Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Tuesday 21 May 2013

Summer Colour Givaway!

The nice people at Spalding Bulbs contacted me recently to ask me if I would like to run a competition/ givaway on my blog. Being a kind sort and liking to give you little presents from time to time, I said yes please.

All I had to do, was to select an item I wanted from the website and then they would send me two of it. One for me and one for you :-)
Bearing in mind I have to post this item onwards to the winner,  I selected some summer flowering montbrecia bulbs   athough the Spalding Bulbs website had seeds and all sorts of other tempting gardening items on display. As they only post out the very best, the bulbs are available at certain times of the year only.

I picked Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Lucifer’ the more well known variety with beautiful red flowers. Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Emily Mckenzie’ has orange flowers which look more like a lily flower.
I have a place earmarked for them and hopefully they will be a beautiful display in a few months.

So...leave me a comment and in a couple of days I will pick a name out of a hat and send the lucky winner some bulbs. Due to postage and customs I am afraid UK readers only, please.


  1. Yay bulbs for winter colour!

  2. I'd love some free bulb to brighten up an area of my garden that is yet to be planted with much at all.Crocosmia ( of any variety) would certainly cheer up a drab area that is in desperate need of colour. Fingers crossed and good luck everyone x

  3. Good luck everyone. I'd happily offer some bulbs a home x

  4. I'm about to "re-vamp" my garden and these would look smashing. Thanks for hosting this.

  5. What a lovely choice. I have childhood memories of the orange montbrecia in my dad's garden, but the clump we inherited in this garden have never flowered - not enough sun, I suspect. They have now gone in a big reorganisation, so new bulbs in a new place would be lovely. Thanks for sharing them. x

  6. I'd love some of these in my garden. They bring back memories of holidays in my childhood where there was a big bank just covered in them and I always loved the bright colour.

  7. A fabulous choice. Fiery red flowers to liven up any summer border :)

    Thank you for sharing

    Linda - The Tenacious Gardener

  8. I would love to enter this giveaway, montbretia or crocosmia are one of my favourite flowers, they are often to be seen growing wild down here in the south-west of the country - Jill:0)

  9. And the winner is ...naomileaver!

    Naomi, please leave your address as a comment( I will not publish it) or email it to me at compostwoman@the-compostbin.com

    Congratulations :-)


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