• Newsletter Spring 2020

    Dear Friend.

    I sincerely hope that this finds you well and that the current restrictions are not impacting too heavily upon your well being?

    This newsletter was going to be the one when I shared with you all the improvements we’ve made to the nursery, including a new layout for the sales area and new signage. I also wanted to remind you about the sustainable garden sundries we now have for sale, including biodegradable weed suppressing membrane, hessian tree ties and perlite by the pint! Instead things have turned out rather differently!

    Since the lockdown was announced the nursery has, of course, been closed. However, I have been able to deliver plants to Bembridge and St Helens on my journey home from the nursery. It’s tempting to deliver elsewhere but I can’t justify plant deliveries as “essential travel” I am very grateful to everyone who has supported the nursery through these difficult days.

    On the plus side I have had time, when not watering, to sow seeds, pot on lots of plants and generally tidy the nursery. Over the next few weeks I plan to revamp the display beds to showcase some of our new plants. We have a gorgeous selection of Iris, Hemerocallis and Agapanthus this year as well as more coastal trees, shrubs and perennials than ever before. I have updated the plant list on the website; it’s more comprehensive than it was but do ask if you’re looking for something not listed (it may well be hiding somewhere at the nursery!)

    Garden design and landscaping work ground to a halt as social distancing and essential travel became the order(s) of the day. Our clients have been supportive and we look forward to resuming work as soon as possible. In the meantime, plants that had already been delivered are being nurtured at the nursery until they can be planted in their new homes.

    The weather has, somewhat ironically, been glorious and interest in gardening, particularly vegetable growing, has soared. I have been delighted to support Holly Maslen’s Facebook based initiative Green Island Veg Economy by posting a couple of short films about growing avocados from seeds, top tips for tomatoes and the joy of cardoons! These have been well received and I’ll keep posting on GIVE and on the Coastal Gardener Facebook pages. The initiative has encouraged people to set up veg seed and plant exchanges in their local communities so that seeds and plants can be shared, whilst still adhering to the current requirements.

    I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to welcoming you back to the nursery! I am hoping that, as a business operating outside and on a small scale, we may be able to reopen sooner rather than later. I’ll let you know as soon as I can open that gate .….

    With warmest wishes

    Gerry

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