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Special offers on Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’, fruiting apple trees and the book Hugh Johnson in the Garden. Plus events and what to do in your garden this week
Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

Classic bloom: Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

Ideal if you need to brighten a dark corner of the garden, Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ is easily grown in both sun or shade. It looks stunning when grown rambling up walls or fences and will flower from August to October.

Homes & Property readers can order three plants for £8.49, or six for £16.98 and receive another three plants free.

Send orders to: Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES61 PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Cheques should be made out to TMYP Ltd. Or call 0844 573 2020 (quoting MRES61) or visit

Plug plants supplied; dispatched from late May 2009; offer ends 31 May 2009.

Grow these super apple trees on the patio

Every gardener should have a fruiting tree, and what better than the apple which will give you beautiful spring blossom, summer shade and sumptuous fruit followed by spectacular autumn colour – a truly multi purpose garden feature. Homes & Property has three popular varieties on offer:

Gala fruiting apple tree
* Braeburn – a large, juicy variety with a unique flavour which is both sweet and tart;
* Gala – a small, attractive apple which is a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Kidd’s Orange Red (pictured);
* Golden Delicious – has a crisp interior surrounded by a green/gold skin.

Buy one variety for only £11.95, or buy all three for £29.85 and save £6.

Credit card order hotline: 0870 950 5914, quoting R19851WE or by post with cheques made payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds to: The Standard Patio Apple tree Offer (R19851WE), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG.

Supplied in 9cm pots at approximately 60cms high; delivery within 28 days; prices include UK p&p; offer ends 31 May 2009.

Hugh Johnson in the Garden

Book offer: Hugh Johnson in the garden

"Tradescant's Diary", a column of garden jottings, first appeared in the RHS magazine "The Garden" in June 1975. Hugh Johnson was its author and it became a monthly fixture for the RHS’s committed gardeners.

Hugh's writings are filled with an eclectic mixture of topical, whimsical and humorous anecdotes and are organized to follow a gardener's monthly calendar.

Homes & Property readers can order a copy of Hugh Johnson in the Garden at a special price of £11.25 (RRP £14.99) with free postage and packaging.

To order call 01903 828503 and quote ref MB231. Subject to availability.


Auction of Garden Statuary, Architectural Items and Decorative Fossils
A pair of historically important lead finials by John van Nost the Elder, one of the greatest producers of lead sculptures in the early 18th century, will be offered for sale in this auction at Summers Place Auctions on Tuesday 19 May.

The rare and fine lead lidded finials, which date from the early 18th century were made for WrestPark, near Bedford, which is now owned by English Heritage, but was previously the seat of the de Grey Family and later the Marquises of Kent. Measuring 274cm overall, the finials are estimated at £40,000-60,000.

The items can be viewed (15–18 May, 10am–4pm) in the Walled Garden, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex. The catalogue, available now, will be fully illustrated on the website.
Summers Place Auctions, Billingshurst, West Sussex; or call 01403 331331.

What to do this week

* Sweep up and rake away unwanted moss and garden debris which may have built up over the winter and could stifle new growth.

* Mow little and often - after the winter it will take several cuts at different heights to bring your lawn back to life.

* Edge and tidy your borders to create a perfectly finished lawn.

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