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We are taking action! As you might know, we are situated right next to a dual carriageway , the A229, that runs right behind our nursery. Litter in this area has long been a problem, so we have joined the Keep Britain Tidy scheme and will organize two litter picking events - one in March and one in April. www.countryfile.com/how-to/outdoor-skills/britains-growing-litter-problem-why-is-it-so-bad-and-ho... ... See MoreSee Less

We are taking action! As you might know, we are situated right next to a dual carriageway , the A229, that runs right behind our nursery. Litter in this area has long been a problem, so we have joined the Keep Britain Tidy scheme and will organize two litter picking events - one in March and one in April.  www.countryfile.com/how-to/outdoor-skills/britains-growing-litter-problem-why-is-it-so-bad-and-how-to-take-action

You can help bumblebees by providing them with somewhere to nest. The first step of course is to provide lots of THE RIGHT KIND OF FLOWERS in spring. At this time of year the nest-searching queen will be attracted to gardens where she can find plenty of food to help her produce her first batch of eggs. For information on the #bestflowers to plant for #bumblebees, visit beekind.bumblebeeconservation.org/home. Once she is ready to lay, the queen will start looking for a nest site. She flies low over the ground in a zig-zag pattern, stopping to investigate holes in the ground, or piles of leaves. It can be quite difficult to encourage bumblebees to nest in a specific place – even specially designed nest boxes have limited success. Here at Enchanted Gardens, we've got a few recommended bumblebee nest boxes available, however, a turned over flowerpot (20cm in diameter), a piece of slate/ tile, a bit of tube or pipe and old bedding from a pet mouse, guinea pig, etc, or shredded paper will work just as well. ... See MoreSee Less

You can help bumblebees by providing them with somewhere to nest. The first step of course is to provide lots of THE RIGHT KIND OF FLOWERS in spring. At this time of year the nest-searching queen will be attracted to gardens where she can find plenty of food to help her produce her first batch of eggs. For information on the #bestflowers to plant for #bumblebees, visit https://beekind.bumblebeeconservation.org/home. Once she is ready to lay, the queen will start looking for a nest site. She flies low over the ground in a zig-zag pattern, stopping to investigate holes in the ground, or piles of leaves. It can be quite difficult to encourage bumblebees to nest in a specific place – even specially designed nest boxes have limited success. Here at Enchanted Gardens, weve got a few recommended bumblebee nest boxes available, however, a turned over flowerpot (20cm in diameter), a piece of slate/ tile, a bit of tube or pipe and old bedding from a pet mouse, guinea pig, etc, or shredded paper will work just as well.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Can you believe this little ladybird that Julie Alice Chappell made out of bits of old computers and mobile phones???!!!!!Re visit: Two Spot Ladybird ... See MoreSee Less

Can you believe this little ladybird that Julie Alice Chappell made out of bits of old computers and mobile phones???!!!!!

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Thank you so much 🐞

Modern steampunk, love it 😍

Homeowners should replace tarmac drives with gardens.

www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8012145/Homeowners-plant-absorbent-plants-garden-fight-fl...

Homeowners should replace tarmac drives with gardens to fight floods
A botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has warned that Brits should avoid tarmacking lawns and should instead plant floodwater-tolerant greenery to stave off the worst of floods.
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When Canterbury Council recently announced that they were considering imposing a charge to empty the green bins ( garden waste) I thought that would probably encourage more people to consider concreting their gardens over, so preventing the absorption of rain water, and to save them money.🤔

It would also help drainage and diversity to replace most lawns with borders.

The flooding will be worse if all the proposed 1000s of houses are built

It’s a flurry of activity here as plant orders swoop in. You must be all so sick of the rain you are plant shopping to cheer yourselves up lol! ... See MoreSee Less

It’s a flurry of activity here as plant orders swoop in. You must be all so sick of the rain you are plant shopping to cheer yourselves up lol!

Donna talks about the various wildlife habitats she's got in her gardens and the many other good reasons why people should come and visit Enchanted Gardens. ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

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Hairy-footed flower bees (Anthophora plumipes) are one of the first #solitarybees of the year to emerge and are frequent visitors to gardens, parks, woodlands and urban greenspaces. Their flower preferences are #lungworts, #primroses, #dead_nettles and #comfrey. So make sure you got some of these plants in your garden. 😉

They nest in shallow hollows in soft mortar, cob walls, exposed vertical soil profiles or soft cliff faces, and occasionally in the ground in compact clay soils.Hairy-footed flower bees (Anthophora plumipes) are one of the first solitary bees of the year to emerge & are frequent visitors to gardens, parks & urban woodlands. The females are distinctly black with orange back legs and fly in a quick, darting motion.
Find out more here: ow.ly/D5Oq50xZQbE

#solitarybees #hairyfootedflowerbee #bees #lovegardening #garden #blackbee #lovebees
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Hairy-footed flower bees (Anthophora plumipes) are one of the first #solitarybees of the year to emerge and are frequent visitors to gardens, parks, woodlands and urban greenspaces. Their flower preferences are #lungworts, #primroses, #dead_nettles and #comfrey. So make sure you got some of these plants in your garden. ;-) 

They nest in shallow hollows in soft mortar, cob walls, exposed vertical soil profiles or soft cliff faces, and occasionally in the ground in compact clay soils.

12,627 post reach this week and nearly 500 Page likes!

We must be doing something right. ❤️💕❤️💕❤️
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Thank you everyone, we love that you love what we are doing here! And the sun is out yippee!

You are! Congratulations. X

1 week ago

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At the COP26 launch Boris Johnson said ‘We must reverse the appalling loss of habitats and species, it's only by repairing the damage to the natural world that we can address the problem of climate change’. Yet by approving HS2 he continues the war on nature. @ChrisPackham
www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/12/woods-and-irons-winners-and-losers-in-the-path-of-hs2

It is indeed 'illogical' and makes no sense to us, unless you've heard about Agenda 2030. Rosa Koire, executive director of the Post Sustainability Institute and Democrats Against UN Agenda 21, as well as author of the book BEHIND THE GREEN MASK, speaks about it and says: "It's about moving populations into city centres - concentrated city centres - and clearing them out of the rural areas. What this truly means is that if you tell people that they have to build only smart towns, high-density development in an urban centre, right on a train line - or the train doesn't even have to be there, a proposed idea of a train line is enough - and then no development, no buildings, no residential, no commercial can happen outside of that very, very concentrated area. Then what do you have?"
#RosaKoire #Agenda21
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In 2019, we had two successful National Garden Scheme events. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/2019/10/22/ngs-open-garden-scheme.
This year, we will open our gardens for charity on four different occasions. Here are the dates:

• NGS - Spring Bulb Festival – Sat/Sun 4th and 5th April
• NGS - Sat/Sun 6th and 7th June
• NGS - (by Appointment) - Sat/Sun 12th and 13th September
• NGS - Sat/Sun 26th and 27th September
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Please note, we are not part of the Whitstable Gardens, but are listed in the stand alone section, as we are just a little bit too far away from Whitstable town centre. You'll find us in the Kent NGS little yellow book. National Garden Scheme
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This lovely lady is hoping to come to our nature Ceative Weekend in August. It's not too late to order from her for Valentine's Day either!Last orders ! Its not too late to get your orders in for Valentine's - with free postage and gift boxing on us. !
Any orders received on the website before 9am tomorrow we will post it first class for you free by noon. And well extend our special offer so you can get one free for yourself too!! #lastminutevalentinesgifts #silvertrinkets #fabulousandaffordablejewellery #jewellerythatdoesntcosttheearth #silverheartpendants #personalisedvalentines #sayitwithtrinkets #letsomeoneknowyoulovethem #valentinesisforeveryone
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This lovely lady is hoping to come to our nature Ceative Weekend in August. Its not too late to order from her for Valentines Day either!

One remarkable benefit of growing purple-flowered plants, or those on the lilac, blue, mauve and violet spectrum, is that they are all highly attractive to pollinators - and especially to bees - with some showing an innate preference for purple flowers. Here are 55 varieties that you can choose from:
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• Buddleia
• Echium pininana | Giant Viper's Bugloss
• Digitalis Purpurea | Foxgloves
• Echium vulgare
• Echinops ‘Sphaerocephalus’
• Penstemon ‘Blackbird’
• Phlomis Purpurea
• Prunella Freelander Blue
• Agapanthus
• Agastaches
• Laminum - dead nettles
• Asclepias Incarnata (Butterfly Weed)
• Asters
• Berkheya Purpurea
• Campanula
• Cardoon (Cynara Cardunculus)
• Centaureas (Cornflower & Knapweed)
• Eryngium
• Verbena Bonariensis
• Verbena Rigida
• Hardy Geranium (Cranesbill)
• Iris – Perry’s Blue
• Liriope Spicata Gin-Ryu
• Lobelia Vedrariensis
• Persicaria
• Salsify – Tragopogon (Skirret)
• Salvia – Amistad
• Salvia – Gentian Blue
• Salvia – Transylvanica
• Salvia – Uiliginosa
• Scabious Caucasica
• Stachys – Macrantha Superba (Betony)
• Thalictrum Delavayi (Chinese Meadow Rue)
• Verbascum Violetta
• Veronica (Speedwell)
• Cerinthe Major Purpurascens (Honeywort)
• Cosmos
• Nicandra Physaloides (Shoo-Fly Plant)
• Akebia Quinata (Chocolate Vine)
• Morning Glory
• Sweet Peas
• Campion
• Paulownia tomenstosa
• Echiums
• Scophularia
• Cercis
• Jacaranda mimosifolia
• Magnolia ‘Joe McDaniel’
• Perovskia
• Liriope muscari
• Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’
• Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’
• Purple thalictrums
• Teasels
• Catmint
• Clematis
• Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)
• Lavender

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#SavetheBees Above is a list of flowers that we recommend (and most of them are in stock at the Enchanted Gardens nursery), but we've also created our special monthly changing #PurplePollinatorPacks that you'll find at: www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/purplepollinatorpacks

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All other pollintator-friendly perennials are listed here: www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product-category/perennials
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Simon runs a wildlife gardening company called Simple Life in Deal and combines all of his passions; the wildlife we share our lives with, education and the well being found in the outside world in his inspiring work. He is keen to dispel incorrect beliefs that there isn’t much that people can do to protect and enjoy wildlife without a large amount of land and thus introduces us to the many ways we can bring back a thriving world of birds, mammals, insects and amphibians to any outdoor space. This is a short excerpt from his recent 3 hour lecture at Enchanted Gardens Kent.

To book him go to: www.simplelifeltd.co.uk Kent Wildlife Trust
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Thank you Simon Pollard for a fabulous lecture on 'Bringing Wildlife into your Life' today (from 1-5pm). It was a pleasure having you here at Enchanted Gardens Kent sharing the stage with Donna. We look forward to your next presentation. PS. a few short video clips of the event will follow soon.

Simon Pollard Simple Life
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What an awesome afternoon. Major thanks should go to all those who braved the weather and made the afternoon for us. Mega thanks go to Donna for hosting the event too. Can’t wait for the next one too...Chris J Verbiest Grace Kelly

❤️💕❤️💕❤️ What a colour blast! I hope this pic inspires you to plant more pollinator-friendly flowers this year. And frankly, we could all do with a bit more nature and colour in our lives! 😉

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❤️💕❤️💕❤️ What a colour blast! I hope this pic inspires you to plant more pollinator-friendly flowers this year. And frankly, we could all do with a bit more nature and colour in our lives! ;-) 

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I can’t wait for planting this year Donna the bees are going to be so happy xx

Will have to visit when foot better xx

Gorgeous x

Inspired!!!!

Bug hotels for Bumblebees.

Bees pollinate flowers, plants and crops that support other species, including humans. Without bees, our economy and the future wellbeing of our children and grandchildren would be at risk. So the best thing you can do this year is to Start a Garden – Grow Food for Pollinators and add a Bug Hotel! The wooden box with the bedding below is a nest for a Queen Bumblebee. These ladies emerge from their winter rest in early March, looking immediately for a nest to start laying eggs, which will all be male and (sorry guys) are simply the workforce. At the end of the year, all males die and new queens will leave the nest for the winter to emerge next springtime to start more colonies. The best nesting material you can use is shredded paper, or hamster bedding.

Here are some other useful things you can do to help them:
1. Limit the amount of hard landscaping and increase the area given to plants
2. It’s very helpful to delay cutting back old plants until the spring, rather than doing it in the autumn, and just generally be less tidy.
3. Moths and their caterpillars need fallen leaves, old stems and other plant debris, they also feed on the native plants we consider weeds and long grasses.
4. Let parts of your garden grow wild and plant pollinator-friendly flowers around your bug hotel!
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Bumblebee Conservation Trust #PollinatorHabitats #BugHotels #Bumblebees #StartaGarden #GrowFoodforPollinators #HomesforPollinators
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Bees love purple, lilac, blue and violet colours! We are thus very happy to present our brand-new #PurplePollinatorPacks! They come in three different groups:

3 plants for £ 25 - 5 plants for £ 35 or - 8 plants for £ 50

They are all perennials and will change every month, according to what is in bloom. In this month's selection (February), you'll find:
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1. Campanula 'Medium'
2. Digitalis Purpurea
3. Echinops ‘Sphaerocephalus’
4. Penstemon ‘Blackbird’
5. Phlomis Purpurea
6. Prunella Freelander Blue
7. Verbena Bonariensis
8. Scabious

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Campanula 'Medium' - or also called Canterbury Bells, are deep bell flowers, which the #bees #love. Digitalis Purpurea are #purple Foxgloves - a #traditional #woodlandplant for the back of the border. It can get to 6-8ft and likes semi-shade. It will self-seed if you let them. Echinops ‘Sphaerocephalus’ - the great globe thistle. It grows up to 6 feet with #delicate foliage and a #gorgeous electric blue/ purple colour, that appears ghostly in low light. Penstemon ‘Blackbird’ is a #bushy upright clump of dark purple spikes of trumped flowers. Good for both, pots and #gardens. Phlomis Purpurea, or Jerusalem Sage, that has #aromatic soft hairy leafes. It is tough and hardy. Prunella Freelander Blu or 'Heal All', is a #charming low growing carpet of #violet #blue #flowers. It has a long flowerng season, is great for ground cover, spreads quickly and needs to be trimmed in order to keep the #flowers coming. Verbena Bonariensis is a great #architectural plant that #flowersallsummer in any position. It grows up to 5feet tall and self-seeds freely. Scabious has been grown for hundreds of years and is a #beautiful flower, looking so #natural. The blooms are #large and very blue. Of course no #pollinator can resist them and if dead-headed they offer a #longflowering period.

We have created a link on our website at: www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/purplepollinatorpacks for the 8 for £ 50 packs, but if you like to order one of the other 2 options, you need to contact us at: 01227266070, or mobile: 07967917161. Email: donna@enchantedgardenskent.co.uk with your preferred selection of plants.

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#Pollinator_friendlyPlants #Perennials #PlantOffers #PollinatorPacks #Bee_friendlyFlowers #PollinatorConservationPlantNursery
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Bees love purple, lilac, blue and violet colours! We are thus very happy to present our brand-new #PurplePollinatorPacks! They come in three different groups:
 
3 plants for £ 25 - 5 plants for £ 35 or - 8 plants for £ 50

They are all perennials and will change every month, according to what is in bloom. In this months selection (February), youll find: 
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1. Campanula Medium
2. Digitalis Purpurea
3. Echinops ‘Sphaerocephalus’
4. Penstemon ‘Blackbird’
5. Phlomis Purpurea
6. Prunella Freelander Blue
7. Verbena Bonariensis
8. Scabious 

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Campanula Medium - or also called Canterbury Bells, are deep bell flowers, which the #bees #love. Digitalis Purpurea are #purple Foxgloves - a #traditional #woodlandplant for the back of the border. It can get to 6-8ft and likes semi-shade. It will self-seed if you let them. Echinops ‘Sphaerocephalus’ - the great globe thistle. It grows up to 6 feet with #delicate foliage and a #gorgeous electric blue/ purple colour, that appears ghostly in low light. Penstemon ‘Blackbird’ is a #bushy upright clump of dark purple spikes of trumped flowers. Good for both, pots and #gardens. Phlomis Purpurea, or Jerusalem Sage, that has #aromatic soft hairy leafes. It is tough and hardy. Prunella Freelander Blu or Heal All, is a #charming low growing carpet of #violet #blue #flowers. It has a long flowerng season, is great for ground cover, spreads quickly and needs to be trimmed in order to keep the #flowers coming. Verbena Bonariensis is a great #architectural plant that #flowersallsummer in any position. It grows up to 5feet tall and self-seeds freely. Scabious has been grown for hundreds of years and is a #beautiful flower, looking so #natural. The blooms are #large and very blue. Of course no #pollinator can resist them and if dead-headed they offer a #longflowering period. 

We have created a link on our website at: www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/purplepollinatorpacks for the 8 for £ 50 packs, but if you like to order one of the other 2 options, you need to contact us at: 01227266070, or mobile: 07967917161. Email: <a href=donna@enchantedgardenskent.co.uk with your preferred selection of plants. _________________________________________________________ #Pollinator_friendlyPlants #Perennials #PlantOffers #PollinatorPacks #Bee_friendlyFlowers #PollinatorConservationPlantNursery" data-querystring="_nc_cat=108&_nc_ohc=G9Cs6QoeGUUAX_Ojku6&_nc_ht=scontent.xx&_nc_tp=6&oh=5198f279db0c879a941a90c5be575b8f&oe=5EF33BB1" data-ratio="1.5" class="cff-multi-image" />Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

We have had several requests to be open on a weekend day. So, as from Saturday 4th April (also our NGS Spring Bulb Festival Weekend), we will be open Saturdays 11am-4pm. We look forward to seeing you then for plants, tea and cake! ... See MoreSee Less

Donna is showing off her early flowering Daffodiles and talks about the upcoming NGS Spring Bulb Festival at the beginning of April, as well as this weekend's presentation 'Bringing Wildlife into your Garden' by Simon Pollard. There are still a few spaces available. So if you like to come along this Sunday go to: www.facebook.com/events/445401583041340 and click on 'Going'.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust #wildlifegardeningcourses
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It's February! With winter fading into spring, there are many colourful plants that you can add to your garden, bringing some brightness to your month. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

Its February! With winter fading into spring, there are many colourful plants that you can add to your garden, bringing some brightness to your month. :-)

Wildlife garden: Top 10 plants to attract bees and other pollinators. More at: www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/plants

• 1 Lavender
• 2 Dahlia (single, or semi-double flowered varieties are best)
• 3 Wallflower
• 4 Borage
• 5 Foxgloves
• 6 Cosmos
• 7 Scabious
• 8 Verbena bonariensis
• 9 Marigolds
• 10 Marjoram
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Wildlife garden: Top 10 plants to attract bees and other pollinators. More at: www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/plants

• 1 Lavender
• 2 Dahlia (single, or semi-double flowered varieties are best) 
• 3 Wallflower
• 4 Borage
• 5 Foxgloves
• 6 Cosmos
• 7 Scabious
• 8 Verbena bonariensis
• 9 Marigolds
• 10 Marjoram

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Which kind of marigolds?

3 weeks ago

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"The Power of Bee-ness", a lecture on Saturday 18th April as part of the Scientific and Medical Network. 🐝 Heidi Herrmann has been a beekeeper for 20 years. She is a founding member of the Natural Beekeeping Trust and a key contributor to new directions in apiculture. Check out this interesting publication: Natural Bee Husbandry Magazine - the international journal for bee-centred beekeeping. 🐝✨🐝

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The Power of Bee-ness, a lecture on Saturday 18th April as part of the Scientific and Medical Network. 🐝 Heidi Herrmann has been a beekeeper for 20 years. She is a founding member of the Natural Beekeeping Trust and a key contributor to new directions in apiculture. Check out this interesting publication: Natural Bee Husbandry Magazine - the international journal for bee-centred beekeeping. 🐝✨🐝

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National Children's Gardening Week is from 23 -31st May this year and Enchanted Gardens Kent is collaborating with Altogether Extraordinary to create some fun activities - Together, we help children grow. More details to come...

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National Childrens Gardening Week is from 23 -31st May this year and Enchanted Gardens Kent is collaborating with Altogether Extraordinary to create some fun activities - Together, we help children grow. More details to come...

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Looking forward to it.😊

Our green #bio_degradablebags that we give to our customers. We are also getting ready for the new growing season and will be offering our beautiful monthly 'Purple Pollinator Packs' this year. So look out for them in the spring! ... See MoreSee Less

Our green #bio_degradableBags that we give to our customers. We are also getting ready for the new growing season and will be offering our beautiful monthly Purple Pollinator Packs this year. So look out for them in the spring!Image attachmentImage attachment

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