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Lowdham Lane   Woodborough   Nottingham   NG14 6DN
Tel: 0115 9664033

Looking Forward to Spring

January is behind us and all around us are the first signs of spring. Every day it seems a little bit lighter at 5 o’clock! Don’t forget the birds during the cold weather; our extensive selection of wild bird feeds are great value, with special buys throughout the birdcare section.

Obviously it has been extremely quiet at the garden centre but we have new season stock arriving all the time and this is the time to plan your planting and sowing ahead of the spring. You can certainly start planning the veg garden! We have stocked Kings Seeds for several years now and they offer great quality at a low price. We also have a bespoke selection from Thompson & Morgan and Franchi Seeds of Italy if you are looking for different varieties plus Robinson’s exhibition seeds if you fancy trying your hand at growing mammoth onions and pumpkins or extra long carrots and parsnips! Seed potatoes are already a hot seller so don’t leave it too late to pick some up and we have a wide range of summer bulbs in stock too. Potted spring bulbs are good value and we have a lovely selection for instant spring interest.

We have 50% off a wide range of giftware and artificial flowers and artificial plants, plus a clearance section in the restaurant area with up to 75% off a wide range of goods. The restaurant will continue to offer takeaway under the current restrictions, ideal for a refreshment stop when on your winter walks or worth a trip down anyway for a yummy bit of cake and to say hello to the girls.

We look forward to serving you soon, keep smiling! Best wishes, Sophie, Greg & the Timmermans team.

Helleborus “Cinnamon Snow”

Helleborus “Painted Bunting”

Primroses

Your Garden in February

It’s been quite a start to 2021. Near flooding, freezing temperatures, a flurry or two of snow but the days are definitely getting longer and when the sun does shine it feels like its strength is returning. And the garden is beginning to wake up.

Herbaceous perennials: clear any dead leaves and debris from the crowns of herbaceous plants. If left alone they will trap water and that could increase the incidence of rotting.

Flower seeds: sweet peas can be sown into deep pots to encourage the long root systems to develop. Ammi, a lovely cut flower and superb filler plant in your borders, can be sown in trays in a greenhouse, and aquilegias sown now will soon be flowering.

Veg seeds: broad beans can go into pots now, as can peas and aubergines (these will need a heated propagator to get them up and running – but that is a great investment if you enjoy growing your own from seed) Towards the end of the month sow your tomato and chilli seeds – both enjoy long growing periods but both despise the cold, so keep them snug once growing.

Snowdrops: they seem to be slightly earlier than previous years (check them out on Lowdham Lane before the Epperstone by-pass junction) so early in the month make sure you enjoy the show, and then, and only with plants in your own garden and never in the wild, lift clumps that are getting congested and not flowering as well as usual. Lift them, tear apart smaller clumps or individual plants and replant elsewhere in suitable conditions. They will be rejuvenated and grow away strongly. And if you haven’t got any in your garden, we have them in stock to get your own collection up and running.

Ornamental grasses: evergreen grasses can be combed with a rake, or your hands, to remove any dead leaves. Deciduous grasses that die back in winter can be cut back to encourage new leaves to develop.

Frost: February can be proper topsy-turvy so keep some horticultural fleece handy to cover anything that you consider tender – even in the greenhouse. A few layers of newspaper, or old jumpers, placed on tender plants will keep a couple of degrees of frost off and could save your specimens.

Greenhouse: if you have any seedlings on the go move them away from the glass in your greenhouse in cold weather. It’s warmer nearer the centre of your greenhouse. Group together plants (even consolidate all your plants into one half of your greenhouse and partition this off with netting or plastic curtains) to make the most of any heating you have. And ensure your heaters are working well.

Dahlias: buy the tubers now for planting in a few weeks. The aim is to plant and time shoots to appear once the frost has finished. Of course, that is in May, but gardening is partly about planning and looking forward. And there’s so much to look forward to.

Have a great February in your garden.

Large choice of Irises