Welcome to July, which has so far been a mix of heavy showers and some prolonged rainfall. Bedding plants are over-saturated in these conditions and will definitely require  regular dead-heading and removal of old or fading leaves.

          Hopefully the weather will change for the better and we may at last feel that  summer has truly arrived!

       •We are now closed on Sundays and will re-open on Sunday the 7th of October for the autumn season

          •Summer bedding plants continue to be available to help brighten up your window boxes or pots. Geraniums, petunias, lobelias, cosmos, osteospermum etc are all available at the moment 

       •We have a large and varied selection of evergreen shrubs and climbers in stock now - as well as a good selection of roses in flower

        •We have a good selection of herbs and herbaceous perennials including many agapanthus that are coming into flower - a stately plant with vibrant blue or purple shades of flower

        •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 collection 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 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 - time to check that your watering systems are working and renew parts where needed

         •Garden maintenance and one off visits can be arranged by our garden services department. Please speak to Patrick Green on 07813602409 or visit their website www.rassellsgardens.co.uk

             •Summer bedding will continue to be available throughout July - still time to plant or renew those window boxes, hanging baskets and containers for those vivid summer displays.

              We are hoping that this month will see the summer arrive 'properly' with several weeks of consistently fine weather being our greatest wish - not only for the well-being of the plants!

               Enjoy your garden,


                                  Richard Hood