Conservation

World Wildlife Day Logo 3 March

World Wildlife Day has become one of the most important events dedicated to wildlife. In 2021 it’s taking place on the 3rd March, and here’s everything you need to know about what it is and how to take part.

What is World Wildlife Day?

Started by the UN on 20 December 2013, World Wildlife Day celebrates and raises awareness of problems facing wild animals and plants. Every year the day has a new theme that shines a spotlight on one area of environmental need.

What’s the theme of World Wildlife Day in 2021?

In 2021 the focus will be Forests and Livelihoods. Across the world, the spotlight will be on schemes and initiatives that help preserve our forests and support the 200 and 350 million people who live in or around them. In the Uk, the focus is on conserving and protecting our declining woodland species.

How big is the problem of declining UK species?

The 2019 state of nature report found that 41% of all UK  species have declined in numbers since the 1970s.

Of these, 26% of mammal species are at risk of extinction with the hedgehog seeing a 95% drop in population.

Pollution, loss of habitat and climate change are the biggest reason for the reduction in biodiversity, and it only takes small changes to have a significant impact.

What can I do to help?

Each garden is a part of the larger ecosystem around it. Looking after the plants and wildlife in your space will improve all the outdoor areas around you and create a place teeming with life. There are some simple steps you can take that will have a significant impact.

Help Pollinators

Pollinators are the natural world’s backbone; they keep plantlife growing strong, helping all the wildlife around them. But three bee species have gone extinct in recent decades, and the rest are at risk of extinction. Plant wildflowers and install bee homes or shelters to give your local pollinators plenty of food and places to rest.

Find out how to garden in a bee-friendly way.

Insect Habitat and Nectar Feeder

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Give a Hedgehog a House

Hedgehogs were once called ‘gardeners friends’ because they eat slugs, caterpillars, beetles and other pests. Having them in your garden benefits plants and crops, but they are in decline with estimated numbers dropping from 30 million to just under one million since the 1950s. The best way to help our prickly friends is to give them a space to hibernate and raise their little hoglets safely.

Hedgehog homes

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Look After Wild Birds

Birds help to control pests, pollinate plants and keep our forests healthy by spreading seeds around. Like all wildlife, both native and migratory birds are at risk from urbanisation and pollution, but you can help them year-round by giving them food, shelter and water.

Bird Feeder, Bird Care Box, Bird House

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It only takes little steps to make a big change in your local area. Show us what you’re doing in your garden this World Wildlife Day on Facebook or Instagram with #MyPrimroseGarden for a chance to be featured.

Gardening & Landscaping, How To

A rising trend in our community is the unique ability to turn a small outdoor space into an impressive yard-ens: tiny gardens bursting with creativity and flair. We love seeing all of the compact areas being turned into sanctuaries of green goodness and hope that this trend will go well beyond 2021.

So whether you are sprucing up a balcony garden, a petite patio, or a tiny terrace, adding plants and planters of varying heights will enable you to enjoy your petite place of zen.

Create a ‘sleeper’ hit!

Here are some top tips when it comes to perfecting your tiny outdoor oasis.

Pacing, planting, and planning are key

It’s time to think like a gardening magician and plan the perfect optimal outdoor illusion. The best place to start is by thinking about what you need from your outdoor space and how to fit those elements.

When you can’t expand outwards, you have think about upwards! Walls, garages, the side of a fence—it’s all good space. Get blooms up high with containers like hanging baskets, window boxes and exquisite wall mangers.

Think about creating your own secret pockets of space within your garden using screens, trellises or walls of foliage.  Decorating each area with different plants, living wall areas and garden furniture will help differentiate sections of your tiny space.  These unique areas are perfect for hiding small seating areas and comfy garden getaways.

Smart Furniture

This is where the tiny garden experts set themselves apart from the novices. When thinking about small spaces, most people shy away from incorporating furniture as they fear space will become cluttered. But in reality, furniture can be used to significant effect in a yard-en; you just need to make smart choices. Instead of large benches or bulky seating, go for more compact options.

Attract Wildlife

You don’t need acres of land or a countryside garden to be at one with nature.

A perfect way to breathe life into your tiny garden is by creating a home for wildlife to thrive in. Bird boxes, feeding stations, and even insect hotels are a beautiful way to build a tranquil outdoor oasis for both you and wildlife to enjoy.

Offer birds a place to drink, butterflies a place to feed and don’t forget the other insects. Many garden plants need pollinating insects to produce fruit and flowers (even in a tiny garden) But their numbers are in decline, partly due to a loss of habitat. Make your garden a safe haven for essential solitary bees, ladybirds and lacewings.

Keep It Bright

Brightly coloured plants and features can make your petite patio, or city balcony seem lighter and brighter than it appears.

Golden or light-yellow colours are perfect for brightening up dark patches, or opt for bright displays of foliage and shrubs to grace your garden with a burst of eye-catching colour.

As a general rule, hot colors like reds and dark yellows make a space feel warm and intimate, while if you want your garden sanctuary to feel larger opt for cooler light purples, whites, and blues.

And even though our garden getaways are growing in the UK, don’t shy away from tropical textures to help give you a sense of holiday romance when you step away into garden retreat.

Ready to start cultivating your tiny dream garden getaway? Share the progress with us and of course the beautiful end result on social media using #MyPrimroseGarden. We can’t wait to see what you create!

 

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

Garden Design, How To

Garden Path with Brick

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to start planning for those garden gatherings.  Fresh air and greenery are vital for our sense of wellbeing, and after a year of spending most of our time indoors, we know you’re ready for some ideas that can help to turn your gardens into perfect getaway destinations.

Houzz’s lockdown survey in 2020 revealed that 30% of respondents believed that upgrading their outdoor space would make their time at home more enjoyable. As lockdown eases, restrictions lift and home improvements are on the rise, investing time in building an outdoor sanctuary that’s a perfect fit for you, your family, and your guests will be a given. Take a look at our guide below to get ahead of the trend and create a welcoming space that works for you.

Social Spaces

It’s time to freshen up and prep your garden oasis for your guests. Choosing some staple furniture can help to transform your outdoor space into a luxe destination for everyone to enjoy.

Pre-dinner relaxation

Experimenting and creating different spots to entertain within your garden can elevate the overall experience. Choose furniture to help your guests relax and unwind before you begin the full on “hosting”. While you are busy in the kitchen, prepping hor d’oeuvres, why not direct your guests to the swings and offer them a pre-dinner cocktail?

Garden Swing with Canopy

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Farmhouse Style

Nothing beats eating dinner alfresco style. That’s why investing in the perfect dining set for you and your guests is so important. Serve food in style, with a range of attractive and durable sets to choose from. You can guarantee we will have something suitable for you this summer.

Round Wooden Picnic Table

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Summer Evenings

Outdoor fireplaces have long brought the heat and light needed to make a deck or patio a warm, inviting place for family and friends to gather. It’s a perfect way to end your garden gathering. It will keep your evening garden-getaways enjoyable throughout the whole year, not just for the English summer evenings.

Clay Chimenea

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Fitness hubs

Nothing like the feeling of freedom in an outdoor gym. With many of us now having fitness equipment at home, why not start prepping a section in your garden that caters for your commitment to wellness?

Stylish Shade

For a quick and stylish way to keep cool in your garden, Shade Sails are a great way to allow you to make the most out of your patio, and of course, protect you from the sun (and rain, after all we are in the UK) The shade will help you focus on dedicating yourself to your yoga flow or lift of weights without getting too hot or flustered, providing a practical solution yet still keeping your garden looking premium.

A Kookaburra shade sail, as evidenced by the watermark

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Compact Storage

Worked off those calories and got your heart rate up? Why not add in some elegantly designed garden storage to help protect and tidy up your outdoor space just in time for your guests to arrive.

Garden Storage

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Header Photo by Zane Lee on Unsplash