It has been a busy time in the nursery over the last few months. Fortunately, we have been allowed to continue trading as normal during COVID as we are an "essential service". We would like to thank all of our valued customers who have supported our locally owned business during this time as we continue to provide quality plants and expert advice on " all things gardening".
An unexpected benefit for many of us who have had time at home over the last few months has been the chance to appreciate our gardens as a place of peace and tranquillity. It has given us the rare opportunity to take time to rejuvenate and replant the garden or to simply "potter around".
Winter signals a time of rest and renewal in the garden before a fresh start in Spring. Many deciduous plants are entering their dormant phase and now is the perfect time to plant new fruit trees, ornamental trees and shrubs as well as roses. Their root systems will continue to develop throughout the winter months in readiness for their new spring growth. The nursery is brimming with a great selection of roses and fruit trees.
In recent months, there has been an "explosion of interest" in homegrown food production. It is great to see so many of you "growing your own" and experiencing a new appreciation of how wonderful it is to harvest fresh food from your very own garden. Now is the perfect time to plant fruit trees, such as apples, plums, apricots, peaches and cherries to name a few. Imagine the joy of picking your own delicious fruit at home! Most varieties now also come in a dwarf form which would suit those of you with smaller gardens or even a pot on a balcony!
Winter is the time for planting and enjoying the beautiful scent of Daphne. There is a variety to suit almost every position in the garden from shade through to full sun. At the moment we have a great selection of Grevillea whose beautiful spider-like flowers will add colour and attract birds to your winter garden. The sasanqua Camellia are still in bud and flower and can make a stunning hedge.
For the edible garden, asparagus crowns, seed potatoes, strawberry runners and rhubarb are now in stock. Herbaceous Peony tubers, roses and flowering trees planted now can add that special "pop" in the ornamental garden.
As the nights become increasingly chilly, keep an eye on newly planted frost-sensitive plants and consider using a thermal frost cover available now in store. A thermal protective spray called Envy is available for those plants that you are not able to cover. Finally, now is the time to do a winter clean up of deciduous fruit trees and roses with a preventative anti-fungal spray of Lime Sulphur that will ensure a fresh start to spring!
I look forward to seeing you in the nursery soon! Come in and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Happy Gardening Lyla