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The phone is ringing off the hook with customers wanting flowers, plants, vegetables and annuals. We need to remind you that it is only the second of March. In our UK climate, nothing is up yet. As a small family run nursery where we grow naturally, we have to work with our natural seasonal cycles so we all need to be patient. We know it feels like we have all been locked up for ages and we are desperate for colour but its too early! We do not force our plants, we do not heat our tunnels, we use no pesticides or insecticides, we grow in small batches, often to order & we grow according to our natural seasons. We do this as its sustainable, real & duplicatable. We hope this makes sense! #growing #seeds #annuals #sustainable #ukgrowers... See MoreSee Less
This looks cool! We have lots of sunflower seeds, maybe if any community gardens or schools want to do this we could donate some seeds? Feel free to buy some too, these are our own hand harvested (thanks Helen) seeds £1.00 for approx 50 seeds. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/sunflowers/
Our own seeds from the Cow Shed Garden. We have hedgehogs here so the slugs and snails do not bother us too much. You might not be so lucky so you might need to protect from slug damage. Ideally, grow...
I know we keep going on about the Fibonacci thing but how can we not, its just amazing! Fibonacci, also known as Leonardo Bonacci, Leonardo of Pisa, or Leonardo Bigollo Pisano, was an Italian mathematician from the Republic of Pisa, considered to be "the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages". In the plant world, its all about cell populations! #fibonacci #plants #perennials... See MoreSee Less
November 23rd is Fibonacci day so a good excuse to post more later in the year. 😊
I always marvel at the tiny flowers that are often unseen by others 😍
No less a person than Alan Turing, alighted upon the reason for this. He wrote a paper on reaction diffusion equations and their application to morphological development back in 1952. Scientists have subsequently found numerous morphological development systems, including in plants, that verify his theory.
Its tomato week here at EG. Helen has sown over 500 tomato seeds from tumbling to Russian to gardener's delight. Her one complaint? She now has to wear her glasses to sow properly! #growyourown#tomatoes#freshveg... See MoreSee Less
As we juggle new orders for plants that are not really awake yet, sow vegetables, sow perennials, look at the mess that is the garden, have shows cancel, rebook and goodness knows what else, its very hard to hold on to our sanity! The ONLY thing we do know is that we cannot thank our volunteers enough, you might think you do not do very much but we would genuinely be lost without you, so thank you all! #breathe #justkeepsowing #prayforthesunshine... See MoreSee Less
We just potted on last years very late sowing of Antirrhinum, commonly known as dragon flowers or snapdragons because of the flowers' fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when squeezed. They are native to rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and North Africa. The bees love them. They like dry & sunny. Good companion planting for veg. We will be selling them as self-seeding annuals this year £3 for a 1 litre, 2 to a pot. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/antirrhinum-or-snapdragon-2-in-1litre/
Helen sowed our first Lovage today. Levisticum officinale, is a tall (up to 1.8m) perennial plant, from Europe, the leaves being used as an herb, the roots as a vegetable, and the seeds as a spice, especially in southern European cuisine. Its a super herb, similar in taste to celery & can be used in stews, soups & salad. Queen Victoria was fond of lovage candies apparently! #lovage#superherbs... See MoreSee Less
Holyhocks, a lovely plant, we grow several varieties here. Thompson & Morgan are selling 'Hollyhock 'Chater's Double Mixed' as part of their RHS Plants for Pollinators. £7.99 for 3 for BARE ROOTS! Its not even a plant! This makes us incandescently angry! Doubles are NO GOOD FOR INSECTS! They have no stigma and no stamens therefore no POLLEN and no NECTAR! Anyway, rant over and there is a point. Do think before you buy, shop local, trust your tradespeople! Ours are singles, home grown, our own seed, grown organically (we are not certified its too expensive), like this lovely pink one in the photo. #shoplocal #singlesarebest #moveoverdoubles #plantsforinsects... See MoreSee Less
Currently all our gardens require you to pre-book tickets to their open days. When tickets are available to book a yellow book now button will appear in the open day date boxes. Click on that to book ...
Peonies. We have over 30 here at EG and we love them. They are reclaimed plants from old gardening clients,a mix of singles & doubles which are no good for the insects, but it seems wrong to just remove them for that reason. Thompson & Morgan are selling Peony 'Scented Bouquet', again in their RHS Plants for Pollinators range. However, these are doubles and therefore no good for the insects, no stamens, no stigma, no pollen, no nectar. You can buy single Peonies like 'prairie moon', 'claire de lune', 'imaculee'. The best people to buy peonies from in Kent are www.littlebuddspeonyfarm.co.uk/our-peonies Donna first met this lovely family in 2019 at the Detling Garden Show, they are knowledgeable, passionate and trustworthy. #plantshopping #shoplocal #plantsforpollinators... See MoreSee Less
I am sure some of you have started to get gardening catalogues through the post. Thompson & Morgan are offering 'Calibrachoa Can Can 'Double Orange Tastic''. They describe this as perfect for patios, never ending flowers, no dead heading needed. However, this is DOUBLE, so NO GOOD for any insects. It also arrives as 5 POSTIPLUGS, for £8.99, these are 3-6cm in total size including the plug rootball, so basically TINY, grown in a hot house, so it will not like the transition to your greenhouse or windowsill and there's a lot of growing on to do before its ready to go out. Plus some single use plastic and probably not peat free. Do think about where you buy your plants from, we can all help to change our industry, but only if we all make the best choices we can. x D & H #shoplocal #Reduce #reuse #recycle #pollinators... See MoreSee Less
Thompson and Morgan have a long history selling shoddy products - poor small plants, too few seeds or seeds that come up as something worse than what they were sold as. Despite this occasionally I tried them again hoping they'd changed and usually I was disappointed again. I honestly don't know how they've managed to stay in business. They shouldn't have. My advice don't touch T&M with a bargepole!
They seem to have awful history of rubbish. I avoid like the plague.
In 1472 Norway gave Orkney and Shetland to Scotland, as part of a dowry payment. Obviously, dowrys were a big thing then! I wonder if there were puffins on Orkney then? Puffins are known as ‘tammie norries’ in Orkney and actually spend most of their lives at sea. They return to their breeding colonies around April and May where they lay only a single egg. They then begin to leave their cliffside burrows in August. #puffins ' #iconic #scottish #birds... See MoreSee Less
The perfect Spring poem, which I am sure will remind many of us of school ..
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed—and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. ... See MoreSee Less
Mr Russell, the horticulturist, (1857-1951) loved lupins. He dedicated 20 years to creating a hybridised Lupin with huge flower spikes much larger and more colourful than the original Lupin Polyphyllus. Now, he used bees to pollinate these and the Lupin 'Russell Hybrids' that Thompson & Morgan are currently selling do attract the bees (bare rooted 3 for £7.99). However, lupins only last a few years and these hybrids, when they self-sow simply revert to the original, so why not skip several stages and just buy the original!! More sustainable, better for everyone! #hybrids #lupins #sustainable... See MoreSee Less
We have had several chats with some of you recently. Common themes: -boredom -fed up -nothing to look forward to! We feel your pain and we are with you! What can you do about it? -Join our coffee mornings at 10am every Tuesday, on Zoom sorry, maybe we can do them for real when we can open again, just to chat and check in and share your woes and worries. -Order some seeds and start growing. -Keep in touch, call us or message us for a chat. -get out in your garden when you can, our ladybird girls are just doing all our roses here at EG, watch this space for video tips. -Let us know how else we can help you! x D & H ... See MoreSee Less
Struggle with recognising birdsong? Lev Parikian's book 'Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?' is a day by day guide to recognising birdsong. Check out the live clips here www.levparikian.com... See MoreSee Less
We had a lovely coffee morning on zoom and it reminded us all of how much we love chattering about plants and growing and gardens and insects. That is what we are good at here at EG. We live, work, eat, sleep & breathe plants here and we are here to talk to you, to reassure you, to guide you, to answer your questions and to serve you the best we can. We are really looking forward to opening our doors again to you all, in the meantime, do enjoy starting your seeds off! x D & H ... See MoreSee Less
Do you love your wife enough to die for her? Well Aleksandr Pushkin did! He died in 1837 in a duel defending his wife's honour. Natalya was probably livid as I bet he hadn't made a will, but she had been having an affair... Huge public mourning for the loss of this poet which nearly resulted in riots! #truelove#duel#infidelity#poet#grief... See MoreSee Less
Did you know that one meaning ascribed to a gift of white lilies was that the giver's love was pure for their intended? Funny now I always associate lilies with funerals. What do you associate lillies with? Photo credit to istock. #purelove #whitelilies #flowers... See MoreSee Less
Receiving a gift of Red Carnations, meant that your gifter's heart ached for you! Florist Carnations are 'vase florist doubles' & very likely to be an import. To grow, best to take cuttings from single Dianthus or 'pinks' such as 'Dianthus Argus, Dianthus Dewdrop, Elizabethan Pink, Dianthus Gingham Gown, Dianthus Red Dwarf to name some. Another name is 'gillyflower'. If we can find a reliable stockist we will let you know. The butterflies like these ones and their scent is utterly divine, nostalgic and mesmeric. Image credit to Goran Horvat. ... See MoreSee Less
I adore this picture of Donna almost as much as I adore her! Her true spirit is shining through. Its a priviledge to work with her, to laugh with her, to cry with her, and to scratch our heads as to how we are going to get through this, but she is ever the optimist and together we keep each other going. #Thanks #lovemyboss #feelthelove #sunshine #Snow... See MoreSee Less