Welcome to May which is already showing signs that promise more stable and warmer weather. Hopefully it is here to stay, but it is still possible for some colder weather to return so gardeners should be aware. Do not put out tender seedlings until there is a continued improvement. 

             •We are now closed on Sundays until October

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

               •We now have a full selection of summer bedding plants which will add colour to your garden - geraniums, cosmos daisies, lobelias, petunias and many more summer plants are all available from now onwards

             •The new seed ranges from Thompson and Morgan, Mr Fothergill's seeds (new to us) and Franchi seeds have arrived. Interesting selections of seed made by Sarah Raven are on display here for the first time. Now is the time to plan this year's bedding display or vegetables to eat - all grown from seed with a little patience

              •Our summer-flowering bulbs and tubers have now arrived - many types of dahlias and begonias, lillies and freesias amongst just some of the new stock

              •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

              •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.

                 •Seasonal cut flowers such as paeonia, scabious and cornflower will soon be available. Give out florists a call on 0207 937 0481 for any particular requirements.

              We really need some consistently good weather in May for the ground to warm up and our plants to flourish. Hopefully we are headed in that direction - keep your fingers crossed!

                Happy gardening!

              Richard Hood