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Posts Tagged ‘B&Q’


Alan Titchmarsh signed up by Waitrose

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TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh is the new celebrity face of Waitrose. 
The former Ground Force host will unveil new “horticulture and gardening ranges” for Waitrose stores within weeks.
Alan, who has just come to the end of a three-year contract as ‘gardening ambassador’ for B&Q, has signed a two-year contract with Waitrose.
The upmarket retailer said that Alan will appear in its TV…

New busy Lizzie shortage looms

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Bedding busy Lizzies are set to be in short supply for a second year running.
Seed and young plant supplier Thompson & Morgan has decided not to re-introduce the border and hanging basket favourite to its 2013 catalogue due to the global spread of impatiens downy mildew. 
The disease, which prompted T&M to pull Impatiens walleriana from its catalogue in 2012, quickly…

Product review: two tier greenhouse staging

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Best buy 18/20
HEAVY DUTY 2 TIER STAGING 
£51.98
B&Q Tel. 0845 609 6688
www.diy.com
 BUILD 5
Green powder coated aluminium, which took four hours to build. Measures 45in (115cm) long x 20in (50cm) wide x 291/2in (75cm) high.
 FEATURES 4
Both shelves are slatted and each slat has to be screwed in place with self-tapping screws. Using spacers helped to accurately site the slats. Shame that these…

Hosepipe ban leads to 800% rise in water butt sales

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Gardeners are panic buying water butts as the drought tightens its grip on the UK.
Haskins, the four-strong garden centre chain with two of its outlets in hosepipe ban areas, reported that sales of water butts are up by 800 per cent compared to last year.
“What makes it even more incredible is that most people wouldn’t even be thinking about water butts…

Gadgets leave us out of touch with nature, says Alan Titchmarsh

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Alan Titchmarsh has warned that society’s obsession with technology is making us lose touch with nature.
The former Gardeners’ World host said: “We are part of a fast-paced culture that’s become increasingly reliant on technology – in pressing a button we achieve our aims.
“But if that means we lose the ability to involve ourselves in a hands-on way with nature, to…

Exclusive: Alan Titchmarsh on busy Lizzie mildew crisis

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Gardeners must not be “snooty” about bedding plants and should fill plots with a riot of colour, telly gardener Alan Titchmarsh has said.
Former Ground Force host Alan told AG that gardeners will be forced to try different bedding plants this year, as retailers stop selling busy Lizzies due to the downy mildew crisis.
“It’s time to look again at bedding begonias…

Busy Lizzies in short supply

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Bitain’s biggest garden retailer is to stop selling the nation’s favourite bedding plant.
B&Q, which has 357 stores, pulled the plug on busy Lizzies (Impatiens walleriana) after impatiens downy mildew struck in 2011.
B&Q usually sells 20 million busy Lizzies a year, making it the UK’s biggest retailer of the hanging basket favourite.
The firm warned of a “chronic shortfall of busy Lizzies…

Alan Titchmarsh’s joy at Love Your Garden success

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Alan Titchmarsh has claimed his new ITV series outperformed expectations, but brushed aside critics’ claims that it’s lightweight on horticultural content.
Speaking exclusively to AG, Alan said Love Your Garden attracted average audiences of 3.5million viewers, peaking at 3.8million.
As well as returning for four episodes this autumn, a second series will run in 2012.
“It’s quite scary to do a new programme,” said Alan.…

A sewer, a celebrity and a stink over a Chelsea garden!

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It is a company that claims: “You can do it if you B&Q it”.
But like the best-planned DIY projects, B&Q’s Chelsea Flower Show garden has run into a few technical difficulties.
Plans for the £300,000 vertical allotment, a tower rising 30ft (9m) high (right), have been tweaked in the run up to the May show.
The garden is to sit in front…