Author: Karen Jonees

  1. Enter the Peter Nyssen Spring Flower Collection Competition

    We want YOU to inspire us as we put together our new Spring Bulb Collections this year! You could WIN Peter Nyssen Gift Vouchers! Plus, your favourites might end up being one of our new Collections for this year. We’re looking for the most appealing combination of spring bulb flowers, specifically in these categories:

    • Tulip Collection - just tulips, but so many different types & colours to choose from!
    • Spring Flowers for Pots Collection - any types of spring bulb combinations that would work well together in pots
    • Spring Flower Border Collection - any types of spring bulb combinations that creates the perfect border for a Spring Garden

     Photographs will also be judged on their composition and artistic qualities. 


    Prize: £55 in Peter Nyssen Gift Vouchers

    Competition starts on 21st April 2021 and closes at midnight on Saturday 5th June 2021.
    We’ll shortlist the finalists and share on our social media channels (Facebook and Instagram), inviting followers to vote for their favourites in each Category.
    Winners will be announced on 14th June 2021.

    Here are the details:

    • Maximum 3 entries per person. You can enter in all three categories if you wish or submit more than one entry for one category. You can submit up to 3 photos per entry.
    • Send your photos (including up to 3 photos) via email to [email protected] with 'Spring Flower Collection Competition' in the title. Please read the notes below:
    • Please indicate which Category you are entering with your photo submission. Send each entry in separate emails. (You can enter up to 3 times).
    • Photos need to be in a jpg, jpeg or png format.
    • Include your full name, email address and telephone number (in case we need to contact you about your entry)
    • Please include your name on the photo filename and if you know the varieties, please provide details in your email.
    • Please DON'T use colour altering filters or edit to alter the colours of the flowers in any way. (And all photos must be original and owned by you!).
    • If you want to, add any other information about your submission (why did you choose the flowers, why do you like it, etc)

      * Please read Terms & Conditions here as there is a lot of information there about what photos are allowed/not allowed, our rights to using the images, as well as how the competition will be judged:

     

    Thank you and good luck!


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  2. How to deter badgers from eating your bulbs


    There be three Badgers on a mossy stone
    Beside a dark and covered way:
    Each dreams himself a monarch on his throne,
    And so they stay and stay

    - Lewis Carroll

    … and stay to eat your spring bulbs! What can you do to stop your spring garden from disappearing before your bulbs have barely even had a chance to settle in the soil?

    Even though they may wreck your carefully planted bulbs, remember that badgers are a protected species. And with good reason! They are excellent home builders and their burrows or setts can survive for centuries, housing several generations. Badgers are very house-proud too! They won’t bring food inside or use any part of it as a toilet. They will repeatedly change their bedding to prevent the build-up of fleas and lice. Not only that, but they are a bit of a cultural icon too, featuring in the Beatrix Potter stories, ‘The Wind in The Willows’ and even made it as the symbol of Hufflepuff house from the Harry Potter series!

    But they do love a bulb or two! Here are some ways that might deter them:

    • One of the best options to stop badgers digging is to get some thick wire grid (e.g. weld mesh from a builders’ yard), cut it to size and place just beneath the soil surface. Plants will grow through the grid, but the badgers cannot dig through it and it can be removed for weeding and composting.

    • Similarly, put branches of prickly holly all over the surface of a bed planted with tulips. May help to keep the paws away, but when the tulips shoot up, the holly will have to be removed.

    • You could try an ultrasonic animal deterrent device. These use strong ultrasonic dual signals which frighten animals and ensure they do not get used to the sound due to the intermittent signals it sends out when activated.  These signals, coupled with the strong flashing light, may be enough to make any pest running for cover.

    • Get some help from a friend! Human male pee can deter and will put off badgers as they are very territorial. Dilute it with water in a 1:4 ratio and use a sprayer or a water can to apply. (This way it will smell less and it will still serve the purpose). Although heavy rain may wash it away.

    • Scotch bonnet chilli peppers might do the trick too. Badgers don’t see very well, so they are reliant on their sense of smell. If they detect something as irritating to the nose as these chilli peppers, they will have no choice but to retreat. Crush the peppers until fine and sprinkle them at where you think the badgers are entering or around the boundary. (Be careful though, these peppers are VERY hot, so don’t touch your face after handling them). Again, rain or heavy winds may wash or blow the peppers away.

    To prevent other animals, like rodents or deer from snacking on your bulbs, consider our animal-resistant varieties. You can find them on our website by applying the Animal Resistant filter under Special Features or by clicking here.

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