Flowers, Gardening, Gardening Year, How To, Sally

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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Bulbs, Cat, Flowers, Gardening, Gardening Year, How To

Flower Bulbs at Primrose

We’ve been busy planning our gardens for 2014, and creating a haven for wildlife is high on our lists.

With reports of an ever declining bee population potentially threatening crops, we can do our share to help them by devising gardens with a high concentration of nectar and pollen rich flowers.

Our range of over 100 varieties of flower bulbs can now be pre-ordered and is expected to ship mid February.

We’d love to hear your plans for 2014 – share them with us on our blog!

Dahlia Tubers from £2.99 Gladiolus Bulbs from £3.99 Begonia Tubers from £3.99
Lily Bulbs from £2.99 Arum Lily Bulbs from £4.99 Iris Bulbs from £4.45
Montbretia Bulbs from £3.99 Canna Bulbs from £3.99 Edible Garden Bulbs from £1.99
Bee Friendly Bulbs from £12.99 Other Bulbs from £3.45 Gift Bulbs from £11.99

The goods came quickly and very well packed. The bulbs were in very good condition and am looking forward to the spring.

Over 1150 Planters from £0.99

Garden Hand Tools from £2.45

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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Awnings, Bird Baths, Cat, Flowers, Garden Furniture, Gardening, How To, Newsletter, Water Features

Primrose Frost Protection

You’ve enjoyed your awningsgarden furniture and water features all summer, but now it’s time to protect them from the winter and the frost. We’ve got the solution for you!

Primrose Fountain Frost-Free Take our Fountain Frost-Free for example: Developed exclusively for Primrose, it is a safe, environmentally friendly way to protect your water feature, birdbath, pond and pump from freezing in temperatures to -6 degrees without compromising the safety of your children and pets. And when it’s really cold just use a water features cover!

For your plants, take a look at our range of over 30 frost protection items which includes fleece covers, warming cables and cloches.

Garden Furniture Covers at Primrose

Or our huge range of over 150 garden furniture covers which start from just £4.95, contain waterproof finishing and can be easily stored in their packaging when not in use.

Awning Storage Bags at Primrose

Our awning storage bags are made from waterproof, rot-proof polyester and is easy to sponge clean. Simply place the storage bag over the retracted awning and tie up at the back using the attached tie cords.

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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Animals, Cat, How To

Fireworks on Bonfire NightThis afternoon we asked for your suggestions on how to keep pets who are scared of fireworks calm on Bonfire Night. Here are the suggestions we’ve received from you on Facebook:

  • Roddy: With domestic animals we can keep them indoors, control the environment to some extent, and reassure them if they are frightened. The wild animals and birds must be terrified and its them I really feel for.
  • Freddie: If you act worried thinking that your pet’s will get stressed they will pick up on that and figure there is something to get stressed about. If you’re calm and ignore it they should learn from an early age to ignore it too. My cats sit at the window watching fireworks, they seem to enjoy them.
  • June: One of my dogs barks but the other doesn’t. Both Jack Russells. If TV is up loud enough to cover noise it should be okay because the fireworks are usually a distance away. Tried a Thundershirt on my dog but it didn’t really help.
  • June: Have put Thundershirt back on my dog and she has calmed down.
  • Jackie: Too late for today but a cd of firework or explosive noises may help them to get used to loud noises.
  • Anne: Play music fairly loud to mask some of the noise.
  • Frank: They should ban them why sill have them for it you try and do what he did to day they would put hi in nick and never be let out
  • Phil: Over the past week during various celebrations in the distance I’ve been trying to encourage my pup to accept the distant bangs, this he seems to be accepting, so hopefully during the next few nights he may accept what is going on, just in case we have got the radio and music on stand by ?
  • Monique: Pull the curtains turn the TV up and don’t let your pets see you worried, and off course make sure they can’t get out, keep your PETS safe………..

Some great suggestions – what tips do you have?

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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