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Horticulturist & Nursery Owner.

Pests…

By |2017-04-12T13:51:13+00:00April 12th, 2017|Seasonal Tips|

From time to time, sundry samples of leaves and twigs are brought to the nursery, some for identification, others for the identification of those pests that have eaten them, or fungi that have infested them. Evergreens retain their leaves for many more months than deciduous plants and therefore accumulate more evidence of damage. On many [...]

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Spring jobs…

By |2017-03-09T12:43:29+00:00March 9th, 2017|Seasonal Tips|

As spring arrives there are two jobs to get on with now: prune shrubs grown for winter stem colour including  Cornus, Salix and Rubus. To allow the sap to rise and to see promising young leaves emerge, only to cut them off is wasteful and will reduce the development of young shoots. Cut back also [...]

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Sowing and pricking out…

By |2017-03-09T12:36:26+00:00March 9th, 2017|Jims Jottings|

Pricking out; the process of putting a single seedling into a cell or pot was in my college days an essential skill. Nowadays, the total mechanisation, mass production of and distribution of plants in trays of up to 300 cells has vastly reduced the importance of this skill. Allowing the seedlings to grow for an [...]

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January…

By |2017-01-27T10:05:38+00:00January 27th, 2017|Jims Jottings|

We are almost at the end of January, a moment that is highly significant as on the final day, I can walk home in good light, even on a cloudy day, though even at this time of the year, 5pm is an early finishing time. In the soil, despite the freezing temperatures, there will just [...]

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Happy Christmas…

By |2016-12-06T15:39:08+00:00December 6th, 2016|Jims Jottings|

Just 3 weeks away from the shortest day, I hear the forecasters say that winter has begun. It’s not the temperature that dictates the rhythm of life so much as the hours of daylight. My intention was to carry on with British Summer Time, getting up nice and early and leaving work as it became [...]

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October

By |2016-11-03T12:45:24+00:00November 2nd, 2016|Seasonal Tips|

As perennials die down, many will leave a woody superstructure above ground. The old and rather woody spikes of Sedum spectabile  make a wonderful spectacle on a frosty morning. More importantly, the  old stems act as a marker, so that in the spring, when the weeds quickly appear, you can locate your plants. Being easily [...]

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Autumn has arrived…

By |2016-11-02T18:00:15+00:00October 28th, 2016|Jims Jottings|

With the onset of cooler and shorter days, the work routine from September has changed. Then, the first job of the morning was to get the watering done. Now, this task has become more of a quick check round. Plants undercover are using much less water, so we can reduce the number of days on [...]

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Take pelargonium cuttings

By |2016-11-01T19:39:41+00:00September 27th, 2016|Seasonal Tips|

Get a head-start on next year's bedding displays by taking cuttings from summer-flowering geraniums. How to take geranium cuttings Your requirements will be a mother geranium plant, a sharp knife, some seed compost and some means of keeping the compost warm once the cuttings are inserted. Cut the mother geranium plant just above a leaf [...]

Greenhouses, hard work and future plans

By |2016-11-03T09:54:41+00:00September 22nd, 2016|Jims Jottings|

A greenhouse gives you the opportunity to sow seeds and grow plants much earlier in the year than you can outside. However, this is all work and when you have as much glass as we do, the early start makes for a long season. During the warm weather we have had to continue watering carefully [...]

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Welcome to Jim’s Jottings

By |2016-11-02T17:21:49+00:00August 9th, 2016|Jims Jottings|

For three years, I wrote a monthly article for a local magazine. My aim was to tell a bit more about what goes on behind the scenes on a nursery and to dispel the idea that plant production is an easy task. It is, of course quite the opposite .In a lifetime of working on [...]

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