Archive for November, 2012

Tree time

…that’s right, this week real Christmas trees in many varieties have arrived at our Garden Centres. They come in many different styles; cut, blocked, rooted, containerised or container grown, and will all give you a fantastic display throughout the Christmas period.
Whichever style your tree is, the following guidelines will help to minimise needle drop and keep it looking fresh for longer.

1. Once you have your tree at home, remove the netting to allow it to regain its natural shape.
2. a) Cut 1-2 inches off the bottom (for cut trees) and stand in a bucket of water until you are ready to bring it into the house.
or b) For rooted trees plant the tree into a bucket or pot and keep moist.
or c) With blocked trees use the block to help wedge the tree into a bucket or pot for extra stability.
or d) Containerised trees and container grown trees can just be stood on a saucer to protect your carpet and keep moist.
3. Use a needle retention spray as this will help reduce the water loss through the needles and prevent them dropping. Spray the tree thoroughly prior to bringing it into the house.
4. Choose a position in the house away from direct heat and radiators.
5. Once in position keep the tree watered, check daily and top up as necessary and feed daily with Fito Needle Drop Stoppa.
6. Decorate and Enjoy!

Ruby the Routemaster has also arrived at Brimsmore Gardens! It was a definite breathe-in moment as she squeezed through a narrow gap to take up her position in the Garden Centre ready to be transformed for the arrival of Father Christmas. He’ll be in his grotto from Tuesday 11th December so do come along and meet him.

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Last night we welcomed over 120 people through the new doors of The Orangery at Poundbury Gardens for our ‘Fundraising’ fashion event and fun it certainly was. Guests enjoyed canapés and warm Winter Pimm’s while they walked amongst the Christmas displays whilst our ‘models’ got ready! A fantastic fashion show unfolded with country inspired clothes for men, women and children, and dotted amongst the models were James and Adam with their unique modelling of gardening items closely followed by Matt and Katie from Weldmar Hospicecare Trust with their choice of Christmas hats and accessories!

As compere for the evening I found it challenging to be heard above the laughter and applause – I had a real struggle to explain the history of the gilet. It really was a fantastic evening and most importantly a whopping £800 was raised in total for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust which is what the event was all about. Enough from me, I’ll let these pictures do the talking…and keep an eye on this page for a full video.


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Tonight’s the night for the final rehearsal of the Charity Fashion Show at Poundbury Gardens ahead of the main event next Thursday. Models of all ages, including a three-year-old Cindy Crawford in the making, will be put through their paces on the catwalk as they model a range of beautiful country wear, from Joules and Hunter to Jack Murphy and Hatley.

The fashion show is taking place in the new oak extension, The Orangery, and proceeds from sales will go towards the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. We can’t wait to see our models strut their stuff one last time before the big night. As they say, practice makes perfect!

Tickets are still available  – click on the image below for details


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