What Do Suttons Seeds, A Hollywood Film Star, San Lorenzo & A Football Charity Have In Common ?
CASLA Petunia Mix seeds are now available on the Suttons Seeds website. The seeds are named CASLA after the Argentinian football team 'Club Atletico San Lorenzo De Almagro.' and are red and blue petunias team colours, 50p from each packet sold will be donated to the Torquay United Football in the Community Sports Trust, which reaches far and wide across the South West of England. But how did this all come about ?
The Film Star
Being an avid fan of Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn from Lord Of The Rings), it was no surprise that during a book signing at the BFI Film Festival last year in London, Francijn Suermondt the PR Executive for Suttons Seeds grabbed the opportunity to pass him her Suttons Seeds PR business card. On the back of the card she had written to ask him if he would be happy for Suttons to name a flower mix after his favourite football team, and that all the proceeds would go to helping youth football teams in the UK with no sponsorship.
Two months later Fran was amazed to receive a postcard from Viggo stating that he would be honoured if we named the new Petunia mix 'CASLA' (Club Atletico San Lorenzo De Almagro) which is his favourite team based in Argentina where he grew up as a child. And he would like the mix to be in the blue and red colours of the San Lorenzo shield.
At the 2012 BFI Film Festival in London on October 20th, Mr Mortensen was presented with his very own packet of CASLA seeds. He has since written all about the seeds and Suttons in his column on the San Lorenzo Official Football Club website, in which he stated ‘This is a priceless gift. You can imagine the amount of English people that will sow blue and red emblems in their gardens next year............’
Established in 1992, the Torquay United Football Club Community Sports & Education Trust has a team who work tirelessly in Devon and the surrounding area to promote community participation in healthy recreation and providing facilities so that the whole of the community can enjoy the health benefits of playing football. The team are also very involved in running Football Academies to local children by providing:
After school football clubs
3 week healthy lifestyle programmes
Educational tours around the Torquay United Football Grounds
50p from each pack will be donated to supporting the Torquay United Community Sports Trust.
Cucamelon Fever Hits All Time High
As part of the Suttons Seeds and James Wong's 'Homegrown Revolution' range the Cucamelon has received iconic status internationally after a press campaign by Suttons PR Executive Francijn Suermondt.
The Cucamelon looks like a small watermelon, but tastes like cucumber with a tinge of lime. Perfect for salads and also pretty cool in a cocktail, this is the ideal addition to picnics and cocktail parties.
After the campaign in spring 2013, all of the main national press picked up on this story, including The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Metro and all major gardening magazines. Francijn was also inundated with requests for radio interviews (BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Gardening Shows) and for fruit to be sent to tv shows.
Because of this coverage Suttons Seeds were getting requests from vegetable growers from as far a field as Germany, Vietnam, Australia, Colombia and Thailand.
Description: Trailing vines which produce an abundance of fruit throughout the summer. Fabulous to look at, like little dolls size stripey melons, these stunners are resistant to pests and drought and will happily grow outdoors in the UK in a sheltered sunny spot.
Rabbit Attack PR
All Hail The Rabbit Attack
I have been happily part of the Suttons Seeds gang for 8 years, and enjoy my role as PR Executive immensely, informing the press and public of all that is great and good about this historically innovative horticultural company.
However, as a mad music, fashion and food fan I also want to shout about these superb elements of my life and feel that it is time to unleash the rabbit.
From fashion buying in Devon to writing rock reviews in LA and even drumming in a thrash metal Elvis cover band in Amsterdam, I cannot control the urge to explore all things colourful and rich in these areas. And where does the food bit come in? Well I have basically eaten my way around the world, chowder in California, Bitterballen in Holland, Spaghetti Ajo e Ojo in Rome, Roti in Sri Lanka or Tom Kha Gai in Thailand ..... this bunny just loves her food !!!!
So, I have my PR skates on and am ready to go gadget go .....!!!!
The South West Is Open For Business & Rocking At Chelsea this Year!!!
Thrills Set For Chelsea Flower Show ....We will be celebrating 50 years of Britain in Bloom in the South West at Chelsea this year with a garden which has been inspired by the region and designed by RHS Gold Medal winner Jon Wheatley, varieties provided by Suttons Seeds and grown by Terry Porter.
The garden, supported by Britain in Bloom –South West sponsor Viridor, will be planted in their Revive compost and soil conditioner. With this garden we want to promote the fact that through all the crisis of flooding in the area recently, the South West is open for business and tourism.
We have been very, very lucky in the extreme generosity of Ian Gillan, the singer with Deep Purple, who is based in the South West, and who has agreed to open our garden (apart from the locality connection we will also be promoting a ‘top secret’ new variety which is deep purple/ black in colour)
Lubera - Apple Paradis 'Sparkling'...Get Busy With The Fizzy!!!
Want to try a brand new Lubera bred apple that EXPLODES in your mouth? Lubera's new breeding Paradis Sparkling® is different. So different, just as the name describes, Sparkling® explodes in your mouth. When the large cells release their juice, it feels as if CO2 is brought into play.
Paradis Sparkling® is the first apple that is not 'still', but 'sparkling'!!!!
Sparkling® is an apple novelty that will be introduced by Lubera in spring 2015. However there will be a few for sale now.
Sparkling® will be the first autographed apple tree! The first 100 trees sold will have a description hand-signed by breeder Markus Kobelt and they will be numbered by hand which will make these first pre-launch trees extra special ... perfect for a really exciting Christmas gift idea !!!
2 year old bush in 10 litre pot £34.40
Rock N Roll Rabbit Attack
Rabbit Attack PR is very excited to have been asked to join DJ Lady Jade on the Riviera Rocks show. She will be making a regular appearance and spinning her favourite rock tunes starting on Friday October 17th on the Riviera Rocks show with DJ Lady Jade on between 3pm and 5pm.
Rabbit Attack will not only be playing some jolly good rock n roll, but also telling you all about hot off the press news on all her clients. This includes Suttons Seeds, Lubera UK and Only Here.
Listen in too, for interviews and new tunes from the melting pot of rock talent here in the South West .... rock, gardening, art and new talent .... what else do you need on a Friday before your weekend starts !!!This bunny loves her rock, in brief.....
Rock review writer LA Weekly 1991
Miss Kerrang Readerkiller 199
Drummer in an all-female thrash metal Elvis cover band - Amsterdam 2001
Rabbit Attack PR & 'Only Here'- A Marriage Made In Artisan Heaven
Rabbit Attack will be spearheading the PR for Only Here as of October 2014. The Only Here website was launched earlier this year with the mission of bringing beautifully designed products to their customers, whilst at the same time showcasing those artists who have created these stunning pieces.
From solidly stunning oak mirrors to mesmerizing paper sculptures, all of these products are made by artisans based in the South West of England and many of these works of art are unique, with no two being the same.
Rabbit Attack is thrilled to have been asked to spearhead this campaign, she cannot wait to tell the story of these fabulously talented designers and the pure, awe-inspiring quality of their craft.
So watch this space for more news to come on this refreshingly new concept of on line exhibiting, combined with offering art lovers the chance to own their own unique piece of artisan heaven!