Rain, Rain Go Away!!

Please don’t come back another day!!!

What a terrible Winter the whole of the country has suffered! It all started back in October with the St Jude’s Day storm, which battered the UK with high winds and rain. Since then, it’s been a relentless chain of low pressure fronts, again leashing a series of storms with gusts up to 100mph and rain in biblical proportions!

Thankfully the nursery has come through all this  (so far!) relatively unscathed! All but for a few broken pains of glass and some power-cuts we’ve been very lucky.

The volume of rain has proved problematic for the horticultural trade. With the ground saturated, landscapers and designers can’t build new gardens and the nations gardeners are restricted to container gardening.

The last week or so has seen some relatively settled weather, with warm temperatures and some lovely sunny days! Our stock has reacted to this improving pattern and our Spring flowering plants are starting to bloom. One of the first plants to wake up are our Primulas. We grow over 25 different Primulas with some rare and unusual varieties amongst them.

Camera in hand, we got out amongst our plants yesterday and snapped away at our Primulas. Spring has finally sprung!!!

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Springtime photo opportunity

Warm weather brings out the best in our Spring plants.

We thought with last weeks drought restrictions we’d break the shackles of doom and simply cheer you up with some plant piccies. So armed with a camera and a nursery full of wonderful stock, we got trigger happy (hover curser over each photo to bring up plant name). And, with this barmy weather set to last for a further three weeks, there will be lots more exciting photos coming soon. Get gardening!

Hellebores bring cheer to the new year

January is now upon us and even with all this inclement weather around, another season has begun at How Green. It’s not just our potted bulbs that are ready, there are plenty of other reminders that Spring is round the corner. Primulas in full flower, Erysimum in bud and our Hellebores are coming out of hibernation.

Having said all this, we have now put a curse on the weather and we’ll get an arctic blast like last year. Our rain dances at the nursery have certainly helped and with a wet start to the year, we can hopefully fend off any thoughts of a hosepipe ban.

Our availability lists, photos of plants and nursery news will continue to be updated on a weekly basis – so keep tuned in. The catalogue is nearly finished and our weekly delivery service is underway. Let the 2012 season begin – we have lift-off.