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Thursday, 28 May 2020

June Gardener's Calendar

June is a month to be enjoying the garden but with a little bit of care and some snipping and deadheading you can keep those flowers going often into late summer

Fresh Flowers From Your Garden for Cutting

I Love Bringing Flowers Into The Home

Sweet peas and leucanthemum daisies are just some of the fresh flowers you can grow easily in your garden.

A Hebaceous Border In June

Take a walk through my garden this June

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Pots In The Garden

We do have a great selection of neutral pots in styles from modern to rustic. I think pots look most effective when they blend or are the same style or similar. A cacophony of odd pots can look cluttered. Also they don't need to shout louder than the plants, the plants are the story.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

A New Twist To Our Well-Being Baskets

You may have seen last year we began making some well-being baskets. Predominantly different shades of green so we use grasses and ferns for both colour and importantly texture. This week we gave them a summer twist and added some very subtle annual bedding. I love their naturalistic feel. I have an inkling we will be making lots of these!

Sunday, 24 May 2020

The Tree Peonies Are Coming Out In Flower

Stunning blooms and coming out in flower now this May. These are beautiful big peony flowers that we love but on a shrub not the herbaceous form.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Update 21st May 2020

This is how it looks now! We hope our modifications can keep both you and us safe through this difficult time and allow you to still enjoy shopping for your garden.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

It's Time for the Chelsea Chop

 I thought it might be useful to mention one of the most important things to remember when it is Chelsea week is it's time for the Chelsea chop.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Update 17th May 2020

After 2 trial days we have found our appointment shopping slots very successful. We are closed today to give us a chance to catch up on the back log of orders and make sure the nursery is fully prepared for next week.Tomorrow we will be operating collections and deliveries. From Tuesday onward we will be offering our appointment slots and looking to extend them.Please remember we are doing this to keep you and us safe.
Please call or email from tomorrow with your phone number if you wish to book a shopping slot.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

How To Make A Summer Hanging Basket

How To Make Up Your Summer Basket 

How To Make A Summer Hanging 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:

Update 14th May 2020

Please bear with us whilst we yet again introduce a new way of doing business. Our 3 ways to shop, deliveries, collections and appointment shopping slots.
All the information is now updated on our website.

We will manage the shopping slots manually until we are happy and feel secure.

You're calls and emails requesting a slot will be logged and we have someone dedicated to organising slot times who will contact you.

It is the only safe way we feel we can manage the numbers onsite so customers can stay a safe distance and our staff can remain protected.

There is restricted access in some areas for safety reasons. The access is to outside areas only.

The hours are limited from Tuesdays to Sundays 12-4 pm so that we can still care for the plants when there are no customers on site.

Cirsium one beautiful thistle that is not a weed!

One beautiful thistle that is not a weed! This month Cirsium rivuloe is probably one of the most sought after perennials.
Every year at Chelsea flower show you see it in so many show gardens.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Update 13th May 2020

We are not open to the public. We are offering local deliveries and collections. All orders via email.

We will be offering appointment slots to shop. 
Limiting numbers to safe levels. Our Website will be updates shortly with more information.

Our opening time for appointment slots will be Tuesdays to Sundays  12pm-4pm. They will allow you a 50 minute window to shop.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Update 12th May 2020

We’ve had a lot of questions from you regarding reopening following on from the Government statement on Sunday night. As you can imagine this is alot for us to work out in a very short space of time. The safety of our staff and customers is paramount and for that reason we have decided to make visits to the Nursery available by appointment only. Our first appointments will be available on Friday 15th, please call the shop if you would like to make one. We ask that if you are just looking to purchase sundries, compost or fencing to do so via delivery. Please only make an appointment to visit the Nursery if you aim to purchase plants or pots, with a minimum spend of £25. We will be updating you all in due course with full details of our appointment process. This will include guidance on keeping yourself and others safe while on site, along with amended opening hours. We will be continuing to do deliveries, and also moving towards collection only options, so if you would like to order please do so following the guidance we have already set out. We are taking this seriously as if any member of our team gets the virus we would have to close and we do not want this to happen.

Please do not arrive at the Nursery tomorrow, you will be turned away.

We look forward to seeing you all when we can.

Keep gardening and Carry on

Monday, 11 May 2020

Potentilla fruiticosa Limelight is Looking Pretty

Potentilla fruiticosa Limelight is looking pretty. This is a long flowering (May to September) sweet little shrub. It’s not fussy, growing in most positions and soils. Limelight has cheerful little yellow flowers with gold centers. It is a front border shrub neatly kept under 1m. It will actually make a good low hedge.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Cistus Pink Gin Looks Like it Has Been Out on the Razzle!

Cistus Pink Gin is a new cistus with a cool name.  It is actually quite appropriate when you see the flower it does look a bit like it has been out on the razzle! Papery pink scuffled but really pretty flowers. This is a great front border shrub and it will handle a hot spot.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Current Local Deliveries

(1) Are you open?

From the 15th of May we will be changing our opening hours in line with new government recommendations. You will have three ways to shop with us. We ask that if you are just looking to purchase sundries, compost or fencing to choose options (1) or (2). Please only make an appointment (3) if you aim to purchase plants or pots, with a minimum spend of £25.

Three shopping options:

Delivery only

Collection only

Appointment only visits to the Nursery 

2. How do I place an order for delivery?

Please email with your order, telephone number, and address, and a member of the team will get back to you.

3. Do you do collections?

Yes, Please email with your order and telephone number. When processing the order, you will be contacted by a member of the team. An allotted time will be given to you along with instructions of where to pick up your order from. Please note, pick up zones will be outside the gate in zones, please do not come onto site while picking up your collection.

4. Where do you deliver to?

Our delivery schedule and costs can be found on our blog and on our website.

5. Do you have a minimum order?

Our minimum order for all deliveries and collections is £25.

6. Where do I find what’s in stock?

We are updating our availability lists as fast as we can. They are uploaded onto our blog once completed. Please note, we are not an online business and our availability lists are susceptible to changes due to availability of stock. This will be confirmed with you over the phone, once the order is placed. All Availability Lists

7. Can I order online?

No, we are not set up as an online business. Our availability lists are uploaded onto our blog for you to look at. Please email with your order and we will call you to process the order.

8. What happens after I send an email?

Once we receive an order (either for delivery or collection), we will process them in the shop (due to a backlog - this can take up to 10 working days). We will then call you to confirm the order, your address, and take payment over the phone. We always try to ring you twice and leave a message, so don’t worry if you miss us, just follow the instructions left on your voicemail. We will then let you know when your order will be delivered.

9. How long will it take to receive my order?

We have experienced a high volume of orders since moving to delivery only. Therefore, it can take around 7 working days between you placing an order and it being processed. When we process the order with you over the phone we will be able to give you an estimated delivery date. This is subject to change as the process is new to all of us.

10. I’d like to make additions, substitutions or change my order, how do I do this?

When we call you to confirm the order and take payment please tell us if there are any changes you would like to make. Please do not email us twice, as it is more likely that we will miss your order.

11. How do I make an appointment to visit the Nursery?

If you would like to make an appointment please call the shop on: 01280 848038.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Syringa vulgaris Sensation is a Stunner

I've said a lot about lilac recently but I was in the large deciduous shrub beds yesterday and this one has a white trim to the blossom. It is just stunning. It is called Syringa vulgaris Sensation. Quiet an appropriate name.

Choisya × dewitteana Aztec Pearl in the Mexican Orange Blossom Family

Choisya × dewitteana Aztec Pearl, is a form of Mexican orange blossom. It’s a green evergreen with a vibrant mass of white stars shaped fragrant flowers that perform both in the spring and autumn. They can comfortably grow to 1.5m but I keep mine as a mid-height shrub at about 1m.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Dwarf lilac Syringa Palibin Looking it's Best

Syringa meyeri Palibin
So here are my 2 dwarf lilacs in their full glory. I have just been out and snapped these. I love this shrub. It has all the benefits of one of the best shrubs for fragrance but smaller and daintier.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Update 3rd May 2020

I would like to say we are actually having a day off but we shall spend it catching up on the weeks orders and we are catching up on the back log. All members of staff have been working 50-60 hours plus per week so we can keep the business going so that at the end of all this we will still be here for you.
Peter and I would like to thank our amazing team.

A Dainty Little Shrub Called Chamaleacium

This looks so pretty now. It's Chamaleaciuma small evergreen shrub with feathery foliage. Comon name is Wax Flower. Its very dainty. It needs acid to neutrals soil and a bit of shelter. I think would look lovely in a simple patio pot. We have some mini standards that are like little 2 ft trees.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Cytisus Look Stunning in Flower- Varieties Available

Cytisus or broom a fluffy brush like evergreen shrub that turns from unassuming green to a blaze of glorious colour overnight. The colours are bright and rich but not garish. Subtle rusty orangy tone, rich reds and strong yellows are my favourite.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

All Availability Lists

We are a retail nurseries not an online nurseries and our stock is not listed but as many of you are now ordering local delivery requirements via email we have tried to make some helpful availability lists. We are delivering locally 6 days a week.

We have listed some of our general availability of plant stock here in All Available Stock lists (scroll down the listings)and this may help you decide what plants and compost you are looking for. Please bare in mind our stock though vast is constantly changing. We are able to advise on substitutions and availability when we call to process your order.

Grow Your Own link
Compost Price List link

Update Grow Your Own 2020

We have had an unprecedented demand for seeded vegetables, seeds, herbs, fruit and in fact anything relating to home produce. We have continued to get good supplies of new stock but not necessarily the same varieties and it gets dispatched very quickly. Some items have been in low supply. We can not produce an availability list because it would be immediately out of date. The quality and choice of seeded veg in plant strips as young plants has remained good.

We have had supplies of annual herbs arrive recently. Coriander, dill etc. Basil has not yet arrived.

We can only deliver what is available as we process your order. We are unable to reserve or hold items when customers may have ordered ahead of you. We can make variety substitutions where possible.
We have a vast stock of herbs, fruit trees and bushes including soft fruit and rhubarb of course!

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