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March 2015

After some winter hibernation for both the plants and the staff the Plant Centre is back for a new season and, although the weather is still chilly, we’re busy getting stocked up with goodies for 2015. We’re still being a little cautious about putting plants out for sale as cold nights could catch us out but exciting things will be appearing every week as they put on new spring growth.

Here are a few photographs from our nursery with a small part of the stock we are growing on to sell this spring and summer. It’s busy time in the nursery with lots of seed sowing and potting to be done to produce enough for the coming season.

Aeoniums just potted and young Tree Ferns in our Propagation greenhouse


Young Banana plants and Gunneras – the giant Rhubarb

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This year, for a change to Terracotta pots, we’ve got some beautiful wooden planters – made in the UK from tantalised timber and in 2 sizes. Either leave them to weather as they are or use wood stain to create your own unique colours – we’ll be having a go ourselves soon. As you can see a nice specimen plant looks great in one of the larger ones.


Finally just to mention a plant! This is Justicia rizzinii, the Brazilian Fuchsia, which is actually not related in any way to a Fuchsia! – so much for plant names. It’s a small evergreen shrub that has a fantastic display of red and yellow tubular flowers in late winter and spring. It does need protection so is perfect for a conservatory or a well sheltered part of a mild garden. On sale now – would look great in one of the wooden planters!


More plant news soon – we’ll look forward to seeing you at the Gardens.



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