Are you open?
When was your final day?
Saturday 3rd June 2017
What are your hours of business? Currently closed until 2018
|Monday||10am – 5pm|
|Tuesday||10am – 5pm|
|Thursday||10am – 5pm|
|Friday||10am – 5pm|
|Saturday||10am – 5pm|
|Sunday||10am – 4pm|
Will you be open on bank holiday Monday?
Yes 10am until 5pm
When can I plant out my flowers & vegetables?
Tender plants are susceptible to frost damage, so wait until the last spring frosts occur.
Each year the weather is different, but usually night frosts are over by mid May. This year you will probably be able to plant out quite early; but in late April we have had a few frosts.
Some tender plants are tougher than others.
e.g. Keep Begonia, Marigolds and Runner Beans protected.
Alyssum, Mimulus and Broad Beans are pretty tough.
What do you sell?
Our usual range of bedding plants in boxes & pots. Geranium, Fuchsia, Begonia, Basket Plants, Petunia, Lobelia etc.
Also a few popular herbaceous plants and Lavender in 2 litre pots.
A modest selection of associated garden sundries and a range of composts and Grow bags.
Mr. Smith senior is still growing his tremendously popular vegetable plants.
Will you grow Impatiens in 2017?
Only mildew resistant types.
Due to poor performance of our ordinary busy lizzies in the late summer 2016 we will not grow them in 2017.
We will continue to grow the following Impatiens New Guinea which are resistant to downy mildew:
Bedding Impatiens New Guinea Divine in boxes of 12 plants. They perform well in shady conditions and are a little taller and later flowering than conventional bedding Impatiens.
New Guinea Impatiens in 14cm pots. Strong plants with large flowers and look great in pots. In 2017 they will all be the taller growing “Bounce” cultivars which grew really well all summer 2016.
What is the problem with Impatiens/Busy Lizzies?
In recent years a relatively new fungal disease Impatiens Downy Mildew has rapidly become widespread and caused devastation in gardens. Unfortunately we can no longer recommend what was once such a delightful mainstay of bedding plant displays.
Most young plants are raised from seed, at this stage all stock is free free of disease.
The problem usually occurs after planting out when climatic conditions favour the spread of fungal spores and plants are no longer sheltered in the glasshouse. Overwintering spores can survive in soil and are able to infect new plants each year. Do not plant Impatiens in soil or dirty pots where they have previously grown.
In 2016 we grew some ordinary mildew susceptible Impatiens in three separate colours: Salmon, Blue Pearl & Cherry Splash. After a promising show of summer colour by the early autumn we saw defoliation set in and will not be growing them in 2017.
What alternatives to Impatiens in boxes do you suggest?
Begonia semperflorens make a useful substitute, they also flower incredibly well (the latin means always flowering) and are very easy to grow. We produce them in boxes of 16 plants for £6 (also available as half boxes at £3)
Why did you close down?
There are very many reasons, principal amongst which is that we have decided to concentrate on our ever popular core activity of growing bedding plants since fewer customers have been visiting us at other times of the year.
What do you do while you are closed?
We are looking after all the plants from the end of February until we close, managing the business and some diversified interests at quieter times of the year.
Can I telephone you?
No, the telephone lines have been disconnected.
Please use the contact form to send us an email or:
You will get a personal reply, provided I receive your email.
Do you still take credit/debit card payments?
Do you do HTA gift tokens?
Do you grow all the plants?
Will you open next year?
Probably yes. A decision is taken on a year by year basis each autumn when we plan ahead for the following spring. Slightly increased production was planned for 2017 so even if weather was good and sales were quick it was likely we would be open for longer into June 2017 than 2016 (a record early closing on 4th June 2016). In reality we closed on Saturday 3rd June 2017. Sorry if we disappointed you once again with our short season. Our plant sales were brisk right from the moment we opened in 2017 with lots of lines selling out very early.