Plants for the Perfect English Garden

The Walled Garden, Saxmundham, Suffolk. IP17 1JB
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A bit more about what goes on behind the scenes on a nursery from the owner of The Walled Garden, Suffolk, Jim Mountain himself.

The busy season

2017-04-19T15:55:27+01:00April 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 and there has been no night frost. As sunshine is my power source, growth results and this year plenty of it. That all makes for good sized and healthy plants. Sunny weather results in low humidity and that results in low incidence of fungal disorders. But above all, the greatest impact of this frost free [...]

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 additional two days while a ‘pricker outer’ is off work, makes the task of pricking them out slow and with a loss of quality. I therefore grabbed the opportunity to purchase a secondhand seeding machine from an old college friend. He swore it was the best thing he every bought and the results had funded [...]


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 be the slightest root growth, and though average temperatures in January and February are very similar, the light levels certainly increase. And this sends a powerful message to me; Get moving, spring is coming and there is a lot to do. You have only to look in the carpark of your local supermarkets to realise [...]

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 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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Greenhouses, hard work and future plans

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 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 [...]

Welcome to Jim’s Jottings

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 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 [...]

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