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April 2016

Gardening Blogs

30 April 2016

Woooooh! Spring seems to have sprung and suddenly there seems to be even less time in the day to get everything done than ever before.This last month has whizzed by: There has been the wakening Genus garden to attend to; taking delivery of the new Genus garden clothing stock; and of course, our big new venture this year …. planning the Genus Hampton Court stand.The challenge has been to sit still and write another entry of the Genus blog.Sat in front of the screen, it has been interesting this week to look at other influential garden bloggers and what they are managing to find time to write about.

Just getting going with the new gardening season are those blogging about garden visits like the Galloping Gardener, or Welly Woman who also writes of other natural places as well as other people’s gardens

The very busiest of bloggers in this season are those providing a glimpse into the seasons unfolding in their own gardens with hints and tips on growing like Joanne’s Cottage, The Middle Sized Garden and Rambling in the Garden or the grow your own tipsters such as Vertical Veg who concentrate on telling readers all about how to grow food in containers.

Then there are the more eclectic bloggers mixing gardening thoughts, with recipes, product testing, and other personal passions, like the beer brewing and veg growing exploits of Two Thirsty Gardeners, random garden academica from Noel garden style from Fennel and Fern , and lots of personal gardening adventures from Veg Plotting

Such a wide variety of blogging personalities and points of view. Tips for learner gardeners, garden views of changing seasons, and gardening as lifestyle. The one gap perhaps is a blog that focuses on the gardener rather than the garden and gardening. Hopefully that's a gap we fill with our offerings?

Garden shows and flower festivals for gardeners

18 April 2016

It has been a few weeks since the last Genus blog. You won’t be surprised to hear that’s because we have been really busy, not just in the Genus garden, but also processing and sending out a huge number of orders for gardening clothes as gardeners get back out into the garden now that Spring has really arrived.The other thing that has been on our mind is garden shows. This weekend saw the start of the garden show calendar proper with the RHS Cardiff Flower Show, and it’s just a couple of weeks until the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

The reason the show calendar is occupying our thoughts is because Genus is going on the road this year. Our major event is a stand at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Work on stand design and preparation of stock has been the other task keeping us busy this past month.

As well as the traditional stalwarts of the show diary, gardeners this year will be treated to some new alternatives. Not really a show so much as a festival, but a new event that we are very excited about none the less, is the Cherry Blossom Festival at Doddington Hall which also started this weekend. Visitors will be able to follow the Japanese tradition of Hanami and sit beneath the trees in contemplation enjoying the “snow” of falling petals. The other new show this year is the London Flower Show which is coming to Osterley Park between Heathrow and West London and accessible by Tube. This show aims to reach a broader London public and engage them in the idea of gardening, connecting to nature and sustainability. Don’t forget too the Chelsea Fringe which is bringing new community-based events to cities around the UK. The programme is already filling up for the start on May 21st.

If you fancy mixing gardening with great design the other show moving back into central London is GROW London which happens in June. The other thing we notice is the increasing interest amongst gardeners and garden designers for the incorporation of wild flowers, and there are new festivals such as the Flowers of the Dales that are beginning to celebrate our natural heritage.

With such a variety of gardening shows and festivals to choose from there is something for every kind of gardener.

Susan Jones, Cumbria, England

12 April 2016

Just wanted to report on how delighted I am with my gardening trousers. They are a perfect shape, cut and fit, colour, the stretch makes them really comfy, pockets in all the right places, the ankle poppers get neatly over the stuffed socks problem. And I haven’t got over the novelty of my own adjustable internal kneepads. I’m a basketmaker, so I always have sharp tools and these are the only trousers with sitable pockets. Have been wearing my trousers for walking too, and they were perfectly presentably for a pub lunch the other day. Really nice. Recommended to my friends.

Vivienne Cato, London, England

8 April 2016

The trousers you so generously sent have arrived safely; they look terrific and I’m enthusiastic to try them out, hopefully next week. I shall let you know how I get on.

Many thanks for your great customer service; I shall be happy to recommend your company to fellow gardeners!