Welcome to August where we are enjoying prolonged periods of good weather interrupted by days of rain that have occasionally been saturating! However, it is still a good idea to check all your pots for regular watering and fortnightly feeding - combine this with continual dead-heading of summer bedding plants so that full colour continues throughout this month.

       Various bedding plants are still available at the garden centre, but gradually choices are becoming fewer as we approach September. However, it is still possible to create both colourful and imaginative window boxes and containers.

        •We are now closed on Sundays until Sunday the 4th of October 

        •We are still carrying a large and varied selection of shrubs, climbers and perennials with enough choice to provide a different look to your garden

        •It is a lovely time of year for seasonal cut flowers, but bear in mind that all cut flowers would prefer to be in cooler conditions in north-facing rooms while the heat is intense outside

         •Spring flowering bulbs will soon become available and we will be presenting our 2015 range of bulbs on display within the next two weeks. Come and make some choices for next spring flowering

         •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 floral gift

         •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

          •We stock all the necessary components for irrigation systems from both Hozelock and Gardena

          •Garden maintenance and one-off visits can be arranged by our Garden Services department. Please speak to Daniel Duke on 07813 602409 or have a look at the new website for the Garden Services (

          •Fingers crossed for a few more weeks of glorious weather so we can sit outside and really enjoy our gardens