Garden news

Mini apple and pear trees that are perfect for city gardens; gorgeous Margaret Chrysanthemums; and what to do in your garden this week
Click to follow
Margaret Chrysanthemums

Margaret Chrysanthemums: save £8.95

These glorious Margaret Chrysanthemums have stunning blooms and are perfect for late summer and autumn colour.

They are easy to grow and can reach a height of up to 4ft (1.2m) and a flower size of 3in (8cm) ensuring an impressive display of colourful blooms in your garden.

This collection comprises of the following varieties: one each of the Bronze Margaret, Red Margaret, Pink Margaret, White Margaret and Purple Margaret.

We are offering five plants (one of each variety) for £8.95, or buy 10 plants for £17.90 and get five more plants free (worth £8.95)

Credit card order hotline: 0870 950 5914, quoting R19851WE or by post with cheques made payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds to Standard Chrysanthemum Collection Offer (R19851WE), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Delivery from May 2009, prices include UK p&p. Offer closes 31 May 2009.


Offer: mini apple and pear plants

Grow your own mini fruit trees in a pot on your patio. These trees produce large fruits on a dwarf stem growing only 1m (40 inches) tall. Both the Mini Red Apple Gala and the Mini Yellow Apple Golden Delicious plants are £9.99 each.

Buy the Apple collection (one red and one yellow) for £19.98 and receive a free Mini Pear Doyenné du Comice.

Please send orders to: Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES59 PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Cheques should be made out to TMYP Ltd. Or order online at

Supplied pot grown 30-40cm (12-16 inches) in 9cm pots, dispatched from May 2009. Offer closes 31 May 2009.

Garden Photo Shoot by John Thurlbourn

Garden Photo Shoot

This spring saw the publication of a charming book by John Thurlbourn. ‘Garden Photo Shoot’ (£7.99; Brambleby Books) includes more than 200 photographs, many close up, which superbly capture an entire year of garden wildlife.

The author shows us, with flair and dedication, that an English suburban garden contains a veritable zoo. Thurlbourn has been passionate about natural history from a very young age.

His first book, the fruits of his endeavours over a five-year period, is sure to catch the attention of anyone who loves gardening and its associated wildlife. Visit

The Chelsea Gardener bespoke wire

Surfboard trellis

Impress and entertain in your garden this year, with the ultimate garden icons from The Chelsea Gardener. London’s top garden decorator selects only the most stylish pieces for summer entertaining - from ambient lighting to bespoke garden sculptures and chic must-have furniture.

For example, a unique design inspired by Adrian Rayment’s love of surfing, this bespoke wirework piece provides an eye-catching shape when used for flat trellising or folded together as an obelisk. Created using Raymentwire which is galvanised and finished in antique etch or a comprehensive colour range of powder coats. From £444.

The Chelsea Gardener is at 125 Sydney Street, Kings Road, London SW3 6NR. Visit


The Highgrove Florilegium
The Highgrove Florilegium will feature watercolours of trees and plants grown at Highgrove
The Highgrove Florilegium
An exhibition of contemporary botanic art at the Garden Museum will feature watercolours of trees and plants grown in The Prince of Wales’ garden at Highgrove. The Highgrove Florilegium is the first display of the artworks.

In addition to the exhibition, the pieces of art are being published in a limited edition book raising money for The Prince’s Charities Foundation.

Adults, £4; Art Fund Members, £2; Senior Citizens, £3; Children under 16, full time students and carers of disabled visitors are free.

The exhibition runs from 12 May to 31 August 2009 at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB.

What to do: this week

* Watch out for late frosts with bubble wrap, horticulture fleece and newspaper handy to swaddle plants on cold nights
* Water regularly, if it doesn’t rain
* Deadhead spring blooming bulbs, but let the foliage grow until it yellows
* Keep the perennial vegetables and berries weeded
* Rip out invasives while the soil is damp, before they spread even further
* Keep harvesting asparagus and spring lettuce
* Seed beets, beans, cabbage, carrots, chard, lettuce, onions, potatoes, radishes, turnips
* Deadhead and begin replacing pansies and primroses as the blossoms fade
* Summer bulbs can be planted

For more by Matthew Appleby, visit

Follow us on Twitter @HomesProperty, Facebook and Instagram