Back in Truro for the day…July 24, 2012
A week today – Tuesday 31st July 2012 – we’re back on Lemon Quay in Truro just for the day, spreading the Trevena Cross word! The ‘Garden Truro‘ festival we attended on the Quay a couple of weeks ago was such a success in terms of meeting new people – some that had heard of us and many that hadn’t – that we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to pay another visit, to coincide with another marquee on the Quay, and the judging of Britain in Bloom.
We’ll be taking along quality, varied stock – and a snapshot of Trevena Cross, hopefully enough to entice ‘newbies’ to experience the real thing!
With the weather finally on our side, there is no better time to think ‘garden’ and finally get out there and enjoy the sunshine 🙂 If you missed us at Garden Truro, why not pop along next Tuesday, to say hello and maybe pick up a cracking plant or two! 😉
12 things you need to know about beesJuly 20, 2012
We’re still on our bee drive… bringing you 12 interesting things you should now about these garden friends!
- There’s a high chance that bees had a part to play in producing your breakfast this morning. What did you have? Jam on toast? Fresh fruit? Grilled tomatoes? Fruit juice? Coffee? All of these were brought to you by bees. They’re not just honey-makers, but are behind much of the food we eat.
- Bees pollinate more than three-quarters of the UK’s wild flowers, in parks, gardens and the wider countryside. They are a sign of how healthy, or otherwise, our environment is.
- A love of varied, natural green spaces is shared by humans and bees alike.
- There are 254 species of wild bumblebee and solitary bee in the UK. Honeybees and bumblebees live socially, led by a Queen. Solitary bees tend to be smaller and their family unit is made up of a single pair.
- Three bumblebee species are already extinct and a quarter of British bees are listed in the Red Data Book of threatened species. None are protected by law however.
- What’s causing bee decline? A number of factors, including changes in land use, habitat loss, building projects, disease, pesticides, farming practices, pollution, invasive non-native plants and animals, and climate change.
- For a sustainable economy to reign we must reverse damage to the environment around us – putting protection of the environment over business and growth.
- If the Government adopts a National Bee Action Plan, we can save British bees and save the UK economy many millions of pounds each year.
- Have a look at ‘What you can do to help bees now’ and try and make a difference through your own behaviour.
- Flowering plants that can help bees from early spring onwards – click here to see them.
- Time to start planting – choose flowers with pollen that bees can get to easily e.g. single flower varieties, and those that will provide a succession of flowers for as long as possible during the year.
- Bees need water – make sure there is a source available, especially on hot days.
For more ‘things you need to know about bees’ click here!
Plants that create a buzz!July 18, 2012
Bee friendly in your garden with this guide, and help create a real buzz in your garden throughout the flowering seasons!
Join ‘The Bee Cause’July 18, 2012
Our bees are in trouble, and we are the solution.
With three species of bumblebee already extinct, we can’t afford to sit back and watch our bee population continue to decline so dramatically.
We need bees. They are essential to our food supply, economy and quality of life:
- Bees pollinate 75% of our most vital crops and favourite foods.
- Without bees our economy would suffer – UK farmers would have to fork out £1.8 billion a year to pollinate our crops.
- Bees are essential to our gardens, parks and countryside – vital to other insects, birds and animals
We’re supporting Friends of the Earth ‘Bee Cause’, which wants to secure our bees’ future. The Bee Cause wants people to join together to ask David Cameron to help save bees by introducing a National Bee Action Plan. By signing the ‘Bee Cause petition’ we’re taking a small action that can ultimately help make a very big difference.
We’ve done it… you can too. Click here to sign the petition now!
In addition, there are other actions you can take to help bees now.
- Grow bee friendly plants – like flowering herbs (chives, marjoram, sage); low growers (crocus, bluebell, snowdrop); bushy shrubs and perennials (hebes, lavender, buddleja) easy edibles (strawberries, tomatoes), and trees (hawthorn, hazel, holly, willow). We also suggest others here.
- Buy local British honey – support local bees and beekeepers by keeping it local and buying their products – from pots of yummy honey to beeswax candles.
- Look at your home from a bee’s perspective – are there plenty of plants in your garden that are popular with pollinators? Encourage bee friendly planting with your neighbours and community too.
- Help bees through the seasons – plant bee friendly seeds, in the garden, window boxes, or pots, and try building a bee hotel (learn how to make one here) – providing ideal nesting space for bees.
- Tell a friend – spread the word about The Bee Cause – the more people that join, the stronger the campaign – including the message to David Cameron – will be.
For more on the Bee Cause, visit the Friends of the Earth’s specially developed website here.
Garden Truro festival a great success!July 16, 2012
The weather may have been mixed but for four days last week (11th-14th July) there was nothing but bright colour to cheer the shoppers and workers of Truro on Lemon Quay.
The Garden Truro festival, which coincided with judging of Truro in Bloom, was a celebration of gardens and gardening, and despite a mixed bag weather wise, created a lovely atmosphere, which also tied in with the weekly farmer’s market on the Wednesday and Saturday.
We put together a display to showcase a snapshot of Trevena Cross and got the opportunity to meet and chat to lots of new people – many from the Truro area who had never even heard of us before.
Garden Truro was a great eye-opener and the perfect occasion to talk to passionate garden enthusiasts, with varying levels of plant and garden knowledge. The many compliments and genuine interest we received was very encouraging, and we are pleased to have already welcomed visitors to the event, to our garden centre, within just a couple of days!
Forging new relationships, to join the wonderful, loyal customer base we have already developed, was an exciting prospect, and we’re pleased to now be on that journey, with the help of events like Garden Truro, which allow us to take Trevena Cross out to the people every now and then!
10 weird & wonderful garden-related facts!July 5, 2012
Dreary, wet and miserable. And it’s July.
Instead of bringing you some ‘high brow’ news we thought we’d lighten the mood with some weird, wonderful and amusing garden related facts! (We call them facts – don’t quote us on the accuracy of the information below…!)
These were just some of the ones we most enjoyed reading… (courtesy of www.gardeningchannel.com, www.telegraph.co.uk (taken from the BBC quiz QI) http://www.examiner.com and http://grrrrrls.blogspot.co.uk/
- Roses are related to apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears and almonds.
- Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in Holland in the 1600s.
- Tulip bulbs can be substituted for onions in a recipe.
- The onion is a lily botanically
- The juice from bluebell flowers was used historically to make glue.
- The flower buds of the marsh marigold are pickled as a substitute for capers.
- Britain has about 16 million back gardens, each containing more than 4,000 invertebrates (worms, spiders, insects) and about 250 plants.
- A snail can sleep for three years.
- A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
- A hummingbird will visit over 1,500 flowers in an average day.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to the colour blue more than any other colour.
- The average back garden contains 3.5 million species – twice as many as have been identified on the planet.
- Gnomes are banned from the Chelsea Flower Show.
- Cool as a cucumber? It’s true … the inside of a cucumber on the vine measures as much as 20 degrees cooler than the outside air on a warm day.
- The daisy got its name because the yellow centre resembled the sun. It was commonly known as the “day’s eye” and over time, was eventually called daisy.
Do you have any weird and wonderful facts you’d like to share? Email us and we’ll share them too!