With this sunshine and warm weather bout, we’ve been taking full advantage and tidying up the nursery and our own garden, getting everything ready for our first open weekend of the year this Friday March 31st. We hope to see some of you here!
We’ve still been getting our tunnels ready and re-doing some of them, here’s Richard having a little break.
All the baby plants in the nursery are coming along nicely, they look so cute with their colourful leaves getting bigger every day. Our Heucheras, Heucherella and Tiarella leaves are getting especially bright.
We’ve even managed to snag a few moments of downtime in our garden.
Here’s a tip, use old broken or chipped pots to plant hens and chickens in (also known as sempervivums or houseleeks), you can plant these hardy plants in just about anything, we’ve even seen them planted in old boots!
Have you had any time in your garden yet this year? We love to see your photos, send them in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’ve planted. Or share them with us on our Facebook page.
Our nursery plants are coming along fabulously, it’s a healthy budding bunch! We are also finally starting to see the first signs of spring in our garden and the surrounding areas, cherry blossoms are blooming everywhere and little buds are popping up from the ground.
If you are looking for last minute gifts for Mother’s Day (which is this Sunday for those of you who may have forgotten!) Our gift cards make a great present. You can order yours in our shop here.
Did you know we are also on Instagram? If you love photos of flowers, come follow us over there!
We have given two great talks this month, The first ‘Plantagogo A Passion for Heucheras’ in Huddersfield for Bluebell Gardening Club, and the second we spoke about ‘The road to Chelsea’ in Madly Staffordshire.
While we are not in show season, we travel all over the country to give talks. We do these for any clubs, groups etc. These consist of a 45 minutes-hour long presentation with questions and answers, and of course we bring plants to purchase as well. We speak about the topics mentioned above, and more talks can be found on our website here. We still have some spaces available for March 2018 if this is something you would be interested in. For pricing and availability please contact us.
Don’t forget that we also entertain groups for private nursery visits, a minimum of 10 people and maximum 40 for a small charge fitting in around our shows. You will get a chance to look around our national collections and have some coffee or tea and some homemade cake!
We also have some special plans in the works for February and March next year, we will let you know as soon as we finalise them, so keep an eye out for those!
With the cold temperatures outside it may be hard to imagine the flowers and plants in your garden coming to life, but winter is a great time to start thinking about what you will plant for your summer garden.
Heucheras are hardy evergreen perennials, a great choice for any garden as many flower all spring and summer and they are easy to take care of. They love well drained soil, and don’t like to be too wet.
As they have a wide variety of colourful leaves, they are great as ground covers or to add some colour to borders. Different varietals will grow in different aspects (full sun, full shade or partial sun/shade) so you can find a plant for almost any position in your garden.
Mixing heuchera, heucherella, and tiarella can give a pretty effect with the mix of small and larger leaves and flower stems. They also mix well when planted with other plant varietals, so you can give your garden a full varied look.
We will soon be adding Penstemon Pentastic series (pictured above) to our website, bred by my brother. You can find out more information including growing here.
We’ve been hard at work getting all of our plants in top shape to send out soon, so have a look in our shop and start planning out your summer garden. You can search by colour, aspect and plant variety to make things easier. If you want to peruse our plants yourself, visit us on our first open days March 31st-April 2nd to stock up on plants and get advice from us, not to mention some delicious home made cake while you’re here!
We are looking forward to the 2017 show season, and are also making some changes to our website.
We’ve put a new section on our site to answer your questions! We get a lot of emails from customers asking garden/planting specific questions, and thought this would be a good way for everyone to benefit from the answers. To build up a knowledge base, we need your help! Ask your gardening questions here so we can help you, and your questions could help other people as well.
Want to see the questions people have asked so far? Have a look here.
We are still taking orders on the website for shipping in February. Plan out your garden now to start planting later. Don’t forget that you can use click and collect for many of the garden shows we will be at throughout the year. Just simply check this option and choose which show at checkout.