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Two months late! (almost)

February 25, 2016

After making a resolution last year to update my blog on a regular basis, I now find almost two months into the New Year, despite numerous dark and dismal days I had still not added to my meagre offerings of previous years.

So a belated Happy New Year to all our customers, old and new. After the mildest December on record and continuing wet weather until recently, sodden ground conditions and little sunshine has not been conducive to much horticultural endeavor – unless you are more keen than me ! However on our well drained soil I have finally mown the grass and the garden is starting to come to life.  On the nursery, rain and wind caused little problems and the general absence of frost has obviously been very welcome.

For those who have never had the exciting, enlightening and educating experience of visiting the nursery and meeting my wife!, (and perhaps me to!)  maybe I could give a flavour of the type of plants we try and produce and sell.

Firstly we grow nearly everything we sell either from cuttings, seeds, divisions or growing on of young plugs/plantlets.  Nothing is bought in, doubled (or trebled) in price and then put on display with a big shiny plastic label to entice the customer.  Everything spends time on the nursery – enjoying the Kenton air and the picturesque views over Haldon, Powdeham Castle and the Exe Estuary – from perhaps just a few weeks for quick maturing crops  to several years for certain slow growing or generally awkward shrubs and trees.

We do not grow roses, fruit trees and bushes or any annual bedding/hanging basket plants. What we concentrate on are shrubs, herbaceous plants, climbers, some trees and exotics. We do the common-place, – lots of Laurel, lavender (though recent demands dictates we sold out of the latter until the spring) and Lonicera (Honeysuckles), but definitely NO Leylandii!! (I haven’t got a problem with it myself but customers just don’t seem to love it anymore! We also like to think we have a very large range of slightly different and unusual plants that would not be found in the average Garden Centre.

A few of the different plants we would sell might include : Pittosporum crassifolium, Arbutus x andracnoides, Crinodendron Ada Hoffman, Berberidopsis corallina, Euonymus cornatus quinquecornatus.  But the range is always changing as we sell and new plants become on line.

With regards to the garden just to remind everyone it is open every day when the nursery is open, Tuesday – Friday 9 – 5.  This year we are not opening for the National Garden Scheme on designated weekends as we previously have done but have decided that Every Day is a NGS day – in other words donations given to the garden when you view will be divided this year 50/50 between FORCE, the local cancer care charity who we have supported in the past and the NGS.  This arrangement will be on a donation basis, we suggest £3-50 per adult, children free, dogs on leads -or for those who visit on a regular basis through the season a one off donation would be sufficient.

We do have one Charity day when we are opening for Hospiscare on Sunday July 10th 2 pm. – 5.30 p.m  Cream teas available etc.

We are more than happy to accomodate groups of all sizes who wish to visit the garden – at mutually convenient times.  If you group is over 20 we can often provide personalised refreshments in a private small Marquee. Please call to discuss 01626 899106.


All that remains now is to hope and pray for good health and good weather for the coming months and we trust you will all vote the right way in the Referendum on June 23rd!!

(PS If you’re not sure which way is right I am happy to advise ……)



One Comment leave one →
  1. Sylvia Caldwell permalink
    May 3, 2016 10:15 pm

    Saltash U3A Garden Group spent a super afternoon at this lovely garden and nursery today. Lots to see and some very unusual shrubs, the scones were delicious, and we all took home lots of plants. Thank you for having us.

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