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Please note that the March Plant Sale at The Coach House Garden, Ampney Crucis has been POSTPONED this Friday 9th March, due to the poor weather conditions. The sale will now be held on Friday 23rd March.
Please note that the Spring Plant Fair at Forde Abbey has been CANCELLED this Sunday 4th March, due to the poor weather conditions.
We are pleased to launch our Christmas range for 2017, and are looking forward to getting out and about to several festive events with our wreaths and seasonal plants. We will also have our stall at the Tortworth Estate Christmas Tree Sales Yard, which will be there throughout December.
Now that the herbaceous perennials on the nursery have begun to die back for the winter, we have started to cut back and tidy up the stock on the nursery, ready for next year. Now is a good time for you to get out in the garden and cut back your herbaceous perennials. However, it is best to leave those that are not quite so hardy until the spring. The old top growth will provide some protection from the worst of the winter weather, and can then be cut back when you see the new shoots emerging in February or March. Plants best left until spring include Penstemon, tender varieties of Salvia and Gaura, to name but a few. Top growth can also be left on varieties that have attractive seedheads, to provide some winter interest. Examples of these include many varieties of grasses, Echinops, Echinacea and Sedum.
Now that we are heading into autumn, we are very much into planning for next year. This week, we have been busy potting up bulbs, ready for the first sales in the spring. We have also started to order plugs for next year that are produced via tissue culture, which include some of our popular ranges, such as Echinacea and Heuchera, as well as some more unusual lines, like Spiranthes and Roscoea. We are beginning to plan our events calendar for 2018, and looking at the projects that we have to do on the nursery over the winter.
We have now finished our main season of events for 2017. Thank you to everyone who visited us at markets and fairs this year, and we look forward to seeing you again next year. Our dates for next year will be published on the website around Christmas.
We will also be attending a range of Christmas events locally throughout December, selling our range of wreaths and potted plants. These dates will be listed shortly.
We have a busy month of events coming up, and we still have a wide range of plants for sale. Now is a good time to plant varieties that flower in the spring, such as Pulmonaria, Helleborus and Erysimum, to allow them time to establish before flowering and ensure that you get a good display from them in the garden. We are also selling a range of dry bulbs at our September events (with the exception of Stroud Farmers' Market), and from the nursery. We have more than 40 varieties, including traditional favourites and some that are a bit more unusual.
Some of our dry bulbs ready for sale at an event.
We have had a busy spring and summer supplying garden centres, attending events and, of course, propagating and potting at the nursery. At this time of year, we are continuing with this, but also beginning to plan for 2018.
Our 2 litre range is particularly popular at the moment, as people are looking for some instant gap-fillers for the garden. We have a good range available, some of which are pictured below.
We have had a busy start to the month, with an increase in orders as the spring weather improves. Pictured below are just some of the trolleys ready and waiting to go to garden centres ahead of the Easter weekend.
Garden centre orders in the week leading up to Easter.
We are now on Twitter, which we are using to post regular updates about life on the nursery, plants of interest and more information about the events that we attend. Click on the link at the bottom of this page and follow us.
We are also busy potting up bareroot plants into 2 litre pots, ready for sales this summer. Also, our range of 2 litre bulbs, including Alliums and Camassias, are shooting well.
Newly potted bareroots.
Some of our 2 litre bulbs.
This winter has been colder than the last couple of years, which has been good, as it has knocked back the old growth on the plants, and led to a more normal spring, with things waking up slowly. Last year, we had alpines and bulbs in flower at Christmas, which was far too early, but this year the bulbs are just starting to come into their own.
Some of the bulbs we have on the nursery at the moment.
We are now back to work after the Christmas break, and busy getting the nursery ready for the spring season. We are still working through the stock that we have, cutting back the herbaceous perennials and tidying up before the fresh growth begins. We have bulbs beginning to come through, and it won't be long before we are starting to pot up more young plants. We have also booked space at most of our events for 2017, so why not take a look at our Events page and pencil some into your diary, to look forward to.