Amie, Halloween

Halloween is nearly upon us, and it’s time to get into the spirit. This blog post will combine all things Halloween-themed from food and games, to products and pumpkins.

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Are you planning anything special for Halloween? We’d love to see your ideas and photos so send them in:

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Party Games
Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party, or simply having a quiet night in with some friends, Halloween games provide hours of entertainment. The majority of Halloween games are really easy to carry out too, with little cost involved.

Apple bobbing – A timeless classic, this is played by filling a large tub or basin of water, and putting apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they happily float on the surface. You then put your hands behind your back, and do what you can to grab the apples with your teeth. Fun for children and adults alike.

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Mummy wrap – Grab the toilet roll and get wrapping! From head to toe, cover yourself in white roll and you will end up looking like a glorified mummy. You can remain in the white roll for the rest of the night, and you have fancy dress sorted too. To add effect, put some fake blood on your roll to look scarier.

Pop the pumpkins – This is a real simple idea, whereby you blow up orange balloons (the pumpkins) and you have to pop them as quick as you can. The winner is the one who pops all the pumpkins first! It sounds easy, but that all depends on what you use to pop them.

Food and Drink
Halloween is a great opportunity to express your creativity with nibbles, with so many options to choose from. Whether it’s from the supermarket Halloween aisle, or you’ve put hard graft into making the food, there is something for everyone of all ages (and alcoholic options for adults).

Toffee apples – Hands up who fancies a sweet treat? Simply push a wooden stick or skewer into the stalk end of the apple and apply pre-mixed heated sugar, water and syrup. Make sure to use red apples. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try chocolate or caramel apples too, which equally make a great treat.

Ghoulish cookies – Perhaps one of the easiest treats to make, you can style your cookies to however you wish; skeletons, bats, witches, pumpkins. All you need is cookie mix, a cutter and some icing, and you can get creative with your cookies. They also make a great party snack being easy and cheap to make and eat.

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Anything with pumpkins – Lattes, pie, cupcakes, pasta; the possibilities are endless. Supermarkets are breaming with pumpkins/Halloween ideas so there will be plenty to choose from. However, a personal favourite of mine is pumpkin pie. It’s simple to make at home, and tastes wonderful too.

Products
If you are throwing a party, then there are a few essentials which are guaranteed to improve the night such as patio heaters or outdoor lights.

Misters – Create an atmosphere indoors or out with a mister. The smoke effect produced from the misters helps to create a spooky, graveyard-like scene.

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Candles – Light up the party with a candle, with our colour changing LED candles perfect for blending the colour theme together.

Outdoor heaters – If you’ve guests to keep warm, then look no further than an outdoor heater. Various styles to choose from, they will help banish any signs that winter is coming, and provide warmth long into the night.

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Heated clothing – For outdoor activities in the cold, such as ferrying young ones around whilst they trick or treat, check out our range of heated clothing. Keep your mitts warm and your toes toasty.

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Pumpkins
Perhaps the staple of any household this Halloween, carved pumpkins will grace dining room tables, patios and windowsills this October. As well as adding to the spooky set up, they make great lights too.

Here are some of our favourites;

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The burger

If you want to mix it up, you could try the latest craze of carving pineapples!

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We’ve more pumpkin inspiration for you, as well as tips on how to create a spooky Halloween-themed garden – plenty of Halloween reading (try not to get too scared!)

Happy Halloween from Primrose!

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

Alex, Current Issues, Decoration, Halloween, Heated Clothing, How To

It is Halloween again and for many of us this can be a scary time of year. I am not referring to the fear inflicted upon us by small children wearing strange costumes knocking on your door threatening to perform some sort of no doubt dastardly trick unless we immediately hand over confectionary items. No, not this doorstep intimidation racket or even the B list horror flicks that emigrate from their usual late night spot onto primetime viewing hours. It is the terror of the annual pumpkin carving ordeal.

Thankfully, we have some ideas for you. Some inspiration gathered from the great minds of the interweb. If that wasn’t enough we follow this up with a few handy tips to ensure you achieve pumpkin perfection this Halloween.
Here are 5 pumpkin designs we found particularly inspiring/amusing:

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Pumpkin Pi
Pumpkin pi – For the intellectual carver

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Star wars pumpkin
Episode 8 – Attack of the pumpkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sick Pumpkin
November 1st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

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Weird baby pumpkin
This is just weird…

                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scary Turnip
Turnips are genuinely terrifying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Carving your Pumpkin:

  1. My number 1 tip is cheat – Download a template from the internet and trace it on to your pumpkin. No one has to know, there are so many great ones out there. Simply trace the template onto your pumpkin and carve carefully around the outline.
  2. Use the right tools – Don’t spend hours hacking away at your pumpkin with a desert spoon. Take a minute to plan ahead and utilise the best tools for the job. A sharp knife is a must. A hammer and chisel may be too far, but saying that there are those on the internet who swear by using power tools for this task.
  3. Clear the area – This task is always more difficult, dangerous and messier than you remember. Don’t start the dissection in your lounge on that new rug you got just last week. Lay down some newspaper, give yourself some space and make sure you’re in appropriate clothing and you will be much better off.
  4. Preservation – If you want your pumpkin to last a while and not go all mouldy and horrible there are a few techniques that will do the job. I’ve read about using Vaseline and similar products but apparently it can be a slippery, dangerous process with mixed results. You can use vinegar but surprisingly the most effective solution is to soak your pumpkin in 1 tsp. bleach/ gallon of water solution for around 8 hours. It may seem a bit excessive, and you will want to keep any children away during this phase, but the results can be great prolonging your pumpkin’s display time by up to 10 days!

Make sure you send in pictures of your finished article via our facebook page. Points will be awarded for originality, design and overall effort. The winner stands to win one of our brand new Warmawear ™ hand warmers, perfect for the winter months, and of course will be awarded the prestigious accolade of Primrose Pumpkin of the Year 2015! Good luck!

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

As a psychology graduate it is ironic that he understands plants better than people but a benefit for the purpose of writing this blog.

An enthusiastic gardener, all he needs now is a garden and he’ll be on the path to greatness. Alex’s special talents include superior planter knowledge and the ability to put a gardening twist on any current affairs story.

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Celebrations And Holidays, Charlie, Garden Design, Gardening Year, Halloween, How To, Ponds, Water Features

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Halloween is fast approaching! The time of year when it is said evil spirits are allowed to roam all over the earth and cause mischief and upset to decent honest folk. The etymology of halloween is all hallow’s eve, being the day before the Christian festival of All Saints’ Day (1st November) and All Souls’ Day (2nd November). But even before Christian influence this time of year, after the harvest is over and when winter begins to draw in, was often seen as a liminal period, where the boundaries between this world and the next were weakened and the souls of the dead could return to visit the living. In the Christian tradition, the spirits visiting on Halloween were the spirits of lost loved ones on their way through purgatory. The origin of trick-or-treating was in the poor going door to door and collecting “soul cakes” from families in return for praying for their dead relatives to speed their journey through purgatory.
Halloween today has evolved to be something other than its origins, with less of an emphasis on praying for and remembering the dead, and more of an emphasis on fun and fright and of course, tricks and treats! So why not bring out that halloween staple, the jack o’ lantern, to give pause to any trick or treaters looking to come to your door? Originally carved in this country from turnips to ward off evil spirits, these symbols of halloween (now more often carved from the American pumpkin) are still today a common sight in the windows of people’s homes and in front gardens and its distinctive orange colour gives halloween its current livery.

Whether you want to create a friendly welcome, a spooky scare or a goofy character follow these simple steps to create a jack o’ lantern of your very own:

Step 1. Find a pumpkin. (Or turnip!) This step is easy, you can find one in any supermarket around Halloween, alternatively you could opt to get one from a farmer’s market.

Step 2. Start by cutting a hole in the top of your pumpkin, around the stalk. You’ll want it to be large enough to be able to reach in and hollow out the pumpkin.

Step 3. Hollow out the pumpkin using a spoon or similar instrument (or if you don’t mind getting a bit messy your bare hands). You can either dispose of the seeds and flesh, or perhaps recycle them for a Halloween recipe.

Step 4. Using a marker, sketch out the design you want for the face of your pumpkin. This could be anything from the classic halloween grin to something more zaney. You’ll find some interesting examples in the image below.

Step 5. This is the tricky part. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut away the design you want from the pumpkin. You might want to have a spare pumpkin or two in case of slippages!

Step 6. Place some regular or LED tea lights inside your newly made jack o’ lantern and place in a prime location to scare any trick or treaters brave enough to knock on your door.

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Another way to amaze and frighten your friends is with a Primrose mister. Place one in your pond to create the spooky effect of mist pouring over your garden. Or use one of our mini misters inside to create a spooky display indoors for that halloween houseparty. What’s important is that you use a float to keep the mister just the right amount below the water line – misters work by vibrating at an ultrasonic level creating waves of mist, not smoke, that creeps around the surface of the water and the surrounding area, creating a startling effect. For added ambience, you could opt for a mister with colour changing LED lights to really give some atmosphere to your home on Halloween.

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We here at Primrose hope the above will help you make this Halloween one to remember.

Happy Halloween!

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

When not writing for the Primrose Blog, Charlie likes nothing more than a good book and a cool cider.

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