In my most recent post for the Sarah Raven blog 'Garlic and Sapphire', I wrote about my gardening resolutions for the year. Some points on my list were jobs that desperately need doing (like sorting out the veg beds), some are pipe dreams (I am in want of a shed) and some are lovely garden things that I want to do more of (like eating outside in the summer).
After joining in with Nature in the Home so much last summer, one addition I want to make to our garden is flowers. I want to fill our garden up with blooms so that I can regularly have jugs of flowers on the table and posies by the bed. While we are very fortunate that our garden already contains lots of well-established flowering plants, lots of them aren't very 'me'. I want less shrubs, and more flowers for cutting. A more relaxed feel to the garden.
After mentioning that I had my eye on the 'Butterfly Flower Mix' seeds on the Sarah Raven site, I was very excited to receive an email from the Sarah Raven team asking if I'd like to be sent a pack - yes please! The Butterfly Flower Mix contains Echium vulgare, otherwise known as Viper's Bugloss; Linaria 'Canon Went'; and Verbena Bonariensis. It's the Verbena I'm most excited about growing - I love the colour, and the airy arrangement of flowerheads and stems. Floral yet architectural.
The Sarah Raven team sent me two packs so I'm going to to give one away to one of you lovely lot...so if you fancy attracting lots of bees and butterflies to your garden, make sure you follow this blog via Google Friend Connect, and leave me a comment telling me your favourite flowers to grow - I need more inspiration of what to plant in our garden! The giveaway closes next Wednesday 29th January at midnight.
Sorry, UK readers only. I'll announce the winner next Thursday, and will send the seeds out by 2nd class post. Happy gardening!
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