Ready for Autumn?...

Well the summer’s almost over folks and we’re preparing to dig those sweatshirts and fleeces out of the draw once more, as autumn and then winter (eek!) loom ever closer. We’ve all been thrown a lifeline in our gardens this summer, as some of that hot stuff they call sun made its presence known for a couple of months!

Our hydrangeas looked stunning during August, as did so many blooming perennials which have been providing colour throughout the summer season! We’ve seen a sunny start to September, and there’s certainly lots of jobs to be getting on with this month (see our top tips). There's also plenty to keep you coming back to visit during the remainder of 2013 so we hope to see soon! :-)

Monthly Update...

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1.  From perennial central to spring bulbs and winter bedding, the season change brings with it new focus in the garden – we’re supporting the Plan it, Plant it this Autumn campaign again this year (see further down for more info. and to find out how you can help and get involved!)

2.  We're going to be putting down a new floor in the gift side of the shop this autumn (fingers crossed!) We aim to cause as little disruption as possible to you and your shopping experience, but we still like to keep you informed!

3.  Need a new hedge? Our hedge for autumn is Olearia virgata Laxifolia. Its rate of growth in comparison with our other hedging varieties is just phenomenal! If you're after a larger screen, you won't believe the speed with which this hedge can shoot up - and we have proof in our overflow car park! Click here to view.

4.  Our KitchenAid Mixers are generating lots of interest at the moment - perhaps there's lots of 'Great British Bake Off' fans out there?! ;-) The Artisan mixer is being used by the bakers this series, and we must say, they look very smart in action! Available in a wide range of colours, and with a payment by instalments option, why don't you have closer look next time you're in?!...

Teapot - Garden Kitchen Cafe Café Latest

The updated café menu has gone down well, with the new additions proving very popular. Derek and his team have enjoyed a far busier summer this year than last, and have welcomed lots of new visitors to the Garden Kitchen.

The Recipes of the Month this time take advantage of the wonderful bumper harvest of apples we’re lucky to have at the moment; (and there isn't an apple pie or crumble in sight, as delicious as they are!) Wondering what to do with yours? Read the recipe here!

Any café enquiries? Or external catering requirements? - Call Derek in the café on 01736 763880, or email – he’s always be happy to help.

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Cooler, shorter days signal a seasonal change from a colourful summer to a colourful autumn! There is a lot to be getting on with in the garden this month, as we prepare for the winter ahead, and also for next spring, as far off as it may seem. It's time to sow green manure on your veg patch to ensure great quality soil come next spring; you can get spring flowering bulbs in the ground this month, and it’s also time to harvest, harvest, harvest! All your hard work on the fruit and veg patch in months past should now be rewarded with decent yields (we hope!)
For more of our gardening tips please click here.

Send us your own tips on Twitter or Facebook!

Our plant of the month for September is the Anemone. 
These herbaceous perennials with rhizomatous rootstocks are particularly precious due to their suitability to dry, shady areas of the garden – often problem spots that are hard to fill or brighten. Their beautiful saucer shape blooms start appearing from now onwards (we have lots in bud ready to bloom into life!) and provide much needed colour as earlier summer perennials lose their magic.
Read more on our plant of the month here.

Last month Sue Squibb let us know that her plant of the month was her red, large leaved begonias which she bought from us in early summer, and which have been brightening up a difficult area of her garden! Pleased to hear it Sue, and thanks for letting us know! 

Have you got a star of your garden this month? Please share, we love to hear your garden triumphs! Email us... or share on Facebook!

Our latest news, views and interesting stuff is posted on our blog! - Check it out here!

Special Offers

Some fabulous varieties of Hydrangea have been, and continue to be on offer at the moment… alongside other shrubs and perennials – with offers such as ‘two lavenders for £10.00’ and ‘three heucheras for £12.00’.

Our changing £2.00 perennial offers are also still running, and we always have offers running in the shop, whether on fertilisers, gloves or bulbs! Click here for all the latest!
Plan it, Plant it this Autumn

Last year we supported the Horticultural Trades Association's (HTA) first 'Plan it, Plant it this Autumn' campaign. This year we're supporting it again - encouraging gardeners to continue gardening through the autumn months, and tapping into the younger gardener's motivation to enjoy their favourite pastime. 

You can help us! 

Send us your autumn activity pics! We want to see what you get up to in your garden this autumn, whether its planting, fixing, cleaning, bird feeding... we want to share your gardening efforts and support the campaign; encouraging others to stay active in the garden during this colourful season too! The best pic will win a £10 Trevena Cross voucher!
Email us or send us your pics via Twitter or Facebook! Deadline to be confirmed soon so get sending now!.. It is September!

Bank holiday blues for bulb suppliers!

For the first time in 20 years our bulb grower was unable to get his spring flowering bulbs to Cornwall in time for the August bank holiday weekend! - But with very good reason -  there was very cold weather from February until June in Holland where the bulbs are grown, and as such, the soil temperatures were very cold and the harvest had to be made later than usual. The power of nature cannot be controlled! We're pleased to have our full range of bulbs out on the shelves now though, including popular daffodil, tulip, crocus, hyacinth, allium and iris bulbs, among many others. Cornish daffodil bulbs will also be in shortly - look out for their arrival on Twitter and Facebook!
Keep in touch!
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