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Thursday 23 November 2023

Celebrating The Tipi


The Tipi is celebrating, it's now been open 2 years
And look some of what's coming soon

December Gardener's Calendar.

It’s all about taking a few sensible steps to protect the garden from the unpredictable weather we may have to come over the winter.

Saturday 18 November 2023

Christmas Gardener's Shopping List


Christmas Gardeners Shopping list

Are you stuck for a gift but your friend or relative is a keen gardener. I hope my gardener's list helps to give you some ideas.

Thursday 16 November 2023

Simple Hardy Autumn Winter Container Combinations


These are just a small selection of hardy plants that can be combined to make pretty autumn winter containers.

Hardy Winter Containers


Every season we reserve one of the tunnels for seasonal interest perfect for pots and containers. There is a myth that the winter is dull. It is a myth. The colour may not be flower dependant though there is no shortage of flower with violas and hellebores, cyclamen and bellis to highlight a few.

Planting Autumn Winter Pots


Here are the ingredients for my autumn winter pots.

Autumn Winter Bedding Cyclamen For Baskets And Pots


Winter bedding cyclamen. Perfect to brighten up autumn, winter pots, baskets and containers.

Saturday 4 November 2023

Choosing An Evergreen Hedge

Evergreen Hedging
Many evergreen shrubs can be planted as a hedge. Its common for us to plant a selection of interesting 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 evergreens 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.

How To Plant Winter Colour With Cornus

Some of the best winter colour is not in flowers but in bark,foliage and stems like these amazing varieties of cornus (dog wood)

Planning Garden Structure

Considerations when Planning Garden Structure
When we talk about permanent structure in the garden we are looking at what has an impact in every season. Colour, shape, height contrast.

A Few Ideas On Hedging From Tina Our Garden Designer

November Gardener's Calendar

  • Its a very good time to plant hedges, trees, shrub and fruit. To give your garden the very best head start continue the tradition of autumn planting and plant as much as possible now. Planting in autumn conditions is recommended because the ground is favourable and if we establish plants now we can enjoy them next year. Plants benefit from having time to create a solid root system through autumn, winter and early spring, when they are not under pressure to flower and produce leaves. Work now while the soil is still warm and moist and not yet frozen. And don't forget to get your spring bulbs in.

Monday 11 September 2023

Growing Fruit

Fruit trees come in versatile sizes. We have trees to fit virtually any size plot. They begin as step over trees only a foot or so tall, then Espalier and Fan Trained Trees that spread out and Cordons that grow quite narrow, up against a wall. We have fruit on rootstock from 5ft to 15ft.

Friday 1 September 2023

Thursday 31 August 2023

Plant Now for Next Year

Now is the very best time to plant. The soil is moist and still warm giving shrubs, perennials, trees, and fruit the optimum chance of establishing before we have winter dormancy. They can get their roots in the ground so they will be strong and ready to grow from April onwards next year.

It Is Time To Start Planting Spring Bulbs

It is a new season and we have a sweet shop of bulbs and this is the time to start choosing and planting them for next spring and possibly a few for Christmas!

We have found some stunners this year. There are bulbs for fragrance, unusual exotic flowers, woodlands, wildlife. We have miniatures, some for cut flowers and some to naturalise. I have spotted some  exquisite double Narsissus Tete a Tete that I will be planting!

Spring bulbs are planted from September all except tulips they can wait until November. That means plant your snowdrops, daffodils, Narcissus, hyacinths, sillas, iris, crocus, alliums, fritillarias, muscari, camassias etc to enjoy next spring now and choose your tulips.

Prairie Planting Looks Spectacular in Late Summer

When we hit August the buzz word on the gardening front was Prairie Planting, technically now called new perennial planting. This is because so many of the late summer perennials and textural grasses emulate the natural planting on vast wild Prairies. These look wonderful right through until autumn.

Late Summer Colour

It's a riot of colour on the nursery with late summer perennials. There are so many herbaceous perennials that you could be adding to your borders to keep that explosion of colour going.

Perovskia Blue Spire


Perovskia 'Blue Spire'

I absolutely love these spires of blue echoing through a border. If you can give it a well drained sunny position you are on to a winner.

September Gardener's Calendar

We have reached the autumn planting and spring bulb planting season. As we
Come to the end of the growing season gives us the opportunity to prepare for next years garden by planting, pruning and perhaps rearranging borders whilst enjoying a glorious glut of fruit and veg and glorious late summer colour. 

Friday 25 August 2023

Wednesday 12 July 2023

Hydrangea Heaven

Hydrangea is normally one plant that will catch your eye coming into flower in July and extending on until October. Mop heads, lace caps and the large paniculata and arbourensis varieties can look dramatically spectacular. 

Hydrangea Paniculata Limelight


Hydrangea paniculata Limelight is one of the stars of the garden perhaps even a celebrity. This is particularly noted for it’s white to lime green blooms which dissolve into the softest tissue paper pink. It also looks good in death which is not something we can say about all shrubs. I like to enjoy the fading flower heads through winter.