Sunday, 11 September 2011

Old Fashioned Blooms

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I love flowers in the house and especially on the table as a centrepiece.  Beautiful blousy romantic blooms that draw you eyes across the silver and glass of a table with promises of deliciousness to come.  I watched Nigella tumbled petals and flower heads into saucers with floating candles on a re run of one of her programs just a few weeks ago and as she said every domestic goddess knows fresh flowers are fabulous at setting the scene. That said, after I’ve spent most of my budget on the food I haven’t always got allot left over for splashing out on the sort of flowers I want to have adorning my table, so I am getting prepped for next year in the garden by planting the sort of flowers that will make my garden look gorgeous and that I can dreamily walk out into and cut armfuls of blooms dropped into vases just before my guests arrive.

I decided on a really old-fashioned green and white variety called Annabelle from Thompson Morgan.  I just love the romance and thorough British pedigree of them and they are over 150 years old.  I’ve been buying their vegetable seeds for years from them and yet I just hadn’t realised how many other fabulous plants they supply until I had a really good look at their website. Delighted to say that they deliver superb plants quickly and fairly priced (I checked out the prices at 3 other garden centres local to me and they are very competitively priced.)

Each week I do the Kitchen Garden show on BBC Radio Northampton with Kevin Sadingnton and this week Johnny came with the crew to my garden to help me get going.  With three gardens which need some serious TLC we started with Johnny testing the soil  ..  and it has a Ph of 7 .. which I am told is great. So here is Johnny’s expert advice on Hydrangea’s for you to listen to in case you feel like economising on flowers and beautifying your garden too.
If you'd like to win three of these hydrangea plants you can enter the competition by sharing your favourite flowers to use as a table centre piece in the comment box below.

Thompson Morgan Hydrangeas (mp3)

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This giveaway is open to all readers over 18 with a UK mainland address. The winner will be chosen using an online randomiser and announced on this page on Tuesday 20th of September. You need to leave your e-mail address in order to comment, I am the only person that can see it. Please do not include your email in the actual comment as well.
This competition on behalf of Thompson and Morgan and they will be responsible for sending the prize to the winner. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

There is one main way to enter  .. just leave a comment below. There are 3 more chanced to win .. . and you must leave a separate comment for each bonus entry otherwise they will not be counted. For a chance to win please comment and tell me what  your favourite flowers are to put on the table.  For a second chance to win please tweet this post using the button below and you MUST comment with your twitter ID telling me you have done so.For a third chance to win please follow me @VanessaKimbell on Twitter and comment below to tell me you have done so.For a fourth chance to win please like my facebook page and comment below to tell me you have done so.Each Comment counts and an entrance and you can have a maximum of 4 entries to win this plant.
Closing date: Tuesday 2pm 20th of September


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77 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore peonies... a huge blowsy mound of them on the table - gorgeous!

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  2. A big gorgeous bunch of sunflowers, they always make you feel like summer

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  3. Not flowers exactly but I'm a big fan of using fresh herbs. Take a large hurricane vase and fill with flat leaf and curly parsley, mints, rosemary, lavender, whatever you have. You can use and top up as you go!

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  4. Please don't include me in the giveaway as I have no room to put hydrangeas. But just wanted to say, seeing local flowers and greenery on the table always makes me feel so much better about the place I'm visiting than seeing imported flowers with many air miles to their name. This year, I've found that dill flowers make excellent cut flowers and they last for ages.

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  5. I LOVE hydrangeas and love their old cottage garden feel......I harvest the flowers when they are dry and then use them as décor around the house over winter.
    I use flowers a lot in my cooking, especially marigolds, roses, violets and nasturtiums.
    Great post!
    Karen

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  6. I have to admit I'd love to win these myself .. am I allowed to take part in my own Giveaway ?? only kidding !!

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  7. I love roses on the centre of the table - pink for preference, especially when it's one of my daughters' birthdays. I have to say that white roses are always great too as they blend in with whatever colour scheme the table is set with.

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  8. I love roses with heather, I know its an odd combination but the colours just work really well - I cut them from my own garden. Ive even been known to cut the flowers from the elephant garlic too! I think you can appreicate them when they are close to you on the table! Im a fan of your facebook page but i dont use twitter (eeek hope this doesnt ruin my chances of winning the fab prize)! Unlike Madonna I think Hydrangers are lovely x

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  9. I always have sweet peas on my tables. They grow like mad here. I water them frequently, feed regularly and cut often and more obligingly appear. They smell gorgeous and always attract comments.

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  10. Roses, we have so many old varieties that smell stunning in the garden we use them, have also tweeted as @russellhide

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  11. Have twittered as @ZoshJosh

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  12. Roses, we have so many old varieties that smell stunning in the garden we use them, have also tweeted as @russellhide also following on twitter

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  13. following you on twitter (@ZoshJosh)

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  14. Depending on the season I love anything fragent like sweet william, sweet peas, roses or showy like peonies and lilies .

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  15. I love either anything that looks natural (hydrangeas) or anything picked or cut from the garden (roses) but mine is a bit limited bloom wise. Am trying to improve it gradually.

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  16. My favourite table blooms are plain old daffodils in the spring

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  17. tweeted the post as @trainsniffer

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  18. Following on Twitter as @trainsniffer

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  19. Well to be truthful I dont often have flowers on my table, rather a big bowl of fruit BUT I do love a vase os sweet peas on the ledge above my washing up bowl - I spend so much time at the kitchen sink it brightens things up!!

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  20. i love hydrangers
    i have 3 different types in my garden. i think they add a touch of class and elegance with there blooming heads, that change colour as conditions change, they also look fab in the house

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  21. I love using sweetpeas and violas and other old fashioned smaller flowers. We don't have a massive table and want a nice posyvase that doesn't take up too much space.

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  22. tweeted this post as @mrslittleboot

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  23. following on twitter as @mrslittleboot

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  24. I love pinks, love the colours and scents

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  25. I love Lily's, they are so beautiful and simple. It's is also the name of my daughter too. My e-mail is k.mayhead@btinternet.com

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  26. HYDRANGEAS,are one many, lovely flowers, we are both grand parents, withe usual aches but two years ago we got this bungalow, in the middle of nowhere, and restoring the garden and lawns, for our grandchildren, to learn about nature

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  27. @oldwalshy
    liked on f/b

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  28. @oldwalshy

    been on twitter, and shared

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  29. I don't have a particular favourite but I love white flowers.. any type!

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  30. I like white roses on fancy occasions as they remind me of our wedding.

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  31. I love old English roses - they are so romantic with their crush of petals and their fragrance is divine.

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  32. I love lilies because they smell wonderful

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  33. roses as there's usually some in bloom

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  34. I love sweet peas, they look beautiful and make the room smell gorgeous too

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  35. I adore Aliums and think they look fabulous in a tall vase!

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  36. I'm following you on Twitter @BoostieBoo

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  37. I like you on Facebook - JoJo Young :)

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  38. My favourite flowers to use as a table centre piece is a bunch of Roses as you can choose from a superb selection for floral perfection .... martinball@gmx.com

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  39. I like daffodils.
    @maisietoo

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  40. I'm following on Twitter and have tweeted.
    @maisietoo

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  41. Follow on twitter.
    @maisietoo

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  42. Like you on Facebook as Maya Russell
    @maisietoo

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  43. Gerberas do it for me - any colour - but my preference is orange as they so light up a room.

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  44. I LOVE THE SIMPLE CLASSIC SHAPE OF TULIPS ON THE TABLE.

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  45. I absolutely love gerberas, they are my "smiley" flowers, cannot help but smile everytime I see them :0)

    donnasmith@lineone.net

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  46. I love sunflowers as they always make me feel summery. Every year we have a competition to see who can grow the tallest

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  47. I like long stemmed white carnations in a tall plain glass vase - very elegant!

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  48. Following you on twitter @LindyHine

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  49. super prize. I love all flowers

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  50. I'm not a great fan of cut flowers - much prefer to see them on the plants, but on a table I love 'sculptures' with twigs, cones, berries - even cacti have been known for a mexican meal!

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  51. I love roses on the table, all summer!

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  52. And I've Re-Tweeted - GoldberryB

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  53. I can pick a bouquet of flowers from my garden every day of the year to put on my table. In winter there is winter jasmine & snowdrops.

    Jenifer-Mary

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  54. Following you on Twitter as @CompCake

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  55. I lve Cornflower on the table. pretty and relaxed.

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  56. I love white peonies when they are in season. I even had them in my wedding bouquet this last April.

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  57. I have re=tweeted this link - @walpolegirl

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  58. I already follow you on twitter, @walpolegirl

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  59. I already like you on Facebook - Heidi Roberts

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  60. I like using local wild flowers, and childhood favorites like Daisys and Buttercups, but will use dandelions as they are so wonderful

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  61. That's it folks ... The winner is Susan's Blog

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  62. Beautiful blousy romantic blooms indeed, those type of flowers are the favorites of my wife, she buys them and put them inside the house and they look great!

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