Author Archives: Sharon Lowndes

Four Oaks Trade Show

Visit us at the Four Oaks Trade Show on 5th and 6th September 2017

Four Oaks Trade ShowOur catalogue is  hot off the press so come along and see us to discuss all your requirements for 2018.

Our stand number is E81. Come along and say hello.

 

IPM Essen Trade Show 2017

January 24th-27th 2017

We will once again be exhibiting at IPM Essen in Germany having had a successful 2016 exporting throughout Europe.

Come and visit our stand and see what we have for 2017 in our range of  Agapanthus P104, P40 ,9cm liners plus much more.

Its all gone rather Pink at Fairweather’s

New LED lights

Traditionally at this time of year the nursery is focused on cleaning liners ready for spring dispatch and catching up with maintenance around the nursery. One department that is usually very quiet is propagation as we stop production after week 30. This winter in order to increase Agapanthus production, improve quality and make better use of winter labour we have installed LED lights into one of our propagation greenhouses.

Initial results of tissue culture plants weaned from the laboratory in week 40 are very encouraging with plants establishing very evenly under lights that extend the day to 14 hours with 50umol of light intensity. This will enable us to produce one or 2 more crops from the same space during the year. Plants receiving less intense lighting on adjacent beds are also responding so we are experimenting with different light intensities.

The pink glow from the glasshouses attracted the attention of a neighbour who questioned whether we had gone into marijuana production- the answer was no, but then it might be more profitable than growing garden plants!

Geum Scarlet Tempest

Geum Scarlet Tempest achieves second place at the Chelsea Flower show ‘Plant of the Year 2016’

Geums as a genus have become more popular over the past few year especially with the successes for Totally Tangerine being launched at Chelsea flower show over 5 years ago.

This new Geum comes from the breeder of the Anemone Swan series Elizabeth McGregor. Hardy Cottage plants launched this new hybrid. With its early large flowers of brilliant-scarlet, open, slightly double flowers of about 5cm across.

This Geums starts to flower in early March and continues throughout the summer and into autumn. Its height is also a good size at 35-40 cm.

Liners available from spring 2017.

Geum 'Scarlet Tempest'

Which Gardening review

Great reviews in Aprils copy of Which Gardening

We often send in new plants to be trialled at the three Which Gardening trial grounds across the country. We believe it to be great way to get our plants out there and help publicize for our customers through a retail magazine.

This months copy  of Which Gardening has three of our range in Best buys for new plants

Gaura Pink Panache

   Gaura Pink Panache

Scabiosa kudo

          Scabiosa Kudo

Lavandula Heavenly Scent

   Lavandula Heavenly Scent