Sunday 19th July 2020. Starts 10am - £ 35 and includes a guided tour of Enchanted Gardens Kent, a free copy of '5 Senses' , food and a 'goody bag!' The walks conform to the current guidelines regarding Lockdown proceedures. Maximum numbers are 10, so if necessary, a waiting list will be established. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings, or further information. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are looking forward to our yoga (6-7pm) and meditation (7.15-8.15pm) tonight with Robin. Helen and Robin have hatched a bad weather plan. Please wear comfy clothing, with layers for either session. Please park respectfully on the road and walk down, we will either be in the cow shed garden, or in the conservatory (through back gates). Cash please for Robin. These sessions will be a gentle introduction, please share to those who might be interested. ... See MoreSee Less
Many flowers are attractive to bees, with different types of bee varying in their particular preferences. In particular, long-tongued bumblebees such as Bombus hortorum tend to favour deep flowers, an...
I highly recommend reading Dave Goulson's controversial article on pesticides in “Bee-Friendly” flowers. "...until the gardening industry gets its act together, I’d suggest the following. If you must buy plants, BUY FROM AN ORGANIC NURSERY. We really can make our gardens into havens for wildlife, but not by driving to the garden centre to buy pesticide-laced plants grown in peat-based compost inside disposable plastic pots."
Take a walk around your local garden centre and you will see a mouth-watering display of gorgeous plants on display. You might note that some are specifically labelled as bee or pollinator friendly, w...
Last July, the Wild About Gardens team came to visit and awarded me a Silver Gilt and a special 'Nature's Champion' prize. In a normal year, these volunteer advisors would visit your garden to assess how wildlife-friendly it is and also offer friendly advice and encouragement. This year however - because of the COVID-19 restrictions - they are running the scheme by phone and email only.
So if you would like to ask a question on any aspect of nature friendly gardening, please email Maureen.firstname.lastname@example.org and one of their volunteers will then be in touch by telephone or email.
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In this short clip I am gonna talk you through a few of the plants I have in the border of my front garden like the Lupins, Cow Parsley, Aquelegia and some rare wild flower in the nettle family. Sorry, if it's a bit shaky. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Bees need 3 things to thrive – food, shelter and water. Use this guide to discover which plants, trees and veg to grow to attract these important pollinators to your patch of the world. Different bees are active throughout the year, so you'll need flowering plants from spring to winter. Bees forage from flowers rich in nectar and pollen – the nectar contains sugar they need for energy, and pollen contains protein and oils. Bee species' tongues vary in size, so try to provide different shaped flowers.
Out this morning and found a lovely caterpillar (any ideas anyone?) and a purple vetch I think, but it looks very similar to the lovely Pink French goat’s rue we have at Enchanted. ... See MoreSee Less
Bring your garden to life by choosing the right #wildlife_friendly#gardenplants, then sit back and enjoy watching the birds, bees, butterflies and more. Today we like to introduce our Sedum.
At Enchanted Gardens we stock 3 varieties Ice Berg, Kamtschaticum and Spectabile. The nectar-rich flowerheads of stonecrop are a real plus for bees and butterflies in late summer. Their low-growing habit makes them perfect for the front of borders. Creeping species are commonly used on green roofs. They do best in neutral to slightly alkaline soil in a sunny position. Combine them with: late-flowering plants such as grasses or Michaelmas daisies.
A perennial succulent, which flowers pink in late summer through to the autumn. Providing lasting food for all the pollinators it is a wonderful late bloomer. Kamtschiacum is a small low growing varie...
"Working with nature, for nature". For anyone who has missed this inspiring episode featuring wildlife garden designers The Butterfly Brothers on BBC Gardeners World last night, here are some pics of the interview with Frances Tophill. Just like us, Joel Ashton and his brother at www.hazelwoodlandscapes.com are working hard to create beautiful sacturaries for wildlife with lots of nectar for butterflies and bees 🐝 showcasing the benefits of wild and pollinator_friendly flowers in a garden. Joel Ashton come and visit us one day, or perhaps even collaborate? 🙂
We would like to offer you all another mental health tool. We have invited the wonderful Robin Hanson along to teach some mindfulness yoga and meditation. We will start this Thursday 6-7pm for yoga and 7.15-7.45pm for some vipashna meditation. If you have your own mat, cushion & blanket please bring it, we will provide some and some antibacterial spray too. This will be suitable for beginners up. Robin is an experienced and excellent teacher. You do not have to be super bendy or super chilled, we hope this will help you to be both! Price will be £6 for yoga and £5 for the meditation or £7 for both. Cash on the day please. Please could you message us if you would like to join us? On here or to Helen 07906834323. Thanks guys and we hope to see you soon for some stretching and silence in our cow shed garden next week. ... See MoreSee Less
The last part of the border do over! Top tip: put the sprinkler on overnight before, during and after. If you move a shrub, dig out as much rot ball as possible, dig a new hole slightly bigger than you need and fill it with water before you put the shrub in. Always prune the shrubs as well, as when you dig them up the roots get pruned. ... See MoreSee Less
Bobbie James is a giant rambler, producing exceptionally large, heavy heads of strongly fragrant, white flowers. The individual blooms are small, semi-double and cupped, with yellow stamens. They are followed by large quantities of small, oval, orange-red hips. It is very vigorous, producing long, thick stems with glossy, pale green leaves. ... See MoreSee Less
Remember our lovely big #Rosa #Rugosa from our border redo?
Well we now have them in stock. It’s a natural single species rose, can be grown as a hedge, or stand alone shrub. Incredibly strong fragrance, in pink and white. Tough as old boots. Rosehips are beautiful and invaluable in feeding the birds and medicinal and culinary uses. Only £7.50! ... See MoreSee Less
Just to let you know, in future we will post our #ginger#lilly varieties Aurantiacum and Coronarium (Hedychium) ONLY from November through to April, as they are too heavy and tall during the late spring and early summer and unfortunately this makes the costs of postage prohibitive. I will update this info on the website as well.
Aurantiacum is much smaller than Coronarium and the leaves are thinner. It has grown as well as the white variety and we think its maximum height will be around 4 feet. Flowers are wonderfully fragran...
Remember that native plants are more attractive to local pollinators than imported or hybridized plants because they have co-evolved and their lifecycles are in sync. Native plants grown organicially from seeds are also easier to establish and will not require the use of pesticides.
The process of using plants and gardens to improve health is known as social and #therapeutichorticulture, where doctors are prescribing gardening for anxiety & depression. Scientific research has found that spending at least two hours a week in nature is linked to better health and wellbeing. Taking part in community gardening can also encourage people to adopt healthier behaviours. Blackthorn Trust
I did not know this!Lime trees were planted by royal decree along many roads to ensure that the harvest of its flowers was plentiful, since it has long been valued for its wonderful calming cooling virtues⠀ 🌱🌱🌱⠀ In continental Europe, the tree is more commonly known as the linden. Funnily enough, this was the original English name: lime is an altered form of the Middle English lind, meaning lenient or yielding, referring to the fact that the timber is soft and easily worked making it especially good for wood sculptures. Linden was originally the adjective, ‘made from lime-wood’ (equivalent to ‘wooden’):⠀ 🌱🌱🌱⠀ #trees #blossoms #herbsofinsta #seedsistas #tree #wood #herbalremedy #myherbalstudies #herbalacademy #herbalist #herbalism #materiamedica #botanicals #plantmedicine #herblove #herbalmedicine #artofslowliving #motherearth #naturesmedicine #loveyourweeds #backtoourroots #herbalists #plantlove #herbarium #herbstolove #medicinal #hebier #windowsillgarden #kitchengarden #locallygrown ... See MoreSee Less
These guys loved all that rain and are now flowering away! Coreopsis Presto, Hemeracallis Rose (day lilly) and Salvia Patens (Gentian Blue). The coreopsis likes full sun, dry sandy loam, is great for cut flowers as it flowers profusely if you deadhead and the butterflies love it. 6-8 inch tall, 15-20cm wide. The day lilies are easy to grow, multiple-flowers so a long flowering season. 2-3ft tall, slow spread. Each flower lasts only a day! It’s poisonous to cats but the butterflies and bees love them. The salvia likes full sun, any moist soil and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds (check out the trumpet petals). 2-3ft tall. All £7.50 here at EG. We have chocolate cake. Just saying. ... See MoreSee Less
Did we mention that we can post plants too?? This ginger is off to Angela in Lancashire and some cerinthe to David and Celia in Minehead (they offered us tea and cake if we delivered it by hand thanks but it’s a bit of a long drive for us!) ... See MoreSee Less
Hatty, 5. Amber, 10. Mum Paula, 21. Grandma Nisa, 21. Grandad, Ken, 21. All had a wonderful Matthews family outing to Enchanted Gardens last week. Hatty has even planted her own garden during lockdown and we had lots of chats about insects butterflies and pod to flower to seed development with Amber. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with you all and glad you loved the cake! ... See MoreSee Less
Sir #MarkRylance called for the Government to invest £315 million in a range of countryside and environmental projects which he said could create jobs and improve the nation’s health. He wants give up acting for one month each year for the next decade to work for environmental causes.“ I could commit for the next 10 years to give a month of every year to this work and I absolutely would commit to that – it is that important to me.”
I think that is an inspired idea and would definitely commit to that! However it’s the workplace bosses who need to commit too so all can have the opportunity for such a great, healthy and healing cause 🙏
It was a very very wet and cold solstice sunrise at Stonehenge this morning. Happy Solstice to you all! It’s the longest day so make sure you all enjoy the Summer evenings in your gardens as from now the nights start drawing in as the wheel of the year keeps turning. ... See MoreSee Less
Cephalaria Gigantea is one of those plants that prove that you can get maximum height into the border without using overbearingly large plants. The stout, upright stems are tall but airy rising from a rosette of divided leaves, which are attractive in themselves. The very pretty pale butter yellow Scabious shape flowers can reach 6ft when in flower.