Welcome to June, which has so far given us a mixed bag of weather conditions varying from hot balmy days to prolonged rainfall at other times.

           However, summer bedding plants are continuously available from the garden centre to help brighten up gardens or window boxes in the area. Geraniums, petunias, lobelias, cosmos, osteospermums etc are all available at the moment and now is the time to do some planting. 

       •We are now open on Sundays for the spring and summer season up until and including the first weekend of July

       •We have a large and varied selection of evergreen shrubs and climbers in stock now - as well as a good selection of roses - many of which are budding up or flowering

        •Our selection of herbaceous perennials is increasing weekly - if you are looking for hollyhocks, hostas or helianthemum, this is the moment to come and choose

        •The box tree caterpillar continues to be a serious problem in this area. Check all your buxus plants and take action if necessary as soon as possible, because delay will result in you losing your favourite plants or topiary. Be aware that this problem will likely re-occur when the weather warms up again and that you should continue to monitor the situation. In addition buxus blight seems to have been exacerbated by the relatively mild winter - perhaps it is time to think of planting alternatives, such as ilex crenata

         •Our collection of tools from Spear & Jackson, the Kew Gardener collection, is one of the best available and has proved to be a great success with our landscapers and customers

        •Our cards from the Natural History Museum's Archivist collection are both beautiful and inexpensive and provide a lovely way to send message with a floral gift. We have added ten new designs from Blume editions to add choices to our range which are equally as charming

         •We stock all the necessary components for irrigation systems from both Hozelock and Gardena - time to check that your watering systems are working and renew parts where needed

         •Garden maintenance and one off visits can be arranged by our garden services department. Please speak to Patrick Green on 07813602409 or visit their website www.rassellsgardens.co.uk

         Summer bedding will continue to be available throughout June - time to renew those plants in window boxes, hanging baskets and containers for those vivid summer displays. A little bit of time, planning and planting will return the efforts you have made. 

         Enjoy your garden! 

                                  Richard Hood