As I write this little blog Sheena (Wife) and Sophie (Daughter) are swanning around in Holland buying some tasteful gifts and accessories for next Spring and Summer. I hope we receive better weather than this year. Looking at the BBC website, the lack of sea ice at the North pole could mean wetter Summers for some time to come. I hope Sheena and Sophie come back with some great ideas for keeping dry while Gardening!

Well it’s time to get the “Great Outdoors” looking good for the Autumn and winter. As we have had such a cold wet mucky summer, not as many people bothered with the bedding as usual, Autumn is now time to redress the balance and splash out on some winter colour. We have got bucket loads of colour in various types of plants, pansies, viola, cyclamen of all types, we have got some new trailing pansies and viola. Come and have a chat with Jo if you need some advice, she would even plant the tubs/baskets for you if you like. We have got a special rail with £10 apple trees plus lots of other lovely fruit trees. Keep an eye on the website for great offers and vouchers (that’s enough selling, apologies).

Jo D our new Garden Centre manager is settling in well, working her way right through the business, she has re merchandised the shop and is now working on the Glasshouse shop, no stone unturned. As a result of this the compost has moved closer to the exit!! At last I hear you say.

Roses have made massive amounts of growth over recent months, tie in or up the stems you want to keep, cut back the others to a manageable length so they don’t blow around in the wind, they can be pruned properly in the winter/spring.

I had a couple of days at GLEE the Garden Centre show this week and have purchased some really “ wacky bits” and pieces that will be coming into the Garden Centre during the Autumn. The team exclaimed when I told them “typical”, “mad man” were some of the comments. Should be interesting.

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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