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A great end to the show season
We were awarded a Gold medal at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, our final show for this year.  We were extremely pleased with this award as it was a difficult display to stage after all the heavy rains and wind that we had been having.  Many of the remaining herbaceous perennials that were in flower were damaged by the heavy rains.  The leaves on the Acers were either falling because they already think the season is well into autumn or they were blown off by the wind.  Just trying to keep plants upright in the nursery recently has been almost a losing battle.

On the odd fine day we are trying to get on top of the weeding and tidying up some plants ready for the winter.  The wet weather is encouraging lots of slugs to bury into the top of the compost to lay their eggs or to be hiding underneath the pots.  As we do not use slug pellets this is a never ending battle.

The Schizostylis or Hesperantha as they have now been renamed are just starting to come into flower.  Usually they are in full flower for Harrogate Autumn show, but not this year.  Also the Rudbeckia's are still looking extremely colourful especially on those dull, rainy days when the sky is permanently grey.  They contrast beautifully with the blue flowers of the Caryopteris.  All these plants are displayed in the bed just inside the nursery gates and are an extremely cheering sight when we arrive in the mornings.

We are still sending out parcels to those customers further afield and also took some orders to be collected from Harrogate Show.  We have bulbs available for planting now to produce lots of colour in your pots and borders throughout spring.  I'm always amazed at all the wonderful spring colour bulbs can provide in our gardens for quite a small amount of effort.  Bulbs can be planted over the next couple of months but after the last two hard winters the earlier they are planted the more likely they are to produce the best flowers. 
Posted: 22/09/2011 04:03:35 by Catherine Sanderson