I think its fair to say we are experiencing an Indian Summer, ‘a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that sometimes occurs in autumn in the Northern Hemisphere’. Indian Summers blur the line between summer and winter. The summer bedding plants are starting to look tired and losing their colour, not quite enough though to make you want to pull them out and plant your new winter bedding. It makes life a bit more tricky for us and the growers who are growing the violas, pansies etc for planting in September and the season is not yet ready for them. It will come in time. Every plant has its time in the year, Hamamelis is fortunate to have 2 bites of the cherry. Not only does it flower very early in the season with vibrant yellow flowers, its autumn colours are magnificent too, (see picture).

I am of the opinion that a soil based subject should be on the school curriculum for every child for a couple of years before they are 13. Humans are becoming too removed from the true reality of life. We all rely totally on the soil for our existence if there was a little more understanding of this subject it would be a benefit to humanity. It may also equip children with a useful experience that will help them reduce the stresses and strains they will experience later in modern day life. As a business we are always happy to have school parties come and visit us.

We are at various critical stages of our build. We have had all our Christmas stock arrive and the space is not quite ready to receive it. The new retail building at the rear will be secure by the end of today which will enable us to unpack and start getting ready for the festive time of year, I know there are many Garden Centres with Christmas out and on sale all ready. We hope to have ours out by the middle of October!

Richard our ‘Site Support Operator’ is flat out linking the Vets building and Fairytale wedding building onto our biomass boiler system which provides heat for most of the site. Thank goodness for Indian summers, we don’t need chilly dogs and brides!

Have a great weekend


Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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