BANK HOLIDAY/SUFFOLK SHOW OPENING HOURS

By Jill | May 26th, 2011

The Nursery Opening Hours over the forthcoming Bank Holiday Weekend are –

SATURDAY MAY 28TH – MONDAY 30TH MAY – CLOSED

Next week the Suffolk Show is on at the Trinity Park Showground, Ipswich – and we have a huge stand up there – so the nursery opening hours over the Show Days are –

TUESDAY MAY 31ST  – 9am – 4pm

WEDNESDAY JUNE 1ST – CLOSED

THURSDAY JUNE 2ND – 9AM – 4PM

FRIDAY JUNE 3RD – 9AM – 5PM

SATURDAY JUNE 4TH – 9AM – 5PM

IT’S SHOWTIME!!

By Jill | May 26th, 2011

We are almost there!!    We have started today to construct our Suffolk Show stand up at the Trinity Park Showground.  

The large trees have gone up in several batches – it is a real task to get everything up there and in situ before the Flower Show Marquee gets too crowded.  Back at the nursery, much work is going on smartening up the smaller plants – the perennials and the shrubs – there are about 500 of those to go up – they will go in batches over the weekend. 

I am not going to reveal much about the stand this year – but it has our usual twist to try and do something a little different!!  You will have to come to the Show and see for yourself – if you really cannot make it – photos will appear on here in due course.

We are situated at the catering end of the Flower Show Marquee – and the Show is on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd June at the Trinity Park Showground on the outskirts of Ipswich.

See you there!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

COUNTDOWN TO SHOWTIME!!

By Jill | May 20th, 2011

It’s that time of year again – next week is the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show – and we are very proud to have supplied fruit trees for the National Trust stand this year.  Many of the exhibitors have had a nightmare spring – finding that plants have flowered a good month ahead of their expected time – this means that many best-laid plans have had to be redrawn countless times.

Our own version of Chelsea – the Suffolk Show is taking up all our time at the moment – so we are also finding that we are having to replan and change our plants.  We are very fortunate that we have a large stock of plants – that we can use – but it certainly has been a very trying spring!!

The Suffolk Show is on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd June at the Trinity Park Showground – just outside Ipswich – do come and see us in the Flower Show Marquee.

It is still incredibly dry – and we are finding that newly-planted items are failing if not watered sufficiently – it does look as though we are in for a long dry spell – so we all need to keep our plants happy with a good soak – you never know it may rain again one day!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

 

PRAYING FOR RAIN!!

By Jill | May 7th, 2011

We are never satisfied!  – now the Bank Holiday weekends are over – we really are in need of a good rain!! 

It feels more like late July on the nursery at the moment – the grass is going brown – and plants are coming into flower and going over very quickly.   If you think that is bad – spare a thought for those nurseries who are exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show in a few weeks time – their plants will be too far forward – and they will have had many sleepless nights trying to work out what will be looking good in a few weeks time.   Our own version of Chelsea – the Suffolk Show is also causing us some deep thoughts – we also are having to rewrite all our plans since the plant types that were used on last year’s stand are in flower now – and the Show is still three weeks away!  We always have a contingency plan of course, (!!!) but it is proving interesting trying to predict what will be in flower in three weeks time this spring.

Back to the main issue though – and that is lack of rainfall.  The last decent rain here at the nursery was on February 27th – and that is a long time ago.  Although 85% of the nursery is irrigated on an automatic system – there is a lot of hand-watering on the sales areas – and we are currently running the same programme as we did last August!!

If you have planted anything this side of Christmas – then make sure you keep it well-watered – don’t wait for the rains – there may not be any!!

Still – I’m off to Scotland on holiday for a week now – so I will try and bring some of that rainfall back with me!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

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