Autumn 2014

Our season just gets better!

Firstly, apologies to those who follow our hallowed pages – it’s been a while since we updated you with nursery news on this site! We have had a fantastic season here at How Green and we physically haven’t found five minutes to refresh these pages!

Coupled with the wedding of one of our staff, it has been rather manic here at the nursery! (check our Facebook site for details!)

We’re back and we have many exciting things happening over the Autumn period!

Come check us out at the Penshurst Craft Fair this coming weekend (Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th September). We have our usual plant stand crammed full of goodies and our little show garden. This year our show garden will feature something rather exciting! Without letting the cat out of the bag, you’ll just have to come along and see! Photos to follow next week.

If you can’t come and see us then, why not come along to the nursery for our last public open weekend of the year. A rare opportunity to have a look round a strictly trade only nursery and buy plants and sup tea with home made cakes! Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September.

We leave you with some pics of some of our new Heucheras we’ll be showcasing at Penshurst and our open weekends. Top left ‘Cezanne’, top right ‘Glitter’, bottom left ‘Zipper’, bottom right ‘Fire Frost’. With over 50 different varieties to choose from, we have one of the most comprehensive collections in the area!

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Autumnal Craft Fair!

Last weekend saw How Green make a rare public outing with our plants! We only attend three shows per year, two of them being at Penshurst Place for their Spring and then Autumn craft fairs.

We have a strong working relationship that goes back nearly thirty years with Penshurst Place, as we stock their plant stand on a weekly basis and hire our topiary for weddings in the great Barons Hall. Coupled with the venue only ten minutes from the nursery, it’s natural for us to make the annual pilgrimage!

We arrived on Thursday in blistering heat, exceeding 30oC, to build a mini show garden in conjunction with Chilstone from Fordcombe. To celebrate Chilstone’s 60th anniversary, we created a diamond shaped garden around one of their fantastic fountains that acted as the centrepiece. A local copper artist also showcased his art with a wonderful contemporary garden chair and…………..a bath! We here at How Green have never been asked to base a show garden around a bath, but there’s a first time for everything!

The planting plan used a variety of grasses and late flowering perennials to create a naturalistic, prairie style of planting. We used plenty of Echinaceas, Agastaches, Salvias and Nepeta. Within minutes of setting up the garden, it was awash with bees, hoverflies and butterflies – a truly magnificent sight! We also attended with our own plant stand, with lots of our new plants for 2014 on sale. Our display looked wonderful with our Heucheras, displaying no less than 46 different varieties!

The old saying ‘ how different one day from the next can be’ couldn’t be more apt at the show! Suffering from sunburn and dehydration from setting up the garden,  Friday slapped us in the face with……Autumn! Rain, wind and only 16oC! thankfully the weather improved on Saturday and sales were great. Sunday was again changeable, but it was great to see so many enthusiastic gardeners out there, eager to get their gardens into shape for Autumn!

This week sees a busy time at the nursery with a trade open day on Friday 13th (hope it’s not a bad omen! – see side bar) and then our last public open weekend of the year. We open our gates on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th and a warm welcome to all to browse our strictly wholesale only nursery. Our nursery is at capacity and full to bursting with plants for the 2014 season. Many new additions on offer. If plant shopping gets all to much for you, relax in our Summer house with an array of tasty home made cakes and teas!

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Heavenly Heucheras!

As Autumn approaches and many plants start to fade, give some time and space for a Heuchera or two! Being evergreen, they are a perfect perennial to plant now to give some colour through the gloomiest of months!

We here at How Green have a thing for a Heuchera and their versatility is second to none. They work very well in pots and containers, either alone or used in a combination with other plants. They are equally at home in the border and are a great contrast with different coloured Heucheras or again with other plants.

As a general rule, they are a shade loving plant, which can be handy for those difficult spots in the garden that need livening up. There are however many varieties that are equally at home in full sun. The main draw is for the plants foliage, which not only come in many different colours, but also different shapes and textures. There are giant, miniature, scalloped as well as serrated edged leaves to give a depth of variety available.

The flowers should never be over-looked. In Spring and early Summer, a mass of foam-like flowers emerge above the foliage again in a range of colours. Most are white, but some have a tinge of pink whilst others are bright red.

This Autumn we are offering 46 different varieties, including some brand spanking new additions, as well as the trusted old favourites. To check out our extensive collection, come visit us at the Penshurst Craft Fair this coming weekend, (Friday 6th, Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September) held in the grounds of Penshurst Place. We have a plant stand and show garden in conjunction with Chilstone of Fordcombe.

If you can’t make this weekend, why not pay the nursery a visit the following weekend for our last public open weekend of the 2013. We’re open Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September and our entire stock can be viewed and purchased! Nearly 4000 different plants to choose from and delicious home made tea & cake will be served in our wonderful Summer house!

Top left Heuchera ‘Penelope’, top right ‘Renoir’, bottom left Paprika & bottom right ‘Galaxy’.penelopeRenoirpaprikagalaxy

Wondrous Agastache!

Here at How Green we’ve gone all Bee friendly and given our buzzing friends twelve different varieties to feed on!!

As we enter late Summer, the nursery is awash with colour and plenty of brand new plants to boot! Amongst our dozens of new introductions is a series of very colourful, free-flowering and above all very attractive to insects and Bees - Agastache.

We have grown Agastache in it’s many guises for years, but it’s not until recently where plant breeding has developed many more cultivars. We have now sourced some wonderful new additions with good heat/drought tolerence, highly floriferous for months bringing colour well into Autumn. There are also some fantastic colour breaks, from apricot, orange’s to dark blue and vivid pinks!

Sensitivity regarding the demise of the Bee means that you as gardeners and us as a grower need to help our ailing friends! Our Agastache have just started to flower this week and already are covered in Bumble Bees (many different species), Honey Bees, Hoverflies, Butterflies to name a few.

For more information on the probelms facing our Bee populations and how we can help as gardeners, check out these websites. Bumblebee conservation and Friends of the bees.

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‘Fall’ in Canada and America

Amazing Autumn colour!

It’s been a little quiet on these pages for a few weeks, as we’ve been off on our holidays! With a passion for horticulture running through our veins, the lure of the Autumn spectacular abroad was too much!

Two weeks in September/October were spent ‘leaf peeping’ in New England in America and the Quebec and Ontario regions in Canada. In an amazing stroke of luck, the colour was seen at it’s peak and in certain parts of Canada, it was the best seen in nearly thirty years!

The Maple colours were truly spectacular, with oranges, reds, yellows, pinks and peach.

2500 miles were covered in two weeks, but the scenery was amazing and will live long in the memory for years to come. A trip for North America’s ‘fall’ is whole-heartedly recommended!