News and Blog

11th June 2018
Nursery Shop now open 7 days a week at
Glebe Farm Astbury CW12 4RQ 


24th MAY 2018
 Top tips for looking after your planters. 

Water regularly. Soak the pot thoroughly, let top layer of compost dry out and water the pot thoroughly again
Feed with a diluted feed such as seaweed extract every two weeks or so to keep plants healthy and flowering. Feed when the compost is moist
Deadhead to trick the plants into producing more more blooms. Regularly pick off faded flowers with your fingers or a pair of scissors
Protect if late frosts or winds are forecast, by covering the containers in fleece in situ, or by placing them under cover
When its finished pull the plants out and put them on the compost heap. Then clean the pot ready for a winter display

May 2018
Plants and cats what a lovely combination ! 
See us this weekend at Glebe Farm Astbury CW12 4RQ

2nd May 2018
Busy weekend ahead.  See us at Rode Hall Bluebell Farmers' Market 
Saturday 5th May
16th April 2018
Heading to the lovely Arley Hall Sunday 22nd April
for one of our favourite plant fairs. 
Fabulous setting in front of the Crook Barn 
Open 10am - 4pm  Parking free.  Dogs welcome on leads.


11th April 2018 
At long last Spring is on its way. 
Let's get gardening.
See us every weekend from now on at Glebe Farm Astbury
4th April 2018 
Great reaction to our plants at Glebe Farm last weekend.  See us there again Friday Saturday and Sunday 6th, 7th and  8th. 
And not just plants, lots to do for all the family.
21st March 2018
Pop-Up plant stall open all Easter  at Glebe Farm, Astbury.  Do come and see us
7th March 2018
60 second guide to bumblebees. What an excellent article
2nd February 2018
First show of the season booked  Rode Hall |Monday 28th May do come along and see us. 
21st December 2017 
Just to let you know that we will be "hibernating" for awhile.
Any orders placed now will be sent out the second week of January. 
3rd October 2017

Growing a range of late-flowering plants such as actaea, asters, dahlias, japanese anemones, salvias, sedum  and verbena bonariensis provides a valuable source of nectar.   

11th September 2017

10 great top flowering perennials for those shorter days featuring the lovely Japanese Anemone x hybrida Honorine Jobert which is also our plant of the month 

22nd August 2017
Spectacular cactus as seen at RHS Tatton now available to buy from our friends 

9th August 2017
Discover how to use wildflowers to create beautiful planting schemes

22nd July 2017

Huge congratulations to Warnes McGarr for their Gold winning garden 
Cactus Direct at RHS Tatton - using Rectory Garden Plants of course ! 

12 July 2017
 Just a week to go to RHS Tatton. Do come and see us in the plant village 19 - 23rd July.  

17th May 2017 
We'll be at the lovely setting of Rode Hall in Cheshire on Sat 20th May for the Specialist Plant Fair organised by Flower Power Fairs and Plant Heritage.  For those of you living locally we hope to see you there. 
11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. 

24th April 2017 
Many people imagine that the only way to tackle a shady patch is to turn it into a foliage garden filled with box, ivies and ferns. But too many dark greens can make a shady area look gloomy. Instead, use them for background structure and texture, then bring the area alive by making use of pale, pastel colours. White, cream, pale yellow, lilac, light mauve and pale pink show up best. Add variegated plants for splashes of cream, yellow and white.
21st March 2017
There really is no foolproof way for keeping slugs and snails away but one plant they don't like is Geranium Rozanne

20th March 2017
If you don't want a pond or don't have room for one, a bog garden is a great alternative. 

20th February 2017
The lovely 'Bressingham White' 

Tough, vibrant and easy to grow bergenias are wonderful plants for this time of year says Alice Bowe of The Times 

16th January 2017

If you need easy hardy reliable plants that can withstand unpredicatable coldweather plant now and beat the cold snap. Great article in The Times featuring Alice Bowe's top choices including the lovely Peony Duchesse de Nemours. 
25th November 2016

Bees need flowers whenever they are active and unfortunately there are very few winter-flowering plants growing wild in Britain so without our gardens the bees would starve.
A good one to plant is Pulmonaria - great for the bees but also provides much-needed colour in the darkest months. 

21st November 2016 
Many of your herbaceous perennials will benefit from a good chop around about now
24-30 Oct 2016 is Wild About Gardens Week 

Wild About Gardens Week runs from 24-30 October 2016. 
This year well be looking at steps we can take to support bats and other wildlife. There are lots of things you can do right now to support wildlife in your garden or community green space.
8th October 2016 

Look after the bees in Autumn ...............
In autumn, old bumblebee colonies die and newly-mated bumblebee queens find places to hibernate. They may choose a hole in the ground, a compost heap or a spot under piles of autumn leaves. Late-flying species, such as the common carder bumblebee and the solitary ivy bee, may be seen. Honeybees only come out to feed during warm, sunny weather.
Kate Bradbury explains how you can help bees at this tie of year by providing food and shelter, in this lovely article at

10th August 2016
Did you know its National Allotment Week so what better idea than to rope the kids in during the Summer holidays great article packed full of ideas

15th July 2016
 Interesting article on last week's Countryfile ? Presenter Tom Heap looking at calls to ban the import of pot plants into Britain for fear
of the bugs and insects that could be hiding out in the soil 
Help reduce soil-borne problems and Buy British 
12th July 2016
 Bees Needs Week 9th - 17th July
see how you can help with this great article 
Show Season has nearly finished and already we are booking up for next year.  A lovely new one for our calendar will be the RHS at Chatsworth Hall in Derbyshire - 7th - 11th June 2017.  Tickets are already on sale 

 But in the meantime don't forget for those of you that live locally we are at Rode Hall Farmers' Market on the first Saturday of every month. 

 24th May 2016
Any garden created for wildlife must provide shelter and food for local fauna. It should include a good mixture of plants, including shrubs, trees and grasses, and nectar- and pollen-rich flowers.
As a general rule, native shrubs and trees offer the best choice for wildlife providing caterpillar foodplants for a variety of moths, and berries and seeds for birds and small mammals. Both native and non-native flowers appeal to bees and other pollinators, as long as the pollen and nectar is made available to them. Choose only single-flowered plants, which have an open habit. Many double flowers are inaccessible to insects, or have small amounts of nectar and pollen.
9th April 2016
Take off your running shoes and slip on your wellies, because doctors say taking up gardening is just as good as going to the gym.
Half an hour of digging burns 150 calories, the same period raking a lawn burns 120 and pushing a lawn mower for 30 minutes burns 165.

23rd March 2016
How to improve your soil - lets take a look 

10th March 2016
Great news that Mary Berry and Alan will headline RHS Malvern Spring Show  5th - 8th May

17th February 2016
Have you ever wondered what happens to the butterflies when its cold and wet ? 

8th February 2016
Lovely article from Gardeners' World on how to breed your own hellebores

24th January 2016 
Jobs for January 


23rd December  
Remember to put water out for the birds - it's their ideal Christmas present! It's especially vital on cold days when their usual water supplies have frozen up.
Visit the Wild About Gardens website for more seasonal tips:
29th November 
Looking for an easy, low-cost planting solution? Try bare-root planting.
Here are 10 bare-root perennials to plant right now as recommended by
Gardeners' World Magazine


1st October 
Dividing perennials regularly will ensure healthy, vigorous plants that will continue to perform year after year.
It also offers the opportunity to multiply your plants
great article from the RHS  

8th September 
Lets Go Wild About Gardens ...........................
Wild About Gardens is a joint initiative by the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts and this year also involving Hedgehog Street to encourage people to support local biodiversity in their gardens. This is more important than ever. Two years ago,research compiled by 25 wildlife organisations found that 60 percent of the 3,148 UK animal and plant species assessed have declined in the past 50 years for a range of reasons including loss of habitat. Many of our common garden species hedgehogs, house sparrows, starlings and common frogs, for example are becoming much less common. This is where gardeners can make a difference, by making their own gardens and the green spaces in their communities more wildlife friendly.
Organise an event
Why not organise an event during Wild About Gardens Week to support hedgehogs and other wildlife in your neighbourhood. Post your event on the Wild About Gardens Week website so that others can find out about it and get involved. 
For ideas about what you could do to help hedgehogs  have a look through our resources at
If you create a hedgehog hole, make sure you add it to the Hedgehog Street map
27th August 

Ways to help save our honey bees 

Adopt a beehive: The British Beekeepers Association has a fundraising Adopt A Beehive scheme for people who want to be involved in beekeeping but are not able to have a hive of their own. You receive honey-based products, a newsletter and information about local beekeeper events. Visit

Make a bee-friendly space: Plant flowers such as asters, hollyhocks, foxgloves and sunflowers to attract bees to your garden and shrubs such as buddleias, hebes and hydrangeas. Flowering herbs such as rosemary and mint are also good and fruit trees are bee magnets. 

Buy local honey: Local honey is much better for you than foreign supermarket honey because the flavour reflects your local countryside and the money you spend will be spent on beekeepers' costs so their honey bees can carry on pollinating local crops.

Let out your spare grounds: If you are lucky enough to have a big garden, especially in an urban