JULY 2020 NEWSLETTER
And we're back! After a 3 month break, due to Covid-19, we're back with our July newsletter.... although it's only the collation of the newsletter that was on a break. On the nursery we've been non-stop!
WHAT HAPPENED DURING LOCK DOWN
When lock down was announced, it was a little unclear as to whether we could continue to operate as a site or as a delivery service, so we closed for one week. As soon as the Horticultural Trade Association had received confirmation that garden centres and nurseries could remain open to offer a home delivery service, we re-opened our doors (not literally). The response to our home delivery service was overwhelming, so much so, that we had to temporarily close (twice) to new orders so that we could catch up with the backlog!
We re-opened to visitors from 23rd May, after the Government had announced that garden centres and nurseries could officially re-open as long as they were 'Covid-secure'. With some one way systems in place, plenty of signage and a new queuing and payment procedure, we have been successfully operating in line with social distancing guidelines.
A huge thank you to all those who have continued to support us through this difficult time, and to all visitors who have done so well to co-operate with our new 'Covid-secure' visitor guidelines.
DID YOU HEAR OUR NEWS?
In June, we were very honoured to be awarded 'Plant Nursery of the Year' at the Corporate LiveWire 2020 Awards. We've put a lot of hard work in over the last year to develop parts of the nursery and to replant the garden, so this award really is recognition of the hard work and dedication our team has given to the business.
You can read the Awards feature here.
July's Gardening Tip
Although we've received some rain in the last week or so, keep an eye on your plants for signs of drought. Well-established plants should be able to survive long, dry spells, but anything planted this year will definitely need regular watering. First signs of drought can usually be identified by limp leaves and drooping stems. We receive many enquiries about unhappy plants during long, hot spells, that end up being a simple case of under-watering!
DEVELOPMENTS ON THE NURSERY
For years, we have been meaning to create space and build a new shade house. Well, finally, we're building it! Due to be finished by end of July (fingers-crossed), this new shaded space will house all our shade loving plants including Ferns, Hostas, Dicksonia Tree Ferns, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Camellias and Japanese Maples.
What started out as a bit of a hobby has become a part time job for Nige! Our Gardenalia is becoming so popular that he can't seem to buy it in fast enough!
For those who are unsure of exactly what Gardenalia is - come and take a look! Now sited inside the greenhouse, these one-of a kind salvaged, agricultural finds are a great way to add unique and interesting features to your garden. If you find something you like, don't walk away empty handed!
CUPPA COFFEE SHOP REOPENS 4TH JULY
We are so pleased to announce that CUPPA Coffee Shop will be re-opening on Saturday 4th July.
New opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm.
As usual, Drew and his team will continue to serve quality produce from local and independent brands including Bristol Twenty Tea and Coffee, Bradley's Juices, Chew Moos Ice-Cream, Lickalix Natural Ice Lollies and Two Farmers Crisps (who use home-compostable packaging!).
When you plan on visiting, just bear in mind that there is a new entrance (and exit), that should be accessed via the one-way system within the greenhouse. You will also notice that, for health and safety reasons, all drinks and cakes will be served in takeaway cups/packaging.
Outdoor seating will be available in our garden which has been lovingly re-planted for your enjoyment.
We hope to see you soon!
What's Looking Good this July?!
Banana plants, Lilliums, annual climbers; Ipomoea and Thunbergia, Agaves, Eucomis, and Chusan Palms - our greenhouse is a tropical jungle this month. Choose something a little different for your garden, and it may feel like you've taken a trip somewhere exotic!