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Fabulous offers on beautiful Empress Josephine roses and Pearl tuberose; fragrant gift ideas for Valentine's Day; events; and things to do in your garden this week.

Reader offer: Empress Josephine roses

Empress Josephine roses
A rose for Valentine’s day does not have to be cut. The British shrub Gallica rose was named for Napoleon's wife, the Empress Josephine, after her death. It is a classic cottage garden shrub rose which can even be grown in a container.

Bushy and wide-spreading, the rose produces an astonishing amount of round, heavily veined, scented bright pink flowers on sturdy, smooth stems.

Homes & Property readers can buy one bare root plant for £10.95, or two for £17.90 and save £4 (the supplied bare root will grow to an eventual height of one metre).

How to order: call the credit card order hotline: 0870 950 5914 and quote R18942ES, or send postal orders with cheques made payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, addressed to The Standard Rose Empress Josephine Offer (R18942ES), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Order before 28 February, 2009.

The tuberose, Polianthes tuberosa ‘The Pearl’

‘The Pearl’: save £5 when ordering 10 tubers

The tuberose, Polianthes tuberosa ‘The Pearl’, has spikes of intensely fragrant, waxy white flowers rising from the narrow foliage from summer onwards on this relatively unknown bulb.

It is ideal for containers or the border and perfect for use as a cut flower, with a height of 24-36”. Buy five tubers for £9.99 (order code 8521) or 10 (8522) for £14.98 (saving £5).

How to order: send postal orders to: Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES48 PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Please make cheques payable to TMYP Ltd. Or call 0844 573 2020 (and quote MRES48). Or visit Order before 28 February, 2009.

The Gardens at Kew: £5 off

Allen Paterson
Allen Paterson
Botanical garden director Allen Paterson charts the evolution of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew from private pleasure ground to public park to international institution in a 250th anniversary book, The Gardens at Kew.

This story includes a fascinating cast of royalty, scientists, landscape designers and artists and is illustrated with photographs of the garden today and old botanical illustrations.

Homes & Property readers can buy the book at £20 (usually £25) including free UK p&p. Visit Enter the promotional code ‘GardKew09’ when prompted. The offer ends on 30 April 2009.


A scented Valentine’s Day gift idea

The climate of the Isles of Scilly grows flowers that are often flown in from Africa, Asia or South America. Forty family growers nurture scented narcissi from small, traditional fields.

Narcissi are not daffodils; they are multi-headed, 'star like' blooms with a wonderful heady scent and come in shades from white and peachy cream to intense yellows and orange.

The flowers are hand-picked to order and shipped by sea to Cornwall. They will be delivered direct to your door in a biodegradable presentation box, ideal for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.

Prices from £33.75 for 100 stems. Visit or call 01720 423767.

Garden events

Kennington Gardens Society talk: Growing and enjoying camellias, by Jennifer Trehane
Thursday 12 February 2009, 7.30pm

Clifton Nurseries
Join the St Valentine's wine and cheese tasting at Clifton Nurseries
Leading international camellia expert Jennifer Trehane's lifelong passion for camellias stems from a family nursery business - she managed Trehane Camellia Nursery in Dorset until 1995 and has travelled the world to see them in the wild, including China.

Admission: members free, non-members £2 per person (or free if you join on the night). Membership is £5 a year for an individual or £8 for a couple.
Venue: Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, London SE11.
Call the members' secretary on 020 7582 1428 for more information.

St Valentine's wine and cheese tasting in the greenhouse at Clifton Nurseries
Wednesday 11 February 2009, 6.30pm-9pm

The event is held in conjunction with local wine specialist The Winery. Come and try wines from around the world accompanied by robust cheeses and rustic bread, for £20 per person. Hand-tied bouquet will be for sale on the night with an exclusive 20 per cent discount. For tickets email or call 020 7432 1866.

What to do this week

* Plant lilies and alliums.
* Cut hedges before birds start nesting.
* Plant bare-root trees and bushes, including fruits such as apples or berries.

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