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 21st December 2018 

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

 

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.   Find out more about plants for bees at 

 http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/plant-inspiration/plants-for-bees/


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 

http://bit.ly/2xfsq1o

 

 

22nd August 2017

 

Spectacular cactus as seen at RHS Tatton

now available to buy from our friends at

 www.cactus-direct.co.uk


9th August 2017

 

Discover how to use wildflowers to create beautiful 

planting schemes bit.ly/2w5OOab

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. 

 http://www.rodehall.co.uk/whats-on/53/Specialist-Plant-Fair-Sat-20-May


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.

http://bit.ly/2pWVJSX

   

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

http://bit.ly/2nhrJzy

 

 

20th March 2017

If you don't want a pond or don't have

room for one, a bog garden is a great alternative. 

http://bit.ly/2n6dw8a

 

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 

http://bit.ly/2lyGf5h


16th January 2017

 If you need easy hardy reliable plants

that can withstand unpredicatable cold

weather 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

 http://bit.ly/2fTKt1W

 


 

 24-30 Oct 2016 is Wild About Gardens Week 

Wild About Gardens Week runs from 24-30 October 2016. 

This year we’ll 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. http://www.wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk/about

 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

  http://bit.ly/2dlW6wT


  

 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 
 
  http://bit.ly/29AHHh3

 


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. 

www.rodehall.co.uk/farmers-market


 

 



 
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.

http://bit.ly/25du4sF

 
 
 
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 

http://bit.ly/1glJMdY
 
 
10th March 2016
 
 
 
Great news that Mary Berry and Alan will headline RHS Malvern Spring Show  5th - 8th May 
www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/malvern-spring-festival/2016/Celebrities
 

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 
 
 
Some great tips in this article from The Telegraph 

 



 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 http://www.wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk/downloads.
If you create a hedgehog hole, make sure you add it to the Hedgehog Street maphttp://bighedgehogmap.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 http://www.adoptahive.co.uk/

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 environment, many would-be beekeepers will happily manage a beehive for you. The bees will do wonders for your garden flowers and fruit - without you having to get involved at all. 

Become a beekeeper: Find a beekeeping taster course or become a beekeeper's buddy to decide whether you want to take up beekeeping. If you do, there are plenty of courses available to allow you to become a Master Beekeeper. For more information go to 

www.bbka.org.uk 


12th August

 

How to encourage butterflies

 

To see butterflies in your garden, you need to entice them with the right flowers. Adult butterflies feed on nectar that they will take from a wide variety of wild and garden flowers, particularly those growing in warm sheltered places. Butterflies can be encouraged to visit gardens by growing a range of suitable flowers from March until frosty weather ends the butterfly season in October-November.

 


 The RHS has a wealth of advice on their site at https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=649


11th August
 
RHS Plants for Bugs Project: a study into the garden plant origin preferences of invertebrates. The results are in and the RHS  first paper focusing on pollinators has been published. Native plants alone may not be the best option for supporting pollinating insects in UK gardens!
 
See www.rhs.org.uk/plants4bugs  to find out more.