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Green&Blue are delighted to be exhibiting once more at Home within Top Drawer Spring 2017. Come and see us on stand B39 within Home to check out and order from our award winning and beautiful range of bird feeders, bird houses and bee hotels. The show is open to trade customers from Sunday 15th Jan to Tuesday 17th. For more information and to register for free you can visit the Top Drawer website here. See you there.
Bloombox is a new service which aims to deliver pre selected boxes of beautiful plants to your door. BloomBox Clubâ€™s goal is to bring you a blooming and vibrant outdoor space all year round, along with an enthusiastic and inspired gardener to go with it, (thatâ€™s you!) We asked founder Katie Gilbert to tell us a bit more about Urban Gardening. "According to the anthem, we live in a â€˜green and pleasant landâ€™. As we make our daily commute across the capital, however, this utopian image of England seems a far cry from the reality, and our inner longing for a bit of greenery causes us to let out a little sigh. And itâ€™s no wonder â€“ just Google â€˜Gardening for healthâ€™ and hundreds of articles and studies are thrown up extolling the virtues of green space, gardening and growing your own food. From improving physical fitness through regular low-impact exercise to the mental health benefits of nurturing plants to life in the open air, there is no downside to gardening: As per our Bloombox mantra â€“ time spent outside is never wasted. And it doesnâ€™t take acres of space. You only have to look at the efforts of the residents of the Barbican Estate in London to see how a brutalist monument can be softened with the addition of window boxes, grass and a fountain or two. The residents of this area in the City of London didnâ€™t confine their urban garden project to their own private balcony spaces. They collaborated to turn the communal spaces from concrete hardscapes into beautiful areas with grass, shrubbery and water features that make it look like an entirely different place. Itâ€™s a credit to everyone involved that they have managed to take the principle of an urban garden and revitalise a place that was the epitome of urban living. So we've established that urban gardening is good for the soul - but what if you arenâ€™t lucky enough to have Barbican-scale community spaces or an orchard on your doorstep? Most Londoners consider themselves fortunate if they have a small balcony upon which to enjoy the outdoors, while a space with room for cat-swinging is nothing short of extravagant in this dense city of ours. At BloomBox Club, weâ€™re firm believers that you donâ€™t need a lot of space to make a garden. Whether you have a balcony for a window box, a windowsill for a miniature greenhouse or a shared garden, however small, that you can contribute to, urban gardens can make the big city feel just a little bit smaller. Even a planter on your doorstep can give you a reason to pop outside for a few minutes each day and greets you with a smile as you come home. And weâ€™re not just talking plants here; you can use lighting, water, aggregates and wood to build a place you can enjoy all year round. The only limit is your imagination. People are making some amazing spaces from very little square-footage. However small your space is, you can turn it into something quite beautiful, relaxing and personal to you. Letâ€™s not forget, the growing of plants is an incredibly life-affirming experience. Nurturing seeds and bulbs until they sprout forth and grow towards the sky, can increase the colour in your life and heighten the senses to the grey sprawl you can see from your window. With a modest outlay and a little patience, you can create your own tropical paradise, miniature oasis or micro farm, all from the comfort of your own home. There arenâ€™t many pastimes that can boast those benefits and will really give you something to sing about." Thanks Katie, we definitely agree here at Green&Blue. You can find Bloombox exhibiting at this years Grow London in Hampstead Heath (where you might also find a few pretty beepots gracing the stand) and also at RHS Hampton Court. You can find out all about Bloombox and how it works on their website here.
This weekend, Saturday May 21st, we are delighted that Gavin from the team will be popping up to Selfridges on Oxford street as part of their Selfridges summer living party. He will be there to talk about the bee brick and beepot which are sold through Selfridges, explaining how they work and how vital solitary bees are to our ecosystem. If you've got any questions for Gavin or would just like to say hello then do please pop by and make him feel welcome, it's a long old way from Cornwall! Hope to see as many of you there as possible.