Lavender Lady

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Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:03

We live very close to Blooms of Bressingham.  Up until a few years ago it was still  owned by the Bloom family and you would often see family members walking about and only too ready to pass on their advice and experience.  You could buy some very rare plants and something different.  They sold only plants, had a small tea shop and a shop for gardening sundries.

About 5 years ago they sold out to Wyvale.  They have doubled the size of the tea shop and have included a large childrens play area which is very noisy.  There used to be a large area dedicated to shade loving plants.  That has been built over and in its place a shop selling sportswear etc.   It also sells shoes, craft stuff, toys, books, candles, you name it they sell it.  Basically what you can buy at any other Garden Centre.   Bank Holidays are devoted to Fireman Sam days etc aimed at families..  Also prices of plants are high and the quality low as selling plants seems to be secondary.

I do not visit there anymore but give my business to the individually owned nurseries.  It is such a shame to see such a renowned business be reduced to a run of the mill department store type oulet.


Moans about GW

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 18:14

I love GW, I do sometimes watch Beechgrove but I have to admit I have trouble understanding what they are saying (being a born and bred Londoner )

I cannot praise GW enough, yes it does repeat itself and may tell you what you already know but we had to learn somewhere.  It is so lovely to sit down and watch a programme with no shouting, swearing, police sirens etc, just an easy prog to chill out with.  I love Monte Don and I love Carol and most of all I love Nigel. 

I agree that it should not be moved for sporting events and if they move it then why can't it be fitted in later in the evening or over the weekend like the do with Corrie or the other soaps when Football is on.  We are all being encouraged to get more exercise why not promote gardening as much as cooking and buying antiques. 


Should my honeysuckle look like this

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:57

I think there is a Honeysuckle lurking in there somewhere I also can see what looks like Jasmine leaves. 

Hey Rose Lady, was only thinking of you the other day and wondering how you are getting along with your garden.  It looks beautiful, I love the seating area, and we've had a beautiful summer to enjoy it as well. 


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:53

I have summer jasmine and mine, too, has only produced a few flowers this year.  I also have the pretty Star Jasmine which has not produced any flowers at all.  Obviously not a good year for jasmines.  On the other hand, roses have been glorious and have made up for lack of jasmine.  Still flowering and looking great.   I suppose what we lack in one dept we make up for in another

A few of my dahlias thhis year

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 11:10

Thank you  Verdun 

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:24

I would love to have one of those shepherds huts.  Carol Klein has one at the bottom of her garden.  You can have a small wood burner, a stove, small fridge, somewhere to sit and look through your old gw mags looking out across the garden and ponder what you will plant next season.

Ahh, dreams - just need to win the lottery 

A few of my dahlias thhis year

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:01

A question about the cuttings though.  Mine are about 10 inches tall, have not flowered but are good healthy bushy plants.  What do I do in the winter, do I leave them in the pots, not sure if such small plants have tubers yet or not.  I always overwinter tubers in the greenhouse but first year I have grown cuttings.

A few of my dahlias thhis year

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 08:57

Beautiful.  I am a newly converted dahlia lover, used to hate them but now love them.  They give that much needed late colour.  I took lots of cuttings early this year so am increasing my stock, but will be a while before I have such a good collection as yours. 

Love them

Blind Hydrangea

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 08:57

I have flowers this year but not nearly as big as they usually are.  I have put it down to the hot summer.  They like lots of water.


Posted: 01/09/2013 at 09:08

Looks great KT, love the seating area

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