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Helen our Head Gardener enjoying the final relaxation at the end of Thursday’s yoga with Robin. Hope to see some of you this week 6-7pm. ... See MoreSee Less

Helen our Head Gardener enjoying the final relaxation at the end of Thursday’s yoga with Robin. Hope to see some of you this week 6-7pm.

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What style/school of yoga is it and what's the cost?

Kira Jade Tranter you're coming with me. X

Office cat cuteness overload!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Office cat cuteness overload!!!

The next Simon Pollard 5 Senses event is coming soon!

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 walks@simplelifeltd.co.uk for bookings, or further information.
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The next Simon Pollard 5 Senses event is coming soon!

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 <a href=walks@simplelifeltd.co.uk for bookings, or further information." data-querystring="_nc_cat=102&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=5b7f4Ltyls0AX-81NwT&_nc_ht=scontent-tpe1-1.xx&_nc_tp=7&oh=10d6c90674682277e710473cfcd6b276&oe=5F290980" data-ratio="1200" class="cff-multi-image" />

Do you remember Hatty, Amber, Paula, Nisa and Ken from the Matthews family? Well Paula promised to send some pics over of Hatty's veg garden and here they are. What an absolute star and Hatty is only five!! It's never too early to start growing your own!
(Amber did you see the bud pics of the Echinacea White Swan? I did that for you!)
#growyourown
#rockingitatfive
#superstar
#familiesthatgrowtogetherstaytogther
#organicveg
#lovetheoutdoors
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Do you remember Hatty, Amber, Paula, Nisa and Ken from the Matthews family? Well Paula promised to send some pics over of Hattys veg garden and here they are. What an absolute star and Hatty is only five!! Its never too early to start growing your own! 
(Amber did you see the bud pics of the Echinacea White Swan? I did that for you!)
#growyourown
#rockingitatfive
#superstar
#familiesthatgrowtogetherstaytogther
#organicveg
#lovetheoutdoorsImage attachmentImage attachment

We are loving watching the buds develop into flowers on the Echinacea White Swan here at EG. They like fertile, well drained soil in full sun! £ 7.50 www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/echinacea-white-swan ... See MoreSee Less

We are loving watching the buds develop into flowers on the Echinacea White Swan here at EG. They like fertile, well drained soil in full sun! £ 7.50 www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/echinacea-white-swanImage attachmentImage attachment

Office cat cuteness! ... See MoreSee Less

Office cat cuteness!

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.
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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.

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.rainey@kentwildlife.org.uk and one of their volunteers will then be in touch by telephone or email.

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www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved/wild-about-gardens Kent Wildlife Trust #WilderKent The Wildlife Trusts #savethebees #savebutterflies Sustainability Butterfly Conservation BBC Springwatch RSPB Love Nature BBC Countryfile Magazine BBC Gardeners' World Magazine BBC Gardeners World Optivo
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Last July, the Wild About Gardens team came to visit and awarded me a Silver Gilt and a special Natures 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 <a href=Maureen.rainey@kentwildlife.org.uk and one of their volunteers will then be in touch by telephone or email. ________________________________________________ www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved/wild-about-gardens Kent Wildlife Trust #WilderKent The Wildlife Trusts #SavetheBees #SaveButterflies Sustainability Butterfly Conservation BBC Springwatch RSPB Love Nature BBC Countryfile Magazine BBC Gardeners World Magazine BBC Gardeners World Optivo" data-querystring="_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=ZAj4dVAoOTQAX_3B3RQ&_nc_ht=scontent-tpe1-1.xx&_nc_tp=7&oh=a48bca5c5734d47ffaa823a456d5d25c&oe=5F2B277C" data-ratio="1.406" class="cff-multi-image" />Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Here is a clip of the award ceremony at UCA Canterbury University last October. www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQzYmLTlzKI

They even made a special category for us as 'Nature's Champions!' lol

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

The University of Kent, in collab with Butterfly Conservation, have developed advanced mathematical models to map and manage butterfly populations in the UK and abroad. 👉 butrfli.es/CountingButterflies ... See MoreSee Less

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

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.Image attachmentImage attachment

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What will this beauty transform into? X

Melanie, any ideas? Xx

Does it have yellow bands? Is it hairy?

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"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? 🙂

News from Monty Don #WildGarden #Garden #Wildlife #Gardenforwildlife #shoutyhalfhour #gw #Gardening #gardendesigns #GardenDesign #GardenIdeas #picoftheday #nature #bees #naturephotography #wildflowermeadow #wildlifepond #wildflowers #plantsofinstagram #plants

Episode 15 - 2020 www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000kcjs
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It was great

Beautiful garden and some great ideas for attracting wildlife into our gardens.

Some of our insects have arrived for our insect treasure hunt! Watch this space for pending insects and amphibians. ... See MoreSee Less

Some of our insects have arrived for our insect treasure hunt! Watch this space for pending insects and amphibians.Image attachment

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.
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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.Image attachment

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Me too! Also would like to know what school of yoga Robin's teaching is from 🙂

Interested. Let me know the cost once decided. X

Are there any spaces left on the meditation session please?

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.
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Gosh I need t wear my glasses when I write things now!

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!
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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!Image attachment

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Brilliant! I’ll be submitting an order v soon. Want one or two things. X

************ SPECIAL OFFER !!!! **************
Will someone please come and take these lovely cosmos home!
REDUCED from £9 to £6! !!

Only four left and I need the space!
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************ SPECIAL OFFER !!!!  **************
Will someone please come and take these lovely cosmos home!
REDUCED from £9 to £6! !!

Only four left and I need the space!

Comment on Facebook ************ SPECIAL...

I'll have one Donna, if they're still available.

Alas no hun, we’re flup! Need smaller house and bigger garden! 🤣 xx

Polly Thompson any good for your garden x

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’):⠀
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#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
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I did not know this!

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.
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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.Image attachment

2 weeks ago

Enchanted Gardens Kent

We just got this! Clearly it’s not just us who do creative packing!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

We just got this! Clearly it’s not just us who do creative packing!!!!!

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

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!)

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!
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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!

Comment on Facebook Hatty, 5. Amber, 10....

Lovely relaxing time looking at all your wonderful plants .thankyou for taking the time to talk to us all especially Hatty .

Nisa Matthews, Ken Matthews.

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.”

www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/leisure/showbiz/18531421.mark-rylance-devote-one-month-year-environmen...
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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.”

www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/leisure/showbiz/18531421.mark-rylance-devote-one-month-year-environmental-projects

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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

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.

3 weeks ago

Enchanted Gardens Kent

Wild salsify, thistle and orchids plus HUNDREDS of butterflies flitting about in the wind at the fort today! ... See MoreSee Less

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We have an abundance growing in field near us in Herne Bay. We used to buy salsify in cans from France. Some of the flowers bloomed and are beautiful but most have bloomed to seed heads

Which is the salsify?

Ah ha! The salsify is the mystery plant I've been wondering about in my front garden! It seemed to go straight to seed hardly flowering - is that normal Donna?

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.

www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/cephalaria-gigantea
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Do you sell these Donna? 🙂

Check out our cool kids bug catchers! ... See MoreSee Less

Check out our cool kids bug catchers!
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