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Friday, 21 July 2017

Broughton Castle Near Banbury - Film Location for Wolf Hall

This Castle is a hidden gem. Its only open a few days a week but throughly worth a visit. Its walled garden is beautiful. The castle was used  as a location for the filming of Wolf Hall the Man Booker prize winning novel by Hilary Mantel, staring Damian Lewis (Homeland actor) as Thomas Cromwell in the 6 part Tudor drama.

The knot garden was featured in the first episode of Wolf Hall. Henry was talking to Thomas Cromwell in the knot garden.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Rousham, A lovely Landscaped Garden To Visit Near Lower Heyford

What a great garden to discover and just on our doorstep. Had a customer not mentioned Rousham I would not have known this garden existed. Google maps

Rousham House and Gardens Gardens Lower Heyford

This is not a commercial place so don't expect to find a tea room or shop. You certainly won't fight for a parking space, just pay at the machine and walk round the gardens. Make sure you take a picnic and loose yourself for the day whilst  admiring one of the best landscaped gardens in the county.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Fresh Flowers From The Garden for Cutting

Bringing Flowers Into The Home

Sweet peas and leucanthemum daisies are just some of the fresh flowers you can grow easily in your garden.

Scrambling Late Summer Clematis

Clematis Plena Elegans

If you haven't got late summer clematis scrambling through your shrubs and bushes now you are missing a treat. Its also low maintenance gardening.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Hot Cottage Garden Colour Perennials

Coriopsis_Enchanted Eve
Whow what a lot we have at the moment. Cottage garden perennials have blossomed and come into their own

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Colour Ideas For Late Summer Pots, Containers and Hanging Baskets.

Its never too late to add some extra colour and there is still plenty of time to enjoy the garden before we put it to bed.

Choosing plants for a pot, container or hanging basket can be a little overwhelming with such a huge choice of both plants and colour. 
Plant combinations in pots can be fabulous but I equally enjoy simple pots of all red geraniums or colourful salvias or dahlias so don't be daunted successful colourful pots are easy to create.

If you need help deciding what colours will be most effective in your situation its useful to famiurize yourself with the colour wheel. Follow my link to the colour wheel; Colours close together harmonise, colours opposite contrast dramatically.

In this article I have taken a look at some of the combinations you can create with both plants and colour.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Thunbergeia (Black Eyed Susan) Is Now Glorious In Orange

A vibrant orange annual to scramble up an obelisk or just up a few Cains as with sweet peas. It adds that essential bit of height. Perfect for a cottage garden display of bedding.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Dahlia The Hotest Plant This Summer

Dahlia Powder Lavender
 Once considered a little dated now the hotest plant on the market. Possibly thanks to Gardener's World and Monty's persistence every year with his brightly coloured dahlias in his celebrated Jewel Garden.

Friday, 30 June 2017

July Gardener's Calendar

This is the month when we all go on holiday and our pots get neglected. Takes steps to prevent this happening and a little chopping, snipping and feeding should encourage your annuals and herbaceous to carry on flowering late into the year.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Perennials For Late Summer

Achillia Tutti Frutti Pomigranate
Here we can go wild because the choice is fabulous. If you've visited the Nursery throughout the seasons you should have colour throughout though its not always easy to discipline yourself to buy unattractive pots against beautiful May blooms on a sunny day with a view to how glorious they will look late summer.

One of the best Cranesbill Geraniums, Geranium Rozanne

Geranium Rozanne
There are lots of cranebill geraniums so why choose this one

This is the geranium voted the peoples choice overall in the Chelsea Flower Show centenary. Only a few weeks ago Carol klein also put it forward for her choice in the half centenary of Gardeners World. It's much admired but so many customers will pass by and say I have blue a geranium. and I will always answer perhaps not this one. 

Where To Grow Late Summer Scrambling (Group 3) #Clematis

Clematis triternata

The wonderful array of clematis need not be confusing. Finding the right one for you need only be about the group you require and the colour and flower. We simplify clematis into 3 groups  though there are more and there are exceptions but understanding the 3 in layman's terms is enough to help you make your choice.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Saturday June 24th Cream Teas 2017 Raising Money for MS #MSSociety

Its nearlly time for our charity Cream Teas again
Join us on Saturday 24th June 12-5pm in our lovely outside coffee courtyard for an afternoon of cream teas.
Cream teas are free but donations all go to the MS Society

Monday, 12 June 2017

Flowers for Summer Choose Salvias

Salvia Amistad is simple brilliant for filling summer gaps in your border.Its substantial filling about a meter and it will flower profusely all summer. The flowers are a striking rich deep purple blue.

Friday, 2 June 2017

June Gardener's Calendar

June is a month to be enjoying the garden but with a little bit of care and some snipping and deadheading you can keep those flowers going often into late summer

Summer Shiners

This is such an easy subject because the summer months have the most abundance of colour and these plants will flower until the first frosts. It’s all about Flower Power.

Geranium Blushing Turtle

A Hebaceous Border In June

Take a walk through my garden this June

Roses For Difficult Places

Roses are not solely limited to the sunny spots of the garden. That is not to say they do not prefer a reasonable level of sunlight. What important to us in our own gardens is where varieties can survive. 

Harlow Carr

The magnificent David Austin roses on the Nursery are largely varieties of shrub roses bred from old roses and modern roses (hybrid tea and floribunda types) to make English roses. Modern roses became increasingly popular at the end of the 19th century almost to the exclusion of old roses. It wonderful that they have been revived so sucessfully.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Open Today

Open Every Day

May/June every day from 8.30am - 7 pm 
Coffee shop open until 4.30pm. Cyclists welcome.

Late Opening begins on the 1st May and extends to the 30th June when gates are open until 7pm. In July 8.30am-5.30pm

We do have A huge selection of home grown bedding plants ready for sale 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Workshops Making Hanging Baskets

For the past two weeks we have been busy in the evening making hanging baskets.  Everyone arrives atfter closing at 7pm with there old baskets and we spend the evening filling them with fresh bedding. We take time to demonstrate and look at new varieties and colours available this year. At the end of the evening you get to take a lovely basket home you have made.
Join our Garden Club for further information and updates on events at the Nurseries.
This event can be booked privately for Gardening Groups and WI 's.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

How to make a Summer #HangingBasket

Relaxed workshops where you make up your own basket. Refreshments and an easy going atmosphere. Charge only for plants and materials used 

How To Make Up Your Summer Basket 

How To Make A Summer Hanging Basket

Here are some step by step photos of us making up a basket
There are different ways of potting up baskets and we don't always follow the same pattern but here is one Peter made up.
 You will need:

Friday, 19 May 2017

Rosy Hardy Talks about Cottage Garden Perennials in June

Rosy Hardy,always an inspiring speaker the owner of Hardys Cottage Garden Plants in Hampshire, is going to talk to us about the plants she stocks and the ones she takes to display at The Chelsea Flower Show. She will then show us how to create a display for Chelsea.

Tuesday 20th June 2017 10.15am to 1.30pm To include a packed lunch. £25
Currently booking in the shop or on 01280 848038 booking also on line from Tuesday next week along with all our talks and events.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Summer Bedding Colour for Baskets, Containers and Borders for 2017

Here is a quick taster of some of the very first flowers to emerge this May reminding us there are always new lovely colours and varieties of bedding  to delight us in our summer baskets borders and containers each year.

Note we are open late until 7pm through May and June every day.
Workshops start this week

Calibrachoa trio white blue rose
Triple colours growing together and thriving in one pot of this trailing calibrachoa.

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