Welcome to August which is perhaps the quietest month of the gardening year, where we can enjoy the fruits of our labour - regular watering, feeding and dead-heading of flowering plants will prolong the summer show that many people have put in place.

            Our thoughts are moving on to the next season which means that autumn shrubs and bulbs will soon arrive at the garden centre for sale as we head towards September.

         •We are now closed on Sundays until the first Sunday of October - we will re-open on Sunday the 1st of October from 11 am onwards 

         •Our selection of summer bedding plants is now more limited as stock is no longer available but we still have a good selection of geraniums, begonias, dwarf dahlias, New Guinea Impatiens etc. Please ring 0207 937 0481 to check availability of our remaining summer stock

         •The box tree caterpillar continues to be a serious problem in this area. Check all your buxus plants andr 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

            •It will not be long before we start putting the spring-flowering bulbs in the shop - we will have a large and varied selection of loose bulbs and pre-packaged colour-themed mixes for next year

          •Our selection 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 a 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

           •The season for cut flowers is at it's peak with beautiful paeonias plentiful at the moment. Hopefully we can now enjoy a few weeks of warm and sunny weather, where we can all sit outside and enjoy our gardens.

           Soak up the sun!

           Richard Hood