Make someone smile on National Kindness Day

by Bethany Day on November 12, 2013

It sometimes seems that being considerate to others is becoming a thing of the past.

But thankfully National Kindness Day is upon us once more to restore our faith in humanity and show just how paramount it is to be kind to one another.

Perhaps the author Henry James summed it up best when he said: “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”



Plants loss caused bee extinction

by Bethany Day on October 26, 2013

A loss of flowering plants caused by a huge asteroid impact 65 million years ago brought about a mass extinction of bees, scientists have claimed.

The US-based research team claimed that the massive extinction event, which is believed to have brought about the end of the dinosaurs, had catastrophic consequences for other species on Earth as well.

Scientists from the University of New Hampshire used a technique called molecular phylogenetics that looks at evolutionary relationships written in DNA. When analysing sequences from four main “tribes” of 230 carpenter bee species, the team found signs consistent with a mass extinction.



Woman’s garden is ‘tourist hotspot’

by Julia Bradley on September 30, 2013

An award-winning garden in York has become so popular it is now part of the city’s unofficial tourist trail.

Yorkshire’s county city already boasts several visitors attractions; such as York Minster, The Shambles, Jorvik Viking Centre, the National Railway Museum, York Dungeon and York Theatre Royal.

And now it seems Sharon Beadnell’s garden can be added to that list.


Autumn to deliver ‘Spectacular Display’

by Bethany Day on September 18, 2013

Warm summer weather has filled plants with the resources needed to create “potentially spectacular” colours this autumn, experts are claiming.

The Royal Horticultural Society believes the UK could be covered in amazing red, orange and gold foliage over the coming months.

A combination of warm and sunny days, along with moisture in the soil after the wet winter, has allowed plants to build up the sugar levels required to produce such stunning colours.



Daffodil remembers World War I Battle

by Bethany Day on September 10, 2013

Yellow daffodilA brand new daffodil will bloom into life next spring to commemorate a key battle of the First World War.

The Gallipoli Dawn, created in honour of those who fought in the Dardanelles Campaign in 1915, has been 21 years in the making by Cornwall grower Ron Scamp.

Mr Scamp and his family, from Falmouth, grow 3,000 varieties of daffodil and he made a start on the Gallipoli Dawn in 1992.



Neil is crowned Interflora Florist of the Year

by Bethany Day on July 29, 2013

Neil Whittaker has been named Interflora Florist of the Year 2013 in a close run competition final held at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show on Friday.

Seen as the pinnacle of achievement in the industry, this year the title is particularly highly valued as Interflora marks its 90th anniversary with a calendar of special events and celebrations.

Neil, who works at The Design Element in Irlam, faced tough opposition from seven other professional florists but demonstrated a level of talent and creativity that delighted judges on the day.  It is the third time Neil has won the prestigious title and he will now go on to represent the UK at the Interflora World Cup.



Best Exhibits at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

by Bethany Day on July 27, 2013

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is known as the Great Garden Party of the North and it’s not difficult to see why.

The show, which is set in the grounds of one of Britain’s most historic estates, near Knutsford in Cheshire is a riot of colour and a celebration of all things horticultural.

With a laid-back festival vibe the show is much less formal than RHS Chelsea yet the exhibits are just as spectacular. Here’s a look at some of my personal favourites from around the showground…



Cold Spring Brings Unexpected Visitors to Chelsea

by Bethany Day on May 22, 2013

A cold, late spring has put summer colours on hold and brings a celebration of spring to the centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The late growing season means that plants that would normally have gone over are still in full bloom, and will make an appearance at the world famous show this week.

Colder than average soil and air temperatures have challenged nurseries to rethink their normal growing practices and adapt their designs to ensure the show is fully of colour this week.



International Mother’s Day 2013

by Bethany Day on May 2, 2013

For many mums in the UK Mother’s Day has already been and gone but for others around the world this special day is just around the corner- that’s because Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days and dates around the world.

This year International Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 12th May and we’re here to help you send your best wishes no matter where in the world your Mum is.



Summer Flowers

by Bethany Day on April 24, 2013

Nothing signifies the arrival of Summer better than an abundance of colourful, blooming flowers and our collection for 2013 doesn’t disappoint.

Inspired by the season’s natural flora and fauna our Summer Collection for 2013 is bold, bright and beautiful.

Vibrant pinks, powder blue, lilacs and sunshine yellow characterise this trend beautifully and combined with beautiful coloured vases, woven baskets and colourful gift bags, make Summer one of our most exciting collections yet.