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25th February 2017

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

With the mild weather and the launch of the Spring menu in the cafe we are quite sure about it...

Our helleborus are now in full bud and flower and there are lots of different varieties to pick from. We still have a great range of seed potatoes along with onions, shallots, mushroom and chili kits! We have colourful primroses and the potted Spring bulb offer is now in full swing and we have a great offer on a complete wild bird feeding station in our pet shop. When the sun is out its lovely to look out onto the blackdown hills from our cafe, try one of our new dishes and enjoy a glass of Cawston's sparkling apple and rhubarb drink. Time to relax before the rose pruning and weeding starts...

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14th January 2017

Summer Bulbs now In...

Summer Bulbs now In...

With the snow trying to settle on the ground, now is the time to buy your Summer bulbs. We have a great range with some interesting varieties with great value and a very special 'special offer'. One's to look out for are 'Amaryllis belladona',  'Dahlia Hollyhill Spiderwoman', 'Gladiola King's Lynn', 'Iris Edith Wolford' and 'Ranunculus Candy Pink'. We have the 'Bulb of the year' Eucomis White Dwarf which is great for pots and containers and has short flower spikes from July to September. This year we have some great ideas for gifts as well - from 'Grown your own Chili pepper' and 'Mushroom' kits to 'Dahlias in decorative bags' and 'Sunflowers in pots' (for you to grow...). We also have a good range of garlic and onion sets which compiment our seed potato range. Our Bulb special offer is for a pack of '5 Lily Stargazer' bulbs at £5.99. If you buy one pack you get another pack FREE!

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6th January 2017

Seed Potatoes - With 3 NEW varieties for 2017

Seed Potatoes - With 3 NEW varieties for 2017

Now is a great time to buy seed potatoes.

We have 50 varieties which include1st and 2nd earlies, Maincrop varieties and salad types. Although it is a little too wet to plant in the garden at the moment, it's a great time to buy as you have the biggest choice. We have 3 NEW varieties for 2017. The first is called 'Abbott' which can be dug early for lovely salad potatoes or mature for great bakers. The second one is a early Maincrop called 'Pink Gypsy' with excellent flavour and great disease resistance. Be the envy of the show bench with these attractive potatoes! The third is another NEW Maincrop called 'Elfe'. It is a distinctive, yellow potato with a smooth buttery taste. It tastes great boiled or baked and makes perfect mash.

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4th December 2016

Christmas trees are now available to buy!

Christmas trees are now available to buy!

We’re excited to announce the arrival of the season’s first real Christmas trees, freshly cut and ready to light your home with Christmas cheer.

It’s well worth buying your Christmas tree early. You’ll have longer to enjoy it, and you’ll also have the pick of the best varieties whether you prefer the soft foliage of a Fraser fir, the silver-blue sophistication of a blue spruce, or the practicality of a non-drop Nordmann fir. 

Christmas trees last well over four weeks if looked after properly according to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association. Here are their top tips for keeping yours at its festive best long past Christmas Day.

1. Cut 5cm off the end of the trunk before you put it in position, and sink the cut edge straight away into water – you’ll find Christmas tree stands with built-in water reservoirs in the garden centre.

2. Keep your tree away from radiators and open fires – heat and dry air speeds up needle loss.

3. Water your tree every day – they are thirsty plants and can drink a litre or more daily, so make sure the reservoir is kept topped up.

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21st October 2016

Pumpkin harvest time!

Pumkins

With just under two weeks to go till Hallowe’en, when those pumpkins you’ve been nurturing all year take centre stage and become the stars of the show. Start getting your monster fruits ready now and they’ll be in tip-top condition on the big day, ready for you and the kids to carve your scariest face in the front, pop a candle inside for a suitably eerie light, and set up your home grown Jack-o-Lantern on the doorstep to welcome trick-or- treaters.

  • Pick off the smallest fruits leaving the largest in place so the plants can concentrate all their efforts on ripening it ready for Hallowe’en.
  • Remove shading leaves to make sure the sun can get to the skin easily and ripen it to glowing orange perfection.
  • Raise the fruit up on bricks to keep the still-soft skin out of range of slugs and make sure air can reach all around the pumpkin to dry it well.
  • Turn it regularly while it’s still attached to the plant (careful not to break the stalk!) rotating it by about a quarter turn each time so it’s evenly cured.
  • Harvest! Knock the pumpkin with your knuckles and once it sounds hollow, it’s ready. Cut away the pumpkin with 5-10cm of stalk and get ready to carve.
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2nd May 2016

Grow your own '5-a-day'...

Grow your own '5-a-day'...

Fresh vegetable plants to grow for yourself.

We have a wide choice available for you to grow. Vegetables can be grown in containers as well as the ground. Many of these are available through our on-line shop although some are available through the garden centre shop as they are only available in smaller numbers. At the moment our range is avaible as strips, pots and trays. Varieties of carrots, lettuce, peas and much more are avaible in strips. Tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes are available in pots, and we have a range of runner beans available in trays.

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25th April 2016

Fragrant Summer Flowers

Fragrant Summer Flowers

Sweet Peas

They are everybody's favourite flower next to old fashioned roses, and they always remind people of a 'cottage garden' style, They will produce flowers all through the Summer months and the flowers can be picked and placed in the house to provide a natural house air freshner! This year we have a great choice with 14 separate colours and 1 mixture. They are already growing in a 8.5 or 9cm pot and ready to plant either straight into the border or to grow in a container. If grown in a container it is best to use a multi-purpose compost that contains John Innes. Water throughout the Summer and feed at least weekly with a plant food.

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14th February 2016

Seed Potatoes - Time to grow your own...

Seed Potatoes - Time to grow your own...

With the wet weather almost over - now is a great time to plant seed potatoes.

We started with over 50 varieties and they are now selling fast so you have to be quick to catch your favourite. You can pick between 1st and 2nd earlies and Maincrop varieties

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1st February 2016

New DAVID AUSTIN English rose selection now in!

New DAVID AUSTIN English rose selection now in!

We have selected our range from the newest and the most fragrant to bring you this NEW range for 2016. Choose from your old favourites and pick from various colours and shapes to suit almost any garden. Click here for details.

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