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          April 

           Welcome to April, where we hope that this spell of warm weather continues and we can all enjoy our gardens as the spring moves on. Magnolias and camellias have been looking particularly good this year and wisterias are just beginning to show - always a highlight around the local area. 

         With consistently nice days the nursery has been doing good business selling spring-flowering bulbs, shrubs and bedding plants. We are fully stocked at the moment and it is a good moment to come and look at what we have. 

         •Our Sunday opening re-commences on Sunday the 9th of April. We are open from 11 o'clock onwards

         •We have a selection of bedding plants to perfect the spring - pansies, primroses, hellebores and tulips are all available. Also, look out for saxifragas, ox-eye daisies, drumstick primulas and spay-flowering aubretias

         •We have now renewed our 2017 seed selection from Thompson & Morgan and Franchi seeds - now is the time to start thinking about vegetable choices and summer bedding schemes 

         •We have been stocking up on a large and varied selection of shrubs and climbers - many with the promise of spring flowering. We have a good range of camellias and magnolias in different sizes and varieties

         •It is not too late to think about putting mulch down around large shrubs and trees. This will not only feed the soil but also help retain precious moisture around the plant 

         •The box tree caterpillar continues to be a serious problem in this area. Check all your buxus plants and take action if necessary as soon as possible, because delay will result in you losing your favourite plants or topiary. Be aware that this problem will likely re-occur when the weather warms up again and that you should continue to monitor the situation. In addition buxus blight seems to have been exacerbated by the relatively mild winter - perhaps it is time to think of planting alternatives, such as ilex crenata

          •Our selection of tools from Spear & Jackson, the Kew Gardener collection, is one of the best available and has proved to be a great success with our landscapers and customers.        

          •Our cards from the Natural History Museum's Archivist collection are both beautiful and inexpensive and provide a lovely way to send a message with a floral gift. We have added ten new designs from Blume editions to add choices to our range which are equally as charming

           •We stock all the necessary components for irrigation systems from both Hozelock and Gardena

           Easter is rapidly approaching, which is always a special time for gardeners - this year many spring-flowering plants will be at their peak as we head towards Easter Sunday. It is a lovely moment to be in your garden.

            Hopefully April will continue in the same vein as March with temperature rising throughout the month. Time to get planting!

           Enjoy your garden,

           Richard Hood