Bring me Sunshine!

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What the heck is happening to our weather at the moment!! This mini Beast of the East is a rotter! We were just getting used to Spring warmth & sunshine and now this again!!  Remember Easter is looming, so get your orders in – plenty looking good despite the weather!

Please could you bear with us the next couple of weeks – we are expecting our first child, so it could all be a bit topsy turvy for us!! We have two new members of staff on hand to help the process and hopefully everything should run smoothly!

Mumma Cas

We say farewell this week to the lovely Cas, who isn’t leaving – oh no!  She is just taking a break to prepare for the imminent arrival of baby Sutcliffe.  We send her our best wishes, hugs, love and a HUGE supply of chocolate.  We will miss her so much.

However, we are celebrating the arrival of a new member of staff – Warren Young.  Warren joined us Monday 12th in the role of Deputy Nursery Manager – Welcome and Good Luck!

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The Snow Must Go On!

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With the snow around our feet we are finding it hard to imagine that somewhere out there our landscape designer clients are working hard to make gardens look spring ready!  We have plenty of Hellebores, Tulips, Snowdrops, Hyacinth, Daffodils and other gorgeous spring plants ready and waiting to go once the snow has thawed.  In the meantime though, the icicles do look fantastic and the Snowdrops are really enjoying the arctic chill!

Stay warm everyone x

 

Merry Christmas!

It’s hard to believe another year has whistled by!

What a fantastic year 2017 has proved to be! We started early, back in February, with our garden design customers involved in some big projects which got the ball rolling. The garden centres then picked up as the weather improved in the spring.

Before we knew it, Chelsea Flower Show was upon us and we grew the plants for our good pals Chilstone and their beautiful trade stand. They were awarded the tremendous 5 star award! The same accolade was given to our customer Nic Howard and his fabulous garden, designed for the top sculptor David Harbor!

A warm (sometimes hot!) summer continued to see sales buoyant. This year we were involved with growing for a show garden at RHS Tatton Park for the first time. ‘Slow the Flow’ designed by John Everiss achieved a gold medal & Best in Show!

Our spring, summer & autumn Public Open Weekends were also amazingly supported (thank you!), with many new faces as well as our loyal bunch of followers! Many plants found new homes & a mountain of tea and homemade cake were consumed!

Autumn through to Christmas has been busier than ever for us! We now offer a plant sourcing service, offering trees, shrubs and hedging for our customers – we’ve found that the world is a small place! Hedging over 3 metres high, multistem & pleached trees being a firm favourite at the moment. We may be a specialist perennial grower, but we can now offer just about anything and provide our customers with the ‘one-stop shop’!!!

We have some sad news – Ted the nursery dog sadly passed away in November at the spritely age of 14. He will be sorely missed & now we’ll have to invest in a cake crumb hoover for our open weekends!

On a positive note, we have some lovely news to bring you! All being well, we’ll have a new addition to the How Green empire.  Baby Sutcliffe is due in late March! Yippee!

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Get Planting Now!

This year is flying by at a tremendous rate of knots! It’s the end of November & Christmas is only a whisker away! Whilst gardeners are putting their gardens to bed for the Winter, designers & landscapers go up a gear.

Autumn/early Winter is the best time to plant trees, hedging and shrubs, especially bare root & rootball material. The ground is still warm, encouraging root growth and there’s moisture in the soil. Come Spring, the plants will be established and be ready to flourish for the coming year!

We’ve been busy supplying our customers with some lovely hedging, trees (including pleached & espalier) and big shrubs. As well as our own stock we have a wide network of suppliers meaning we can offer the ‘one stop’.

Why not try us for a quote!

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Pleach hedging