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Special offers on vitamin-rich goji berry plants and gorgeous geraniums, as well as your chance to win a Hunter Garden Pond in a Box, worth £40
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Salmon Princess Geranium
The Salmon Princess Geranium has soft pink flowers tightly clustered together

Gorgeous geraniums

Zonal Geraniums offer flower power in abundance with a minimum of fuss. With a maximum height and spread of 18in by the end of summer, the brightly coloured blooms are held on long stems.

With good drought tolerant qualities they are ideal for a sun-soaked patio where they make good container subjects, or planted together in a sunny border.

Geranium Appleblossom
First introduced in 1870 and a reported favourite of Queen Victoria, this fabulous flower produces masses of florets that look like miniature roses. Five plants cost £8.95.

Geranium Blushing Sophie
Unusual cream blooms with a pink-tinged contrast against its’ dark green foliage. The double flowers clustered together give a delicate and light appearance. Five plants cost £8.95.

Geranium Salmon Princess
Soft pink flowers are tightly clustered together above attractive dark green foliage. Five plants cost £8.95.

Buy a mixed collection of geraniums (nine plants - three of each) for £14.90, or a bumper collection of 18 plants (six of each) costs £24.80, saving £5.

Credit card order hotline: 0870 950 5914, quoting R19851WE or by post with cheques made payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds and addressed to: The Standard Zonal Geranium Offer (R19851WE), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. Delivery within 28 days. Prices include UK p&p. Offer ends 10 June 2009.

Goji Berries
Goji berry plants are vitamin-rich and nutritious to eat

Goji berry plants

Grow your own Goji berry plants and enjoy vitamin-rich nutritious fruit, which you can eat as a snack or add to smoothies, juices and cereals.

Buy one plant for £9.49 or buy two for £17.98 and get a third plant free.

Please send orders to: Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES62, PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Cheques should be made payable to TMYP Ltd, or call 0844 573 2020 (and quote MRES62). Or visit

Plants are supplied in 9cm pots and dispatched from June 2009. Offer ends 10 June 2009.

Win: a limited edition Hunter Garden Pond in a Box

The Pond Conservation has launched their Garden Pond campaign, encouraging the nation to reintroduce ponds to our gardens. More than half of our countryside ponds have been lost over the last century and many that remain are degraded by pollution. Garden Ponds are a vital ecosystem for great British wildlife and insects.

Hunter Pond in a Box
Win a Hunter Garden Pond in a Box, worth £40 each
More than 80 endangered plants and animals that rely on ponds will benefit by new garden ponds being made with clean water.

Outdoor brand Hunter has teamed up with the Pond Conservation to create Hunter’s Garden Pond in a Box. The kit contains a pair of Young Hunter Neo boots, made to last and lined in neoprene for extra insulation, and an examination kit consisting of a water tray, sieve and magnifying glass.

How to enter: The Hunter Garden Pond in a Box is not available for sale. For your chance to win a £40 set, email by 10 June 2009, specifying a colour (choose from classic Hunter green, or navy) and select a children’s size (from UK7-13, or one-five). For further details, visit

The Family Kitchen Garden
Save £2: The Family Kitchen Garden

Save £2 on our book of the week

The Family Kitchen Garden by Karen Liebreich, Jutta Wagner and Annette Wendland (published by Frances Lincoln)
Five years ago the three authors began to restore the neglected 17th-century kitchen garden at Chiswick in west London, teaching hundreds of local school children how to grow food in the garden.

With the emphasis on what will be fun to grow and useful for a family, the book provides clear instructions on growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and cutting flowers, and month-by-month advice on what to do, and when.

There are also recipes using home-grown fruit and veg that kids (as well as adults) will want to make and eat, from oriental summer rolls and homemade ketchup, to parsnip crisps and fruit ice lollies. There are instructions for building a ladybird nesting house as well as how to weave a willow wigwam for climbing plants.

Special offer: Homes & Property readers can buy the book at £13.59 plus p&p (normally £15.99). Call 01235 827702 and quote ref: 46FKHP, or visit and enter the promotion code ‘FAMILY09’ when prompted to obtain your discount.

Garden events

Bewl Water Garden Show & Craft Fair
On 30 and 31 May 2009, the Bewl Water Garden Show & Craft Fair in Lamberhurst, Kent, is on from 10am-5pm. Admission prices are adults, £3; and children, £2 (3-15 years). Call 01892 890661 or visit

Garden Design School taster day
On 10 June 2009, the Garden Design School is organizing a taster day at Painshill Park Training Centre in Cobham, Surrey, from 10am-3pm. For details, contact Cheryl Williams on 01380 728788 or visit

Enfield Rose & Horticultural Show
This horticultural society’s summer event at Capel Manor College, from 10am-5pm on 13 and 14 June 2009, has classes on growing roses, vegetables and learning floral arrangements. Visit or call 020 8366 4442.

What to do in your garden

Safeguarding varroa mite-threatened bees was a theme at Chelsea Flower Show last week with Vince Cable MP linking with The British Beekeepers’ Association for a new campaign.
To attract bees to your garden:
Plant single-flowering plants and vegetables such as alliums, mint and beans.
And regular chores:
* Keep new plants well watered in early morning/late evening
* Mulch
* Give the compost a turn
* Give your houseplants a summer holiday outdoors
* Make sure the birds have fresh water

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