Mothers' Day

Mother’s Day is just a few more days away, and ahead of the big Sunday we asked some of our social followers what little bits of garden wisdom they’ve picked up from their mums. We’ve picked out some of our favourites: take a look to see if you might have something new to learn, or just see if yours is the advice shared!

Keep the weeds at bay and water your plants

Straight out of the gate @madden968‘s mum brings us a simple guide to garden maintenance. Keeping on top of your weeds is the best way to stop them getting out of hand: ‘a little, often’ instead of ‘a lot, right when you just want to get planting’. Set aside a bit of time each weekend or each fortnight to check for unwanted weeds, and get them out soon as you see them to keep them from taking root. And water your plants as often as their individual care guide suggests – there’s nothing sadder than a forgotten wilted plant!

Child watering Plants - Filip Urban

So easy a child can do it

Watering Cans

Add sand to the soil of raspberry plants

Raspberry plants hate soggy soils! They like good drainage and a bit of added sand – just like @yellow.kettle‘s mum likes to do – is a great way to do that, holding water without becoming waterlogged. We’re getting towards the end of when your raspberries can be planted, act fast if you want to use this tip and get them in the ground before March is done!

Raspberry plant

Sand: not pictured

Raspberry Canes

Weeds are just flowers growing in the wrong place

We’ve also heard the inverse of this, ‘anything’s a weed if it’s growing in the wrong place’, but this optimistic version comes from @xgeorgia’s mum and we like it this way. If you like the look of an unplanned flower but just not where it’s found itself, just get it out of there and replant it somewhere else. Daffodils, snapdragons and even roses can find themselves amongst displays and bushes they don’t belong and be considered weeds, but they don’t have to be destroyed if you’ve got another place you’d like to put them!

Pile of daisies - Micheile Henderson

One mum’s weed is another mum’s flower

Weeding Tools

Soak coriander seeds before planting

Soaking your coriander seeds (cilantro for our friends across the pond) like @taz_hassomeplants‘s mum leads to faster germination, though we’ll admit we found a test that suggests the end harvest is only ever-so-slightly better than unsoaked seeds. We’ll leave this one up to you, but it could be a fun experiment for the kids to get involved with if they like coriander!

Coriander and a red shiny metal thing

To soak or not to soak, that is the question. As is ‘why is the table in the image above not real’

Coriander Plants and Seeds

Garden together

@gaff_and_garden_
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This one’s a bit of a cheat tip, presumably via @gaff_and_garden_faff‘s mum though it might be straight from the source, but it’s still a good one. Many hands make light work, and nowhere is that more true than anywhere that involves manual labour. Split the jobs between the family during a day in the garden (there’s a good Sunday opportunity coming up…) and get it all done faster than you can say ‘Work faster and fetch Mum a lemonade’, all while everyone bonds together through shared effort and the joy of a job well done.

Mother and child in garden-type area

Everyone can chip in!

Feed everything with Miracle Gro

Last but not least, one to keep in your garden stores courtesy of @thelovedaygarden‘s mum. There’s no denying the power of Miracle Gro to feed up your flowers, plants and veg, and as we head unstoppably towards peak planting season there’s no better time to get some miracle into your garden. Mum knows best!

Gardener planting with miracle gro

Bosh

Miracle Gro

Have some Mother’s Day gardening tips of your own to share, or fancy giving any of these a go? Head to @Primrose.co.uk or use the hashtag #MyPrimroseGarden to let us know about it!

Watering Photo by Filip Urban on Unsplash
Flower  Photo by Micheile Henderson on Unsplash
Mother/child Photo by Liana Mikah on Unsplash

 

Mothers' Day

Mums around the country have embraced gardens as an opportunity for some peace and quiet and respite from everyday life. It’s also become a money-saver for some families, as they spend money on seeds, they are starting to notice a slight save in groceries. Gardening is the gift that keeps on giving, so why not share the infinite beauty of it with your Mum this Mothering Sunday.

As we know, every mum is unique and special, and that’s why we have curated gifts for a selection of gardening personas, so there really is something for everyone.

Dedicated and practical: Here’s A Plant Care-Routine Fit For A Mum

There’s nothing more important than keeping your plants fed, watered and well-cared for. So why not fancy up your mom’s plant-care routine with a pretty watering can as she tends to her vegetable patch this spring? Don’t overlook the variety of humble watering cans: choosing an essential gardening tool for your Mum will help make her life more comfortable and be a timeless gift that she’ll get use from for years.

Are you looking for something a little more unique? Why not give the best of both worlds and choose a special primrose watering can with its very own blossoms!

Primrose watering can

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Practical yet fun: Gift Your Mum Flowers That Will Last

Your mum is pretty special, so why not show her that you care and give her a rose that will last? Opting for a pretty pink colour represents gratitude, appreciation, and love, so it will bloom with meaning. The ‘Mum in a Million‘ is a pretty hybrid tea rose. It blooms from summer until autumn, producing large, highly fragrant, vibrant-pink flowers that contrast beautifully against the glossy foliage.

If you can’t wait for the summer and want a blossom that lasts until winter why not choose an Evergreen Azalea. Displaying large stunning red flowers throughout April and May, this is a beautiful Mother’s Day present. It’s relatively easy to take care of but does require some extra attention during the colder months, making these a perfect fit for a mum who is a natural protector.

Pink Tea Rose

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Zen Focussed: Layer Up Your Mum’s Garden With Accessory Love

If your mum is more inclined to invest in the garden accessories that help her garden become a unique outdoor oasis, why not give her items that will add the “wow” factor to her outdoor getaway. Help her unwind with garden features that provide a sense of peace and help fuel her creative expression.

We have it all at Primrose, from cascading water features to outdoor circular mirrors that glisten and gleam, all along with plants galore. Whatever your mum’s gardening persona, you can trust that our carefully curated plants and gardening items are of premium quality and only the best to gift this Mothering Sunday.

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Header photo by Liana Mikah on Unsplash

Valentine's Day

The rose has been a symbol of romance and love all over the world for centuries.  The ancient Greeks believed they grew from aphrodite’s tears whilst Hindu traditions believe the goddess Laxmi who loved her husband intensely was made of over a thousand rose petals. Today, the rose is still a symbol of love and romance, and on valentines day, an estimated 224 million roses are sold. The only problem with receiving valentines roses is that they don’t last as long as we’d want them too, so we’ve put together our top ways to preserving this romantic flower for longer. 

Caring for cut roses

It’s so romantic to get a bouquet of roses on valentines, and we all want to avoid them eventually dying. Here is how you keep cut roses alive for longer. 

1. Unwrap and recut the stems as soon as you can

Remove all the wrapping from your roses so they can breathe, then using a pair of sharp scissors,  recut the branches an inch from the end at a 45-degree angle. Remove any leaves that would sit in the water. 

2. Clean your vase

 Roses can be a bit picky, so make sure your vase is clean. Some glass vases can go in the dishwasher, but porcelain and crystal should be washed in warm soapy water. Make sure you rinse the soap away, so it doesn’t harm your flowers.

3. Place in a cool place away from heat

Keep your vase away from radiators and heaters as they will make your flowers wilt. Direct sunlight will also damage the plant, so pick a slightly shaded spot. 

4. Use warm water

Lukewarm water is the best way to water these summer flowers – it encourages more growth and more robust blooms. 

5. Feed flower food or sugar

The flower food that comes with the bouquet is the best as it provides all the nutrients your plants need. If you think they need another feed to try using sugar to inject some life.

6. Change the water regularly

Change the water once every two to three days to keep it fresh and your roses happy. 

Press your roses

If you want to hold onto your memories for years to come, pressing your valentine roses will preserve them for years to come. Frame them or put them in an album to always have those memories at your fingertips. If you want to preserve your flowers in a frame or cast in resin, consider using a professional pressing service for the best results. 

Book pressing – choose a thick book and open to a middle page. Line with baking or parchment paper. Add your flower and close the book. Add more weight on top and leave for two to four weeks

Microwave pressing – place your flower between two pieces of parchment paper on the microwave plate and dry on low power for thirty seconds to a minute. Check again and keep microwaving until dry. 

Plant miniature bushes

If you received a miniature bush this year, then you’ll want to get it into a pot or in your garden as soon as possible so they will last for years. You can plant your miniature rose outside anytime between mid-February and April. 

Soil: Choose a well-draining compost or rose compost

Location: Choose a sunny spot that receives some shade at midday 

Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but not dry

Your rose bush should be planted to the same depth as its pot so that the soil does not bury the stem. You should also dig a hole that is wider than the original pot.  Tease out the roots to encourage them to grow outwards rather than in a clump. Put the rose bush in the hole, hold it straight with one hand while you pack soil or compost all around it. Firm the soil down with your hand to ensure there are no air spaces so that the roots are properly covered in soil. Water well over the next week to help it settle in. 

You should water your rose bush with around an inch of water weekly during the growing season (Mach – August). Make sure you water the soil directly since roses are really susceptible to mildew or black spot. Fertilize once in the spring, and prune back to 1/4 inch above the bud eyes in mid-autumn for continued growth the following year. 

What have you done with your valentines roses this year? Let us know on Facebook or at  Instagram with #MyPrimroseGarden

 

Valentine's Day

It’s going to be a Valentine’s Day like no other this year, but a fantastic and romantic day is still easily achieved. Here are some of our favourite ideas for a phenomenal Valentines with the one you love. 

Roses 

Believed to have grown from the tears of Aphrodite, the rose is the most romantic of flowers – love personified. A rose bush is a symbol of enduring love that will grow and mature in your garden for years to come.  

‘Champagne Moment’‘Pearl Anniversary’ 

‘Rhapsody In Blue’ 

 

 

‘Absolutely Fabulous’ 

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Anthurium

The heart-shaped leaves of the Anthurium have long been a symbol of long-lasting love and friendship. Believed to bring good luck to a relationship, they’re an ideal valentines gift. 

 White Anthurium

 

Red Anthurium

‘Black Anthurium’ 

Camellias

The Camellia represents love, longing, passion, desire and understanding, all the ingredients that were believed to make up a happy and successful relationship. 

‘Black Lace’

‘Lady Vansittart’

Primrose

The sacred flower of Freya, the Norse god of love, the Primrose represents young love and was laid out in front of a new couples house to wish them good luck. 

‘Chameleon’ 

 ‘Bumblebee’ 

 ‘Woodland Rose’

Houseplants

A houseplant can be great to give to the one you love – a gift that will last and brighten your home.

Eternal Flame Plant 

Alocasia ‘Polly’ 

Ficus Benjamina

Heart Leaf Philodendron

Tradescantia Zebrina

Chinese Money Plant

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Seed Kits

Starting a  project together can be fun, and what can be more rewarding than seeing a plant grow from seed.  Plant Theory seed kits are a wonderful way to get started with growing your own and are a fun thing to do together

Chilli Kit

Herb Kit

Cocktail Kit

 Quirky Gardener’s

Kitchen Garden

Gardener’s Dream 

Gifts For the Gardener 

If the loved one in your life loves their garden then a gift for the garden is a gift for them. 

Copper Dibber

 Copper Trowel

Ladybird Boots

Leather Gardening Glove

Denim Gardening Glove

Microfibre Gardening Glove

For a Romantic Evening

If you already have the perfect gift for your beau then why not make this Valentine’s extra special with a relaxing, romantic garden evening – relax by a fire or in the glow of outdoor light, cover yourselves with a blanket and enjoy each other’s company well into the night. 

Valen LED Candle

 LED Solar Fairy  Lights

 

 Spiral Lantern LED

Diamond Blanket

Freestanding Patio Heater

 

Atlas Clay Fire Pit

Decorative Garden Lantern

Riviera Wind Spinner

Green Outdoor Rug

Black Outdoor Rug

 

Beige Outdoor Rug