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2019 plotting and planning!

Just a quick thank you to everyone who has been involved with Flower Power Fairs this year.  From the wonderful plant specialists who work so hard growing amazing plants for you, to the people who create my signs, my posters, my fabulous leaflets and to the suppliers who provide the market stalls and the mobile toilets and of course, not forgetting all you loyal customers who come and see what treats we have for you.    And the fairs wouldn’t be anywhere without the incredible enthusiasm and support I receive from the stately homes and private houses. Holme Pierrepont Hall, Newburgh Priory, Holker Hall, Ness Hall Gardens, Chillington Hall, Raby Castle, Rode Hall, Sandon Hall, Sion Hill Hall, Dalton Hall, Worsall Hall, Wynyard Hall Walled Garden and Coverham Abbey. Won’t be long until the list is announced but for those of you who love planning ahead the first four plants fairs will be:     Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham   Sunday 24 March Sandon Hall, Stafford   Sunday 7 April Newburgh Priory, Yorkshire  Sunday 14 April Holker Hall & Gardens, Cumbria   Easter Sunday 21 April. If you want to become part of the family and receive newsletters and emails, just fill in the form.  Your information IS NEVER SHARED with anyone.  

COVERHAM ABBEY – Sunday 29 July 2018

2017 was the first year we came to Coverham Abbey and what a wonderful day it turned out to be.  Huge numbers of visitors, gardeners, neighbours and people just passing by on the day were enchanted by this delightful private garden, not normally open to the public.  Wandering through the old abbey ruins with the knot garden or along the herbaceous borders on the south front brought forth lots of wonderful comments for the owners. The plant fair is held on the meadow across the HaHa on part of the old abbey ruins – hence the slightly unlevel ground in places – and features many of the top Northern plant nurseries. Amongst the plant specialists here will be Morton Nurseries Ltd (as featured on BBC’s Gardeners World, Friday 20 July), Red Dial Nurseries, Harperley Hall Farm Nursery, The Herb Nursery, Braithwaite’s Roses, Howard Firth, Gatekeeper Nursery and many more.  We will also have some lovely garden accessories by Alfresco as well as an artist and a handcrafted weaver.  So plenty to see and do and of course, fabulous plants to buy. BRING CASH and also please consider bringing your own bags to save on plastic waste.   Home made delights are available all day in the renovated Barn and they definitely have the smartest toilets in Yorkshire!  A tribute to Yorkshireman, Mr Thomas Crapper. Admission £4.00 includes gardens and plant fair. Children free. Dogs welcome. All entry proceeds will be donated to the RDA (Riding for the Disabled).  Monies from the tea room will be donated to Coverham Church. Open 11am – 4pm Coverham Abbey, Middleham, North Yorkshire DL8 4RW

Source with Care

One of my plant specialists, The Quiet Corner, sent me a disturbing article about the use of Neonics in the horticultural industry. I have never heard of the word. I imagine many of you haven’t either but I personally find it worrying that these pesticides are used on our plants on a daily basis. This article appeared in the The Organic Way in the Spring/Summer issue 2017 and was written by Judith Conroy. I quote from this article: “I am often asked, “what plants can I grow that are good for bees?” There usually follows a lovely conversation about the fascinating relationships between different insects and their favourite blooms. My questioner will often end with “great, I’ll go and find some of those down at the garden centre.” My heart sinks, as having enthused them, I have to explain why this might not be a good idea …. The fact is that many of the plants for sale in garden centres, supermarkets, farm shops and plant nurseries are treated with a whole range of different chemicals to kill insects, molluscs, fungi and weeds (basically termed pesticides) – but there is no requirement to let the unsuspecting customer know this. For those of us buying plants with bees and other pollinating insects in mind, NEONICOTINOID insecticides (commonly known as Neonics) give particular cause for concern; though their use in agriculture receives prominent media coverage, their continued use in horticulture is seldom discussed. Neonics are used as a drench, meaning that the chemical is taken up by the plant and so is present in all its tissues, including, crucially, the pollen and nectar. Neonics act as neurotoxins, killing insect pests, such as vine weevils and aphids when they eat the plant, but are also proven to be highly toxic to non-target species such as bees who visit them ...

Useful websites for you

  There is a really good FB page called ALL HORTS run by three amazing people and they have recently launched a website giving us all the chance to find these amazing little gems – small, specialist plant nurseries!  The link is below so please have a look. If you know of any plant nurseries that you think might like to get involved – ITS ALL FREE – then tell them to go to this website! Many people want to support independent local nurseries but following various social media conversations and an unfortunate comment on Gardeners World, alluding to all nurseries and garden centres being shut on Easter Sunday it became obvious to 3 horticulturalists that often finding those nurseries was easier said than done. So the 3, Matthew Currie who has put the site together, Sacha Hubbard and Sara Venn began discussing a way to support the businesses and often friends whose nurseries they passionately believe in. Quickly nurserymen from across the country were getting in touch, and asking to be a part of the guide and gardeners young and old were suggesting their favourite local nurseries The guide is very much a work in progress and we hope by releasing it that more and more independent nurseries will come forward and be a part of this extraordinary project that is shining a light on our British horticultural experts and helping gardeners, both new and experienced, to access the wealth of knowledge carried in these nurseries. From Scotland to the Channel Islands there are many nurseries to chose from and so the guide offers not just your local information, but also helps arrange trips further afield. All the work has been done on the guide completely voluntarily and we hope that with this as the ethos behind the Independent Plant Nurseries Guide, that the ...

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