Friday, 17 February 2012

The worlds most expensive snowdrop: a sound investment

Yesterday saw many gardeners and galanthophiles alike with mouths agape at the news that the Snowdrop 'Elizabeth Harrison' had sold on ebay for the princely sum of £725 for a single bulb.  At the time the bidder was completely unknown and of course this brought with it the usual whispers, outrage, and general shock that someone could justify the expense.  But today is another day and the story has developed somewhat.

In a statement it was confirmed that "On Thursday 16 February at 14:40 after a bidding frenzy of over 30 bidders Thompson & Morgan, the Ipswich based mail order plant and seed company, acquired the world’s most expensive snowdrop Galanthus woronowii ‘Elizabeth Harrison’ for £725."  On reflection, this makes much more economic sense and is more acceptable when compared with the notion that the bulb was winging its way to some private collection never to be seen again.  After all, as with many other rare and unusual plants with potential to sell in large numbers, this pretty little gem of a plant will now go in to propagation until it becomes available for general sale.  Plus, this so called bidding frenzy has created quite a nice bit of spin to get the orders rolling in!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The teacup flower

In my latest Fennel and Fern post I toast the beautiful teacup flower (Jovellana punctata).  To read more please click the screen shot above.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Ryan’s Garden Competition: Win a Flymo lawnmower

In the grip of late winter, and with this week’s snow and ice, it seems almost alien to be thinking of lawn mowers and mowing the lawn, but then again us gardeners are nothing if not prepared.  So, in the true spirit of preparation and to get you ready for that much needed cut I have a great prize on offer.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a Flymo hover compact 300 simply answer the question below.

According to the Flymo website, when was Flymo founded?

When you think you have the answer, leave a comment in the comments box at the bottom of this post.  You can gain additional entries to the competition by retweeting @ryansgarden promoting the offer on twitter or by sharing a link from the Ryan’s Garden Facebook page (you must like the page to share the link).  The number of entries will not increase if you retweet or share links more than once.

Good luck and don’t forget to subscribe to the Ryan’s Garden blog to ensure you don’t miss out on future competitions and posts.

Terms and conditions: This competition closes at 23.59 on 02.03.2012. Any entries received after this time will not be counted. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older to enter.  By entering this competition you agree and consent to your name being published and by taking part in the competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and agreed to be bound by them. The winner will be selected at random and will be announced here on the blog.  

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Winter: normal service is resumed

I take it all back.  In my last post – ‘A Winter’s technical hitch’, I commented on how the seasons were all out of kilter and how we could really benefit from a cold snap to reset the natural order.  Well, I got what I asked for and more. But after nearly a week of having the heating on 24/7 and battling with keeping animals watered I’ve had enough now.

So far today I’ve jumped up and down in the middle of a frozen field in an effort to break the ice in the horses water barrel, nearly got myself stuck to the metal gate with wet hands (again) and chipped away at completely frozen chicken drinkers.  Suffice to say, I don’t want this to go on for much longer.

There is a bright side to this cold weather of course and for that I’m eternally grateful.  It’s just that I’m British and we do like to whinge a little (a lot!) about the weather.  As I write this I’m smiling like some sadistic Bond villain as I just imagine the little terrors that are being frozen at the plot.  A good cold winter really does pay dividends in terms of pest control and even if it just makes a small dent in the slug and pest population I’ll be happy.  That being said, I can’t wait to start get things growing at the plot and I hope that the next couple of weeks will see the soil thaw and the days warm a little.

If you entered my last competition with Seed Parade I have news.  Three lucky winners have now been selected at random and will receive £20 worth of seeds!  The three lucky winners are: Kayleigh Parr (@allotmentvs), Celia (@celiahart) and Jo Young (@BoostieBoo).  Congratulations to you all!  Could you please email: with your contact details and we can arrange for you to receive your prizes.

In other competition news, I have an absolutely fantastic prize coming up next so please keep your eyes peeled for details on how to enter.

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