Archive for January, 2012

This Saturday and Sunday is the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch and we want you to join us and get involved. As well as our own bird experts in our garden centres we’ve also called in the help of a couple of our friends from the RSPB who will be at Castle and Poundbury Gardens over the weekend to give you help and advice on spotting birds and keeping them happy and healthy.

Last year over 600,000 people recorded a massive 10,262,501 birds in their gardens which was a staggering result – importantly this provided much needed information on how smaller birds were recovering after the harsh winter we had just endured. This year the climate has been completely different and the milder weather has had an effect on sightings so we’d like to see proof of the types of birds you see! Upload your photos to our facebook page and challenge your friends to see who can take the best snap. We’ve got plenty of counting forms in our Garden Centres for you to collect or you can download them from here www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch and remember to submit your results here too.

Happy watching

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Summer comes early

This morning’s first proper frost got me looking around our garden and noticing how the mild weather recently has confused the flowering season. In our garden we have Scabiosa Pink Mist already in full flower which looks beautiful with a bit of frost on it as we wouldn’t usually see it until the summer. There’s also more confusion with the Solanum Jasmineoides blossoming much earlier than it should in late spring.

I am now going to watch as these plants correct themselves, or at least try to, and see their performance as they get back into their normal flowering patterns over the coming months – this could mean that they will flower for much longer than usual. They look lovely so I can’t complain about that!

Don’t forget there’s still a chance to grab a bargain in our Christmas Clearance event at Brimsmore Gardens which is running this weekend.


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Santa’s Little Helper

If you popped into Castle Gardens over the festive season you may well have entered our Christmas Poster Design Competition. Well, we had a great response from lots of budding artists in the area who got busy with felt tips and pencils whilst they waited to visit Father Christmas, it was tough, but we’ve selected a winner and congratulations must go to Emilie Bonay aged 8 who won first prize for her poster design which included Father Christmas and one of his reindeers.

The winning design will be used around the centre next year – first stop Castle Gardens…next stop the Tate!

Here are a few snaps of Emilie along with her sister when they came into the centre this week to collect their prize which was of course a Christmas stocking full of presents!


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