It’s been a while

It’s been a while

Somehow, Easter 2015 is almost upon us. We’ve been sweeping, weeding, tidying and generally sprucing the place up because we’re opening for the year on Good Friday, 3rd April.

Mix and match herbs

Mix and match herbs

You can tell it’s a Bank Holiday Weekend because it’s raining. But we don’t care – this weekend we’re all about herbs. With summer just around the corner (we hope!) now is the perfect time to plant a herb garden. We have 20 different herbs to choose from, including Tarragon, Parsley, Rosemary, Coriander, various types of Mint, assorted Sage, Fennel, Bay, Sorrel, Chives, Marjoram, assorted Thyme, Lavender, Oregano and Basil. We also have Artichokes and Nasturtiums. Sizes start at 9cm pots for £1.75 (buy 10 for £15 to set up a small herb planter), and we have larger Sage, Thyme, Parsley, Rosemary, Bay and Lavender plants too. We also have the usual wide range of garden perennials in stock. This weekend we’re also open on Monday, 10-4. Hope to see you there!...
Looking Good: Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’

Looking Good: Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’

As the season moves into late spring it’s getting harder to choose a highlight. We have lots of plants looking at their best right now, but this weekend we’ve picked Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’ – we have a sneaky feeling you might be seeing a lot of Geums this year at Chelsea… Also known as Avens, this low growing hardy perennial sets many beautiful red/orange, semi-double blooms to brighten up your spring border. It’s easy to look after – remove faded flower heads to encourage further flowering, and prune back hard after flowering to rejuvenate the foliage. It likes full sun or partial shade, in all soil types except dry. Geums flower from late spring through to late...
Looking Good: Diascia ‘Blush Pink’

Looking Good: Diascia ‘Blush Pink’

New in, and looking good this weekend is Diascia Sundiascia ‘Blush Pink’ – a brand new series of Diascia bred to give an exceptional display of blooms over a very long period. More robust than other Diascia, with longer flower spikes, they will give a stunning display in containers and borders all summer long and well into the autumn. Slug resistant, Diascia Sundiascia ‘Blush Pink’ prefers well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Height and spread is 30-45cm (12-18”). A half hardy perennial, new shoots may be cut back by hard frosts but the crown will survive to -8°C – but it might be a good idea to take semi ripe cuttings in summer just in...
Looking Good: Hosta ‘June’

Looking Good: Hosta ‘June’

We have a fine selection of hostas here at Blackfordby Nursery, and Hosta ‘June’ is one of my personal favourites. Shown here in the foreground, ‘June’ is a compact, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with large green/grey leaves which develop a yellow centre during the summer. It produces pale purple flowers in late summer. ‘June’ prefers moist but well-drained soil, and partial shade. It has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. Also pictured behind are Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’ (left) and Hosta ‘Patriot’ (extreme right). ‘Regal Splendour’ is a taller plant, growing to a height of 30cm, with blue/green leaves with cream/white margins. ‘Patriot’ is possibly the best white-edged hosta. It has mid-green leaves with wide white margins. A real stunner for the border or shady patio. The sworn enemy of hostas are slugs and snails – but you can grow hostas without resorting to chemical slug pellets by mulching around them with crushed egg shells or coarse gravel, or hair clippings work well. Beer traps in jam jars sunk into the ground also work. If you want to grow your hostas in pots you can buy self-adhesive copper tape to encircle the top of your pots, that slugs will not cross. At the nursery we are lucky in that we have a family of frogs on-site, and they keep our hostas slug- and...