Welcome to February which so far has seen weather that could be described as the good, the bad and, unfortunately for some, the ugly. We have come through January with a relatively mild but very wet conditions. Already there are signs that some deciduous shrubs are beginning to 'leaf up' - without a proper cold winter period for dormancy. Be aware that late cold and frost are increasingly likely and stock up with frost protection fabric.
•We are now gearing up for Valentine's Day and taking orders for flowers, our selection of red roses will include Grand Prix, Naomi and True Blood. We will also be stocking white Naomi and Avalanche roses as well as a selection of South American roses in various colours and a variety of seasonal flowers for spring bouquets. In addition we will be having planted rose-baskets, spring-baskets and a good selection of orchids. We will be doing free deliveries in the local areas which includes all of W8 as well as SW5, in other postcodes the normal delivery charge of £7.50 applies. We will be open until 7pm on Valentine's Day.
•The indoor shop and florist areas have undergone a refreshing re-organisation as well as a fresh coat of paint to brighten the overall experience
•A new range of tools by Spear & Jackson call the Kew Gardener will shortly be available. Designed by Kew staff, these tools are some of the best available. We will also have a new range of gloves from Briers arriving soon, giving a comprehensive selection of choices - a glove to fit every hand
•The new seasons seeds have arrived from Suttons, Thompson & Morgan and the Italian Franchi. Full ranges of ornamental annuals and perennials, herbs and vegetables are on show
•Summer flowering bulbs have arrived including bedding dahlias, begonias, cannas, lilies, freesias etc, time to plant them in the next few weeks
•Garden maintenance and garden visits to prepare for the forthcoming spring can be carried out by the Rassell's garden services. Speak to Patrick Green on 07813602409
•Manure, mulches and organic soil conditioner are all available to improve your plant growth and health this year
•Potted spring flowering bulbs, polyanthus, pansies and hellebores are readily available to brighten up window boxes and planters. Potted winter troughs and hanging baskets can also be created for you
•The tennis court we hire out is currently unplayable due to flooding but hopefully will be available to hire again soon