Good morning! Its another beautiful Spring day, nature is just so loud and colourful now she has breathing space with all of us inside, she will use this time to recover and show us just how amazing she is. Now you have time all you have to do is look....& listen....& learn. Being closed with no staff is proving a little challenging - the conservatory is full to bursting with young vegetables! all need talking to, looking after, potting on, labeling and watering. They are doing really well but I am getting a little bored with my tasks... yesterday I needed to pot up the first of the peas/sugersnaps/mangetout and after the first 300 I found I was eating more than I was potting - then I realised I had missed lunch and dinner and the sun was going to bed - so I did too! Please stay in touch everyone, don't get lonely. I have a pallet of multi purpose compost which I can start delivering with the veggies and all of my perennials are beginning to show in their pots. I can deliver anything - it will get me out of the tunnel..... ... See MoreSee Less
In these chaotic and scary times, what better thing to do than to make a vegetable garden at home, destress outdoors in the SUN! We are still busy here propagating vegetables for our family, friends and customers. I know our staff are busy making vegetable gardens at home. Even if you only have a patio, or some pots you can still plant some veg! Get the kids involved too, so they can see where carrots come from! If anyone wants to buy any vegetable plants please message us and we will work out a way to do this safely for everyone! We have peas, beans runner & broad, tomatoes, chilies, herbs, squash and more! ... See MoreSee Less
In a situation like this, it would generally be much better/ healthier to live in nature - and if possible - far away from the larger cities. So here is a detailed vision for a wonderful natural living arrangement... and the best thing is that we know a lot of the experts required already to create this. We know herbalists, beekeepers, woods people, builders, artists, fruit tree growers, etc. So we can help everyone who needs advise. 🙂 Create a Space of Love
1. The living area. It should include a house or several small houses. They can be interconnected, but can stand separately. There may be a separate guest house 2. Utility zone. It includes a garage, a barn, a garage workshop, a laundry room, a bathhouse, a generator room, a firewood store, etc. 3. Forest area. It must occupy 1/3 of the plot 4. Orchard area 5. Garden area 6. The pond 7. The creativity zone. There may be workshops for the family business - pottery, carpentry, glass-blowing, etc. 8. The flower garden area 9. Zone of children's creativity 10. Zone for animals, if any 11. The area of medicinal plants. (meadow) 12. Apiary 13. The place of the Kin's Tree 14. A place for a bonfire
We've received a communication from the National Garden Scheme's CEO saying that in line with other organisations that offer people gardens to visit and the latest government recommendations, many of their gardens will remain open - at the discretion of their owners. They've given us detailed guidelines that addresses practicalities such as social distancing, refreshments and visitor facilities and they want to continue to offer gardens for visitors for as long as possible as nature is now doubly important for all. 🙂
We are also adding new seasonal pollinator packs to our current purple ones now - these new packs will come in different colour schemes, or completely mixed up according to what is about to bloom. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/purplepollinatorpacks. They are all perennials and will change every month.
3 plants for £ 25 5 plants for £ 35 8 plants for £ 50
… and the best thing is - we deliver to your doorstep if you live in the Whitstable region. So you can use your time at home to do some gardening! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Bees love purple, lilac, blue and violet colours! We have therefore assembled a selection of suitable plants and are very happy to present our brand-new Purple Pollinator Packs! They are all perennial...
Since we have decided to close the gardens for the foreseeable future, we have changed our opening hours to 'closed' status. However, the team is still here, utilizing the premises for growing young garden-ready vegetables plants for you. We will mix our perennials with these vegetables & fruits into flexible packages, to make sure we all have access to good organic food for the coming months. ... See MoreSee Less
In light of the current situation, I feel that the sensible thing to do will be to close the gardens for the sake of public health and infection rates. I feel that it is safe to assume that ALL booked engagements, Shows, Plant Fairs, Tours, Talks, Lectures and courses WILL NOT GO AHEAD for the foreseeable future.
I will assess our “closed” nursery status regularly and advise if this changes over the coming weeks and months, as information is given from Central Government and local Government.
We feel extremely fortunate and lucky that we grow Perennial plants as they will be able to be looked after and will simply move through their natural life cycle, just needing water and care. All of our stock will be bigger and better next Spring-time and will be available again with no harm done from our current countrywide situation.
The ONLINE side of our business IS STILL AVAILABLE at www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/plants and I have reached a decision to continue to sow increased numbers of all Vegetable and Herb seeds, and will produce a vast quantity of #young#garden ready #vegetable#plants for use by ourselves, our families, neighbours and friends.We will also be able to produce enough to offer these as packs online with delivery, should anyone wish to purchase them.We will be completely flexible mixing perennials and vegetables into packages to make sure we all have access to good organic food. Details of these will follow when they are available in a few weeks time.
In the meantime, the work to encourage the pollinators continues here as it will in all gardens, in spite of our current situation. I hope that the public continue to garden if well and healthy and take care to follow all the official information that is available to them in a reasonable and calm manner. Panic and unreasonable attitudes within our society serve no purpose; careful consideration to those members of our society who are within the vulnerable group should be of paramount importance to all of us.
Many 🦋 butterflies and moths are declining, but we can help them through GARDENING! 🙂 WITH THE RIGHT FLOWERS! 🌸 We are scheduled to run one of our popular Wildlife Gardening Course for Beginners tomorrow morning, but if you don't want to join us, we do understand. Feel free to have a look at our lovely catalogue of perennials though: www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product-category/perennials, it might inspire you to do some gardening while staying at home. ... See MoreSee Less
Today, I like to show you around my nursery and tell you a little bit about the various perennials we grow here. Enchanted Gardens is certainly unique in the sense that we develop our pollintor-friendly plants directly from seed and don't buy them in as commercial plugs, like a lot of other garden centres and nurseries in the country. I am also highlighting to you the amount of effort and time that is required to actually present you with these strong and healthy 3 litre plants that we are offering you and are so proud of. 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
#PlantingTrees "It is our beautiful planet, our home we are destroying. We pump out its contents, destroy mountains and cut down forests. The Earth has long been weakened, it is sick; and as a result the planet is experiencing droughts, extensive rainfalls, cataclysms in its various places. Harmony is broken, the natural balance has disappeared and people suffer. There is no point in blaming anybody, #goinggreen but the time has come to take control of the situation; and absolutely every ordinary person can do this."
#Anastasianism is based on a series of ten books entitled The Ringing Cedars Of Russia written by Vladimir Megre. Family, tradition and environmentalism are core values for the Anastasians as they offer us a more holistic worldview that has humanity's relationship with nature at it's heart. #plantatreePLANT A TREE
Today, many people realize that humanity is moving in the wrong direction. One day, oil, coal and other minerals will run out. Even today we see how in different places of the planet the wars are started in the struggle for resources. We care about the future of mankind, but the time has come to realize one more important thing – THE FUTURE OF THE PEOPLE DOES NOT EXIST WITHOUT THE FUTURE OF THE EARTH.
It is our beautiful planet, our home we are destroying. We pump out its contents, destroy mountains and cut down forests. The Earth has long been weakened, it is sick; and as a result the planet is experiencing droughts, extensive rainfalls, cataclysms in its various places. Harmony is broken, the natural balance has disappeared and people suffer from this as well.
There is no point in blaming anybody. However, the time has come to take control of the situation; and absolutely every ordinary person can do this.
What is that so important that everyone can do today so that we have tomorrow? Plant and grow a tree, and even better a few. And this is a wise thing. I will explain why.
Let’s take my homeland, the Rostov region of Russia, which today is slowly desertifying. At the beginning of the 20th century trees were massively cut down in our region and taken abroad. Today there are no forests, bare steppes; due to the absence of barriers, the winds intensified, they blow out the top layer of the soil, while sparse grass does not prevent this. Desertification of land is spreading.
Puffs of hot steam come up from the surface of the soil and interfere with the formation of clouds. The result is absence of rain, grass dries even more, steam becomes stronger and wind is sharper. It is a vicious circle that only a forest can break.
The forest attracts clouds, retains moisture inside. Thanks to the forest, dew falls in the morning. Trees with their roots raise water that has gone into the depths of the soil. Therefore, springs come to life and nourish the soil. The forest, planted along the river bed, saves it from drying out, raises new fontanels from the depths. Also, the forest is a home for many animals and birds.
By planting a tree, you give a passerby a shadow, clean air and delicious fruits for people and animals; and if there are a lot of trees, then there could run a delicious spring water. And out of these little deeds of many ordinary people a big, good deed for the Earth, for each person, comes out.
I urge each and everyone, please, plant a tree.
By Bogdana Ilyina from Kin's Settlement «Cheremushki»
Take advantage of 15% off Valentine’s Day Coupon. The coupon code is ‘valentine’. Simply enter it into "Enter coupon code" text box when checking out or mention it to our sales representative when ordering by the phone. Coupon is valid through Sunday, February 16. ... See MoreSee Less
Venue Hire - Did you know that our lovely conservatory is available for hire for workshops and lectures? It overlooks our beautiful back gardens and seats up to 20 people. We are thinking of subjects related to nature, i.e. which wild plants are edible/ medicinal, permaculture, re-wilding, bug hotel making, organic farming, creative garden features... things like that. We've already got a couple of people interested who want to run floral, and natural healing workshops, so if you know of anyone who might be interested, or you would like to present an event yourself, just get in touch via email@example.com. £10 per hour.
Tea/Coffee & Cake available for £3.50 per head on top. Toilets on site. ... See MoreSee Less
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With over 25 years experience in the field, I have transformed many gardens in the Kent region to be more pollinator and wildlife-friendly and I am now offering this service as an effective package, were I will first visit you in your garden (2 hours) and talk to you about any changes you can make, which plants to remove, or to add and also which features to include. I will then follow up (by using the remaining time (2 hours) to create a detailed description of everything I have suggested on site and will recommend tradespersons, as well as a list of plants that the Enchanted Gardens nursery can provide.
A good way of strengthening your immune system, is by including ginseng, all vitamins & minerals, nasturtium and horseradish root powder, as well as chaga tea into your diet. 🙂Dream daily breakfast: Garden Toast 🍞🌸
Repost from @sustainable_holly “Red, orange, yellow cherry tomatoes, basil, purple kale, red onion, banana capsicum, chilli and topped with edible flowers, baby nasturtium leaves and even a bit of purslane! 👨🌾👩🌾”
Honeybee Position Statement - "...under certain circumstances, managed honeybees can have detrimental impacts on wild pollinator species, including bumblebees. Planting for pollinators, especially in the vicinity of honeybee hives, should consist of a range of flowers of different flower structures. Planting both long- and short-corolla species will provide food for a range of pollinator species and minimise the risk of any single species out-competing others."We’ve published a new position statement on managed honeybees, prompted by concerns that, under certain circumstances, managed honeybees can have detrimental impacts on wild pollinator species, including bumblebees. Click here for more information: ow.ly/FjLP50yGN2B... See MoreSee Less
#HoneybeePositionStatement: One question that is frequently asked, is whether honeybees can cause any ill effects to bumblebees. I was interviewed last year by the @Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a science-led organisation, who requested my opinion in these subjects:
We made up our first birthday gift box this week with a purple pollinator pack. We think it looks fab! We just charged an extra £5 for local delivery and wrapping. Happy Birthday Ingrid at the Artisan Bread Unit on the John Wilson Industrial Estate. ... See MoreSee Less
Mini-comics: a wonderful way to help your children learn more about bees. 🙂Cross Pollination Project is pleased to announce the release a series of 🐝 mini comics! The first of the series, designed by Ellen, is now available on the CPP website: www.cross-pollination.uk/?cat=17... See MoreSee Less
I've added comments to all the flowers in bloom that you can see here in this 'spring garden' album. Please browse through it and learn more about the personal stories of these plants and my opinion of them. ❤️💕❤️💕❤️#Symphytum is #Comfrey! flowering extremely early, Comfrey is very nectar rich and flowers give easy access for all polllinators. When it stops flowering (not likely) we can cut off the leaves, add it to rainwater and it becomes the most gorgeous rich organic feed for absolutely everything.
How can we ensure the survival of bees & butterflies? Bee numbers are falling and other pollinators are also in decline. If action is not taken, a drop-off in population numbers will have serious implications for food production and gardens - as many plants rely on bees and other insects to transfer pollen from one flower to another in order to set fruits and seeds.
The plastic-munching abilities of the #greaterwaxmoth#caterpillar were first discovered in 2017, when a scientist and amateur beekeeper put some of the insects, who also eat beeswax, into a plastic bag only to discover that they had eaten their way out. Now, researchers at the University of Brandon have discovered that the larval greater wax moths can survive solely on polyethylene — the type of plastic that makes grocery shopping bags.
This is a lovely experience as well as being a plant nursery and shop. The gardens are great to wander around with inspiring art work and a teashop with great cake. Real attention to detail throughout...
Did you know that Hoverflies need muddy puddles? I appreciate it's not something we would normally worry about - especially not after so much rain in the last couple of month when there is certainly no shortage of muddy puddles in the country right now - but apparently Hoverflies do like them and need them to lay their eggs in. Alternatively just put a margerine tub, or an old washing up bowl out for them. Simply fill it with a few leaves and a bit of debris and leave it in the garden 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
It's early March and spring has finally arrived at Enchanted Gardens!
What exactly is a Pollinator Garden? A pollinator garden is a garden that is planted predominately with flowers that provide nectar or pollen for a wide range of pollinating insects. To support them we have to cater for all shapes and sizes of insect mouthparts by planting a diversity of flower types in a succession throughout the whole growing season. ... See MoreSee Less
Kent Wildlife Trust's beebombs contain 18 specifies of wildflowers, native to Britain and confirmed by the Royal Horticultural Society as “#PerfectforPollinators”. These include: Oxeye Daisy, Cornflower, Yarrow, Yellow Rattle, Common Poppy and many more .These Beebombs will return 21 sqft of the 97% of wildflower habitat that Britain has lost since WW2. It will also bring a variety of pollinators to your little wildflower meadow. No gardening, tilling or digging is required. Beebombs don’t need to be planted or tended. Just throw your Beebombs onto cleared ground and await your wildflowers, best scattered in Spring or Autumn Wildflowers are hardy but a little slower to grow than many imported flowers. Some will bloom in the first year, many of them will take two years. £8.99 per bag from the Kent Wildlife Trust's website.
Did you know that we give you a packet of gorgeous Icelandic poppies for free with every plant order? At the moment, online orders still need to be collected directly from the nursery, or alternatively, we drop them off to you if you live in the area. We are just finalizing the posting options on our website. If you live elsewhere, then just give us a call and we provide you with a quote for the delivery cost. 🙂
Habitats for insects is the key to encouraging them into your garden. This is our selection of Bumblebee/ Butterfly/ Moths/ Lacewing nests and bat boxes that we have in stock at the moment (they are all £ 30), but a completely new range of natural and more affordable bug hotels is coming soon! So watch this space...
Not long now before we open our nursery to the public again on 1st of April. However we thought we’d make it an event and invite you all to come along to our NGS Open Weekend on 4th and 5th April! www.facebook.com/events/661065614635296
The National Open Garden scheme is a long-standing charity that collects money for various caring institutions. We can sit about 20 people at a time and serve tea & delicious home made cake made by the well-known Whitstable café Tea and Times. Entrance for this event will be £ 5 at the door and £ 3.50 for refreshments. ... See MoreSee Less
Our fabulous, show-stopping bug hotel, which was made by local artist Ric Horner, who will also exhibit his beautiful woodland paintings later in the year here at Enchanted Gardens. You can commission Ric to build you a similar bug hotel by contacting him at: email@example.com
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