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Oranges are not the only fruit

Citrus Lemon & Calamondin Offer
Citrus Lemon & Calamondin Offer
These two small fruit trees make a great addition to the patio, conservatory, or even the kitchen windowsill.

Citrus Lemon can be grown in the ground outside or in a container, and can be left outdoors all year round. It has large bright yellow fruits, deep green, glossy leaves and tiny white flowers, which have a delicious perfume. Citrus Mitis (Calamondin) produces small, aromatic, bright orangey-red fruits that have an acidic lime-orange flavour.

Homes & Property readers can buy one Calamondin or Citrus Lemon tree, supplied in a 5in pot, for only £9.95 (please state the variety you want) or buy both for £15.90 and save £2. Expect delivery within 28 days.

To order, call 0870 950 5914, quoting the reference R17878HP, or send a cheque, payable to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, addressed to The Standard Citrus Lemon & Calamondin Offer (R17878HP), Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG, before 31 December 2008.

Pearl Hyacinths' blue, white and pink fragrant flowers

Reader offer: Hyacinths

£15.99 plus free P&P
Pearl Hyacinths' blue, white and pink fragrant flowers are specifically designed to flower simultaneously. All they require is a little water.

Three hyacinth bulbs planted in a 16cm handwoven basket, top dresses with carpet moss are available to Homes & Property readers at £15.99, including postage and packing. They flower around two or three weeks after arrival.

Please send orders to: Evening Standard Offers, Dept. MRES42 PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SN. Please make cheques payable to TMYP Ltd. Alternatively, call 0844 573 2020 (quote MRES42), or visit Orders must be received by 17 December 2008.

RHS New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques (£24)

Book of the week

RHS New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques: the essential practical guide, £24 (Mitchell Beazley)
Homes & Property readers can get a copy of the RHS New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques for the special price of £24 (normally £30).

This very practical book explains gardening methods step-by-step allowing new gardens to develop their skills and experienced gardeners to update their techniques.

The book, published by Mitchell Beazley, features 2,000 artworks in more than 400 well laid out sequences. To buy your copy, call 01903 828503 and quote the reference MB201, before 31 December 2008.

Chelsea Physic Garden, SW3

Don’t miss

The Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden will hold its traditional Christmas Fair on Sunday 30 November 2008, from 10am to 4pm, with stalls selling handmade winter clothing, wreaths, foodstuffs, confectionery and much more.

The garden, which is normally closed in winter, will open for this event. There will be tours around the garden and some great children’s activities, including workshops demonstrating how to make Christmas decorations from recycled materials, plus lots of other fun activities.

Entry is £5 for adults; children under 16 enter free. Last admission is 3.30pm.
Chelsea Physic Garden is at Swan Walk (off Royal Hospital Road), SW3.

Kew Gardens
© Danny Elwes

Christmas right on Kew

Complete Christmas: a lecture by Sarah Raven
Writer and TV gardener Sarah Raven will lecture on the Complete Christmas at Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Kew, on 11 December 2008 from 7pm. Tickets are £5 each.

Complete Christmas is the BBC Gardener’s World presenter’s latest book, which offers ideas on food, flowers and decorations for the festive season.

To book, call 020 8332 5000, or visit

Christmas Wreath Workshop at Eden garden centre, Holland Park

Your Eden project

Eden Holland Park
Homes & Property readers are invited to an exclusive Christmas Wreath Workshop at Eden Garden Centre, Holland Park, with garden writer Gay Search.

If you have never decorated a wreath before, or perhaps feel you do not have the necessary skills, try Eden’s beginners’ workshop. Choose between Magic Metallic in rich golds, silvers and bronzes, or the colourful wreath, Festive Fruits.

Tickets cost £35 each and include a wreath to take home that is worth £45. Only 15 places are available. To book, or for more information, call Eden Holland Park on 020 7751 1713, visit, or email

Gift ideas from North One garden centre, Islington

Spiders flocked and glittered

North One garden centre, Islington
Fashionable Islington garden centre North One has an array of interesting Christmas gifts this year. The centre, featured in December Vogue’s Insider’s “best secrets” list, is in Englefield Road, Islington, N1.

Gifts available include transparent butterfly clips (£1.29) and Christmas creepies, such as dragonflies and spiders, festively flocked and glittered (£8.99 each). For more information, call 020 7923 3553, or visit

The Spork (fork & spade) from The Town Garden

Spork ’andles, please

The Town Garden
The Spork, a clever and award-winning hybrid of a fork and a spade, is now available as part of a 16-strong range. As a special gift, a Spork, engraved with a name and a message of your choice for no extra charge, is available exclusively from Oxford’s The Town Garden. Also, one lucky reader can win a pair of Hand Spork tools engraved with the name of their choice.

The engraving service is available all year round. For more details, call 01865 552626, visit, or email Please state if you do not wish to be contacted about future products.

What to do this week

* Put horticultural fleece over delicate outdoor plants or bring them indoors to protect them from frosts.
* Plant pansies, primroses, polyanthus, wallflowers or violas to provide some winter colour.
* Plant heathers with skimmia japonica, pieris or gaultheria to brighten up the garden. They prefer ericaceous compost.
* Plant hyacinth bulbs indoors.
* Raise pots off the ground on pot feet or small stones to prevent the pots cracking during deep frosts.

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