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The results are in!
We'd like to congratulate Brian and Julie Rogers as the winners of our Share Your Rose competition. Brian and Julie submitted a photo of this unusual striped rose, we believe is called 'Tenacious'.
Thanks for everyone who entered - we had over 300 entries to choose from and it was a hard decision to choose a winner!
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This alien looking plant is called sea holly or "Eryngium"
The green flowers will turn an intense blue-violet over the coming weeks, adding extra interest to their architectural shapes.
They're easy to grow so long as they have full sun and a well drained soil, where they will form a hazy drift of blue. Whilst you can cut back flower stems after flowering, the seed-heads are an attractive feature and are usually left over winter.
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We have these in our garden. 😍
Salvias provide long lasting colour, aromatic foliage and strong architectural shapes during the second half of summer!
Why not check out our collection today!
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Fancy a little more than coffee and cake? Why not treat yourself and a friend to our delicious Afternoon Tea? ☕️🍰
Bookings can be made direct with our Restaurant team.
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What does summer give you? Let us know in the comment below!
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Our range of summer hanging baskets are themed to suit your garden!
Choose from Summer sorbet, Sahara sunset or Pink champagne to introduce some instant colour all season long! 🌸🌼🌻😊
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With their large, architectural leaves and vibrant colours, it's no wonder that Hydrangeas are making a come back this year!
There is a Hydrangea for everyone with colours ranging from clear blues, vibrant pinks, frosty whites, luscious lavenders and even fresh lime greens.
They thrive best in a moist, but well drained soil, in a cool, semi-shady part of the garden. They won’t perform very well in east-facing sites, where cold winds can damage new growth and nor will they do well in dry, sunny spots.
Originating from a woodland situation, they need plenty of organic matter when planted and benefit from an annual mulching. Good products to use are well-rotted leaf-mould, garden compost or composted bark.
It's common for the flower colour to naturally change in the late summer. Blue and pink flowers fade to become combinations of green and pink/red whilst white flowers typically become a vibrant pink. This is a natural seasonal change and be assured, the natural colour will return the following year.
However, it is possible to change the colour of the lacecaps and mopheads. Hydrangeas are sensitive to soil pH, which affects aluminium availability and produce blue flowers in acidic conditions and pink flowers in alkaline conditions.
By adjusting the pH of the soil, by adding lime to make it more alkaline for example, the flowers will naturally respond. If you want to grow blue varieties on alkaline soil, you should use a hydrangea colorant product which adds aluminium to the soil, thus ensuring bright blue blooms.
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