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Monday March 01 , 2021

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

Gardening -v- Cookery Programmes

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cookeryI think it is fairly safe to say that cookery wins hands down in terms of television coverage although those cookery programmes that are all about using ingredients from your own garden do have a slight gardening theme if we're lucky.

We have a regular BBC Gardener's World programme that stops over the winter and then we're lucky to have a 30 minute programme per week for the rest of the year and that's generally it which really is a sad state of affairs in my opinion.  But it's not all doom and gloom there are the odd 2 or 3 episode series that are aired like the Sarah Raven documentary 'Bees, Butterflies and Blooms' and then there's 'How to Grow a Planet'.  Both of these are being aired as I type and are interesting, informative and in some cases inspirational.  Which, in my humble opinion, is more than can be said for ITV's Love your Garden hosted by Alan Tichmarsh or 'Garden ER' hosted by David Domoney; both of which are sadly lacking in the horticultural department and, in Domoney's case, manages to drive me, as a garden designer, to despair when he 'spruces up' a garden by stapling photographs on fences - I have yet to meet anyone who thought that was a good idea!  Why can't we have more of the inspirational, informative programmes?

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Snow - a love hate relationship!

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winterI sat looking out of my window at the snow falling last Saturday afternoon with mixed feelings: excitement that our gardens would change if only for a few days and lift the drab days of winter with beautiful snowy scenes; concern that it would effect our business - snow covered gardens, while beautiful, means we just can't work or earn and every bit of work in the winter for the horticultural trade is very precious.

I remember as a child walking (or trying to) waist deep in snow, having snow drifts against the front door and when you opened the door you ended up with a hall full of snow!  Also, digging out my Mum's car so she could get to work and I could get to school I loved everything that the snow brought.  These days we hardly ever get snow and when we do it seems to melt so fast and we're left with dirty sludge and our gardens and parklands lose that magical feel.  Some people seem to worry about the effects of snow whether that be driving or just getting about.  Not being born in Coventry and coming from a rural village in Cheshire where 10 inches of snow or more were the norm I struggle to comprehend people's fear and how a whole city can literally come to a stand still in 2012 with just a few inches. 

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We're on Facebook

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Yes that's right, we're now on Facebook so if please do pop on and 'Like' us!  It's still fairly new so there are only a few things on there but we'll be updating it on a regular basis and would love to see you there!

Visit our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/BlueDaisyGardens

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Events & Shows 2012

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Below are some of the horticultural events around the country, it's by far not an exhaustive list and will be updated from time to time so do pop back to check.    

If anything spikes your interest just click on the name of the show and you'll be taken through to their website to find out more information or to book tickets.  Do let us know if you are going to any!

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New Year Direction for Blue Daisy

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Happy New Year from all at Blue Daisy!

 2012Traditionally this is the time to make resolutions or simply plan for the year ahead.  So what does the road hold for Blue Daisy in 2012?  Well we're not making resolutions here but we do have a few aims for Blue Daisy!  We have gained a good reputation locally for providing a reliable and knowledgable gardening service and we will continue to exceed our customers expectations whether that is through knowledge, skill or the experience of working with one of our team members.   On the right hand side of our website you can see many testimonals from satisfied customers and we thank those who have been so kind as to supply them too! 

As most of you know Nicki qualified as a garden designer last year which means there is no more college so she has more time to spend in the business "hurrah" she says!!  In terms of garden design we are hoping to get more commissions this year in the Coventry and Warwickshire area for both front and rear gardens.  Some people have never thought of having their front garden designed before but it is becoming more and more popular - after all it is the first thing that any visitor sees so it stands to reason that your front garden should be the very best it can be!  

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