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Cover your walls with a rambling rose; fantastic special offer on Bluebells; elegant planters and window boxes, and garden events.
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Special offer: spring Bluebells

Bluebells herald the coming of spring
With their nodding flowers in shades of azure blue, Bluebells herald the coming of spring. Bulbs establish and spread more reliably when planted “in the green”.

Plants are lifted in full leaf, so that you know you have strong, vigorous specimens which will establish rapidly in your garden, giving you years of spectacular colour and enjoyment.

Buy 25 Bluebells for £12.95 including p&p. Or save £6 when you buy 50 bulbs for £19.90, or buy 75 bulbs for £26.85 and save a further £6.

How to order: Call the credit card order hotline on
0870 950 5914 and quote ‘R’. Or post a cheque made payable to: Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, to The Standard Bluebells Offer (R), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Delivery from March 2009, prices include UK p&p. Offer closes 23 March 2009.

Albertine roses
Rambling rose 'Albertine'

Save £5: Rambling rose ‘Albertine’

With fragrant, salmon-pink flowers, rambling rose ‘Albertine’ is a vigorous rambler, perfect for training over walls and arches. It is a fully-hardy and very reliable variety.

Buy one Rose Albertine for £9.99 or two for just £14.98, saving £5. Plus free p&p on all orders.

Please send orders to: Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES51, PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Cheques should be made out to TMYP Ltd, or call quoting MRES51 online at Bare-root plants delivered from March 2009. Offer closes 23 March 2009.

Haddonstone planter
The Adam Vase, £128

Elegant planters

Cast-stone garden ornament maker Haddonstone is launching two new planters. The elegant Campana Vase (£525) is a campana-shaped bowl featuring stylised acanthus leaf decoration.

The swagged Adam Vase (right, £128) is a classical planter featuring drapery swags. It can be placed on a patio or sit on a pedestal. Visit or call
01604 770711.

Snow & Barttelot window box
Window boxes are prepared in advance and delivered to your door

Window boxes and entrance planters

Garden designers Jonathan Snow and Emma Barttelot have launched Snow & Barttelot, which specialises in window boxes and entrance planters, prepared in advance and delivered direct to the door.

The window boxes cost from £80-£190. Planters come in a variety of sizes (45, 65, 90, 120 and 150 cms) and finishes including terracotta, wicker, distressed wooden crates or aluminium. They can be interchanged to match any of the collections. Bespoke commissions undertaken. Orders taken within the M25 and delivery free within central London. Visit


Spring Fair
11-15 March 2009: The Country Living Magazine Spring Fair
7 March: Grow your own open day at all four Royal Horticultural Society gardens, including Hyde Hall in Essex and Wisley in Surrey. The RHS will offer practical advice on what and how to grow your own. Entry is free. Visit

12 March: Talk by Patrick Daniell on the Abbey Cottage Garden at Itchen Abbas to be held at the monthly Kennington Garden Society meeting held at 7.30pm at Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, London SE11. Members free, non members £2 per person, or free if you become a member on the night. Membership is £5 a year for an individual or £8 for a couple. Information is available from the membership secretary on 020 7582 1428.

11-15 March 2009: The Country Living Magazine Spring Fair featuring home and garden-ware is on at the Business Design Centre (BDC), Islington, N1. Adult ticket prices are from £10.50-£15. For further information and to book tickets, please visit or call 08448 480 158.

What to do in your garden this week

* Pot up tubers of exotic dahlias, cannas, eucomis and hedychium, positioning them in a warm, well-lit spot
* Cover the flowering stems of peaches, apricots and plums with horticulture fleece at night to guard from frost
* Put barley straw in your pond to get rid of algae
* Cover soil with cloches to help warm it, enabling earlier planting

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