Welcome to August, which looks set to carry on with consistently warm and sunny weather. Do not forget to water your plants, particularly those growing in containers. A really good soaking, rather than simply passing the hose across the pots, will benefit your plants the most. Try and water in the early part of the day or in the cool (?) of the evening.

             •We are now closed on Sundays until October

                •We will continue opening on Saturdays from 10 am and close at the later time of 6.30 pm essentially to give our customers more time at the end of the day to browse around the garden centre

               •There are now limited stocks of summer bedding plants which will still add colour to your garden - geraniums, dahlias and campanulas continue to arrive

              •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. It would be well worth the effort to check your automatic watering system is working correctly before you go on holiday.

              •The box tree caterpillar has already re-appeared and we think it will yet again 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. Continue to monitor the situation throughout the summer as there appears to be three or four life cycles of the Asian moth over this period. This could of course mean that three or more caterpillar 'attacks' might occur. Perhaps it is time to think of planting alternatives such as ilex crenata.

              Let us hope that this consistently good weather continues throughout August, so that we can be outside enjoying our gardens. It perhaps would be no bad thing to get a certain amount of rain - preferably at night!

                Happy gardening!

              Richard Hood