Saturday, 26 November 2016

British Christmas Trees at Preston Bissett

Assisting with the Christmas tree sales we have our own reindeer. He ceratainly earns his keep!

This weekend


A busy shop today as everyone gets in the mood for Christmas shopping and a coffee.
Try our Christmas hamper tasters this weekend,washed down with a glass of mulled cider or wine

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Help Choosing The Right Hedge

Berberis Hedge at Claydon House

 Without doubt there are huge benefits in having a hedge for a boundary rather than a fence or a wall.
They act as wind and sound breaks, filtering us from noise, sheltering the garden from winds, Hedges support many species of wild life and they are economical as their durability to the elements and life span exceeds fences and walls. Hedges can also be beautiful, reflecting the seasons and providing a canvas to enhance other plants

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Top Ten Winter Plants

Skimmia rubella
Winter is the sadly forgotten season and yet there is an array of fabulous colour in the plant world. Much of it free colour by that I mean we are not waiting for a flower. The light is low and  rich tones radiate from the leaves and foliage comes in a multitude of  shades. Red leaves, trimmed margins, variegated, some very interesting speckled shades where a virus have been introduced to change the colour as well as all variety of greens, silvers and yellows. There are lots of new foliage plant varieties well worth a try. Just as technology moves forward the plant industry is rapidly breeding new varieties of interest.

Winter Interest Plants

The Winter Plant List

Monday, 21 November 2016

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Why and What to Plant Now In November

To give your garden the very best head start plant as much as possible now. Planting in autumn is recommended because the conditions are favourable and if we establish plants now we can enjoy them next year. Plants benefit from having time to create a solid root system through autumn, winter and early spring, when they are not under pressure to flower and produce leaves. The soil is warm and moist and not yet frozen providing the conditions are kind enough to support them.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Friday, 30 September 2016

Plants For Autumn Colour

Remarkably all the shades of autumn effortlessly create a harmonious sense of calm. It is vibrant without creating any clashing contrasts. The colour wheel reveals Mother Nature has evolved a technically perfect colour palette.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Plants For Hardy Containers

We have been looking at ideas for beautiful autumnal pots to provide us with some colour and perhaps fragrance to lift our spirits through the colder months.


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Plants for Autumn Containers

Now is the season to plan and plant for next year, get your spring bulbs in and of course plant up some pretty containers to brighten up your patios from September right through to next spring when they can be replace with summer bedding if you require. Most of the plant you can use in containers now are hardy so if the container you create looks lovely you don't necessarily have to be replaced and as the plants are hardy most can be transfered to the garden borders.

Here is a little snap shot of just some of the lovely plants we have in our Autumn/Winter container tunnel available now. 


More on how to Plant #Hardy Containers for All Year Round Interest


Bring your own pots and learn how to plant them up!

These terracotta bowls made by Yorkshire Flower Pots look great planted for Autumn/Winter and Spring /Summer interest. We have used small evergreen shrubs, grasses, ferns herbs violas, perennials and bulbs. In the  Autumn/Winter when the bedding is finished we dedicate a poly tunnel to container plants, so it is easy to find an interesting mix. Many of these are small evergreens with interesting foliage because foliage can be just as attractive and colourful as flowers and more dependable



How to Plant Containers for Autumn and Winter Interest.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

How to Make #Winter Hanging Baskets.


This week we've been making up original winter baskets. We have been using sedums,evergreen ferns and grasses, small evergreen shrubs, herbs and violas. Come along and have a peruse in our tunnel dedicated to this seasons container and basket plants.

How to Make Winter Hanging Baskets

Half  line a basket with moss and place a circle of plastic on top to act a a reservoir of water.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Monday, 5 September 2016

Rose Care with Michael Sokolowski #roses #gardeningworkshops

Rose Care with Michael Sokolowski
Saturday 15th October 2016

10.30am to 1pm

Mike who has previously worked for David Austin for 25 years will talk about the breeding of roses and how new varieties are raised, budding and all our favourite varieties. He will look at the history of rose production and how to care for David Austin, Peter Beales and all other rose cultivars. He will show you how to prune your roses and all the after care.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Bourton Road Allotments Best kept #Allotment Competitition 2016




Bourton Road Allotments Best kept Allotment Competitition 2016 judged by Peter Richardson and Robin Stutchbury. Prize giving here at the Nurseries yesterday morning.


Friday, 2 September 2016

Grasses For Autumn

As we move into autumn we can look forward to textural grasses thothy foliage  beautiful seed heads.  Theres a grass suitable to  every situation and they don't take up much space either.
Here are a few suggestions.


Saturday, 27 August 2016

September Jobs in the Garden #gardening




Helanium-Echincea-Triollius
As autumn draws near there are jobs to be done. Make the most of the time you can catch in the garden to plant bulbs move plants and cut back as well as harvest the fruits and vegetables.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

How to Photograph Flowers Practicle Workshop 2017 #gardenphotography




How to Photograph Flowers with Dan Evans ran on Sunday 21st August 2016. This was a well subscribed talk and will be followed up with a practicle photography workshop in summer 2017. Final date will be decided soon. Please book early as there will be limited numbers.

Flowers From The Garden for Cutting #gardening #freshflowers

Bringing Flowers Into The Home

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

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