Throughout the month of May it’s National Asparagus Month – the perfect time to try out this delicious vegetable! We sell a selection of Asparagus plants for you to grow yourself.
Asparagus isn’t everyone’s favourite vegetable to have at lunch or dinner time, but there are lots of exciting ways to try it and there are lots of healthy benefits that come from eating it too! Native to Europe, asparagus is a great source of fibre and is rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as folic acid.
The British asparagus season runs from May to June and it is considered to be the best in the world. Asparagus comes in green, purple and white. The white variety, which is grown in the dark to stop the colour developing is popular in Europe. The majority of British asparagus is green. Asparagus soon looses its flavour and tenderness, so it is best eaten on the day of harvest. Before cooking wash in cold water and remove the ends of the stalks. Boil or steam until just tender (4-7 minutes depending on thickness).
So get ready for asparagus month and start eating your greens this May!
The Chelsea Flower Show will throw up plenty of trend setting ideas for people and businesses to follow. For further details check out their website: http://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2013
With the emergence of late spring, the HTA’s plant of the month for May is the colourful Petunia. They are ideal for baskets and containers and will provide bright, vibrant flowers all summer long.
Top Petunia Facts:
- They come in a variety of blooms including single and double, ruffled or smooth petals
- They can be striped, veined or solid colour with mounding or cascading habitats
- Spreading-type Petunias do not need dead-heading
- They come in all shapes and sizes from bushy small flowering types to large trailing ones
- They can be grown in blocks or mixed with other bedding plants
- They need full sun but can tolerate a variety of different soils
Award winning David Thornton, Secretary of the National Vegetable Society and veg-growing Champion, has exhibited his wide selection of fabulous vegetables all over the UK. His visit to Timmermans Garden Centre to lead our customers in a FREE event on successful veg growing was very well received by all who attended. We look forward to welcoming David again soon.
Don’t forget that award winning David Thornton will be with us on Saturday 4th May at 11am to share his experience and knowledge on successful veg growing followed by an opportunity to ask questions. This is an ideal talk for those who are new to veg growing to get a better understanding of what is involved and how to get started, or for the more experienced gardener to improve their expertise.
FREE EVENT – pre-booking advised as places are limited!
It was standing room only at our free event on ‘Best Borders’ with the ever-popular Stuart Dixon. He led us through an informative and entertaining talk on his beautiful English Country Garden at Hebbs Farm, and the various plants and shrubs that can be used to create stunning borders, which will last all the way from April to October.
We look forward to welcoming Stuart to Timmermans Garden Centre again on Tuesday 1st October at 11am for another FREE event to discuss his popular talk on ‘They Think its All Over’ and how to keep your gardens looking fantastic over the autumn and winter months.
Childrens Jungle Week in May half term! Let your little one go wild on our Jungle treasure hunt. While you take some time to browse our range of products, they can find all six hidden objects located around the garden centre to receive a special prize. Then why not finish in Belle & Joe’s Kitchen & enjoy a few seasonal treats, while they enter our Jungle colouring competition? As part of our Jungle adventures there will be offers throughout the store.
Bring your Dad along for a special Sunday lunch this Fathers Day and we’ll give him a pair of gardening gloves to say ‘thank you’!
Saturday 1st June at 11am
Celebrated and renowed gardening writer Ian Cooke will be presenting an alternative garden experience inspired by his latest book. He will be sharing a wealth of experience and knowledge on hardy exotics, tender summer additions, bananas and other fascinating options followed by an opportunity to ask questions.
FREE EVENT – pre-booking advised
Saturday 4th May at 11am
Award winning David Thornton is Secretary of the National Vegetable Society and veg-growing Champion, having exhibited all over the UK. He will be sharing a wealth of experience and knowledge on successful veg growing followed by an opportunity to ask questions. This is an ideal talk for those who are new to veg growing to get a better understanding of what is involved and how to get started, or for the more experienced gardener to improve their expertise.
FREE EVENT – pre-booking advised