Archive | September 2015

Autumn shut down…

Well, the end of the growing season is upon us and the Nursery is closing this week until the end of April 2016.

We have had a very successful plant season- I hope that all my lovely customers are pleased with whatever perennials they have bought from me, both from the top of the garden here or using mail order and also at the many events we’ve been to this season!

In the Spring I attended 2 table sales-the first time we’ve been to one of these. Both were at Colehill Memorial Hall-the first was run by the Hardy Plant Society and the other Plant Heritage.Thankfully I had organised myself a helper as when the doors opened at the arranged time,a plant crazy crowd descended, circled the hall once and then queued to make their purchases! It made the adrenaline rush somewhat but was very enjoyable! I’d recommend those sales and will be going back for more next year.

Another big success was winning Best in Show from all the outside show gardens at Dorset County Show! We created a 1m show garden- ours was in the theme of a wildlife garden with a log pile, pond complete with lily and frog, insect friendly flowers and lots of butterflies and ladybirds. On the Sunday 2 real Small Tortoiseshell butterflies stayed with us all day enjoying the lovely Buddleja Buzz which was in full flower! Here’s what our entry looked like….Check out the robin!!

Bee friendly to wildlife!

Bee friendly to wildlife!

While the nursery is shut we have lots to do-getting plants ready for next season, catching up with the housework/decorating and enjoying a holiday in China to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary  🙂

Please note that visitors are still welcome- just phone to arrange a time to visit. Mail order is also still available-please email with enquiries,


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Next events Canford Heath 19th Sept & Mapperton House 20th Sept *Busy busy*

We’re fast approaching the end of the plant season and this next weekend sees us driving 5 minutes down the road on Sat. 19th Sept to Haymoor Junior School playing field where they are celebrating Canford Heath’s 50th birthday.The event runs from 11am-4pm.

CH Bday bash

On Sunday 20th we are further afield, attending a charity plant fair at Mapperton House….

Mapperton’s Autumn Charity Garden Fair will be held on Sunday 20 September from 10am to 4pm and the selected charity is Yeovil Hospital (Scanner Appeal).

This is a particularly good cause and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to support the Fair.

Admission: £3 Adults (normally £6), Children under 16 free. This includes entry to the Garden Fair and Mapperton Gardens and a donation to Yeovil Hospital (Scanner Appeal).

There will be over 25 stalls of specialist nurseries, and garden and other gifts suitable for Christmas presents from the South and West of England.

Always a very popular plant fair, the gardens are well worth a visit too, plus good refreshments in the tearooms!!

Lovely Mapperton House Gardens.

Lovely Mapperton House Gardens.

Come and say Hello!!   😀

Best in Show at DCC!

We had a lovely weekend at the Dorset County Show last weekend. The weather stayed dry all weekend, although I have to say it was cold overnight in the caravan-woke up Sunday morning and we could see our breath!!

For the first time,the Hort. section ran a mini show garden competition for the outside stall holders and our 1m2 wildlife garden won. In fact we went on to win Best in Show from all the outside show gardens. To say I was thrilled is an understatement  🙂

I tried to promote Dorset Wildlife Trust through the mini garden and gave away wildlife gardening leaflets.The Trust is dear to my heart as I volunteer for them one day a week on the lovely Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, helping visitors in the nature reserve. We also ran a little competition for the children which was counting the ladybirds in the garden and giving a sweetie prize if they had a go! On Sunday 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were flying around the garden all day, which was nice for everyone to see.

P1070657 Here are Bob and myself on our stall before judging and a closeup of the garden after we won.


Beautiful Small Tortoiseshell butterfly

Beautiful Small Tortoiseshell butterfly

Our next time out selling will be at the 50th Birthday Celebration on Canford Heath, Poole on the 19th Sept. Details below.

Happy Gardening!

CH Bday bash