We are open until 12.30pm Christmas Eve for last minute presents, and then we are closed until January 10th. Merry Christmas from all the staff at The Walled Garden and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!
It's starting to feel festive here at the nursery, and Marion has arranged some festive displays in the greenhouse and outside. We have a selection of great present ideas, including indoor and outdoor cyclamen starting at £2.50, seasonal pots of bulbs, Amayllis, Azaleas, ornaments and our 'perfect for pollinators' and 'award winning vegetables' tins of seeds. We also have decorations, wreaths and of course our winter shrubs and camellias...
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 dark. However, with time in the office now dominating my working life, this intention soon went as I found myself working into the evening. My evening winter preoccupation is geared to preparing for spring and the production of colour header cards. In our years of trading we have written descriptions for over 5000 plants. We [...]
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 able to find your perennials also makes the job of lifting and splitting much easier, another job which can be got out of the way. Busy gardeners have enough to do in the spring. The first half of this year was fairly wet and resulted in more growth than is usual. This might be a [...]
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 which we go round with a hosepipe. However, we shall be mindful throughout the winter, that all evergreens continue to use water and need checking regularly. Keep an eye on your precious plants that have been put under the cover of a greenhouse in the winter. With less time being spent on growing, there should [...]
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 joint on the main stem and then trim the cutting you've taken to just below the joint. Strip off most of the leaves from the geranium cutting. Don’t take a great long cutting. The healthiest part of a geranium plant is nearest the growing tip, so short cuttings are best, and once rooted they will [...]
There is great late colour on the nursery this week and it's the perfect time to plant ready for next year. We have our Winter Pansies, Polyanthus, Wallflowers and Violas out for sale (starting from £6.75 for a tray of 15, or 45p a plant) and over 50 new varieties of unusual shrubs coming onto the nursery for the weekend. In addition we have a new range of alpines, and more than 250 varieties of bulbs in the greenhouse. We still have SALE stock including perennials, shrubs and roses, and 2 for 1 offers on some pots. New Shrubs This week we have some unusual new shrubs on the nursery, [...]
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 and thoroughly, a task which soaks up a lot of time. I therefore sigh with relief when there is a sniff of autumnal air: the days are shorter; the air is stiller; the grass is moist with dew in the morning; and the plants are palpably heading for autumn. As the plants prepare to shut [...]
After a few months of planning and hard work, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new Walled Garden website. We wanted a new website to better inform our Walled Garden customers and potential customers about our little bit of Walled Garden paradise and the wonderful quality perennial plants we lovingly grow. We also wanted a better way to communicate with you all the horticultural knowledge and information our team has as well as some of the great events and news about The Walled Garden. If you require more advice, please do pop into the Walled Garden and speak to one of our renowned gardening experts. Stay up to date [...]