Welcome to a new gardening season, I hope we’ve got the worst of winter behind us now and it has treated you all kindly. It seems a long time since the long hot summer of 2022 and I for one can’t wait for Spring to arrive with its warmer temperatures and longer days.
One advantage of a long winter is that I’ve had time to have a good re-organise at the nursery after the confusion of moving last winter. The knock-on effect of this is that I’ve done an accurate stock take and have lots of new plants to add to the Webshop and bring along to the events, to name but a few:
- Several varieties of dwarf bearded Iris including Cherry Garden, Lillli White and Blue Pigmy (a little red, white and blue which should be flowering for the Coronation)
- The sumptuous Paeonia Itoh Hillary
- A cute miniature Hosta, Sun Mouse, with tough yellow leaves to brighten your shady spots
- A new variety of Thalictrum, Ghent Ebony, with purple flushed foliage and stems topped with fluffy white flowers
- Some exciting new grasses such as Miscanthus Purple Falls, Panicum Nosferatu and Schizachyrium Smoke Signal and Twilight Zone.
The potting of new varieties is well underway along with the propagation of lots of old favourites which need re-stocking, these should begin to be ready for sale from mid-March onwards depending on the weather of course.
The list of events for this season are already on the Shows page of the website, starting this year with a nice comfortable indoor specialist plant sale at Digby Hall, Sherborne – always a lively and fun event as all us nurseries meet up for the first time in the season and welcome familiar and new faces through the doors, bacon sandwiches, tea, coffee and cake also another temptation, check out full details below. From there I head to Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset on 1st April for their Spring Plant Fair, a large selection of specialist nurseries will be there in amongst the stunning setting of the Abbey and gardens. A list of the events for March and April can be found below.
After a rather unorganised 2022 I am happy to be more on top of things as we head into the busy events schedule and will be concentrating more on keeping you all up to date on new arrivals, what’s looking good and any extra events added to the diary, I may even work out how to use Facebook and Instagram!
So with the final few weeks of quiet approaching I’m making my rounds of the nursery eagerly watching for signs of waking plants and even now there are some – the Dicentras for starters are thinking about unfurling. I’m sure you are all taking advantage of any sunshine hours to get out and inspect your own gardens … such anticipation and hope!
I'm continuing with my on-line shop as well (which is now open with new stock), orders can be collected by appointment from the nursery or from any of the events. I can deliver within the Dorset area on orders over £50 (delivery fees apply) and for those further afield, mail order is available too.