Photo competition winners 2014

This is our favourite time of year, when we get to judge all the stunning entries to our competitions. However, this year we decided to do things a little differently and we asked you to help us pick the winning photos.

Michael Perry short listed each category down to his six favourites of which we then posted onto facebook. You then chose your favourite photo by hitting the like button, the one with most likes won. Simples!

Thank you to everyone who entered and big congratulations to all of our winners.

So here are you winning entries for our 2014 categories;

Indredibloom® competition  (selected by Thompson & Morgan)

Lindsey Cooper – Harrogate

Lindsey used basil seeds from the same pack, same bag of compost, same size pots. However, used the Incredibloom® fertiliser in one pot. This is a wonderful reflection of our ground breaking plant feed.

Incredibloom

Plant a portrait

Barbara Thomas – Blackpool

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Wildlife competition

Kate Duckmanton – Buckingham

photo competition

 

Begonia competition

Robert Leeke  – Crewe

photo competition

Basket Challenge

John Alan Sinclair – Alnwick

photo competition

 

Beds and borders competition

John Alan Sinclair – Alnwick

photo competition

Unusual fruit and veg competition

Jenny Clancy – Chelmsford

photo competition

Fruit and Veg competition

Helen Crewdson – Surbiton

photo competition

Patio Garden competition

Kathleen Bethell – Nottingham

photo competition

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite photo. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for next years photo competition for a chance to win great prizes. You dont always have to wait for our competitions, we love to see your photos everyday so please feel free to post them on our facebook and twitter pages. :)

Terri Overett
Terri works in the e-commerce marketing department assisting the busy web team. Terri manages our blog and social media pages here at Thompson & Morgan and is dedicated to providing useful advice to our gardeners. Terri is new to gardening and keen to develop her horticultural knowledge.

Gardening Competitions

Summer is the prime time for your plants as they will be looking their very best. Beautiful blooms of Buddleja Buzz™, turbo-charged trailing fuchsias and shimmering metallic Begonia ‘Garden Angels’ will be catching everyone’s eyes. Our gardening competitions give you the opportunity to share your beloved garden with us and other gardeners, with the added bonus of winning a prize! What is there to lose?

Your beds and borders

gardening competitions
Do you have a stunning display in your beds or borders? Send in a photo of your beds and borders in all their glory and you could win £250 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers.

Your patio garden

gardening competitions

How does your patio garden grow? Do you have stunning patio garden worthy of winning our competition? Send in your photo and you could be in the running to win £250 of Thompson & Morgan vouchers.

Fruit and vegetables

gardening competitions
There is nothing like eating your home grown fruit and vegetables. If you are growing your own, why not send us a picture and you could win £250 of Thompson & Morgan vouchers. When you harvest your fruit and vegetables if they turn out funny shapes or sizes then you could enter our unusual fruit and vegetable competition to win a prize also.

Increditransformations

gardening competitions
Incredibloom® is a ground-breaking innovation in premium fertilisers. It guarantees that your plants will be fed the correct nutrients as and when they need them. We are so sure that you will notice the difference that we are giving you the opportunity to win £100 for your increditransformations. Just upload your blooming flowers and if we use your picture you will win £100 e-voucher!

View all our competitions here and see what prizes you could win.

Closing date for all competitions is 30th September 2014. Please make sure you read our terms and conditions before entering. Good Luck!

Terri Overett
Terri works in the e-commerce marketing department assisting the busy web team. Terri manages our blog and social media pages here at Thompson & Morgan and is dedicated to providing useful advice to our gardeners. Terri is new to gardening and keen to develop her horticultural knowledge.

A week in the life of Thompson & Morgan’s new product development manager

It’s a busy time for us at Thompson & Morgan, here’s a taster of a typical week at work for me!

Monday
After a few days off, it’s back in fresh and early for a varied week of meetings, product research and catalogue preparations.

Today I meet with Sarah, our trials manager, to discuss how we can enhance our customer trials programme. This is a project we’ve been running for 3 years now, and it involves sending our products to a selected group of customers and asking them what they think of them. We get some very good, honest comments and some photography which is almost as good as our own!

Sarah and I also chat through which plants we’re going to grow to enter for Plant of the Year at Chelsea Flower Show. This is a very tricky project as the plants have to be grown out of season, which means they’ll need extra warmth and lights. We draw up a shortlist which we’ll then run past Paul Hansord, our horticultural director, as soon as we can, as we’ll soon need to start taking cuttings! In 2012, we WON Plant of the Year for our innovative Foxglove ‘Illumination Pink’. Bred by our amazing plant breeder, Charles Valin, this is a ‘futuristic foxglove’, which flowers much longer than older types and is in exotic colours never, ever seen before!

A week in the life of Thompson & Morgan's new product development manager

The monster pumpkin – can you guess how many seeds are in it?

Tuesday
It’s the week of Halloween, so today I make sure we’ve given our ‘count the seeds in the pumpkin’ competition the push it needs, which means updating and scheduling my social media accounts, and also setting the dates of the seed count into my diary, just so we don’t forget! I also notice that the Great British Garden Revival information is starting to leak through social media. This is a programme that was filmed at our trials site during the summer, and I should be featuring in the ‘bedding’ episode. It’s a new series, designed to make gardening a bit trendy again. We don’t have definite broadcast dates yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.

A week in the life of Thompson & Morgan's new product development manager

Filming at our trials site

Wednesday
This week is one of the last weeks before the big spring plant catalogue goes to the printers, so I’m working closely with the catalogue team to make sure they have everything they need from me for the new products. There are about 70 products, so this has been a lot of work over the last few months; speaking to suppliers, assessing trials, instructing photography (with our new photographer, Helen Freeman), writing copy notes, working out the main selling points and so on. We have some EXCELLENT new products – I won’t give too much away, but imagine a ‘blue’ carnation and an azalea-flowered geranium for starters…

Thursday
Lots of catching up on e-mails today, there’s always so much going on, product development never seems to stop, and sometimes I could be talking to suppliers about products that might be 15 or 20 years away! It took us 15 years to develop the TomTato®, which you may have seen recently, it’s a plant which produces tomatoes AND potatoes. The plants are simply grafted together – it’s not a new concept, but we are the first company to make a large amount of plants and to marry up a high quality, sweet tomato with a good cropping white potato.

Friday
Some of today is spent preparing for Saturday’s QVC show. We regularly sell our plants through this shopping channel on TV, and I’m a brand ambassador for Thompson & Morgan on the show. This week it’s a gift show and we’re selling a Christmas tree! I make sure we get some good photos of me lifting it (it was heavy!), and working with Sarah Dodsworth from the QVC team, we agree on the main selling points, and also source some photos of bad Christmas trees. This will all help make the sell stronger; our Christmas tree is the no-drop, no-flop tree, one of the highest quality money can buy. I try to get to bed early, so I can get up at 5am (yuk) to travel down to Chiswick for the show.

A week in the life of Thompson & Morgan's new product development manager

It’s really heavy!

Michael Perry
Michael works as Thompson & Morgan’s New Product Development Manager, scouring the globe for new and innovative products and concepts to keep the keen gardeners as well as amateurs of the UK happy!

Competition – how many seeds in this pumpkin?

This giant pumpkin recently broke the UK record for the heaviest specimen at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampton. The ‘monster’ is now outside Thompson & Morgan’s offices in Ipswich, waiting to be smashed open for its seeds to be counted.

Competition - how many seeds in this pumpkin?

Enter our competition and win £250 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers

One lucky winner will receive £250 worth of Thompson & Morgan vouchers AND 5 seeds from the record-breaking pumpkin!

All you have to do is go to our pumpkin competition page and enter your details and your guess for a chance to win this great prize.

The competition ends at midnight on Friday 15th November 2013 and the winner will be notified by 10am on Monday 2nd December.

Good luck!

Rebecca Tute
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.

Winners of The Alan Titchmarsh Show competition

Winners of The Alan Titchmarsh Show competition visit ITV studios

Winners of The Alan Titchmarsh Show competition

Winners of The Alan Titchmarsh Show competition

On Tuesday 12th March, the lucky winners of our Alan Titchmarsh Show competition claimed their prize and spent the afternoon watching the live show.

We first advertised the competition in our 2013 Spring Catalogue and all customers had to do to enter was order any product from The Alan Titchmarsh Plant Collection. The prize on offer was a pair of tickets to be in the audience of The Alan Titchmarsh Show and a signed copy of Alan’s popular ‘Love Your Garden’ book.

Winners Mr Frank Bradbrook and Miss Vera Mills and their guests travelled to the ITV studios in London to watch the live recording of the programme.

On the show were Henry Winkler of Happy Days fame, comedian Rufus Hound and Jilly, Best in Show winner at Crufts this year.

The winners thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon at the show and Mr Bradbrook said that it was interesting being behind the scenes and seeing how it was all done.

Your chance to win prizes

Our ever-popular photo competitions are now open! There are several categories, including Petunia ‘Purple Tower’, Your Beds and Borders and Your Patio Garden. You could win £250 in Thompson & Morgan vouchers if your photo is chosen as the winner!

Please click here for more details.

Rebecca Tute
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.

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