I write this as I am enjoying some great august weather, the sun is shining and it’s a great chance to enjoy the garden. We’re gearing up for the autumn season, pansy, viola, cyclamen crops are in full swing and our Chrysanths won’t be long.

One crop we have been trying to perfect over the last 2-3 years is our lily crop, it’s looking excellent this year, we have found some great varieties both Asiatic types and Oriental. We grow several varieties of cut flower types as well that look stunning in September and October and add great interest to our market displays. Plant lilies in a protected place in the garden and the likelyhood is that they will flower next year as well. Remember to leave the foliage to die back naturally so the plant can get all the energy it needs back into the bulb for next year.

We had several days visiting plant trials this summer, planning ahead for next year. We visited Ball Colgrave and bumped into Joe Swift from BBC gardeners world filming a piece on contemporary bedding displays. It made us think how we can provide more inspiration to our customers at the nursery when they come to planning their garden – watch this space!

Make the most of your garden while you can!

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Rob looks after the trade sales, planning and finance of the business, ensuring it continues to improve and satisfy our many customers. Prior to joining the family business, Rob sourced plants and flowers for a major UK retailer, regularly travelling to over 20 countries throughout the world to find the best producers in a range of plant and flower species.

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