We've dug up the ground and removed the lawn. The next stage in this exciting makeover project is to go back to Margate at the end of October and prepare the bed with mulch and organic matter. The tree surgeons have been booked and the winterwash will commence in early 2020. We will also start building the raised beds, ready for vegetable planting in the Spring and have ordered the plants for the borders:
1 x Malus - John Downey 1 x Flowering Cherry 3 x Buddleia - Black Knight, Daviddi, Royal Red3 3 x Carioperitis - Grande Blue 12 x Asters - Monchl 12 x Hellenium - Rubinzweg 12 x Anenome - Honorine Jobert
I really look forward to meeting Simon Pollard tomorrow! He runs a Wildlife Friendly Garden & Landscape Design company called | Simple Life in Deal, Kent. His ethos stands for supporting Britain’s declining wildlife population and just like us, his aim is also to attract a thriving world of birds, mammals, insects and amphibians to any outdoor space - in particular championing the Hedgehog, Bumblebee and Sparrows. www.simplelifeltd.co.uk/our-work
Let's see if he wants to give a talk at Enchanted Gardens, or perhaps even use our plants in his projects? Please like this post if you are interested in hearing more from Simon.Hi good people, I’m looking for more speaking opportunities. I have two presentations ready, the first, ‘how to bring wildlife into your garden and why you should’, the second called ‘Love in a pond’. I can be pm’d through here or e mailed at Simon.email@example.com Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
Even if we can't see and enjoy the sun at the moment, there is still a lot of colour in the garden and a fair amount of plants in bloom. Come down and have a look. Tue - Fri 10am - 3pm, or call for visits outside these hours. All our plants are £ 7.50 unless stated otherwise. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/plants... See MoreSee Less
How to be an eco-friendly gardener. By #gardening with a few #eco_friendly practices in mind, you will be positively impacting the environment, local wildlife and your garden. - Caroline Knight @ The INDEX Magazine - ... See MoreSee Less
"Do what you love, or do nothing. The problems of modern life are made worse by the lack of nature in our lives. We are not truly happy in such a world." Simon Barnes - environmental writer at RSPB. ... See MoreSee Less
Wow!!! Did you know, the Bumblebee Trust is working with Kent Wildlife Trust to improve roadside verges for pollinators, creating ‘Bee-roads’ and restoring and creating pollinator habitat connectivity. #BuzzingCoast twitter.com/BuzzingCoastKent County Council We need more of them in the Whitstable area!This is Rotherham where council have planted 8 miles of wild flower verges. It has saved 25k in mowing costs. These photos posted by British Beekeeping Association! ... See MoreSee Less
Calling all Kent based landscape gardeners - especially those who love to design wildlife friendly gardens that are perfect for people, as well as for wildlife. We'd love to hear from you and like to introduce you to our pollinator-friendly plant range. Come and visit our specialised nursery one day. 🙂
Pesticides and chemical fertilisers are dangerous for biodiversity and nature and have been identified as one of the reasons behind the dwindling numbers of Pollinators in France and indeed globally. They kill life in the soil and make plants dependent on them. A ban on use in Parks & Gardens this year has been welcomed but they are also heavily used in the agricultural industry by farmers working to produce food for the population and opposition to an all out ban has been fierce.Pollinators
There is some good news for Pollinators in France where use of Pesticides in Public Parks & Private Gardens has been banned..
Pesticides and chemical fertilisers are dangerous for biodiversity and nature and have been identified as one of the reasons behind the dwindling numbers of Pollinators in France and indeed globally. They kill life in the soil and make plants dependent on them. A ban on use in Parks & Gardens this year has been welcomed but they are also heavily used in the agricultural industry by farmers working to produce food for the population and opposition to an all out ban has been fierce.
The French Parliament previously announced a ban starting in 2019, but has voted to allow production of certain pesticides until 2025, despite these toxic products already being banned in the EU, but France can also continue to produce some of these ‘banned pesticides’ as long as they are sold to countries outside of the European Union - EU.
Of 577 Parliamentary deputies, 37 turned up for the vote and 27 supported the reprieve, however, the amendment does require companies only get exemptions if they agree to sign a transition convention – a contract defining some alternatives to put in place.
October is here but there are still butterflies to be found in between the downpours. Some of our most beautiful moths are also on the wing in Autumn. Repost from. @savebutterflies . . . . . #savebutterflies #ButterflyConservation #butterflies #kentbutterflies #lepidoptera #conservation #moths #kentmoths #kentsmagnificentmoths #macro #macromoths #igcb_moths #mothnight #mothweek #mothsmatter #mothtrapping #londonparks #royalparks #londonwildlife #urbanwildlife #urbanjungle #autumnwatch #ecowarrior #extinctionrebellion #biodiversity #earthchild #volunteer #charity #citizenscience ... See MoreSee Less
Nature is in big trouble but we know how to bring it back. It’s time to make nature a normal part of childhood again and restore wildlife so it can recover and thrive across urban jungles and the countryside once more – where it can be part of people’s daily lives.
Local action is already making a real difference and now the government needs to play its part. Rosie Hails, Nature and Science Director at the National Trust said: “We need a strong new set of environmental laws to hold our governments and others to account and to set long-term and ambitious targets. But it’s not just government that needs to act; we can also all do our own bit for nature and wildlife including #nature_friendlyplanting in our #gardens and choosing #peat_freecomposts that protect precious peatland habitats.
I highly recommend reading through Rosybee's blog! www.rosybee.com/blog. There is some really valuable information on there that we can all benefit from. Join the #WildlifeGardeningRevolution! 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Introducing Rosybee - a likeminded plant nursery in Oxfordshire, that similarly specialises in plants that attract and support lots of bees. They also run their site as a bee-friendly haven... just as we do! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Enchanted Gardens Kent is letting all photographic societies & groups know that we are a truly wonderful venue for year round visits. We are a pollinator Conservation Gardens and Nursery, and have established ourselves with a spectacular diversity of insects and flowers, even in autumn & wintertime. We are a permanent host to the rarest Bumblebee in the whole of the UK too and offer seating for 20 with tea/coffee and cake & a tour or lecture. I look forward to a chat about booking for 2020. 🙂
#WildBirdPhotography, #WildlifePhotography, #NaturePhotography #PhotographyClub ... See MoreSee Less
Glass sculptures in the Healing Garden at Blackthorn Trust. Perhaps we should have something similar here at Enchanted Gardens?The stunning glass sculptures designed by Stoney Parsons Architectural and stained glass artist have gone in over the last week completing the new healing garden. We are over the moon with them! Please come and visit soon and take a look. ... See MoreSee Less
The Blackthorn Trust is a supportive therapeutic environment near Maidstone in Kent, in which people can recover, grow and develop. Founded over 30 years ago by Dr David McGavin, they offer specialist therapies and rehabilitation at their unique facilities which includes the Blackthorn Medical Centre, a large #biodynamicgarden, #sculptures, a #vegetariancafé and kitchen, #craftstudios and #therapyrooms. Their work is based on the belief that #morethanmedication is required to affect #positivechange in people: namely #community, #meaningfulwork, therapeutic and peer support, and daily routine. They are proud of how the work of #RudolphSteiner underpins all their work, and the belief that people can be ‘over-intellectualised and should pay more attention to feelings, to the imagination, to the emotions, to the body and the space it occupies, and to nature and all its rhythms.’ BBC Gardeners WorldBBC South East... See MoreSee Less
Channel 4 News Reports state: "The biggest driver of #bio_diversity laws in our countryside is not climate, but #agriculture. We have an arable agriculture that is firmly based on #poison. And if you pour poison unremittingly onto the land for 70 years - and this is what we've done - you gonna kill everything." Professor Rosie Hails, Director of Nature and Science at the National Trust says: You should join your local conservation organisation and get them involved in that way. Here at Enchanted Gardens Kent we always encourage you to:
1.Start a garden, however small
2.Fill this area with the best possible plants that pollinators love!
3.Build a pond, or provide water for insects
4.Let parts of your garden grow wild. Introduce wildflowers!
5.Avoid using pesticides wherever possible
6.Provide nest sites (bug hotels) and don’t disturb them!
We've just sold a Leonotis Leonorus! This very insect friendly plant grows up to 9 feet and is extremely rare and unusual. It's sometimes known as The Stair-Case Plant and has very striking and unusual orange flowers. It is listed as a perennial and is ideal for back of borders. We think that they may respond a little too well to “pinching out”, as the plants can ascended to double their expected height and measures 12 feet by the end of the summer! www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/leonotis-leonorus... See MoreSee Less
For anyone who missed these colourful abstract paintings that were on show here at Enchanted Garden earlier this year - they will be in an exhibition during the East Kent Artists' Open Houses (EKOH), which is part of the Canterbury Festival #ekohwhitstable. So if you are visiting the Whitstable trail, check out house no.31 on the weekends October – 12th/13th + 19th/20th + 26th/27th. Brochures can be picked up from us!Some of the striking artwork we have on display during June - July 2019. They are all for sale and of course, look good inside any modern, contemporay home too, not just in our garden. ... See MoreSee Less
Ellenden Farm Camping Kent is only 5 min away from us. Working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust they planted a large crop of clover earlier this year - and the good news is that there are now hundreds of bumblebees and other pollinating insects in their fields! Their next project is working with the RSPB Love Nature to give a safe habitat to the endangered #TurtleDoves.
In 2018 Ellenden Farm put down its arable land to #conservation, turning it into naturally productive, species-rich meadows full of English meadow flowers and grasses. This is in addition to the Farm’s 200 acres of #protected #ancientwoodland which is a #SiteofScientificInterest. They work with Natural England and other conservation groups to protect and encourage fauna and flora, returning all their fields back to #flower_rich #haymeadows that are now a #rare and #importanthabitat. By managing their woodland, #ponds and the #wildflowermeadows together, they aim to increase levels of #wildlife. If you want to be a part of one of their projects (perhaps not so much in the autumn/ winter season), you can glamp in the middle of it all and see how their hard work is going. www.ellenden-glamping-kent.co.ukRent them both . ... See MoreSee Less
Aster Novae-Angeline ‘Harrington’s pink’. The shrill carder-bees LOVE IT! It has a garden award of merit and it divisible so bear with us and we will have it for sale by next year as this is the only one we have. ... See MoreSee Less
A short interview with the amazing Justin Gilday. Thank you so much for showing your incredible artwork at Enchanted Gardens. Hopefully we can arrange to have another exhibition in the not so distant future. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk #EnchantedGardensKent #OpenDay #NatureConservation #PollinatorGarden #NationalOpenGardenScheme2019 #SavetheBees #WildlifeProtection #Bees #Butterfly_friendlyGardeningIt's a lovely day and people are queing up to come in and see our beautiful gardens and incredible artwork. We are open today and tomorrow from 10am - 5:30pm. If you can't make it this weekend, then feel free to get in touch and arrange a visit during our normal opening hours. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/contact-us #EnchantedGardensKent ... See MoreSee Less
Natasha Sutton from Carers Cancer Support is speaking to Donna about her campaign in raising awareness for cancer patients and their families. She is in the process of creating a beautiful #dedicationgarden for her mother, together with Enchanted Gardens' help. This new pilot scheme is based in Whitstable, but the plan is to introduce similar projects nationwide. youtu.be/cxZQcWYNcF8... See MoreSee Less
www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk - Award winning Kent garden designer Donna Richardson is right on the button with her grassroots activist work. From Sir David Attenborough, to BBC Springwatch's Chris Packham, to Gardener's World and all the famous and celebrated flower shows in the country - everyone is talking about the importance of saving the bees and the butterflies. Donna was one of the first to recognise this unfortunate trend of losing our insect population years ago, when she set out to develop Enchanted Gardens - a dedicated organic nursery, which offers mostly rare and unusual plants, which were, and broadly are still not grown and are not available in the UK. All of her flowers are selected for their huge amount of pollen and nectar, which sadly, within the industry have been forgotten in favour of profit and fashion. ... See MoreSee Less
We found a slow-worm in the workspace! Anguis fragilis is a reptile native to Eurasia and protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. They are commonly found in gardens and compost heaps, where food is plentiful and rotting plant material creates warm conditions. Length: 40-50cm. Average lifespan: up to 20 years. Weight: 20-100g. With long, smooth, shiny, grey or brown bodies, slow worms look similar to tiny snakes. In fact they are legless lizards and quite harmless. Although found throughout mainland Britain, they are most common in Wales and south-west England. They are thought to be the most common reptile in Europe but are not seen that often as they do not usually bask in the open but prefer to hide under rocks and logs. They emerge at dusk and after rain to feed on slugs, worms and other slow moving prey. They hibernate from November to March. ... See MoreSee Less
Another addition to our display next weekend: colourful crystal sculptures to be placed among your flower beds.Gifts for Nature: energizing Orgonite garden sculptures made with crystals, metals, flowers & resin. According to Mike Emery @ Orgone Does Wonders: “THE BEST SHAPE FOR AN ORGONITE IS A PYRAMID, a SPHERE, a DOME, a STONE, or a PUCK” …because these shapes radiate out in all directions and it is easy to feel the power coming off it. Orgone energy devices can clean everything: the air, the water, the soil, the plants, animals and humans. He also says, if we spin around such devices with our good intentions for all, or for particular animals like the bees and butterflies, or unusual weather patterns, the spinning installs our good intentions as a memory, because the spin energy organizes information.
The weather might be patchy, but there will be lots of interesting things to see and experience this weekend at our NGS event. We've got the Bumblebee Conservation Trust here to chat to, a gorgeous display of flowers in our front and back gardens, amazing plants for sale, Enchanted Seeds for £1.00 per packet, dried Alliums for winter vase decorations (£2.50 each) and an engaging sculpture exhibition in one of our growing tunnels! Maybe the greater spotted woodpecker, who visited us yesterday afternoon will be back as well? ... See MoreSee Less