The Nursery is probably the first thing you will see when you enter the car park!
The Glasshouse is a very tall building bursting with light and colour from the plants so visible through the windows.The state of the art glasshouse is filled with stunning displays of houseplants along with a large selection of seasonal bedding plants, shrubs, conifers and trees in our outdoor sales area.
The Nursery is the newest of the social enterprises at Caring For Life. As with each business one of the main aims to be able offer those we care for real work experience but in a safe and loving environment.
John the manager, who is RHS qualified, has a wealth of gardening experience and will be available to give you good advice on caring for your products along with general gardening tips!
Seasonal PLANT offerings
- Lots of Perennials and Shrubs at least 40% off
- Glasshouse grown Autumn Winter Bedding out. 3 packs for £8
- Lovely selection of seasonal flowering plants inc. Cyclamen and Helleborus
- Lots of shrubs and bushes showing amazing Autumn colour
So much has happened in the last month or so with Autumn really kicking in now and the beautiful golden colour beginning to shout out. I love this time of year when the sun shines and the air is fresh. Here in the glasshouse the temperature still gets nice and high when the sun shines so feel free to pop in, say hello and enjoy the warmth and all the sights and smell that the glasshouse provides. We have our Christmas decorations out on display which look spectacular. The seasonal plants like cyclamen, Christmas cactus and amaryllis are coming in so be sure to pick yours up before they go. I always find that they sell fast but I will make sure we have plenty coming in to ensure everyone gets to enjoy these wonderful plants.
We have some lovely gift items from plants with housepots to decorations which will brighten up any home. The outdoor pot range we have is always popular for gifts, so be sure to check these out too.
Me and the team are always happy to answer all your questions regarding the range, how to look after plants and if you’d like something making up, just ask and we would be more than happy to make up a display for you or your friends to enjoy.
for your garden
Here are a few jobs to help you keep on top of your plants and gardens this season:
You can swap your summer bedding now with Violas, Pansies, Bellis and other Winter bedding which will last through the colder months.
Reduce watering and feeding of your houseplants as they slow their growing during Winter.
Remember to feed the birds in your garden this Winter. A varied mix of seeds, fat balls etc will help the variety of birds that come in each day.
Lots of your perennial plants will be dying back now. Cut back the plants that don’t look great in Winter but leave the ones that have colourful stems or provide Winter structure.
You can collect the leaves that fall in your garden and put them in a pile to rot down. Then you can use them next year, or wait until the following year, when they will be even better to spread on your beds or mix into a compost mix, to add your pots and baskets.
You can leave your roses and hydrangeas pruning ‘til later in the Winter, so that the outer stems can take the worst of the cold and the new buds and shoots are protected.
Trowels & Tribulations
This is the time of year for changes. We change our outside bedding for plants that can survive the Winter, we brighten up our homes with plants of colour because we won’t be in our gardens as much during the Winter months. My focus is on growing and selling these plants but I’m already on with what next year might bring.
I have put in orders for the bedding range that will be grown here next year in our glasshouse. We want to improve year on year with a better range, better quality and this year is no different. There are always things we can do better and this year I am looking at ways to help the environment more than what we have done previously.
We are here as a glasshouse to help and support the vulnerable adults in our care, and to make money to support them. But we are also here to help the planet for the next generation to enjoy it, as we have been able to. We have such a beautiful world and we want to steward and value it as it’s such a precious resource.
With this in mind, I am planning on changing the plastic pots we use to grow the bedding in so that they are made of recycled plastic, as before, but they will also be recylable which means the plastic can be made into something else again instead of having to go into landfill.
The other main change is for us to start growing our bedding using peat free compost. It is a lot easier said than done because the use of peat in growing media has been such a big part of the horticulture industry for over 60 years and to change to something else takes a lot of research, trials and development, which has to be done by the whole industry. There isn’t a great amount of options out there to take the place of peat as a product, but I think there are a few options which other nurseries are growing with, which I am happy to try with our growing.
I am excited for how this project will go and I hope that you will enjoy how the plants look and grow over the coming months.
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See you soon,
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