How on earth did it get to be June already, it seems only five minutes since Christmas! I hope that all your hard work over the past few weeks is now beginning to pay off as our gardens start to look at their best. There is always room, though, for that one special plant, and we have some beauties in at the moment.

You might like to know that 90% of our plants are grown within 20 miles of the Shop, so from an eco-friendly point of view we are actively trying to improve our environmental footprint. Recycling, particularly of plastic, is an issue high on most people’s agenda at the moment, and we are continually looking for ways to improve our carbon footprint. As members of the Horticultural Traders Association we take advantage of keeping up to date with sustainability matters, including one close to my heart, that of our current inability to recycle black plant pots. There is much research ongoing into replacing these pots, and also moves to reduce the amount of peat used in planting media. We have already taken some steps along this route, with many of our suppliers using peat free media, our compost is now packed in 100% recyclable bags together with our commitment to use local nurseries for our plants. We also return as many trays and pots as we can for re-use.

Our Café is now open again, seven days a week. We have added some new things to our menu including a special every day, quiche and salad, and our Sunday roasts every week. Come and see us for a warm welcome and great coffee!

Now that we are having some better weather, things will growing really fast in the garden so here are a few things to be getting on with.


  • Weed and deadhead to maintain beds, borders and container displays.
  • Introduce new fish into the pond (always float the bag in the water first so that the temperature of the water in the bag is the same as your pond before releasing the fish).
  • Remove blanket weed and duckweed to prevent them clogging up water features. Floating a net of barley straw just beneath the surface of your pond will help it stay clear of algae.
  • Mow the lawn and trim edges regularly. Use grass cuttings (not recently treated with weed- or moss-killer) to mulch around runner beans and sweet peas. Remember not to add grass cuttings to any collection facilities if they have been treated with weedkiller as this can get into the compost that is made from garden waste.
  • Energise tired lawns with a liquid feed.
  • Water new lawns made in the Spring.
  • Water and feed containers regularly as temperatures rise (we hope!)
  • Water and feed new and young plants as necessary.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs.
  • Watch for pests and suckers on roses. They will be prone to greenfly and blackspot, so apply a product such as Rose Clear Ultra® or for a non-toxic alternative we have a product called Ecofective Rose Defender (which also has the advantage of being made in the UK!).
  • Tidy and cut back spring-flowering perennials.
  • Take cuttings from pinks.
  • Sow seed of perennials.
  • Cut down the faded foliage of bulbs.
  • Lift and divide overgrown clumps of bulbs.
  • Plant out summer bedding in containers (hooray!)
  • Harvest vegetables as they mature.
  • Plant winter brassicas, and protect them from pests.
  • Water fruit and vegetables thoroughly during dry spells.


  • Plant new plants before the summer heats up.
  • Sow hardy annuals outside to flower this year.
  • Plant out tender vegetables such as tomatoes and runner beans to get good crops.


  • Peg down strawberry runners to make new plants.
  • Plant summer bedding now that the threat of frost has passed.
  • Inspect plants regularly for signs of pests and diseases, and nip potential problems in the bud!!


Opening hours:            Shop: 9.00-5.00pm Monday to Saturday, 10.00 -4.00pm Sunday

Café: 10.00-4.00pm Monday to Sunday

King Street, Colyton, Devon EX24 6PD                           Email:

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