Time was, when I was a girl growing up in the middle of nowhere just the other side of Axminster, that you could see wild primroses growing everywhere in the banks and hedges. I remember picking (shock, horror!!) posies for the ladies to take home on Mothering Sunday from our Church. Thankfully, this tradition continues but with flowers from gardens not the wild. Mothering Sunday is always the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family. It was also the day to visit your ‘mother church’, being the one where you were baptised, and to honour your birth mother as well. It has always been one of my favourite festivals of the year, as, to me, it is a real herald of Spring and hope. This year Mothering Sunday falls on 11th March, so if you would like to pamper your Mama by bringing her to lunch that day we will be offering Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, and Apple Crumble or Fruit Salad for £10.95. Booking is essential by the previous Thursday. We will also have in stock the new season, award-winning, Streptocarpus from Dibley’s Nursery. Having seen the catalogue, there are several new varieties and colours this year, and they would make an ideal gift to surprise a loved one.

Our Roast in April will be on Sunday 1st which is also Easter Sunday so we will be traditional and have Roast Lamb followed by Golden Egg Chocolate Tart!

I am hoping that the weather is improving by the time you read this, so here are a few jobs that we can get on with in the garden this month … however, if your lawn is still squelchy, try not to walk on it to much as the ground will get compacted and the grass will struggle to grow.

And finally, a reminder that our knife sharpener will be in the shop on 7th March, and 4th April. Please leave your tools with us by the previous day.


  • Mulch bare soil in borders and beds using composted bark or your own from the compost heap. Or shred the trimmings from shrubs etc and use this.
  • Move evergreen shrubs if required. Try to take as big a root ball as possible, and ensure that it doesn’t dry out by wrapping in an old bag (the ones multipurpose compost comes in are perfect).
  • Reseed bare patches on the lawn. Placing sprigs of holly over the top will deter cats from doing what they do naturally!
  • Mow lawns regularly (only if the ground is not saturated!)
  • Retrieve pumps from store and put them in the pond.
  • Prune bush and shrub roses.
  • Prune shrubs with colourful winter stems. Shred and add to your compost heap.
  • Renovate climbers and plant new ones. Check that any wire and fixings are solid after the winter onslaught.
  • Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials. Use two forks back to back to separate. Add compost or a handful of horse manure when replanting to get them going well.
  • Split polyanthus after flowering.
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs. We have bulb fibre and some fabulous bulbs in stock now.
  • Sow hardy annuals where they are to flower. Mix fine seeds with a little sand to get an even sowing.
  • Sow sweet peas outdoors or plant out young plants.
  • Pinch out tips of young sweet peas to encourage sideshoots.
  • Water indoor plants regularly, now the weather is warmer. Start to feed, but gently at first.
  • Protect young, tender plants from slugs. We have a variety of methods available in the Shop, both organic and chemical.
  • Cut down old growth left over the winter.
  • Sow vegetables outside. Consider covering with fleece if very cold though.
  • Plant early potatoes.


  • Finish planting bare-root trees and shrubs, and new fruit trees and bushes.
  • Plant snowdrops and winter aconites. Please ensure these come from a reliable source and not the wild.


  • Put stakes and other plant supports in before the new growth really needs them.