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Enter now for your chance to win a hamper of Grow Your Own flowers, fruit and vegetables from Mr Fothergill’s

November 1st, 2015 | Competitions | 0 Comments

Win this bumper parcel of good things to grow in your garden from Mr Fothergill's

We decided to bring you an early Christmas gift this year.  And what better gifts for gardening enthusiasts than a bumper pack of things to grow?

We have had huge success with our RSPB range in 2015, which raises cash for the RSPB as well as encourages gardeners to introduce wildlife havens for birds and pollinators. And so we are including one of each of the single flower varieties and all three seed mixes for you to try. Also popular this year has been our GroMat and GroBox ranges. We’ve included 2 of the children’s GroBoxes and two GroMats in our giveaway hamper too.

To help us to celebrate the Year of the Cosmos, and the Year of the Tomato in 2016 we are also including a selection of new seeds for you to try in your gardens next year.

Finally, just in case you are more of a vegetable grower, we are also including one each of our Get Growing range, that includes the best of all the most popular vegetable types.

For the full list of contents of the Grow Your Own hamper see below.

Entering this competition could not be easier.  Just follow these instructions.

 

How to enter the Grow Your Own hamper competition:

Simply ‘Follow’ us on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook to enter the competition. If you do both, you will be entered into the draw twice, which will give you double the chance of winning.  Do share on our posts to encourage others to enter!

If you already ‘like’ or ‘follow’ us then just share our posts on Facebook and Twitter to be entered into the draw.

You can find us at the following locations:

 

Terms & Conditions:

  • The competition will run for the duration of November 2015, commencing at 9am on 1 November 2015 and closing at 11.59pm on 30 November 2015. Entries made after this closing date will not be considered in the draw.
  • Mr Fothergill’s will announce the winner via social media on 2 December 2015.
  • There will be only one winner.  Mr Fothergill’s will choose the winner at random, and our decision on this will be final.
  • There is no cash alternative to the prize.
  • The prize is open to UK residents only and will be delivered by UK courier.
  • The winner will have one week in which to respond and claim their prize.  Failure to respond after 7 days will forfeit the prize and we will draw again.
  • Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Ltd will reserve the right to publish the name of the winner on our website and in any related press release in relation to this competition.
  • This competition is not open to employees or family members of Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Ltd.

 

Full list of contents of the Grow Your Own hamper worth over £250!

Description

RRP

RSPB AMARANTHUS Ribbons and Beads

£2.95

RSPB ASTER (Michaelmas Daisy) Mixed

£2.95

RSPB CALIFORNIAN POPPY Single Mixed

£2.95

RSPB COREOPSIS (Tickseed) Unbelievable

£2.95

RSPB CORNFLOWER Tall Mixed

£2.95

RSPB COSMOS Sensation Mixed

£2.95

RSPB FLAX

£2.95

RSPB MILLET (Foxtail) Hylander

£2.95

RSPB GERANIUM (Hardy) pratense Mixed

£2.95

RSPB GLOBE THISTLE

£2.95

RSPB GREATER KNAPWEED

£2.95

RSPB RUDBECKIA Marmalade

£2.95

RSPB SCABIOUS Tall Double Mixed

£2.95

RSPB VALERIAN

£2.95

RSPB VERBENA bonariensis

£2.95

RSPB YARROW

£2.95

RSPB Flower Carpet for Bees seed mix (20 sq. m)

£6.95

RSPB Flowers for Birds seed mix (20 sq.m)

£6.95

RSPB Flowers for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects seed mix (20 sq. m)

£6.95

GROMAT Wildflower Mix

£9.99

GROMAT Grow Your Own Vegetables

£9.99

GROBOX Childrens Vegetable Garden

£6.99

GROBOX Childrens Flower Garden

£6.99

COSMOS Brightness Mixed

£2.15

COSMOS Double Click Cranberries

£2.35

COSMOS Seashells Red

£2.15

COSMOS Tetra Versailles Dark Rose

£2.15

COSMOS Xanthos

£2.15

TOMATO Bountiful F1

£3.25

TOMATO Suncherry Smile F1

£3.25

TOMATO Sunchocola F1

£3.25

TOMATO Sunlemon F1

£3.25

Get Growing BASIL

£1.95

Get Growing CORIANDER

£1.95

Get Growing CHIVES

£1.95

Get Growing PARSLEY Curled

£1.95

Get Growing PARSLEY Flat

£1.95

Get Growing SAGE

£1.95

Get Growing THYME

£1.95

Get Growing BEETROOT

£2.15

Get Growing BROAD BEAN

£2.35

Get Growing BROCCOLI Green

£2.35

Get Growing BROCCOLI Purple

£2.15

Get Growing SPROUTS

£3.45

Get Growing CABBAGE Ball

£1.70

Get Growing CABBAGE Heart

£3.25

Get Growing CABBAGE Savoy

£1.70

Get Growing CARROT Finger

£1.70

Get Growing CARROT Large

£2.55

Get Growing CARROT Baby

£2.80

Get Growing CAULIFLOWER

£1.30

Get Growing CHARD

£2.80

Get Growing CLIMBING BEAN

£2.80

Get Growing COURGETTE

£2.55

Get Growing CRESS

£1.95

Get Growing CUCUMBER

£3.25

Get Growing DWARF BEAN

£2.35

Get Growing FENNEL

£1.95

Get Growing KALE

£1.70

Get Growing LEEK

£2.15

Get Growing LETTUCE Iceberg

£2.15

Get Growing LETTUCE Little Gem

£1.65

Get Growing LETTUCE Cos

£2.29

Get Growing LETTUCE Loose Leaf Red/Green

£2.15

Get Growing LETTUCE Loose Leaf

£1.95

Get Growing SPRING ONION

£1.95

Get Growing PARSNIP

£2.35

Get Growing PEA

£2.35

Get Growing PEA Mangetout

£2.35

Get Growing PEA Petit Pois

£2.35

Get Growing PEA Snap

£2.35

Get Growing PEPPER Hot Mix

£2.55

Get Growing PEPPER Hot Red

£2.15

Get Growing PEPPER Sweet

£2.35

Get Growing PUMPKIN

£2.35

Get Growing RADISH Globe

£2.15

Get Growing RADISH Long

£1.30

Get Growing ROCKET

£2.35

Get Growing RUNNER BEAN

£2.35

Get Growing SPINACH

£2.15

Get Growing SQUASH Butternut

£2.55

Get Growing SQUASH Summer

£2.80

Get Growing SWEDE

£2.15

Get Growing SWEETCORN

£2.55

Get Growing TOMATO

£3.25

Get Growing TOMATO Tumbling Cherry

£3.25

Get Growing TOMATO Cherry

£3.45

Get Growing TURNIP

£1.70

If you would like to win a hamper of Grow Your Own flowers, fruit and vegetables from Mr Fothergill’s worth over £250, then enter our competition today.

 

Free Sunflower seeds with every seed order at Mr Fothergill’s

March 2nd, 2015 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Free Sunflower Pacino ColaAnyone who places a seed order from the spring edition of Mr Fothergill’s mail order catalogue, published on 28 February 2015, may claim a free packet of sunflower seed in celebration of what has been declared the Europe-wide Year of the Sunflower.  The variety Pacino Cola (20 seeds per packet) is compact at just 50cm (20in) high, but produces plenty of medium to large blooms on well-branched plants all through the summer.

The Year of the Sunflower was the idea of Fleuroselect, the organisation which assesses new flower varieties from around the world to determine their suitability for European conditions.  Mr Fothergill’s Tracy Collacott is the sole UK seed company representative on the Fleuroselect Home Gardening committee.  “We hope as many people as possible will grow sunflowers in 2015, and to set the ball rolling we are delighted to send all our spring customers a free packet of this beautiful variety, which is particularly easy to grow and tailor-made for first-time gardeners”, says Tracy

Sunflower Pacino Cola has golden petals and contrastingly dark centres.  The neat, compact plants are ideal in beds, at the front of borders or in large terracotta pots, where they are sure to attract attention.  During the summer the large heads attract a wide range of beneficial and pollinating insects, while in autumn wild birds can feed on the seed heads.

You can order Pacino Cola or any other sunflower seeds from our extensive range from Mr Fothergill’s on the website, or by mail order from our catalogue.

Top performing Stellar Geraniums

February 26th, 2015 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Geranium Grandad Mac

Stellar geraniums (Pelargonium) have their origins in Australia, with some varieties being bred more than a century ago.  Mr Fothergill’s has been trialling several varieties which are not often seen and rarely available, in conjunction with a local  grower, and has selected three of the best performers for British gardens.

The fascinating series comprises the semi-double, coral coloured Grandad Mac, the double, pale pink Rookley and Robyn Hannah, which has bright cherry red blooms, each with a contrasting white eye.  “The plants grow up to 40cm (16in), and are ideal for baskets and other containers either in sun or partial shade.  They really are fantastic performers all summer long, and we are delighted to offer them to our customers,” explains Mr Fothergill’s Tom Stimpson.

Stellar geraniums are characterised by their unique, lobed foliage and brightly coloured flowers, they are excellent garden performers, providing colour from early to late summer, have excellent disease resistance, are easy to grow and require the minimum of attention to give their best – the perfect plants, according to Tom.

Three plants of any of the three varieties costs £7.95, while anyone ordering all nine plants may do so for £16.85.  Last order date for Stellar geraniums is the end of April 2015, with despatch from early May 2015.

Social media voters pick Fuchsia Amelie for Mr Fothergill’s catalogue front cover

February 25th, 2015 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Fuchsia Shadowdancer Amelie (close-up)

When Mr Fothergill’s was undecided which new flower variety to feature on the front cover of the new spring edition of its seed, plant and bulb catalogue, it decided to ask gardeners via social media.  The four choices were posted on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, with votes cast on Facebook.  In a closely run contest, the winner was fuchsia Amelie, which is part of the Sundancer® series, famed for its neat, compact habit and outstanding garden performance.

Mr Fothergill’s Tom Stimpson comments that although not a brand new series, Sundancers® are not readily available and make a pleasing change from some of the more common varieties.  “They are incredibly floriferous, in fact some of the most profuse bloomers I’ve seen, with plants smothered in attractive blooms from early to late summer. The frilly, light pink sepals contrast wonderfully with the intense purple corolla to create a fantastic summer-long show,” he says.  “We’ve trialled them for several years, and Amelie is the best in the series.  Its neat, upright, yet somewhat lax habit makes it suitable for both patio containers or as a centre plant for a hanging basket – the flowers are well displayed on the plant too, so all of them are clearly visible – no hiding behind the foliage!”

Fuchsia Amelie grows to a height of 30cm (12in) and has a spread of 25cm (10in).  A pack of five young plants costs £8.95, but two packs may be ordered for just £6.45 per pack, with a saving of £5.00.  The company can accept orders until the end of April 2015, with despatch from late April onwards

You can view and order from our extensive range of fuchsia plants from Mr Fothergill’s on the website, or by mail order from our catalogue.

Mr Fothergill’s July sweet pea competition is gaining lots of interest on social media

February 18th, 2015 | Competitions | 0 Comments

Sweet Pea Tiller GirlsNews of Mr Fothergill’s national sweet pea competition with £2,500 up for grabs has been causing quite a stir on social media, and especially among schools, which can receive a free packet of seeds to grow their plants for the event which takes place on Saturday 18 July 2015 at Capel Manor College in north London.  The company’s social media coordinator Debbie Porter says, “Lots of schools are signing up for their free packet of our new sweet pea Tiller Girls, while many people have been tweeting, having found the blog about the competition.  It’s creating quite an impact, and there is even a ‘just-for-fun’ category for gardening writers and broadcasters!”

Gardeners who fancy their chances of winning a slice of the £2,500 on offer in Mr Fothergill’s national sweet pea growing competition can still sow seed during February or early March to produce blooms for mid July.  Sow five or six seeds per 12cm pot of multipurpose compost at a depth of 1cm.  Water thoroughly, allow to drain and place pots on a windowsill, or in cold frame or greenhouse.  Do not water again until seedlings emerge, usually in seven to 14 days.  When two pairs of leaves have formed, pinch out the growing tip to encourage bushy growth.  Set out young plants individually 20cm apart, supporting them with a network of canes and netting.

Entrants may either post their blooms in a two-litre soft drinks bottle or come to the college on the day of the show to stage their flowers.  The company has devised a method of ensuring postal entries to arrive in good condition and details are available at the company’s website http://www.mr-fothergills.co.uk/sweetpeacomp  There are six categories, first, second and third prizes for which are:

1     General Class £250/£150/£100.                        2     General Postal Class £250/£150/£100.

3     Individual Junior Class* £125/£75/£50.           4     Individual Junior Postal Class* £125/£75/£50.

5  School/Group Junior Class £250/£150/£100.     6 School/Group Junior Postal Class £250/£150/£100.

*These prizes will be given as Garden Centre Gift Vouchers.

You can view and order from our extensive range of sweet pea seeds from Mr Fothergill’s on the website, or by mail order from our catalogue.