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Month by Month:

January: Our quietest month with sales concentrated around household fuel, wild bird food and cut flowers. Seed potatoes arrive midway through the month and snowdrops in the green towards the end of the month.

February: Our gardening customers begin to reappear purchasing seeds, composts, seed potatoes, onion sets and spring bulbs. Valentines day provides us with our first busy sales day of the year.

March:The first spring day delivers a tingle of excitement throughout the nursery; blue skies, bird song, people chatter, and plants producing new leaves new colours and new smells. Seedlings, young plants, herbs, alpines and perennials together with flowers and plants for Mothering Sunday contribute most to early spring sales.

April: A busy month for gardeners in the garden, greenhouse and on the allotment is mirrored on the nursery where all products and plants are in demand- tomato, courgette and cucumber plants are very popular as are outdoor vegetable seedlings, soft fruit and flowering shrubs.

May: No opportunity for reflection or the romance of gardening this month; the desire of customers to add dramatic displays of colour to their garden means that the nursery itself bursts with colour and offers every imaginable combination of bedding plants. We are kept very busy watering, feeding, planting hanging baskets and tubs and helping people make sense of the huge choice of flowering plants available.

June: Vibrant colours are still the main theme during the longest days of the year. Geraniums, cosmos and gazania set the scene with many summer flowering shrubs and perennials also looking at their best.

July: A quieter month as gardeners care for their flowers and vegetables and call in for plant food, plant supports and fillers for the odd gaps in their displays. Young salad and vegetable plants help gardeners to achieve continuous summer cropping.

August: The space in our greenhouses is now filled with plants for the autumn, grown on from plug plants and seedlings. These include primulas, polyanthus, thymes, ivies and a range of dwarf evergreen shrubs and herbs. New stock for immediate sale includes a selection of Citrus and flowering plants for conservatories and bulbs and overwintering onion sets for autumn planting.

September: Summer flowering heathers provide the backdrop to the more sombre feel of late summer early autumn on the nursery. Dahlias ensure that the summer mood is not forgotten and pots of Japanese Anemones, Sedums and Rudbeckias are full of flower.

October: The summer bedding is gradually removed and replaced with bulbs, wallflowers, winter pansies, violas, bellis and dwarf evergreens. Another busy month on the nursery as we ‘harvest’ the plants grown on from the summer and plant them in the hanging baskets and tubs.

November: Stocks of bare root plants arrive including apple, pear, plum. cherry and damson trees, ornamental trees and hedging plants. We also receive a range of unusual shrubs and perennials from specialist nurseries.

December: Holly, Mistletoe and Ivy. As a ‘green’ event this season can be enchanting as we surround ourselves with traditional christmas plants, flowers, berries and evergreens. The scents of pine and spruce mingle with hyacinths and jasmine and flowers on viburnum, witch hazel and mahonia remind us that the garden(er) is not at rest for long. We offer the finest quality British grown christmas trees including Noble, Nordman and Fraser firs, Norway Spruce and Scots Pine.The selection includes rooted as well as cut trees and sizes range from 3' to 9'.

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