There’s still time left to enter!

ggOver the past month we’ve been giving you insight into what makes the perfect Gardener’s Garden. We’ve heard from the winner of last year’s competition as well as Tamsin Westhorpe, one of our judges and editor-at-large of our partner, the English Garden magazine.

The competition closes on Monday 4th May so, if you haven’t already entered, then you still have time and have two weekends ahead of you to get your garden ready!

To assist in your final mission to perfect your garden, here are our top tips for out in the garden at this time of year.

  • April is a key month for lawncare. Repair lawns, scarify and aerate where necessary ahead of your first cut! The increase in temperature will also bring an increase in weeds. Be sure to get on top of them now before they have chance to spread!
  • Mulch around perennials, trees and shrubs before the hot weather arrives – some Cobra mowers feature a mulch plug to help you out with this one!
  • Divide hostas and primulas
  • Tie and support plants that are in need of a helping hand, such as climbing and rambling roses, honeysuckles, clematis and trees
  • Prepare beds so they are ready for the growing season
  • April is a good time to get sowing! Plant summer flowering bulbs, such as lilies, gladiolus and ranunculus; as well as shrubs and hardy annuals
  • On the vegetable plot it may now be the last chance to sow leeks ready for harvesting in autumn but it’s a great time for sowing artichokes, beetroot, cauliflower, sprouts, parsnips, peas as well as the April classic – broad beans!
  • In light of April’s rising temperatures, be sure to check your greenhouse is well ventilated but be on the watch for late frosts – don’t be fooled by the milder temperature and sunny spells!

One of Cobra’s aims is to give you more time to enjoy your garden, which makes the Gardener’s Garden competition our perfect partner. Our products are designed to take the hard work out of maintaining your garden to give you more time to enjoy it.

If you’ve followed the above tips and your garden is now ready for our judges, then be sure to enter the Gardener’s Garden competition before the closing date on 4th May 2015.

To enter simply send four to eight photos of your garden by email or post (we can’t return these) with a maximum of 200 words describing your plot. Images can be of last year’s garden. Please include how long you have been gardening the plot, its size and whether you have had the help of a designer or gardener. Include your name, address, telephone number and email address.
Send your entry to: Cobra Britain’s Best Gardener’s Garden Competition, The English Garden magazine, Archant House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1BB or email: gardenersgarden@archant.co.uk.
We look forward to seeing your entries!

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Guest blog: Tamsin Westhorpe, editor-at-large of The English Garden magazine

Gardener’s Garden month 

Guest blog: Tamsin Westhorpe, editor-at-large of The English Garden magazine

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As winners of the 2014 Gardener’s Garden competition Jane and Les Hale in beautiful Lydney in Gloucestershire are in a prime position to offer tips to those thinking about entering the 2015 competition.

Editor-at-large of the English Garden magazine and judge of Cobra’s Gardener’s Garden competition, Tamsin Westhorpe, offers her thoughts on the competition as well as some gardening top tips for the season!

“The garden season really has got underway now and the third Cobra Britain’s Best Gardener’s Garden Competition is open to enter. Entries arrive at The English Garden magazine by post or email and the whole team are always eager to get eyes on the gardens.

The aim of the competition is to find a gold-standard garden in Britain and feature it in the magazine.

The winner receives £1000 to spend with Cobra garden machinery. What could be better than that? It is a high profile award and to be crowned the winner is a great achievement.

After the closing date the judges sit and look through the gardens – and what a treat that is. No two gardens are ever the same and the standard and ideas are simply astounding. Once a shortlist has been created the judges hit the road and visit the top three. As one of the judges I have the pleasure of meeting the owners and talking to them about the challenges and highlights of their plot.

I would encourage you to enter this year, as not only will the prize be so useful but the glory of winning will give you a real lift and put your garden on the map.

With spring underway take photos of your plot now. The judges understand the seasons and plants so don’t worry if you didn’t take photos in high summer last year. Take them now.

In my garden we are enjoying some spectacular magnolias and anemones. My fav31ourite plants of the month are Anemone ‘Vestal’, Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ and the many corylopsis.

The tulips are just about to burst into flower and I have just planted out our sweet pea seedlings. My top tips for the month are to keep up with the annual weeds, prepare the vegetable garden for a productive year and fill gaps in the border. Grass will need cutting once a week now and my Cobra electric mower is doing me proud!

Enjoy this exciting season, get out and visit other gardens for ideas but make sure you take time to admire your own plot and enter the Cobra Britain’s Best Gardener’s Garden Competition before the closing date of 4th May. I look forward to admiring your garden!”

If you think you’re garden is award winning, enter the competition! Send four to eight photos of your garden by email or post (we can’t return these) with a maximum of 200 words describing your plot. Images can be of last year’s garden. Please include how long you have been gardening the plot, its size and whether you have had the help of a designer or gardener. Include your name, address, telephone number and email address.

Send your entry to: Cobra Britain’s Best Gardener’s Garden Competition, The English Garden magazine, Archant House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1BB or email: gardenersgarden@archant.co.uk.

The closing date is 4th May 2015.

Gardener’s Garden month: The 2014 winners tell us about their garden and how it feels to be victorious

Gardener’s Garden month: The 2014 winners tell us about their garden and how it feels to be victorious

As winners of the 2014 Gardener’s Garden competition Jane and Les Hale in beautiful Lydney in Gloucestershire are in a prime position to offer tips to those thinking about entering the 2015 competition.

We caught up with Jane who shared her thoughts, tips and advice on the Gardener’s Garden process.1655p

“We entered the competition because we wanted the chance to share our garden with others. We are firm believers that a garden should have an understanding of place and flow into the wider landscape, which is something we hope our garden does!

We are so glad that we were persuaded to enter the competition. Winning it has certainly given us an injection of enthusiasm and this winter we have spent time making new borders.

When people tell us that like our garden, it makes us look at it in a different light and that is so important in further developing and sustaining the garden.

We chose the heavy duty brushcutter, the long reach hedgetrimmer, and the garden trolley/hand cart from the Cobra range as our prizes. They have been a fantastic aid especially for maintaining the hedges and apple orchard as well as for moving heavy loads about. The hedgetrimmer has been particularly good because you are able to stand back a little from the hedges thus allowing you to see the shaping of them as you go along.

The whole process of entering Gardener’s Garden has been great and we strongly recommend entering to other gardeners!”

Jane also shared her top five gardening tips with us.

  1. Try and create different levels of interest so that there is always something new to see – clematis Viticella climbing through trees is a good example of this
  2. Stop and enjoy the moment in the garden instead of rushing on to do the next job
  3. Gravel mulch really helps areas of soil – which also looks really good
  4. When staking use natural stakes as far as possible (e.g. hazel twigs) so that they blend into the surroundings
  5. Think of some evergreen structures, which could be box balls, so that the garden has a definition and shape all year round

If you think you’re garden is award winning, enter the competition! Send four to eight photos of your garden by email or post (we can’t return these) with a maximum of 200 words describing your plot. Images can be of last year’s garden. Please include how long you have been gardening the plot, its size and whether you have had the help of a designer or gardener. Include your name, address, telephone number and email address.

Send your entry to: Cobra Britain’s Best Gardener’s Garden Competition, The English Garden magazine, Archant House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1BB or email: gardenersgarden@archant.co.uk.

The closing date is 4th May 2015.

It’s Gardener’s Garden month!

1697pcHere at the Cobra blog, April marks not just the start of spring and the gardening season, but also the launch of our Gardener’s Garden competition that is run in conjunction with the English Garden magazine.

To celebrate this, we’ve made April Gardener’s Garden month on the Cobra blog. We’ll be increasing our posts from monthly to weekly to give you the best insight and tips from the competition. Over the coming week’s we’ll have guest blogs from our judges and previous winners, as well as top tips on how to get an award-winning Cobra garden.

Now in its third year, the competition continues to go from strength to strength with some fantastic entries and even better winners. The Cobra Gardener’s Garden is a competition to acknowledge and reward the hard work of domestic gardeners in a similar way in which Chelsea recognises professional garden designers, and seeks to find the best private garden in the country.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to enter (and win) then send four to eight photos of your garden by email or post (we can’t return these) with a maximum of 200 words describing your plot. Images can be of last year’s garden. Please include how long you have been gardening the plot, its size and whether you have had the help of a designer or gardener. Include your name, address, telephone number and email address.

Send your entry to: Cobra Britain’s Best Gardener’s Garden Competition, The English Garden magazine, Archant House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1BB or email: gardenersgarden@archant.co.uk.

As if the prestigious title wasn’t enough, the winner will also receive £1,000 worth of Cobra machinery as well as a 12-month subscription to the English Garden. Two runners up will each receive £300 worth of Cobra product.

The closing date is 4th May 2015.