With the onset of autumn the nursery is a hive of activity! We are frantically potting up our new season perennials, grasses & ferns and our stock levels are bursting at the seams again!
With the increased demand from garden designers and landscapers, we are also pleased to announce we are also now able to offer a very wide range of material. We now hold on site a full range of Taxus, Buxus and Bay in a variety of topiary shapes and hedging. We have a selection of top quality shrubs as samples and can now source some wonderful British grown specimens.
With extensive research the past 12 months, we now have some great contacts around Europe and can source just about anything plant related you need – give us a ring for a quote!
Lot’s of exciting news to follow in the coming weeks, including us growing for no less than three Chelsea gardens!! We’ll keep you posted!
Very busy month ahead!
It’s difficult to believe it’s September already and the onset of Autumn is well under way! After a very dry year here in the south east, we’ve already experienced one of the wettest Augusts on record! Always a silver lining here at How Green, we have welcomed the rain, as Autumn signifies one of the best times for planting!
With this in mind, we have a lot going on this month. Firstly, we have a trade open day Friday 4th September. Strictly garden centres and garden designers/landscapers are warmly welcome to check out our new stock for the Autumn and into 2016. Special 10% off rate for orders taken on the day and network with tea & cake in our summer house!
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th we open our doors to the public for our third and final weekend of the year. Take this opportunity to visit a trade nursery, with thousands of perennials, grasses, alpines, topiary and (NEW!!) a selection of shrubs! Great prices and knowledgable staff on hand to help with plant questions and advice. Take in tea & home-made cake in our summer house.
Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th we head out on the road and are attending two events. Come and see us at the Penshurst Craft Fair, held in the grounds of Penshurst Place. We have a plant stand & show garden with a selection of late season interest alongside our friends Chilstone of Langton Green. The same weekend we also find ourselves exhibiting at Hever Castle and their newly launched Handmade and Homegrown Festival. A selection of local crafts, food and quilting, all held in the magnificent grounds of Hever Castle.
What a season!
We’ve been very quiet on these pages recently – we haven’t had time to update and fill you in with nursery news as we’ve been sooo busy! The weather has certainly helped, with a dry Spring after a relatively wet Winter helping the nations gardeners start in earnest.
An upturn in fortune with the economy means our designer/landscaper customers have been flat out on projects, creating some wonderful gardens locally.
As we enter August, our stock levels have taken a real battering the last few months. You’ll be pleased to hear, we have been busily beavering away sowing seeds, taking cuttings and potting up plugs. We now found ourselves with an enormous amount of potting up!
Our potting machine is in full swing and soon our nursery will be at capacity again for Autumn sales and into Spring – the whole cycle starts again!! Come check us out for our trade open day in September, where we will be show-casing our range of new stock.
How Green grow plants for medal winning gardens again!
Another year, another grey hair! After growing for ‘A Potters Garden’ at Chelsea last, we thought we’d take on the stress and sleepless nights yet again! For us as humble growers, there is a lot of pressure to grow the plants and get them looking spot on for judging day!
This time, the ever so lovely Jo Thompson approached us for growing for the M&G sponsored ‘The Retreat’ garden. She chose us along with other friend and local grower Roger Platts. We were given the task of growing the hardy annuals for her traditional British planted garden.
Seeds were sown back in the Autumn of 2014 to give the plants the best possible start. We did a back up sowing soon after in case we suffered any losses along the way. We carefully nurtured the seedlings and gradually potted them into bigger pots as they became bigger.
Given light and heat, they soon raced away! In April they were moved into a well ventilated tunnel and remained there until two weeks before the big day! We (and Jo!) were very pleased with our efforts, as we had not grown many of the plants before! Plants included Ridolfia segetum, Daucus carota Dara, Gypsophila Covent Garden and Emilia javanica (this plant actually found it’s way onto Prince Harry’s garden Sentebale!).
The garden looked fabulous and Jo won a well deserved Silver-Gilt medal, although many believed it should have won gold! We also supplied a few plants for a gold medal winning artisan garden called a Trug makers Garden.
Our First Trade Open Days of the Season
My how time flies! It only seems like five minutes ago we were heading into the depths of winter with all our plants snuggled up ready to go into hibernation! Christmas came and went and here we are, it’s the start of March and Spring is well and truly in the air!
We have seen very buoyant early season sales, both with garden centre sales and landscaper orders which is fantastic! To bolster the early enthusiasm we bring to you the first of our special ‘Trade Days’. We invite existing trade customers and give new faces a warm welcome this coming Friday 13th & Saturday 14th March. Doors open at 9am until 5pm on both days. Take this opportunity to check out what we are growing for 2015. We have over 3000 different plants, including many brand new varieties.
We will be providing home-made tea & cake in our summer house with the chance to network with other green-fingered nuts! To top it all, we will be offering a 10% discount on all orders taken on the day!
Our 2015 trade catalogue is now ready and available to pick up on these days. If you cannot make our trade days and would still like a catalogue, then contact us and we’ll pop one in the post for you.