• Spring is almost here...

    As I write this on a cold, damp and dull day it’s hard to believe that spring will soon be here. There are some signs of its arrival in the garden with plants like the Daisy Bush (Olearia scilloniensis) and Pride of Madera (Echium candicans), flowering unseasonably early. March is always a busy time of year as seed sowing reaches a crescendo and I rush to take the hardwood cuttings before it’s too late. And this year there’s also been the challenge and excitement of getting the new nursery ready at Fakenham Farm in St Helens!

    When the weather has allowed we’ve been distributing literally tonnes of gravel, building the plant sales area and putting in another raised display bed. We’ve still got a lot to do but are hoping, weather permitting, to open the gate for the first time over the Easter weekend.

    I’ve also been busy designing and planting public and private gardens. I’m looking forward to realising plans for two more gardens in April. I love the creative challenge and the opportunity to collaborate with clients. There are some exciting projects on the horizon which I’m looking forward to developing during the summer. Having my own nursery means that I have instant access to some great plants which are often difficult to find on the Island, and sometimes on the mainland too!

    If you’re feeling inspired to make more of your garden this year you might be interested in a couple of courses we’ve planned.

    On Saturday 2nd April there’s a day devoted to sowing seeds, not just any seeds but the ones we sow and grow at the nursery. You’ll have access not only to our collection of annual, biennial and perennial seeds, (all suited to coastal and drought tolerant gardens) but also to our seed trays, compost, labels, sieves and anything else you might need. This day is for everyone, from those who have never sown a seed before through to experienced gardeners who would like to devote a day to sowing a wide range of seeds. I’ll be your guide for the day, sharing the methods and materials I use to ensure the highest possible germination rates. The day costs £50.00, which includes everything and you’ll go home with seed trays of plants worth at least 3 times the cost of the day. (To reserve your place please call/text 07977 550050 or email thecoastalgardener@icloud.com).

    On Saturday 18th June we’ve got an exciting day planned to inspire you to design and plant your own coastal garden. If you have a garden near the sea you’ll know that the wind and salt spray can be challenging to say the least! Spend the day with me at the nursery in St Helens and find out about plants that thrive in coastal conditions and learn how to create the best possible environment for your plants to flourish. I’ll share with you my ideas on designing and planting coastal gardens and offer advice about your own garden (please do bring along plans and/or photographs of your garden). We’ll also visit my coastal garden in Bembridge and take a short walk along the coast to see what's thriving on the cliff edge and beach. We’ve had interest from a national magazine who will be sending a reporter so who knows, you might even make the front page! Do let me know if you’d like to reserve a place. The cost for the day is £45.00.

    If you’re passing Fakenham Farm on Eddington Rd in St Helens please do call in and say hello!

    Best wishes

    Gerry

    PS. If you use Facebook or Twitter we’re thecoastalgardeneriow on Facebook and tweet as The Coastal Gardener@GerryPrice3.

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