Sold Out and Closed Down Friday 1st June 2018

  • Friday 1st June 2018 our final day

  • £205.74 raised for the British Lung Foundation in 2018

  • Many thanks to those who donated on our last day and throughout the open season

The following items are sold out (at 30/05/2018) with none to follow:

In Pots: Nemesia, Scaevola, Verbena (as basket plants), Diascia, Calibrachoa, Sutera/Bacopa, Bidens, Dichondra, Euphorbia Silver Fog, Helichrysum, Lysimachia, Plectranthus, Fuchsia, upright & ivy leaf Geranium, Begonia compact and Dragon Wing, Cosmos, Antirrhinum, Gazania, Dahlia, Osteospermum, Argyranthemum, Euryops, Coleus, Heliotrope, Erigeron, Verbena bonariensis,  Lobelia cardinalis, Lupin, Digitalis (Foxglove), Coreopsis, Gaura, Delphinium, Scented leaf Geranium, Lofospermum.

In BoxesLobeliaPetunia, Antirrhinum, French & African Marigold, Salvia Blue, Alyssum, Mesembryanthemum, Calendula, Dahlia, Zinnia, Portulaca, Cosmos, Ageratum, Mimulus, Nemesia.

Sundries: Compost, Growbags and Bamboo canes.

Updated Tuesday 29th May morning: Selling out fast.  Quality generally still very good, however the nursery is now almost empty so choice is very limited.  If you are looking for Surfinia Hot Pink or Red, or trailing Begonia Golden Picotee with trailing Lobelia Sky Blue to plant in pots or baskets then we are the place to visit. Ready made plastic baskets of Ivy leaf Geranium available in quantity.  Also a few plastic hanging baskets of Fuchsia, Petunia Surfinia, Begonia and mixed planting. Some large wire Begonia mixed baskets still available.   Most glasshouses are nearly empty, however we can recommend the remaining box bedding Geranium (mixed or colours including white) and Begonia (individual colours), as well as Cineraria maritima (Silver Leaf) and Red Salvia. In big pots we have lots of the New Guinea Impatiens Sunpatiens (lavender colour, carmine or white) and big Geranium.  On the outside benches we have a few Fantastic Verbena bonariensis, Salvia East Friesland, Scabious and Lavender in big pots which are all good bee friendly plants, as well as the smaller Verbena Endurascape in white.  A very few boxes of Impatiens Divine are unexpectedly available again in the pot bedding house.

Updated Saturday 19th May Morning: The first few of our large Geranium in 3 litre pots now available

Updated Wednesday 16th May: High volume sales were notable for the first ten days.  The first week of trading left the nursery looking empty in places, however it now appears fairly full once again.  All of our stock is now out for sale, with the exception of the extra large pot Geranium and a few more Salvia East Friesland to follow.  Plastic baskets of Petunia Surfinia/Viva ready now.  Single flowered Calibrachoa have been particularly popular this year.  White has been a popular colour throughout plant ranges.  The new Sunpatiens Impatiens & Hardy Fuchsia Alice Hofman now available in large pots.

Our opening day dawned white with frost, however temperatures rose rapidly and the sun shone down on us.  Plenty of customers once again returned to buy our popular annual plants.

This growing season has featured enormous variability as the weather has ranged from winter wonderland to scorching summer suns.  As you look around remember this is a growing crop, there will be more than one batch of many plants, plus lots more growing out the back beyond the gate.  You have have the widest choice of the best plants when you visit us. On Wednesdays we top up the stock, so Thursdays are often a good day to visit. Last year we sold out very early so don’t delay – visit in May.

What’s new in 2018? As usual not much has changed since the turn of the century – 2000 or 1900!  Look out for:

  • Pale Yellow Cosmos: we grew it last year for the first time.
  • Euphorbia Silver Fog: A small white flowered basket plant which should be drought tolerant and sun loving. Carries a toxicity warning (just like the related Euphorbia pulcherrima – aka Poinsettia seen at Christmas time).
  • Scaevola: this distinctive basket plant is now also available in pale pink.
  • Sutera/Bacopa: another basket plant now also available in pale pink.
  • Primula vialii: Red/pink poker shaped flower spikes in the herbaceous plant range, for moist/shady places.
  • Sunpatiens: A tough and vigorous Impatiens New Guinea in big pots with huge, early flowers.

We closed last year just before 3pm on SATURDAY 3rd JUNE 2017

For us 2017 was an overwhelming success with another early sell out.  Remarkably our busiest sales day was our opening day.  Half of our large planted wire hanging baskets sold on the first day.  We are seeing a change of peak sales now at the May Day bank holiday instead of late May during Chelsea week. Global warming is leading to earlier spring sales; or perhaps there is a desire to buy while we still have our widest range of plants available.  The place certainly looks at its best before we let the public in!  Customers without glasshouses are taking some risk with the weather, however most bedding plants stop growing rather than die if they get too cold.  Traditionally the bulk of the bedding season is over by Derby Day and we were glad to close on Derby Day, by which time we had very few customers and lots of empty glasshouses.  Plant quality generally remained satisfyingly high throughout our short selling season, however some plants were too small when sold and would have benefited from remaining with us for a little longer. We regained quality control once the second batches of plants were moved up for sale because we kept them in our growing houses until just right.  It was gratifying to sell our last box of perfect pink Begonia knowing that they were even better than the first.  Our thanks is extended to those who support our little business by buying our plants.

£357.53 donated to the British Lung Foundation in 2017 by our customers – THANK YOU