Competition Closed: The Great G&H Bake-Off

By Wednesday, September 7, 2016 6 0

Nice buns, readers!


Our GBBO competition is now closed, and we’re pleased to announce that it gave us a lot of food for thought in picking our winners. We really saw some absolute masterpieces from our entrants, as well as some things which we wish we could forget, so we think the competition was a resounding success! As much as we had plenty of works of art and god-awful disasters submitted, there can only be a handful of winners!

The Runners-Up

We’ve decided to honour a runner-up for each of the two categories, for a creation that didn’t quite make the cut, but certainly deserves to be mentioned here. Our first runner-up is our runner-up of The Best category, Rachel Curley!


One of my best bakes, a garden themed birthday cake for my granddad x

And to completely ruin your appetite for that deliciously indulgent chocolate cake, here’s our runner-up of The Worst category, Elizabeth Gurney!


“So I tried to bake individual chocolate pretzels… everyone laughed when I brought it through! Yeah doesn’t look that appealing… #fail”

Both of our runners-up have won themselves a £10 voucher to spend at G&HD!

The Winners

Now for the winners of our competition, who have both won the grand prize of a £50 voucher for G&HD! Firstly, the winner of The Worst, with a truly horrifying rainbow cake, is Sharon Curran!


I’d been telling my husband I really wanted a rainbow cake for my birthday and imagine my face when he surprised me with this. I’m not really sure how I can describe it. It was certainly very moist! I did give him some marks for nice decoration but the cake itself needed a bit of work.

Needless to say nobody wanted to try a slice of it.

Yeah, I wouldn’t try a slice, either.

Finally, the Grand Prize winner of The Best category is Charlie Brunton!


I made this for my partners birthday this year! Chocolate heaven!

We’d like to thank all of our competition entrants, and we hope you’ll continue to enter our great competitions here on Love Your Garden. For all the latest updates from Gardens & Homes Direct, including special offers, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+, and sign up for e-mail updates using the box at the top of this page. Cheers!

GBBO & Competition: Baking Through the Years

By Friday, August 26, 2016 66 0

Let’s get baking!

If you watched Wednesday nights episode of The Great British Bake Off, chances are you’ve had baking on your mind for quite some time! The first episode of the latest season, starring twelve new amateur bakers hoping to go pro, had our fresh-baked contestants tasked with baking a divine lemon drizzle cake, before trying to make heads or tails of Mary Berry’s famous jaffa cakes recipé (with crucial details removed, of course…) In the episode’s finale, the bakers had to pull out all the stops, and really impress the judges with a recipé of their own choice, resulting in some stunning creations (and a great big upset at the Star Baker decision!)

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Competition: Your Best Ever Holiday!

By Friday, August 12, 2016 84 0

Tell us about your favourite holiday!


We all love a good holiday – whether it’s jetting off to our dream destination to explore the world and experience new cultures and cuisines, or simply getting away from it all with a nice drink and forgetting all of your troubles, we love the opportunity for some time to ourselves!

But after all that’s done and you’ve come back home, all you have are the memories – and hopefully photos, because that’s what our competition this week is all about! Tell us about your favourite holiday, and share a photo from it, for a chance to win one of our fantastic Oasis Dining & Entertaining Collections, with a table, four chairs, a parasol and a parasol base – perfect for garden dining on lovely days, all-year round!


We’ll be choosing our favourite photo and comment, and announcing the winner of our competition on Monday the 22nd of August! We look forward to seeing all of your entries, and wish you all the best of luck!

Competition Closed: National Picnic Week

By Tuesday, June 21, 2016 0 0

Thanks to all our entrants!


A big thank you to everybody who entered our National Picnic Week competition – we had a lot of good entries to this competition, so we’ve decided to award a selection of runners-up with a voucher each, worth £10 off any order at Gardens & Homes Direct!


Our first runner-up is Jo Liddement, who sent us a great photo from Talland Bay in Cornwall – it must be lovely to have a picnic with such a great ocean view!


Our favourite picnic spot is Talland Bay in Cornwall.A little jewel in the crown.

Our next runner-up is Lianne Wightman, with a photograph of Happy Valley in Llandudno – looks like a great place to relax on sunny days!


It has to be Happy Valley in Llandudno, beautiful views and plenty to do! Absolutely stunning!

Our final runner-up is Chevaune Stanley, who has submitted a photo from Findhorn – a nice change of scenery and a lovely view!


On the beach at Findhorn, Morayshire

That means it’s time for our competition winner! Congratulations to…

Shelly Layle!

Shelly submitted a stunning photograph from Black Mountain, with an incredible view! Truly a wonderful sight and definitely an excellent way to spend an afternoon!


This is the ultimate spot up on Black Mountain in Ireland. Overlooking the beautiful city views whilst enjoying a picnic is pure bliss

Thanks to all our competition winners! If you’re still after a picnic basket, we’ve got plenty available in our Picnic Collection at our online store. Thanks for reading, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ for all the latest Gardens & Homes Direct updates direct to your social media feed!

Competition: Amazing Gardens Winners

By Wednesday, May 4, 2016 1 0

Thanks to all our entrants in our Amazing Gardens competition!


We’re delighted to announce that our Amazing Gardens competition was very successful, attracting over 200 entries! We had a lot of very impressive and beautiful entries, with some very creative ideas, so we’ve decided to give out a selection of extra prizes alongside our grand prize. Each of these entrants will receive a £20 voucher for use on Gardens & Homes Direct – congratulations!

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