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Horticulturist & Nursery Owner.

Viola Sorbet

2017-09-05T22:13:11+00:00September 5th, 2017|Walled Garden News|

Winter Flowering Violas Viola Sorbet series flower well through the winter. The flowers are about half the size of the Panola pansies and though they are smaller, they are more numerous and come in a range of colours, some delicate, and others more flamboyant. Bright colours cheer up the dull days of [...]

Winter-flowering pansy Panola

2017-09-05T12:59:23+00:00September 5th, 2017|Walled Garden News|

The most reliable strain of winter flowering pansy. These will flower well throughout the winter providing ground is not frozen solid and as it warms up in very early spring, they will provide a mass of flower. Orange and yellow are particularly sweetly scented. Grown this year in 8cm square pots, the plants will [...]

The busy season

2017-04-19T15:55:27+00:00April 19th, 2017|Jims Jottings|

Jim’s Jotting for April   It can be hard to fathom which are the climatic factors which make the nursery busy in March. After the winter customer drought, I am always relieved when the thermometer climbs above 10°. Whilst I don’t regard this March as particularly warm, sunshine levels have been higher than normal [...]

Pests…

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 [...]

Spring jobs…

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 [...]

Sowing and pricking out…

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 [...]

January…

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 [...]

Happy Christmas…

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 [...]

October

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 [...]

Autumn has arrived…

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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