Welcome to May where we are all hoping for a serious turnaround in the weather from generally cold conditions to hopefully more warmth, particularly at night

             Once consistent weather is here we will move on to the selections of summer season plants - geraniums, petunias, lobelias, cosmos, osteospermum etc...will be available to plant very soon (please check availability on 0207 937 0481). 

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

       •We have a selection of evergreen shrubs in stock now - including pieris, viburnums, azaleas, rhododendrons etc

        •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

        •Our new range of summer-flowering bulbs is now in stock - begonias, dahlias, gladioli, lilies and cannas will all add to a summer display

        •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 this spring 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

         Summer bedding will be available within the the first few days of May - time to renew 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