Preparing for spring / Opening the gate

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Feb 24, 21

We have been busy at the nursery over the last few of weeks despite the snow, wind and rain. Sowing the first lot of seeds of the year, taking cuttings and potting up some of our over-wintered tender perennials in the propagation tunnel. Tidying up, pruning and potting up hardy shrubs, climbers, herbs and perennials in the potting tunnel.

It’s lovely going in every day to see lots more seeds of all shapes and sizes have germinated on our large heated table, the buds swelling more on the hardy shrubs, trees and climbers, the herbaceous perennials tentatively showing themselves above the ground and getting bolder by the day, the spring flowering bulbs and alpines preparing for their early show of colour with more flower buds every day….

Even after all these years (my 31st year!) I’m still awe-struck, comforted and re-assured by the magic and natural rhythm of the seasons, especially this year after the bleak winter.

The birds are also preparing for spring with their bird-song and nest building. The frogs have re-surfaced after their winter sleep and gravitating towards the pond.

The first lot of seedlings and cuttings are coming on nicely – sweet peas, tomatoes, hot peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, marigolds, lobelia, stocks, petunias, snapdragons…

The sowing of vegetables, herbs and bedding plants seeds and cuttings of tender perennials will continue on the well-used propagation table for a few more months.

The bare root fruit trees and roses arrive next week.

Now we are working through our large selection of herbaceous perennials – tidying, dividing and potting them up.

LOTS of division and cuttings to do and of course, the inevitable weeding.

Busy, exciting times ahead. Hope we can keep up with it!

On top of all that, we open the gate to you all next Wednesday 3rd of March! Come in and get inspired.