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Try Mr Fothergill's award-winning seed collection with our special offer; gift ideas; events; and things to do in your garden this week.
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Reader offer: award-winning vegetable seed collection

Mr Fothergill’s RHS award-winning vegetable seed collection make great tasting crops. With this special offer you can trial the different varieties.

We are offering one packet each of runner bean ‘Enorma’, cabbage ‘Hispi’, carrot ‘Flyaway’, courgette ‘Defender’, lettuce ‘Little Gem’, tomato ‘Gardener’s Delight’, radish ‘French Breakfast’, dwarf bean ‘Ferrari’, broad bean ‘The Sutton’ and spring onion ‘Ishikura’.

The 10 packets cost £8.88 including p&p. Or buy two collections for £15.76, saving £2.

How to order
Call the credit card order hotline: 0870 950 5914 and quote R18944ES, or send cheques made payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, addressed to: The Standard vegetable seed collection offer (R18944ES), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Order before 28 February 2009 (delivery within 28 days).

Hyacinth bulbs
Valentine's gift from McQueens

Valentine's gift offers throughout February

McQueens has two ‘luxury for less’ offers for Valentine’s Day.

Order the ‘quintessential Valentine’s gift’ and receive 12 beautiful long-stemmed roses with an English rose scented candle, made from natural soy wax and with a burning time of 55 hours. The special offer price is £90, plus £10 delivery within the congestion charge zone (save £30 plus delivery).

Or choose a container planted with hyacinth bulbs or a miniature red rose shrub. The bulbs and roses can be planted in the garden or window box and the container is reusable. Costs £35, plus £10 delivery within congestion charge zone (save £15 plus delivery).

For both offers, please quote 'Homes & Property' when ordering. Order before 28 February 2009. Visit

Blueberry 'Top Hat'

Blueberry 'Top Hat'

What is more satisfying than picking your own fresh fruit? Blueberry 'Top Hat' makes a decorative pot plant, producing white blossom in spring and attractive bronze autumn foliage.

Its plump berries are healthy, and delicious in pies, muffins and jam. Plants are supplied in 9cm pots. Order one plant for £8.99 (order code 4526) or three for only £17.98 (1329).

How to order
Send postal orders to: Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES49 PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Please make cheques payable to TMYP Ltd. Or call 0844 573 2020 (and quote MRES49). Or visit Offer closes 31 March 2009.

Swings & Pretty Things

Swings & Pretty Things

Swings & Pretty Things has a lasting Valentine's idea for your garden. This carved oak swing with the words 'Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do, I'm half crazy, all for the love of you' is ideal for the young, or young at heart.

The 75cm x 25cm seat is perfect for two, and costs £250. The swing comes with two 5m lengths of acrylic hemp rope each 5m long (longer lengths available). It can be hung from a tree branch or a swing frame (frame not supplied). Call 0844 800 0688 or visit

The Balcombe Window Box Company

Fabulous ideas for window boxes

Indoor contemporary silver-coloured metal window boxes are ideal for this time of year. The Balcombe Street Window Box Company has many innovative ideas. For Valentine’s Day, choose one made up from primroses, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies or violas and team with evergreens such as conifer, buxus and hebe or perhaps rosemary or bay.

Prices start from £45. Call 020 7723 4496 or visit

Garden events

The RHS London plant and design show
Tuesday 17 February, 11am-7pm and Wednesday 18 February, 10am-5pm

The RHS London plant and design show
Early spring-flowering plants will be on show at the RHS London plant and design show
The RHS London plant and design show is the first London garden show of 2009. It will show early spring-flowering plants alongside ideas and inspiration for London gardeners.

Highlights include design ideas for front gardens, and balcony displays. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free for RHS members, £5 for non-members (£3 on Wednesday). Visit

National Nest Box Week
Starts Sunday 15 February

The British Trust for Ornithology gives advice how to build a nest box for your garden. Visit

What to do this week

* Prepare asparagus beds by weeding them.
* Dig and weed the rest of your vegetable beds.
* Add lime to your brassica patch if your cabbages suffered from club root last year.
* Start off your tomatoes on a windowsill by sowing seeds into compost.
* Sow broad beans, carrots, parsnips, onions, lettuces and early beetroot outside under cloches

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