SUFFOLK SHOW COUNTDOWN BEGINS!

By Jill | May 18th, 2012

This week will see frantic last-minute preparations and setting-up for one of the biggest events of the gardening year – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

We do not exhibit at Chelsea – but our own version of it is the Suffolk Show – this is the premier event for us.  The Flower Show has grown into a mini-version of Chelsea over the years – and competition is just as fierce!

The Suffolk Show is on Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th June at the Trinity Park Showground, Ipswich.

Plans for the stand have been ongoing since December – but it is only in the last few weeks that it has all started to come together.  The bizarre weather has not helped our plans – the very warm March pushed plants on – and the cold April held things back!!  Heavy rainfall tends to stain petals – so it has been a lot of moving plants in and out of the tunnels as they need it –  what fun!

We are not going to reveal all of our plans here – but it is a fairly formal design – totally different from last year – and will have a royal connection – nothing more to be said!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

LIFE IN A DROUGHT!!

By Jill | May 4th, 2012

What an incredible week!   We have had over 2 inches of rain at the nursery – the place is sodden – parts of it look like the Battle of the Somme!!

I suppose it was obvious that the moment the hosepipe ban was brought in – it would start raining – but this is excessive!   The nursery is also on a considerable slope – and the water runs downhill like a torrent!!

Still – we have not had to do any irrigation – and at least the soil is now well and truly moist!   There is now water in ditches and ponds that have been dry for eighteen months – but we do still need water to top up the aquifers – and that will take up to six months to seap through – so I doubt that the hosepipe ban will be lifted anytime soon.

Once this weather passes – and it will – it should be a decent growing season – we were worried in March that plants would be very short of water – but at the moment there is a good reservoir of moisture available.

This weather has allowed us to push on with potting of trees, cuttings and seed-sowing and also lots of potting on – so all is not lost – there is always something that can be done – no matter what the weather!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

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