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Luxurious river pebble patios; fantastic onion collection offer; events and what to do in your garden this week.
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De Ferranti makes luxurious river pebble patios

Go with the flow

De Ferranti makes luxurious river pebble patios. The London-based company uses a technique that is 5,000 years old to create terraces and patios and all kinds of decorative tile work both for indoors and out.

Around 2,500 pebbles are positioned into a square metre, which can either be done in situ or fixed on to mesh that is later moved into position. Materials include marble, quartz, granite and diorite pebbles that can create elaborate patterns in white and black, but also in beige with accents of yellow, red or green.

Cost: from £600 a square metre excluding VAT if supplied on net, extra if installed. By appointment only: The Old Engineering Offices (E1), 2 Michael Road, SW6 2AD. Call 020 7384 4424 or see

The flooded garden

Many householders have experienced sudden and severe floods this winter. Environment Agency statistics show that more than five million people in England & Wales are at risk of floods each year. New website is designed to help gardeners deal with the problems caused by floods, including helping prevent problems through choosing the right plants and creating the right garden conditions.

Onions and shallots

Know your onions

Onions and shallots are the mainstays of many gardens or allotments. Homes & Property readers can buy a special selection. We offer 250g packs (approx 75 sets) each of Hercules, a new high-yielding globe shaped onion which has good bolting resistance and Setton, a dense, rounded onion with a fine flavour. This collection is completed with a 500g pack (approx 30 bulbs) of the tasty shallot, Topper, a yellow rounded shallot with a sweeter, milder flavour than most - good raw in salads, in casseroles or pickled.

Buy this three-pack collection for just £9.95 including p&p or buy a double collection (6 packs) for £19.90 and we’ll send you 5 onion nets free, worth £3.95. Credit-card order hotline: 0870 950 5914, quoting R18949ES or by post with cheques made payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds to The Standard Onions & Shallot Offer (R18949ES), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Delivery within 28 days, prices include UK p&p.


The first meeting of London Gardens Network, for professional gardeners who work within the M25, is at Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road on Thursday 5 March. It is the brainchild of Fiona Crumley, Head Gardener at Chiswick House backed by Mark Lane, Head Gardener at Buckingham Palace and Rosie Atkins, Curator at Chelsea Physic Garden.

The London Gardens Network is a forum for new gardeners and experienced horticulturalists. The meeting is limited to 80 delegates. If you would like to attend, contact Mark Lane at A charge of £15 per head will be made to cover the cost of lunch, tea and coffee (£5 for students, horticultural trainees and apprentices). Please make cheques payable to London Gardens Network and send to LGN, c/o Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HS.

This week

- Sow carrots, parsnips and bulb onions under cloches
- Prune wistaria
- Clean pots and trays ready for raising new plants
- Chit (sprout) potato tubers by standing them, buds facing upwards, in a light, cool place
- Divide and replant bulbs such as snowdrops

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