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February 2019

Providing Natural Habitats for Wildlife

By Rob Gale 6 months ago

Deciding what to plant is crucial. Teasel is one of the best wildlife plants to add to any garden because its flowers and seeds attract so many different creatures – the likes of bees and beetles in summer and goldfinches in autumn. Other ‘must have’ flora includes sunflowers, lavender and wild carrot.

Ponds, orchards and hedges are great ways to enhance a garden’s ‘wildness’. Even if your garden is tiny or you don’t want the expense and maintenance responsibility of building a sizeable pond, a wooden half-barrel or similar waterproof container, sunk into the ground, can be planted with some of the less invasive wetland wildflowers such as lesser spearwort, fringed water lily and brooklime in pots. Add a handful of oxygenators and a sprinkle of duckweed to create some shade on the water surface. Some of the smaller damselfly species could well breed in your mini-pond. If your plant pots are close to the barrel edge, frogs and common newts will have access to the water and birds will sit on the edge to drink. Do be careful, however, to arrange for an escape route for hedgehogs that fall in.

Weekly Flowers - 25th February 2019

By Rob Gale 6 months ago

Introducing Our Posy of the Week – 25th February 2019

This Week, Our Posy of the week features Blooms, Tulips, Alstro, Lisianthus, Waxflower, Hyacinths and Roses in amazing pinks, purples and creams. To top it off it's been hand arranged with a plethora of fresh and scented greenery!

Inside all of us is a Wild Thing... (Even Mums!)

By Rob Gale 6 months ago

Our Wild and Vintage Mother's Day range is perfect for a Mum that doesn't like anything too ordinary... these arrangement are full of hand-picked and hand-tied material. They were designed with Wild and Natural at the forefront of our minds. It's for your mum if she loves a walk on the wild side... To be honest you'll know if this is the bouquet for your Mum - she will probably not love Ikea... Uniformity... Colour Co-ordination or.... Magnolia paint... She is likely to like the odd piece of vintage china or old furniture. She will most likely love hedgerows, wildflowers, the countryside and a pot of tea... :)

These arrangements really embrace the natural beauty of flowers and fauna. On top of fresh flowers and foliage, our wild arrangements include twigs and feathers and our Vintage Posy includes a mix of dried flowers too!


PLUS SAVE 15% WHEN YOU ORDER BEFORE 11TH MARCH –To save 15% simply add one of the following products to your cart and input the code MUMSTHEWORD at the
‘My Cart’ Screen.

WILD POSY | £30 (£25.50 with CODE!)
This posy is a walk on the wild side and definitely not a Barbie Pink posy….

This is a sweet range of delightful flowers, a mix of bright yellows, greens and lots of texture. The contents will vary according to the loveliness we have in our farm floristry on the day but this posy is likely to include eyringium, alstromeria , lisianthus, anemones, ranunculus, tulips, foliage, twigs, berries and pheasant feathers, and will be guaranteed to be amazing.


Our Tip-Top Bird Box Tips!

By Rob Gale 6 months ago
  • Bird boxes should face between north and south-east.
  • Place nest boxes at least 2 metres above the ground to protect against predators like cats.
  • Most species of garden birds prefer to nest in isolation, so place your boxes at least 15 metres apart. Sparrows, however, are communal, and like to nest in adjacent boxes.
  • Avoid any disturbance in the spring or early summer. Disturb as little as possible at other times as birds often like to roost in nest boxes, especially in the winter.
  • If you would like to clean out your bird box in preparation for next year’s nest, do so around September time to be sure that all nesting activity has finished.

View our full range of nesting solutions here https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/birdcare/nesting....

Treat your Mum like the Queen She is with our fresh Mother's Day Flowers (and Save 15%)

By Rob Gale 6 months ago

We’ve got arrangements for all tastes and budgets – no two Mums are the same! https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/mothers-day-posy-natural.html


Mother’s Day is not far away, but believe me, it will be here before we know it! So why not beat the rush and get your flowers ordered nice and early – and save yourself 15%?!

Our Range is all Pro-British which means that they all feature British grown stems (containing British Flowers, British Foliage, or Both!).

To save 15% simply add one of the following products to your cart and input the code MUMSTHEWORD at the ‘My Cart’ Screen.

How about a Delightful hand-tied Arrangement of mixed flowers and foliage – Including Roses?

Mother Earth Posy – £35

£29.75 with Code!

Our Top 10 gardening jobs in February

By Rob Gale 6 months ago
  1. Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover. This is a good way to give your broad beans a good start. Try the broad bean variety masterpiece green longpod.
  2. Chit early potato tubers (ie. get them to sprout) and take the opportunity to get some varieties that you haven’t tried before. There are loads of heritage British potato varieties that taste delicious and look lovely, so hunt them out. Keep them in the cool and light. You don’t want to rush them as it will be a while before you plant them out.
  3. Net fruit and vegetables if you don’t want to share them with the birds. Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches.
  4. Clear the weeds as they start to show. Now’s a good time to get at bindweed roots, but be careful not to disturb roots of other plants. Burn any white rooted bindweed as it will simply re-grow if composted.
  5. Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering. Cut as close to the base as possible. Doing it now before the crowns have started to grow means that you can get nice and close and avoid leaving last year's stems as jagged obstacles.
  6. Once flowering has finished, divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting 'in the green'.
  7. Get that tidying done. Waste material from the beds should be gathered up and added to the compost heap rather than burned, as many of the stems may still be a winter home to insects. You can now rake clean in readiness for spring mulching and to make way for the bulbs.
  8. Start mulching once the ground starts to warm. A 5cm layer of weed-free organic matter will feed your shooting bulbs. Make sure you have already cleared the weeds or you will simply be creating a better environment for them to grow.
  9. Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges, wisteria and conservatory climbers. Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter.
  10. Plant your native or edible hedge before the sap starts to rise. Buy good quality British grown 1-2 year old ‘whips’. You’ll see good growth even in the first year.