I am pleased to say I have spent a few hours in the shop this week rather than my boring office. Talking to many ‘Senior’ gardeners it appears that many have not turned their soil during the winter as it has been so wet! The north easterly drying winds we have had this week have made a massive difference, it has at least removed the puddles from the surface. I hope this weekend many gardeners will be able to catch up a bit. If you are digging incorporate some organic matter while you are at it, it will pay dividends in the long run. It will improve fertility, make it easier to dig in future, help retain moisture in dry periods, improve drainage, create a great loam to house your plant roots, loads of good reasons.

The snowdrops have flowered for longer this year due to the cooler temperatures while they are flowering. Snowdrops can be planted in the autumn as bulbs which is reasonably successful, however planting them as growing plants in a pot is more successful. There are 19 varieties of snowdrop. Obviously we have some beautiful ones (Galanthus nivalis) here at the BPGC.

Our new bird feed range from Tom Chambers is really popular, my birds at home are really enjoying it, they only get fed from the bags that break or are damaged in transit, fortunately there is enough to keep their feeders full during this cold weather.

My son Luke is starting his own Landscape Maintenance business on the 1st March 2013, only 7 days to go, I will miss him, although I will be on hand for advice if needed. He has been helping in the Garden Centre since finishing at Sheffield Hallam Uni last summer where he graduated in Environmental studies. So if you know anyone who needs some maintenance with their garden or commercial site please let him know 07515 287913 or call the Garden Centre and we will take a message.

We have got masses of colourful plants in the plant area to liven up your gardens.

Attached is a picture of Primula wanda the leaf colour and flower colours I think are great.

Have a great dry digging 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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