Sunday, 23 April 2017

Planning a Perennial Border Workshop

A great workshop with Annette head Gardening tutor from Waterperry.

Investigating anchor plants in a garden

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Open Today

Open today and every day from 8.30am - 5.30pm Coffee shop open until 4.30pm. Cyclists welcome.

Late Opening begins on the 1st May and extends to the 30th June when gates are open until 7pm.

We do have bedding plants ready for sale but they must be protected from frost under cover and in green houses. Ideally they are for those of you making up hanging baskets to grow on before putting outside.
Bedding plants do not go outside until we are frost free.

How to make a Summer #HangingBasket

Hanging Basket Workshops this May

Workshop Tue 9th 7pm
Wednesday 17th 7pm
Tuesday 23rd 7pm

Relaxed workshops where you make up your own basket. Refreshments and an easy going atmosphere. Charge only for plants and materials used 

How To Make Up Your Summer Basket 

Here are some step by step photos of us making up a basket
There are different ways of potting up baskets and we don't always follow the same pattern but here is one Peter made up.
 You will need:

Friday, 7 April 2017

April Gardener's Calendar

Here our are are some ideas of what you could be getting on with in the garden this month.

Plant Thugs Make Useful Ground Cover

Though we all complain about some plants we do actually need a few thugs. These are plants that will survive in more restricted positions where others would perish. They can populate a bit of rough ground ahead of the weeds or tolerate parched dry soil. There are numerous quiet tolerant plants but true thugs  are a category to pin down and often unexplored. There are extremes of dry and extremes of shade. The difficulties a plant may have to tolerate in a one gardeners interpretation of shade or dry I find vary a great deal. 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Early Vegetables #vegetablegrowing

What Vegetables can we plant now
Home grown produce does not have to mean a big allotment and lots of work.
Why not grow a few things you enjoy potager style in your borders. 
See availability list below.
Anyone listing to Monty this week should be rushing to plant parsnips, raddishes and seed their tomatoes. There is a little more you can do!

 Veg Growing Workshop 15th April 2017 available to everyone call or book on line.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mother's Day Gifts

Traditionally a time for primrose baskets. Shrubs such as daphnes, magnolias, camellias and lilacs also make lovely gifts. It doesn't have to be a plant and as we are beginning again in the garden something from the potting shed may be perfect or just a lovely gift from our shop.

This year we have a full programme of creative and gardening workshops ideal to give as a surprise to Mum in one of our pretty workshop gift cards.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

How to #Grow Your Own #Vegetables

Veg Growing Workshop 15th April 2017 available to everyone call or book on line.

The nutritional value of the crops we grows far exceeds which we buy from the supermarkets for this reason alone it is well worth producing a few thing yourself.
I can argue what you grow yourself tastes so much better than what you buy from large stores.
You can save some money growing expensive things like fennel bulbs, asparagus, artichokes and even cut and come again leaves.

Here's A Little 'Grow Your Own' Made Easy!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Preparing For Mother's Day #Mother'sDay #MotheringSunday ]#MothersDayGifts

Spring is Blooming! And Its Nearly Mother's Day!
Some of the first things that hint its spring here are the big Queen Bees. Its personified here at the Nurseries because we have such a vast array of plants compared to the average garden. We have had quiet a few buzzing round this week.They come out of hibernation and are ravenously bumbling around for good sources of nectar. Hellebore's, primroses and the hazel catkins are perfect for them as are the flowering currants and pussy willows. All these early sorces of food provide the spring interest that makes them excellent not only for bees but also for Mother's  day gifts. Like most Mothers they are particularly drawn to our hellebore beds.

Whilst we are mentioning wildlife do not light any old bonfire stacks yet. The hedgehogs are still returning and sleeping in them through the day. If you see a hedgehog its probably in trouble.

Mother’s Day Primroses Our The Traditional Gift But There Are Some 
Perfect Shrubs For Gifts
Where would we be on Mother’s Day without a few pretty primroses. Perfect to plant in a dainty spring basket and give to Mum. Most of us can’t resist at least a handful of the colourful hybrid varieties in our pots and tubs planted with dafodils and other spring plants.

Mother's Day Containers make the best Gifts

We've been busy making pretty containers with primroses, anemones and spring bulbs like miniature daffodils, iris and hyacinths for Mother's Day

Mother's Day Primroses

Mother’s Day Primroses
 Mother’s Day always requires a few pretty primroses. Perfect to plant in a little spring basket and give as a gift to Mum. We are drawn to the vivid hybrid varieties and I find most of us can’t resist at least a handful of the colourful varieties in our pots and tubs.

Friday, 10 March 2017

March Gardener’s Calendar

This is the time to step up and prepare for the year ahead. The time, soil conditioner, feed and plants you invest in your garden now will bring you joy this year.  

This month the gardening programs will all appear back on TV because this is the month to get back in the garden.

What to do check list

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017

Sping Flowering #Clematis

Many of the best spring flowering clematis are alpina and macropetala varieties. The macropeta varieties are coming out now and the alpina will follow in a few weeks.
These clematis are perfect for scrambling and a burst of early spring colour. They do not get clematis wilt as it is not in the rootstock.
Clematis alpina Jacqueline du Pre

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Choosing An Evergreen Hedge

Aucuba japonica

Evergreen Hedging

Many evergreen shrubs can be planted as a hedge. Its comon for us to plant a selection of intersting evergreen close together and crop them into a hedge. Mixing a hedge allows for a diversity of foliage, flowers and berries throughout the year. Below are a few evergeens that would be suitable. This is not the limit to your choice but these are easy to grow evergreens that will mix well. Here are just a few ideas.

Gardening In February, The Gardeners Calendar

February Gardener’s Calendar
  • Continue to prepare ground with soil conditioners muck etc.
  • Begin planting your veg and flower seeds.
  • Plant large structural items such as trees, fruit trees and large shrubs.
  • Pop in some spring bedding for colour primroses, pansies, potted bulbs.
  • Reorganize your garden and fill any gaps with container grown plants.
  • Get organized to buy your Seed potatoes, onions,shallots arriving this month.
  • Plant your raspberry canes.
  • You can plant Bareroot hedging now. There is an excellent choice of beech, hornbeam, mixed hedging etc  but it needs to be transplanted before the weather warms up.
  • There is also a large choice of container grown and bareroot evergreen hedging that can be planted now.Mixed evergreen hedges can look lovely.

Pruning Fruit Trees

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Febuary Flowers

 Viburnum tinus Lisa Rose
Viburnum tinus Lisa Rose

Shrubs For All Year Round Interest

Its a tall order but there are some pretty amazing plants out there that are interesting all year round. I don't think there is anything that actually flowers all year but there are some wonderful evergreen foliages, colurful bark and a variety of berries that really deserve a mention. Here is a quick flash of some of the plants we recomend and a useful list.

Nandina domestics 'Obsessed'

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Early fragrant flowers of Winter Jasminum #Jasminum nudiforum

Beautiful fragrant evergreen and very early flowering to lift the winter blues. Yes you need a winter Jasmine in your garden. Jasmin is noted for lifting our spirits and helping with low mood. I would throughly recomend planting  this evergreen close to your front door to enjoy as you go in and out.
It can be grown any aspect, sun or part shade but with a little shelter for extreme exposure and strong winds.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Rose and Christmas Box, Hellebores and Sarcococca

Perfect Flowers For Christmas

Christmas Rose and Christmas Box respectively flower at Christmas. Helleborus niger and sarcococca are two worthy plants for your winter garden.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Rose Hybrid Hellebores

Cheer Up Winter with Helleborus Flowers
Shining through the snow we have these delightful softly tinted flowers. I find hellebores grow well in my clay soil. I have them growing in dappled shade under my trees mixed with bluebell bulbs, primroses, ferns and hostas. The foliage provides good cover all year and the little flowers and delicate veined foliage also look beautiful in winter flower arrangements. Float the heads in a shallow icy bowl of water and use as a center piece for your dinner table.

Helleborus xericsmithii 'Winter Moonbeam'

xericsmithii varieties are a cross of H. x sternii and H. niger, making them half Christmas rose and early flowering.Its flowers begin creamy white fade to pink and then a deeper red and are prolific like 'Winter Sun'. If that wasn't enough to win you over the foliage has a lovely marbling ingrained.

Winter flower

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