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Reduce Allergens with the Dimplex HEPA Air Purifier

Reduce allergens with the Dimplex HEPA Air Purifier

Reduce allergens, odors and neutralise harmful impurities in the air all in one go with the Dimplex DXAPV3N HEPA Air Purifier with a genuine HEPA filter, active carbon filter & Viro³ technology.

This quiet, two speed air purifier is all you need to improve the air quality in your living spaces. Drawing air from the room through its combined carbon and HEPA filtration system, the DXAPV3N is able to remove dust particles, pollen, pet dander out of the atmosphere.

This capability is further enhanced through Viro³ plasma generator technology that traps, attacks and neutralises those harmful impurities carried in the air by producing negative ions, enriching and replicating that feeling of natural clean air found near waterfalls or on beaches.

And whether you are cooking up a storm or playing house to a host of pets, the carbon pre-filter removes any odors, bringing a breath of freshened air into any home.

Nick Paul, product marketing manager portables for Dimplex says, “The combination of a real HEPA filter, ionising Viro³ technology and odour busting carbon filter is a killer combo for any unwanted impurities lurking in your home’s air. The Dimplex DXAPV3N HEPA Air Purifier’s modern design and portability means it can be used where needed most around the house, improving the air quality where you live and breathe.”

Key features

Reduce allergens with the Dimplex HEPA Air Purifier


· HEPA filter has an efficiency of 99.97%

· VIRO³ technology neutralises the harmful impurities in the air

· Carbon filter reduces odors

· Day/night speed settings

· Suitable for pet owners

· Ideal for rooms up to 28m²

· Replaceable filter

· CADR Rating: Smoke:80, Pollen:89, Dust:78

· IP21 rated for condensation

· Dimensions: H: 333mm W: 248mm D: 133mm Weight: 1.4 kg

The DXAPV3N HEPA Filter is available from £59.99 RRP.

For more details visit the Dimplex website at www.dimplex.co.uk
 
 

Grow Your Own Tasty Tomatoes

Sweet Aperatif Tomatoes

Don’t wait for science to put the taste back into mass-produced supermarket tomatoes – grow your own at home!

Journalists are reporting a scientific breakthrough by a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida. Dr Klee says he’s found the answer to tasteless supermarket tomatoes and having sequenced the genome of nearly 400 varieties and identified 26 genes which are involved in the production of the unique tomato flavour, he’s planning to breed a better-tasting tomato.

The research work has apparently taken years, but they could have just asked Paul Hansord, Thompson & Morgan’s Commercial Director, whose answer to bland-tasting shop-bought tomatoes is simple: grow your own!

Sungold Tomatoes

Of course it’s clear that Dr Klee’s research is aimed at the bulk tomato growers who are paid by the pound (or kilo in Europe) to mass produce tomatoes for sale in supermarkets, but Thompson & Morgan maintains that those in the know have been growing delicious tomatoes with that traditional tomato taste for years.

“It’s just so easy to grow your own tomatoes at home. All you need is a grow-bag, a sunny spot and a watering can”, says Paul Hansord. He also suggests adding a bit of tomato fertiliser and reading Thompson & Morgan’s top tips on growing tomatoes which help guide gardeners through the tomato growing process.

“There really is no fresher, more aromatic and naturally delicious taste than a home-grown tomato, picked from your own plant and still warm from the sun”.

Top-Tasting Tomatoes

For really fabulous tasting tomatoes, Paul recommends growing Tomato ‘Sungold’ F1 Hybrid and Tomato ‘Sweet Aperitif’.

Tomato ‘Sungold’ F1 Hybrid is priced at £3.69 for 8 seeds.

Tomato ‘Sweet Aperitif’ is currently 79p for 10 seeds – save £2.50

Both are types of tomato seeds are available from www.thompson-morgan.com
 

 New Bespoke
Blind Service

Bespoke Blinds from Apollo

Apollo Blinds’ new bespoke blind-making service opens up an unlimited choice of fabrics, yet still allows customers to benefit from Apollo’s expertise and craftsmanship, creating top quality made-to-measure blinds.

Mike Stephen of Apollo Blinds explains more, “Homeowners are constantly searching for ways to put their own stamp on homes – it’s one of the reasons why made-to-measure blinds are so popular, as customers decide on bespoke blinds over the mass-produced products available from high street shops.”

And while the huge selection of 270 materials in our range of soft cloth blinds is impressive, we understand that, for some people, the option to create unique furnishings that are truly individual is also very appealing; as is their desire to coordinate perfectly with existing pieces within a room.

We found that when they came to us, many of our customers had already chosen elements of the room, for example the sofa or cushions, and wanted to match their window dressings exactly to them. Now, even if they can’t find the ideal pattern or colour material within our ranges, we can still supply blinds and offer expertise / advice every step of the way.”

Through ‘You Choose!’ blinds are created in the UK by Apollo Blinds and fitted and installed in homes by the company’s expert craftsmen.

“Window blinds aren’t easy to construct, measure and fit, especially not to the high standards that our customers are used to,” Mike continues. “This new service allows customers access to our expertise, along with the quality operating systems and the exquisite eye for detail that Apollo Blinds is known for.

Just as a company like Dulux, with its comprehensive range of colours, found a huge market for a paint match service, You Choose! offers infinite possibilities to coordinate window blinds. So if you’ve fallen in love with a material that’s not in our range, we can still supply the blinds for you.”

The You Choose! service also opens up lots of options for customers looking to create their own pieces from designer or iconic fabrics, without the worry of damaging fabric.

“Whatever your preference - Josef Frank, Designer’s Guild, Kath Kidston, Orla Kierly –- if you have the material (or even a lower cost replica to get the look) then we can make it into stunning window blinds, while also removing the fear of damaging expensive material in the process.”

The Apollo Blinds ‘You Choose!’ service starts from £84 for a roller blind 650mm x 950mm and £104 for a Roman blind 650mm x 950mm.

For stockist details and more information about Apollo’s made-to-measure blinds and shutters, visit www.apollo-blinds.co.uk 
 

Homes & Gardens

Plant One and Grow Three Different Flowers

Fuchsia 3 in 1 from Thompson & Morgan

When does 1 ever equal 3? With Thompson & Morgan’s 3-in-1 concept now extended to include hebe and fuchsia, gardeners can effectively plant one plant and it’ll grow into 3! Following the success of its Buddleja ‘Buzz® 3-in-1’, Thompson & Morgan is now selling hebe and fuchsia in the same way, giving gardeners the opportunity to seemingly grow one plant with 3 different flower colours – giving triple the colour in just one pot.

The Buddleja ‘Buzz® 3-in-1’ concept offers 3 plants in a single container. The plants grow in harmony together, creating a compact ‘single’ bush with 3 different coloured fragrant flower spikes – indigo, ivory and candy pink – which are all big favourites with bees and butterflies. T&M’s unique dwarf variety grows little more than 4ft (1.2m) high, but retains all the best qualities of its larger cousin, B. davidii.

Buddleja ‘Buzz® 3-in-1’ from Thompson & Morgan

Now applied to the ever-popular shrub, hebe, the 3-in-1 concept will create a patchwork effect with gardeners’ planting plans. The three varieties in the Hebe ‘3-in-1 Pot’ - 'Bronze Baby', 'Blue Clouds' and 'Eyecatcher’ – grow together to make a really special feature on the patio as the three hebe varieties offer an interesting array of colour and textures. Hebes are great plants for providing impact and structure in the garden with minimum effort, whilst the flowers are a real magnet for bees and butterflies.

Also available this season is the Fuchsia ‘3-in-1 Pot’ featuring Thompson & Morgan’s three best-selling hardy fuchsias. Perfect for packing borders and containers with colour – especially where space is limited - these three fuchsias will grow together as one, with matched growing habits and continual flowering from June to the first really hard frosts. The three varieties are the hot pink 'Shrimp Cocktail', 'Delta's Sarah' with its unusual lilac blue flowers, and magenta pink ‘Garden News’ which boasts stunning frosty pink sepals.

All three of Thompson & Morgan’s 3-in-1 plants are rated ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Hebe 3 in 1 from Thompson & Morgan

A recent report published by Butterfly Conservation has revealed that more than three quarters of butterfly species have significantly declined in the past 40 years and is urging the British public to act by planting suitable supporting plant species.

For information about how to encourage bees into your garden, please visit the website by clicking on www.thompson-morgan.com

Buddleja ‘Buzz® 3-in-1’, Hebe ‘3-in-1 Pot’ and Fuchsia ‘3-in-1 Pot’ are all available from www.thompson-morgan.com

Prices start from £14.99 for a 9cm pot
 

Choose the Right Shed for your Garden


Choose the right shed for your garden


Looking to buy a new garden building? Just how do you choose? Trawl through hundreds of individual shed sites which do not necessarily give you the whole picture? Spend your Sundays visiting garden centres and DIY stores?

The Whatshed.co.uk team know that all you really have to do is visit their site as they have all you need to know about sheds – be that metal sheds, plastic sheds, wooden sheds, greenhouses, outbuildings, gazebos, children’s playhouses and more. Whatshed want the buildings they have reviewed and recommended to inspire you to pull on your wellington boots and get outside to garden – whatever the weather! We simply offer the best garden sheds reviews. And all sheds are delivered direct to your door.

Now in the top 10 most organically trafficked garden building sites in the UK, Whatshed.co.uk has helped just over 10,000 customers make the right choice when buying their garden sheds, log cabins, playhouses and greenhouses.

At WhatShed.co.uk we firmly believe that the more you know about the product and retailer you are looking to buy from, then the more likely you are to be satisfied with your purchase. The site now offers advice from industry experts and customers, with over 2,000 reviews and opinions covering over 3,000 products, retailers, brands and a wide variety of garden building resource guides.

More than 25 websites are checked to help customers find and buy at today's lowest retailer prices, Whatshed.co.uk will also be adding a price comparison section to the site at the end of the year.

For more information visit the website at http://whatshed.co.uk
 

Vertical Gardening


Get started with Vertical Gardening for the Spring


Regardless of where you live, everyone can take advantage of some of the many benefits vertical growing offers say’s Erick Mackay at Irrigatia - the brains behind the only fully automatic solar powered watering system in Europe. And now is the best time to get started for the Spring.

Erick's top 10 reasons to grow vertically

Vertical Gardens are are an innovative way of adding decoration to walls, fences and garden sheds effortlessly

1. The advantages of vertical gardens (or living walls) really come into their own in small spaces such as on balconies in flats. They are an innovative way of adding decoration to walls, fences and even garden sheds effortlessly, and can really enhance the architectural beauty and aesthetic value of your home environment.

2. Vertical gardens are easy to mount and maintain. And If you select your flowers correctly a vertical garden can be superb for attracting butterflies or bees – even both.

3. They allow you to grow more plants and really maximise the space you have.

4. There are health benefits also. Vertical gardening enables you to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers without ever bending or getting on your knees - ideal for gardeners who suffer from back and knee problems!

5. Saves time! Less work is involved when preparing vertical gardens - no digging is required.

6. Uses less water because in many vertical gardens, water is recycled through the planting system.

7. When combined with an Irrigatia solar powered watering kit the main issue that used to be associated with vertical growing, watering at height, is overcome. The Irrigatia kit delivers precisely the right amount of water relative to the weather and can water up to 5m in height.

8. Vertical gardens are an easier way to control your plants from soil-borne pests.

9. With vertical growing, you have the flexibility to move your plants to better take advantage of light and air circulation.

10. Vertical gardening = higher yields. Growing vertically increases vegetable production because of better air circulation and sunlight reaching more of the foliage.

Last year Irrigatia launched its range of innovative vertical gardens – the Picture Garden Kit, Vertical Fruit & Veg Garden and the Vertical Herb & Flower Garden.

For more information please visit the website at www.irrigatia.com/vertical-growing
 
 

Soft Pink Sofas at Darlings of Chelsea


Arden Corner Sofa from Darlings of Chelsea


Pale Pink has become a popular shade for interior accessories and furniture, thanks to Pantone’s colour palette for 2017. The beautiful hue Pale Dogwood is a simple colour to incorporate into your home, and with Darlings of Chelsea, it's easy to bring the subtle shade to your home with a range of sofas.

The Arden Corner Sofa is inspired by the classic style from the 19th century, and with a mid-century design, it will sit attractively in the corner or centre of a living-room. The sumptuous looking sofa has been made out of luxe velvet, and features a contrasting maroon piping around the back and seat cushions.

This homely sofa features delicately curved arms, fibre seats with foam cores and buttoned fixed back. There is also the option to lay comfortably with an extended seat that has a plush cushion. The bun-feet gives this sofa the look of elegance, as they have been made out of solid wood and stained with dark oak. There is also the option for light oak or ebony.

For more information about the Arden Sofa click on www.darlingsofchelsea.co.uk

 

    Sixtyplusurfers Competition 

   Win a Salter Deep
Fill Sandwich Toaster


Win a Salter Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Salter to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a fantastic Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster so that you can create toasties packed with extra tasty fillings.

The toaster comes with extra large cooking plates, which allow for larger, deeper, well-filled sandwiches and large slices of bread.

The toaster comes with extra large cooking plates, which allow for larger, deeper, well-filled sandwiches and large slices of bread

The non-stick cooking plates release the toasted sandwiches without tearing or crumbling, making cleaning easy with no scrubbing.

The toaster is easy to use, with power on, ready indicator lights and also automatic temperature control.

The toaster is easy to use with power on and ready indicator lights with automatic temperature control

With 900W power, you can make two toasties in just four minutes – perfect for a quick lunch or a fast snack whenever you need one.

The Salter Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster is available to buy from www.amazon.co.uk

The Salter Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster is available to buy from Amazon

For more information and to view the full range visit www.saltercookshop.com

   For Your Chance to Win

Tell us how long does it take you to make two toasties in the Salter Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster?

 a) Four Minutes
 b) Eight Minutes
 c) Ten Minutes
 d) Fifteen Minutes


 To Enter the Competition

Tell us how long does it take you to make two toasties in the Salter Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster? Then send in your answer, together with your full name, postal address and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers email address as shown below:
sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

* Please label your entry Salter Sandwich Toaster  Competition
 

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Garden Tips from
National Garden
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The Vinca is the perfect for winter baskets and containers


March brings some sunny days to tempt gardeners back into the garden and many of us are really aching for Spring now. This is the month for sowing seeds and getting the garden ready for the summer months ahead, which includes a general tidy up and some essential pruning.

Pruning is not only therapeutic for plants, but gardeners as well – getting rid of all that dead wood and preparing for new growth and flowers. You need to remove dead, diseased or damaged stems from roses. Shrubs and climbers will also need pruning to encourage good, healthy growth.

Seed sowing should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list at the moment. Give seeds soil that is wet and warm enough and off they go, and the bigger the seed the deeper it needs to be in the soil to germinate. Some seeds can be sown direct into the ground, such as vegetables, whilst some prefer to be in seed trays and a slighter warmer environment to be given a good fighting chance.

March is also a good planting time for more mature plants, so think ahead to not just Summer but Autumn as well and try to plan your planting for all year round colour in the garden.

For a bit of instant colour you could think about a hanging basket. A simple garden solution for March is to create your own hanging basket in the colour scheme of your choice mixing hardy annuals with small evergreen shrubs for all year round interest.

Although most baskets are planted in early spring and put outdoors after the risk of frost has passed, they can also be filled with frost hardy flowers and tough evergreens for colour over winter. Don’t forget to water regularly and boost growth with a weekly liquid feed.

A plant perfect for winter baskets and containers is the Vinca, which is part of the periwinkle family. Vinca minor is also a favourite with gardeners for providing ground cover and can be planted in smaller beds and borders. It’s a great way of providing cover for poor, dry and slightly shady garden areas and its creeping and arching stems soon make an attractive carpet of bright green foliage. The small sky-blue flowers appear in spring and Vinca will grow in most soil types but like most other plants, requires good drainage.

Spring seems tantalizing close in March and work in the garden starts to get going again.

Here are some jobs you should be thinking about this month.

March garden checklist

· Start to prune roses removing dead damaged or diseased stems

· Tidy up the lawn

·  Keep your eyes peeled for weeds and slugs

·  Sow vegetable seeds and plant potatoes

· 
Start composting

· 
Start conserving water

· Re-pot houseplants

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    No Courgettes?
      No Problem
  Grow Your Own!


Grow your own courgettes with Thompson & Morgan

Recent articles in the press have flagged up a shortage of courgettes in UK supermarkets. This will consequently affect prices with courgettes – and many other vegetables – becoming more costly. However, Thompson & Morgan has the answer: grow your own!

Cold weather in Spain and Italy, which supply many of our supermarkets with fresh vegetables, has been blamed for the lower-than-average production. The shortages are not just limited to courgettes; suppliers suggest that imports of aubergines, spinach, peppers and tomatoes could also be affected.

The laws of economics mean that prices in shops and supermarkets are already being driven up, putting even more pressure on those trying to stick to healthy diets.

Thompson & Morgan has long promoted the health and cost benefits of growing your own vegetables. The company is offering 20% off a collection of seeds of the vegetables most likely to become more scarce and expensive as the year goes on, encouraging gardeners to grow their own.

For those on a health drive, home-grown veg is always going to be a better bet than shop-bought – for a start, it hasn’t spent weeks in transit and then on a supermarket shelf, so its nutrients and vitamins are fresh and ready to give you that 2017 ‘new you’ boost.

Growing your own has never been easier with a variety of ‘How to’ articles and videos on the Thompson & Morgan website, amateur gardeners can find all the information and support they need to grow a variety of tasty and nutritious vegetables.

Thompson & Morgan’s full range of vegetable seeds and plants can be found on its website.

See the full range of vegetable seeds and plants at www.thompson-morgan.com