Category: From the Nursery

Cherry Trees

Well, the madness of this Spring weather continues and as I write this on a cold and VERY wet Easter Monday I reflect on the fact that early Easter often tends to be disappointing weather wise!                                             I remember moving to a new house once during an early Easter and having discovered my chimney to be…
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Fruit Trees

The approach and subsequent arrival of Winter is the time that Nurserymen turn their attention to trees. The range of ornamental and fruit trees is vast and so we face an interesting challenge trying to second guess the expectations of our customers, however it is important that we supply many of the tried and tested…
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Poinsettias

     Poinsettias, the indoor plants that just shout Christmas at you, will once again be displaying their seasonal colour in the plant room here at Silica Lodge towards the end of November, so it seems like an appropriate time to remind you about their care.  Hopefully then you will have that beautiful colour lasting over…
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Meet Tony – Our new Plant Buyer!

With over 22 years as a professional Horticulturalist and a lifetime spent messing about in gardens, Tony will be able to answer most customer questions immediately but has a huge library of information resources for the more complex problems. Well known throughout the Horticultural world, Tony has built up a long list of contacts in…
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British climate is the envy of gardeners the world over

The British climate is the envy of gardeners the world over. Where else can you grow such a diverse range of plants and revel in the fact that mother nature is on your side with her capacity to provide a healthy supply of rain and sun to keep our gardens in good order? Well, I…
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Ferns Make Interesting Foliage Plants!

Walking around the garden this morning shortly after the rain was wonderful leaving everything smelling fresh, dripping with raindrops with the plants looking totally revitalised too. I set about my speed gardening as usual, weeded first then tidied up some ferns by cutting away the old tatty fronds followed by clearing little poplar tree twigs…
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Taking Out the Competition!

Last year I incorporated a daily routine, weather permitting of course of what I call ‘speed gardening’ so my first speed gardening session this year has been tackling cleavers and hairy bittercress in my perennials. They are so annoying because the cleavers creeps through and sticks to any emerging foliage trying to strangle and suppress…
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A Few Easy To Grow Herbs In Your Garden!

There’s something really basic about going into the garden, getting close and personal with your plants choosing which young shoots look the best to pick thinking of how much tastier they are going to make that particular meal or drink that you are about to make. Just imagine those first new potatoes that you might…
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Its All Happening Now!

It’s Sunday morning before you read this and I’ve had my little walk around the garden it was a bit nippy out there. I was happy to see that one of the spring flowering clematis isn’t just growing up the Photinia ‘Red Robin’, but across the honeysuckle too and with lots of blue fat flower…
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Spring is Here!

Spring is such a wonderful and exciting time of year in my garden, the daffodils along with many other bulbs still have buds or flowers and the pulmonarias, epimediums, brunneras, ranunuculus, mukedenias, primroses, erythronium are just beginning to flower too! The anemone blanda and Chionodoxa luciliae known as ‘Glory of the Snow’ have gone mad,…
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