Welcome to March which so far has been a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of weather. Hopefully we will see some real movement in plant development over the next few weeks as shoots begin to show and grow.

         With the amount of daylight hours steadily increasing a lot of spring-flowering shrubs, bulbs and perennials cannot be far away in showing us their full promise.

         •We are now closed on Sundays until Sunday the 9th of April when we will open at 11 am

         •Time to start thinking about mulching pots and borders with fibrous material that conditions and feeds your soil. This will pay dividends further on in the year when floral display will look better than ever

          •We have now renewed our 2017 seed selection from Thompson & Morgan and Franchi seeds - now is the time to start thinking about vegetable choices and summer bedding schemes 

          •Outdoors we have changed our selection of bedding plants to reflect the spring - pansies, primroses, hellebores and spring-flowering bulbs are all now available. Also look out for saxifragas, ox-eye daisies, drumstick primulas and spring-flowering aubretias

         •We are stocking up on a large and varied selection of evergreen shrubs and climbers - many with the promise of spring flowering. All our camellias have now arrived with a good range  of sizes and varieties

         •Mother's Day occurs at the end of March - do not forget to order a bouquet of flowers for that particularly special occasion! 

         •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 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

           Let us hope that March continues to brighten and warm up so that we all become enthused to get back out into our gardens. The feeling of spring is definitely in the air!

           Enjoy your garden,

           Richard Hood