Ash is off today looking at buying a brand new Shorthorn bull for his herd. They are pretty expensive but can be really worth it if they sire great calves with strong genes.

What a fantastic day it has turned out to be – warm, sunny and clear. All after the most complete solar eclipse since 1999. I watched it from my patio at home and only just saw it through the cloud. It created an unusual atmosphere in the air – cold and a very odd light.

The Garden Centre has been busy today, people buying plants and supplies for the weekend, popping in for a quick lunch or Coffee. We’ve got a really full plant area, lots of stock of herbaceous, bedding and shrubs arriving as we speak. We also have a new specimen area, full of larger, more established plants and loads of alpines which look great with Errington Raey’s courtyard collection – see below.

We’ve also had a massive change around in the Farm Shop this week, we’ve replaced the fridges with brand new ones, creating even more space for delicious food.

The roundabout is pretty much finished, at last! The traffic flow is a lot greater than before, they need to get the lights working but at least we aren’t sitting in long queue’s any more.

Pop in this weekend if you’re out an about, we’d love to see you. If not, enjoy the good weather, get out in your gardens.



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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