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Making my Poinsettia Flower 27/08/2020

It is a beautiful summer’s day as I write, the sun is shining and our garden centre is full of colourful summer plants, hanging baskets and tubs flowering beautifully, so you may think this is a strange time of year to be telling you about poinsettias.

January: Time to be feeding our feathered friends

Christmas is over and we are into the dull dark days of winter, so relax and do a spot of armchair gardening. Enjoy looking at the many seed and young plant catalogues that drop through the letterbox at this time of year.

February: Orchid Plants

It never ceases to amaze me how many orchid plants we sell from our houseplant department.  They are such good value very often costing less than an arrangement of flowers.  They need very little looking after and they can be in flower for up to six months of the year...

March: Keeping your lawn free from moss

We in this area are fortunate not to be affected by flooding as in other areas of the country but the soil has at times become saturated with water for very long periods of time.  These conditions together with a period of warm mild weather will encourage the growth of...

April: Growing Grapes

As the weather patterns change and if we experience long warm summers as we are told to expect, it is tempting to have a go at growing a grapevine. Many years ago I grew a grapevine at the side of our garage with limited success. It was fun to watch...

June: Vine Weevil

One of the most destructive pests found in many gardens today is the invisible vine weevil. The adult emerges from its daytime hiding place to feed on leaves and to lay eggs at the base of the plant. The developing grubs munch away at the roots. The first signs of...

July: Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

July, August and September – these are (or should be) the lazy, hazy days of summer when we all can enjoy long evenings in our garden with friends, go along to a barbecue or a summer party and enjoy the view of the flowers we planted last month.

September: Planning for Spring in the Autumn; Pansies and Daffodils

Spring flowering bulbs have been available in shops and garden centres for some weeks now. With their vivid pictures of promise for next spring. Always aim to plant daffodils and narcissi early as possible, preferably before the end of October so that their roots start to grow in the warm...

October: Winter Hanging Baskets

Most of us enjoy the beauty of summer hanging baskets but have you thought of the possibility of enjoying a hanging basket during the winter months?

December: Joel Poinsett

Since June 26th the main crop on our nursery has been the Poinsettia, 2,500 of them for the Christmas festive season and many millions more are being produced and sold throughout the world. As I was tending my crop of Poinsettia I got to thinking about the man who gave...