Forcing spring bulbs for winter colour

pink purple yellow hyacinths on windowsill
Forcing flowers brings the colours of spring into your home early.
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The window of opportunity for planting bulbs to flower for Christmas and New Year may be closing, but there’s still time to plant beautiful displays that will bring colour and fragrance into your home during the cold, dark days of January and February.

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Win a beautiful date palm!

We’ve got 5 stunning Canary Island Date Palms to giveaway
Featured: Phoenix Palm

Want the chance to win this beautiful Canary Island Date Palm? Tell us what you think about Van Meuwen and we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win one of these magnificent trees.*

We value your opinion

Happy customers make our day. We work hard to offer quality plants and bulbs and provide excellent customer service, all at an affordable price.

With your help we can do better. Complete the short customer survey at the bottom of the page, telling us what you like about Van Meuwen and what you think we could improve on.

And to show our thanks, we’ll enter you into our prize draw to win one of five Canary Island Date Palms.

The survey

The survey will take around ten minutes to complete and is further down this page. To be eligible for the prize draw, please complete the survey by Sunday 14th October 2018

Thank you for your help and good luck!

* Customers who complete Van Meuwen’s online customer survey before 14th October 2018 will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win one of five Canary Island Date Palms. Entries are limited to one per customer.

How to grow early flowering bulbs

Purple iris flower blooming in snow
Winter flowering bulbs bring a welcome sprinkling of early colour
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It’s time to plant bulbs and corms to brighten the dark days of late winter and early spring. These heartwarming splashes of colour take up so little space that they may be grown in a pot on a doorstep or balcony, or in a window box. Even better, they can be lifesavers for early emerging bees.

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How to grow your own soft fruit

mixed soft fruit berries close-up
Growing your own soft fruit is easy and yields delicious results
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Soft fruit is one of the easiest and most rewarding things to grow at home. It can be squeezed into a small space, and needs minimal care. Soft fruit also freezes well, helping to avoid the ‘courgettes with everything’ glut scenario that can happen when growing your own food.

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Gardening for butterflies

red admiral on echinacea
Red admiral butterfly feeding from a coneflower (Echinacea purpurea).
Image source: Gary L. Brewer

There’s a sunny corner of my garden where creeping thyme grows in a gravel path. It may be barely 8cm tall, but still provides a valuable oasis of nectar amongst acres of fields where few flowers grow. This tiny butterfly magnet demonstrates that even paths, containers, and window boxes planted with nectar-rich flowers can play a vital role in supporting butterflies, by providing an essential pit stop for them to refuel as they travel across fields, towns or cities.

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