May 2018 in the Growing Nursery

May 2018 in the Growing Nursery

Posted on 1 May, 2018

At the time of writing, we've just experienced a very mini heatwave followed by a re-visiting of the cold wind of a few weeks ago. It's fair to say that our plants don't know if they are coming or going, and neither do we! A flush of soft growth has since been battered by fierce north winds; leaving us having to exercise restraint when it comes to getting rooted plants out from the poly tunnels, which are now groaning under the weight of perennials! We really can't wait to fully stock the nursery with this year's offerings!

I know that you are as keen as us, as even on the worst days you appear, fully waterproofed, to view our latest additions, and for this we are most grateful. Neither have we been able to begin planting our herbaceous borders, as the ground has just been too cold and wet, another frustration! As gardeners, we know that we have to just roll with it as this is the real world, where these things happen! You can take solace in the fact that the conditions you're experiencing in the garden are affecting us too!

We are always interested to hear how your plots are faring and whether our plants have settled in - with this in mind, any photos are appreciated! We only see the perennials as youngsters so it's great to see them all grown up in your gardens. You can share your photos with us on Facebook or even email us and brighten our day!

This year, we are growing a range of scented leaved Pelargoniums, which will appear in the Glasshouse in due course. In general, people either love them or hate them - I love them, especially my favourite "Cola Bottles", which really does smell uncannily like cola! I can't wait for them to grow and be out for sale!

There's lots of excitement ahead; starting with the 2018 show season which kicks off for us on Sunday 13th May at Hutton in the Forest, near Penrith.  This is the perfect plant fair which we attend every year. I find it incredibly hard to believe that it's come around again so soon! Where does the time go? We then move on to Holker Hall Spring Fair on the following weekend. With a full programme of events this summer, I'm sure that time will canter past at its usual pace, and that we will see you in the nursery or at one of our shows soon. 

A full list of the shows that we will be attending is available here:

Maybe we'll get those beds planted up permitting!

Alyson Woods, Nursery Manager