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Roots, Shoots and Leaves!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019  |  Alison

Roots, Shoots and Leaves!          

I know that the similarly named book title is without the comma, but I just can’t bring myself to leave it out. I do love a bit of punctuation although these days it seems it is not so important but don’t get me started on that debate please.

Bare root perennials are the roots in question. If you usually go for bulbs, plug plants, seeds or garden ready plants, then it is time to give bare roots a chance.   

Admittedly, you may be somewhat alarmed when you first encounter a dormant bare root as they can look like something the cat may have dragged in, but there are several benefits to buying bare rooted plants, not least because they are eco-friendly and economical.   

Firstly, for the planet’s sake there is not a plastic pot in sight or excess compost. The perennial roots are dug up from the ground when they are dormant in the winter months when there is no top growth and we send them to you in spring at the best time for them to be either potted up (reusing one of the many plastic pots I know you have stacked up behind the shed) or planted straight into the ground when you receive them, if the soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged. 

Bare rooted plants generally produce stronger plants too as they have been through a vernalisation stage which means they go through a period of cold so that when you plant them in spring, the roots are boosted into growth as soon as the soil warms up.

We have some easy to grow bare root perennials available this season and now is the time to order them for delivery in March so look on our website now for all the varieties available and be ready to fill your garden with an abundance of colour, flowers, scent and greenery this summer.

From roots to shoots and leaves in a few short weeks and not a comma in sight, except the Comma butterfly that may flutter onto your flowers, especially if you have ordered Heleniums, Gillenias, Phlox or Sedums!    

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019  |  Alison
Roses Are Red…….

For many centuries the red rose has been a symbolic gesture of love.

A forerunner of the short four liner poem we quote so readily today in Valentine messages was published in 1784 in Gammer Gurton’s Garland as ........

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019  |  Alison
RHS Plant Hardiness Ratings - Get Into the Zone

Plant hardiness ratings were first introduced in North America, with the publication of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map in 1960. This was designed to help gardeners determine which plants would ‘over winter’ in their particular area of the vast country of the USA, where there are many different climates, from the almost arctic conditions of Alaska in the north, down to tropical climes of Florida in the southern states.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019  |  Alison
The future of the Horticulture Industry in the UK

There are many professional horticulturalists in the much-underrated but hugely rewarding and satisfying horticultural trade and the industry contributed some £24.2 billion from ornamental horticulture to the UK GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2017.

Many more are amateur but passionate gardeners ‘working’ in their own gardens or allotments, even balconies, so much so that it has been stated that 49.5% of the UK population do some form of gardening every week, which adds up to a lot of spending in garden nurseries and, in recent years, online.

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