Just a reminder EG is closed next week from Monday 10th, opening again Tuesday 18th. Donna and Helen are away (not together lol), although wold chaos pending we both want to go to Madeira in November please universe! ... See MoreSee Less
All big tubs of annuals (all self-seeding do you will get them next year too but they die down in the winter) £3 now to clear! We need the space!! (also fed up with watering everything, it takes hours and hours) ... See MoreSee Less
Our super summer SPECIAL OFFER! Two trolleys full of our gorgeous pollinator-friendly flowers. 16 perennial plants in each, this would normally be £135 per trolley.... but I'd like to inspire you today in the hope that you will create your own instant flower meadow by offering them to you as a package for the reduced price of £90 for 16 plants.
ALL OF THIS amazing colour blast, i.e. 32 plants!!! for just £180! ... See MoreSee Less
5ft Morning Glory for only £ 3.00! People are asking for this gorgeous blue annual climber every year. It's stunning and easy, but wont survive the frosts. We are growing all of our favourite climbers on fan bamboo trellis in 10 litre pots. They all exude a wonderful strong fragrance, are reliable and have a very high nectar value in order to benefit the bees and butterflies. Some of these Morning Glorys will come together with #sweetpeas. To reserve your own go to: www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/morning-glory
Please note: Orders need to be collected directly from the nursery in Whitstable. Alternatively contact us if you would like a quote for delivery.
We also have other climbers (£12.00 or £25.00 size dependent) like: 1. Akebia Quinata (Chocolate vine) 2. Honeysuckle (Lonicera) 3. Jasmine – Fiona Sunrise 4. Passiflora (Passion Flower) 3 litre pots 5. Trachelospermum (Star Jasmin) ... See MoreSee Less
Hello my darlings, I just received this from who I call "The Young People" - they are very very loud about the things we all care about - The Palm oil industry is completely profit driven and is having a devastating impact. If you would like to please add your name to the petition to show that you do not agree with this. Thank you all - Donna Enchanted xx ... See MoreSee Less
It's with a heavy heart that we had to let Cherry go to sleep today. She will be sorely missed here at EG. A tiny cat with a huge meow, an exquisite palette and a great presence. Rest in peace darling. ... See MoreSee Less
Fascinating facts! • People in the UK spent an average £125 on their gardens during lockdown, favouring buying plants, fruit and veg and furniture.Those on furlough spent £189 sprucing up their garden and outdoor areas during lockdown. With millennials most likely to have young families, this money was often spent with their children in mind, with one in five (19%) saying they wanted to give their children an opportunity to play outside while the parks were closed. Millennials were also the most likely to state their garden improves their overall wellbeing (45%), compared to 39% nationwide
The lobelias are just starting to flower. All our lobelias will thrive in moist conditions in full or half sun, but they will tolerate drier conditions. Queen Victoria: red foliage and scarlet flowers. Vedrariensis: green foliage, vibrant purple blooms. Cardinalis: upright green foliage, tall scarlet red flowers. Monet’s Moments: green foliage, rich pink flower. Blue Selection: stout foliage, pale blue foliage. Beware the milky sap of some lobelias can be a skin irritant. ... See MoreSee Less
Helen just got home to this lovely little thing. It’s a thank you from the wonderful Julie Alice Chappell who makes them out of old mobiles and circuit boards. She is on Etsy as DewLeaf! It’s all beautifully upcycled, just what we like at EG and a big insect theme! ... See MoreSee Less
Although we have had a lot of interest in the yoga & meditation sessions, we have had no bookings. We will postphone these until next year when hopefully we are all feeling a bit more safe. With love Helen, Donna & Robin. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to Lenny Guida at Jewson Whitstable for donating us this lovely slate. We hope to be able to make some permanent plant labels out of them so our lovely visitors know what some of our more unusual specimens are. ... See MoreSee Less
Cardoon - an edible globe artichoke from the Cynara Scolymus Group.
“Cynara” is providing a dramatic impact, this giant purple thistle with flowers the size of a football, growing 6/8 feet tall with sensational large serrated silver-grey leaves. Over the years, I have learnt that the old ragetty bottom leaves should not be removed as they “sit and balance” on them, they provide support for this heavyweight plant. When taking the photographs of this lovely giant it seemed as though the insects were completely drunk! and unable to leave. ... See MoreSee Less
Dear lovely customers and volunteers, ADVANCE WARNING, Helen and I will be away the week commencing Saturday 8th August -Monday August 17th so EG will be CLOSED, but we are open again Tuesday 18th August. ... See MoreSee Less
Scabious Ritz Blue. It looks so much better in its native habitat, chalk grassland, than in our pots at EG waiting for their forever homes. If you want yours to look like this think crap soil, full sun, free draining and don’t be too nice to it!! ... See MoreSee Less
**************** Hot Green News!!! ****************
‘Ministers will today unveil a £4million fund for doctors to prescribe patients a walk in the countryside. The money is to fund a trial of "#greenprescribing", where patients are told to spend time in nature!
Environment Secretary George Eustice will announce money for a trial of “green prescribing”, where people are told to spend time among nature as part of efforts to boost physical and mental health. The Environment Department said: “If successful, this will be scaled up ac...ross the country, making full use of our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so we can ease the burden on our whole NHS. “We know that people benefit both physically and mentally from being in nature. “These pilots will help us to understand how best to connect people, especially those hit hardest by Covid-19, with the beautiful British countryside.”’
We know that people benefit both physically and mentally from being in nature.
Ministers will today unveil a £4million fund for doctors to prescribe patients a walk in the countryside. Environment Secretary George Eustice will announce money for a trial of “#greenprescribing”, where people are told to #spendtimeinnature as part of efforts to boost physical and mental health.
The Environment Department said: “If successful, this will be scaled up across the country, making full use of our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so we can ease the burden on our whole NHS.
Under the £4million scheme, doctors will also be able to urge people to do gardening, join cycling and walking groups, take part in outdoor 'green gym' sessions and help plant trees in their local ar...
"Just had a lovely afternoon with my daughter & grandson at the Enchanted Gardens. We strolled around the different parts of the garden, enjoying all the pretty flowers & the many bees & butterflies they attract. Donna was most welcoming, her enthusiasm is infectious, it was a pleasure to talk with someone so knowledgeable about her subject. Plants grown on site for sale, helpful leaflets about the bees & butterflies (my grandson enjoyed ticking them off as he spotted them) & tea & scrumptious vegan cakes served in a shady spot in the garden. My kind of day, thank you! We’ll be back...." “#greenprescribing” Whitstable Medical Practice
This wonderful feedback was received from one of our visitors, Claire Rutland.
People in Britain are being urged to help determine if summer 2020 is the best for butterflies for a quarter of a century by joining the world’s most popular insect survey. The #BigButterflyCount begins on Friday, with people asked to spend 15 minutes in a park, garden, field or wood, counting the common butterflies they see. The sunny spring weather has caused butterfly species to emerge earlier this year than at any time for two decades, with experts predicting that following the hot summers of 2018 and 2019, butterfly numbers could build to their greatest abundance since the mid-1990s.
Chris Packham, the wildlife campaigner and vice-president of Butterfly Conservation, said taking part in the charity’s three-week count was a chance to give back to the natural world, which had been a source of solace and joy during lockdown.
We had a fabulous day at Enchanted Gardens today, making up five lovely troughs for The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace in St Dunstans. Thanks Dan Grimwood and Sophie!
Canterbury, Kent Canterbury Residents Group Plants used: Self-heal Fennel, variety of thymes, variety of mints, Tomatoes, Correopsis, Sages, verbenas Agastaches, Onions, Eryngium blue hobbit White lavenders ...I think thats it. ... See MoreSee Less
Lysimachia Clethorides (I know it sounds like a nasty infection) but its common name is Gooseneck loosestrife, so much better and you can see why 'gooseneck' can't you with the lovely white droopy flower heads! Its a fast growing clump forming perennial, up to 1m tall. It's deciduous, so (looses its leaves), cut down old stems in the Spring ready for new growth. It grows anywhere, in any soil, it just likes a little bit of shelter, so next to a fence or in a corner. We think they are lovely!
Here are the 3 varieties that we have in stock: (apologies for originally posting the wrong website link, its now corrected)
1.Lysimachia – Cletheroides (Gooseneck Loosestrife) 2.Lysimachia – Ephemerrum (Willow Leaved Loosestrife) 3.Lysimachia – Yunnanensis (Loosestrife) ... See MoreSee Less
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 email@example.com for bookings, or further information. ... See MoreSee Less
We will venture out into our countryside, (the site is still to be confirmed - either #VictoryWood or #WraikHill Nature reserve were the terrain is a little hilly) and experience it with more focus using our 5 Senses. Please email Simon at: firstname.lastname@example.org for the precise location.
We will be looking, listening, smelling, touching and often tasting the world with more focus than we usually allow ourselves. Finding peace at a pace we often don’t allow ourselves in this busy world.
The event includes a signed copy of the 5 Senses and a guided tour around Enchanted Gardens. ... See MoreSee Less
Patchwork #leaf_cutter#bees are one of our most common garden leaf-cutters. As their name suggests the females are known for cutting out sections of leaves which they use to build cells for their young to develop in. They are fascinating bees to watch and will happily make their homes in solitary #beehotels, such as the ones positioned in various sunny spots in our Wishing Well Garden (when we get a minute, lol, we are going to have a go at making these out of old pallets so they are affordable for all). www.bumblebeeconservation.org/patchworkleafcutterbee/... See MoreSee Less
Butterflies on our Buddleia these are Red Admirals. Red Admiral adults eat tree sap and bird poo (yuck). Their caterpillars eat nettles, so make sure to leave a little patch for them! They migrate from North Africa and Europe to the UK in the early Spring, by the time they get here, they are REALLY hungry and they need nectar rich plants like buddleia, red valerian, verbena, sedum, hebe, wild marjoram, common knapweed, hemoagrimony, scabious and Erysimumm 'bowles mauve'- all of which we stock except the hebes. ... See MoreSee Less