I am delighted to say that our Spring flowering bulbs are now on display. This year we have changed from our usual well known supplier to a smaller grower and supplier from Spalding in Lincolnshire. The bulbs from this grower are larger and there are more for the same price. Having a larger bulb when planting is a guarantee for a fantastic large flower (obviously depending on the species) in the Spring of 2014. We have so many bulbs to choose from, if you have a windswept garden we have shorter varieties of daffodil or tulip to choose from. If you have a colour preference or a theme there are shades to fill your boarders. The bulbs will flower from possibly January, February (depending on the soil temperature during the winter) through to April, May.

Generally when planting bulbs plant them to a depth twice as deep as the height of the bulb and cover over. When planting in pots the top of the bulb should be just exposed from the soil.

There is still time to plant some winter vegetables, we have got strips of small plants ready to go straight into the ground. Protect them from slugs and birds.

Winter bedding plants are pouring in – Viola’s, pansies and cyclamen. If planted now they will grow well in the autumn and flower before the really cold weather.

Keep watering newly planted shrubs in the garden, even though we have had a few rain showers this is not enough to keep new plants alive.

If you have got too many green tomatoes at the bottom of your plants cut off the lower leaves and let the sun reach the lower trusses of fruit to ripen them.

I am delighted to say that the Kinetics Gym www.kineticsclub.co.uk at Bell Plantation is now open, it’s a really great facility with a knowledgeable team who will know how to keep or change your shape! The building is situated at the rear of the Farm shop and Most Marvellous. Drive between the Vet and Farm shop to a new car park at the rear.

We have a Most Marvellous Vintage Sunday this weekend.

Have a great Bank Holiday 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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