30 Years of Growing
Its 30 years since Fairweather’s Nursery first exhibited at Four Oaks.
Production in 1987 was focussed on shrub and conifer liners in 7cm pots which were packed into old tea crates for shipping to customers. Plants were delivered on flatbed lorries covered with tarpaulins.
Our biggest volume lines were difficult to root subjects like Mahonia, Garrya and Arbutus which were all rooted by us from cuttings taken from extensive stockbeds. All potting took place on Saturday mornings using school children and the cuttings were stuck on peace work.
In 1987 our 7cm Lavender Hidcote then was priced at 25p
Alongside pot liners the company also produced a range of containerised trees for Garden Centres
Sharon and Patrick look forward to seeing you at Four Oaks on September 5th and 6th with Fairweather’s extensive range of Agapanthus, Lavenders and other perennials and a smaller range of shrubs
Visit us at the Four Oaks Trade Show on 5th and 6th September 2017
Our 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.
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.
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 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.