Its nearly June and the Ash trees are hardly in leaf! I think the growth cycle is about 4-6 weeks behind where we normally are at this time of year. It’s so frustrating not being able to get out and get on! Last Bank Holiday we had a wonderful weekend, 4 days of dry sunny weather back to back almost unheard of since March 2012. It was really encouraging for us that we saw so many new faces in the Garden Centre. My little weekly note is now read by over 5000 customers! Thank you, I hope occasionally it may be useful.
I hope those of you who have tried our Suttons grafted tomato, pepper and courgette plants are having good results, it would be good to get some feedback from you. This year we are stocking the great value Kitchen Garden range of vegetable plants, if the sales are anything to go by you are enjoying the great value and quality.
Due to the cold weather and late season our Dahlia, Gladioli and Lilies have not sold so we are selling them at buy 2 get 1 free. They are still fine to plant they will just be a little later flowering than normal.
Despite the cold and lack of sun the herbaceous perennials are growing fast. Now is the time to place some plant support over them before they are too large to get the support over. If you are too late they can be supported from the side with meal looped edging that you push in the ground or bamboo canes and some twine. We also have some lovely Tom Chambers architectural plastic coated black plant supports. Tom Chambers is a company from Hull that now manufacture garden plant supports etc. They started in business a very long time ago manufacturing Lobster pots, good solid well-made product.
If your potatoes are popping their heads through the ground keep an eye on the weather forecast, protect them from frost, pop an upturned flower pot over the top.
Tomato plants will need feeding regularly. Box hedges need a lot of well-balanced food. Not too late to weed and feed the lawn, at least it will get well washed in !!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
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.