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 nurseries you accumulate a large number of skills in administration, finance, computing, building and machinery and above all, in learning what makes plants grow well. Nursery manager, Lee, has persuaded me that it would be a good idea to use this blog to give a glimpse of what generally goes unseen. Like any other product, winter [...]
Every summer has its ups and downs: blooms, especially doubles, can get a bit bedraggled in the summer rain, and burst of hot sunshine causes them to go over a bit faster. However, as soon as one plant is past its best, another comes to take its place providing a degree of change that makes gardening so interesting. The perennials look especially good at the moment. Potentilla 'Monarch's Velvet' has small single flowers, but they are rich crimson jewels which top the green foliage. As one of the more vigorous perennials, they provide a good degree of weed suppression.