Its cold and damp outside & the insects are probably hiding in their bug hotels you have all made! But no insects means hungry birds so do remember to feed them . Our native birds need high energy food at this time of year so fat balls (pls buy the ones with no plastic netting on) & suet cakes are good. ... See MoreSee Less
Plastic free, cruelty free and it’s free! If you have not tried solid shampoo yet then do, you will never go back and it’s way better for the environment.These retail at between £6-£8 and will give you 60 hair washes. Plus made in the UK. #plasticfree #plasticfreeliving #packagingfree... See MoreSee Less
It’s Black Friday week mayhem here at EG! Winter veg now on offer. Swede, Brussels, Kale & Pak Choi need homes 10 pots for £1 and we would love the pots back pls! #homegrownveggies #homegrown #growyourown #growyourownfood
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Winter Jasmine flowering now a lovely splash of yellow. Originally from China, it should start flowering a bit later in the year but this is out now, its nickname in Chinese is 'Yingchun' which means 'the flower that welcomes Spring', isn't that sweet! It likes fertile, any type of well-drained soil & full sun, but will tolerate semi-shade. We like to cut back hard after flowering as it gets really untidy otherwise. ... See MoreSee Less
I really wish I could grow some jasmine or honeysuckle in my front garden so passers-by could get a nostril full of that beautiful scent. Unfortunately I think it would be savaged by the wind and salt spray.
Ok so we know the weather is awful but we can still read about plants right? This book is EXCELLENT! It is SO good cannot recommend it enough. Great gardeners gift if you short of ideas. ... See MoreSee Less
As the trees leaves fall, these amazingly pink/orange berries show up more. I still get excited by these as they look so exotic. In fact it’s a Spindle, Euonymus europaeus, a flowering plant in the family Celastraceae, native to much of Europe, where it inhabits the edges of forest, hedges and gentle slopes, tending to thrive on nutrient-rich, chalky and salt-poor soils. Be warned the berries are poisonous! ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Everyone, apologies for some random order emails from EG. As Helen overhauls our webiste, she thinks she may have been responisble! Do not panic, its just a reciept email, not another order going through. Sorry! ... See MoreSee Less
Donna thanks for this, it's so good to hear from someone who knows what they're doing in this particular part of the world! Unfortunately I already pruned because I thought I was supposed to, and I have masses of blooms coming again
What a relief, I can enjoy slushing through the leaves and long grass again.
We just delivered a new native hedge and a huge hawthorn tree (we need a bigger van) to the lovely Elaine in Whitstable today. We hope she enjoys digging some holes in the sunshine today! ... See MoreSee Less
Extremely technically challenging zoom tonight, (we could not possibly have envisaged so many interruptions) hopefully we have prevailed and Donna's suggestions regarding climbers for a shady spot will appear on here lol! We will check back in in the morning! ... See MoreSee Less
Don't forget its our Enchanted Gardener's Question Time tomorrow, Tuesday at 6.30pm. The link is in the events section on here. We will be talking about plants suitable for against a fence or as a hedge. Last week we talked about Cosmos and Dahlias. Cosmos are an annual and once they have finished flowering, just remove and put on the compost, hopefully they have dropped their seed and will pop up next year for you anyway. I have seen lots still in flower, but the frosts will finish them off. Dahlias. We leave in the ground, but I remember my Grandad always lifted his and stored the tubers in boxes of straw in his shed over the Winter. We tend to plant ours on a layer of gravel so they do not sit on wet clay all Winter, we really do not have the time or the space to lift all of ours and we do not think it is necessary anyway. Hope that helps! ... See MoreSee Less
As we remember those lost in conflict today, let us also spare a thought for those lost during this awful pandemic and those lost because routine medical appointments have had to be cancelled. On a more positive note if you want a splash of red in your garden you could pop in for some of our poppy seeds!! #remembranceday #remember #red #poppies
Helen and I were thinking that if we started an Enchanted Garden Facebook group (rather than this page) you could all post pictures of your plants and gardens and share gardening tips and advice and suggestions with each other and it might also help us all through whatever the rest of 2020 is going to throw at us. Can we get some feedback on whether you would like this please? X d and h ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Everyone, in these challenging times we feel that we need to remain OPEN (yippee I hear you all shout). We would love you to come and spend time in our beautiful gardens, walking, relaxing, meditating or taking your daily exercise. We know that outdoor time and nature time is crucial to our mental health, so please come and utilise our space. We only ask that you text to please book a visit via Helen 07906834323 or Donna 07967917161 Tues - Sun 10am-3pm. Thanks x h and d ... See MoreSee Less
Did you know that well behaved doggies are allowed to bring their owners to Enchanted Gardens? This is Peter the rescue therapy dog btw. We are still open but by appointment only please! ... See MoreSee Less
Remember, Remember the Fifth of November. Yes its Bonfire night tonight and I am sure we will all be celebrating ... at home on our sofas lol not. We did however find some lovely Bonfire Begonias that look a bit like bonfires and have lovely names like Begonia 'Inferno', Begonia 'Glowing Embers', Begonia 'Bossa Nove Night Fever Papaya'. They are all orange flowers, they flower in the Summer months and add great cascading colours. However, they have almost zero nectar so are no good for the insects. Sorry about that, but if you mix them up with things that are good for the insects, I am sure you can squeeze one or two in! We do not sell them, so you will have to do some online shopping ... ... See MoreSee Less
There are certain moments in life (and this year we think there have been rather a lot) when we just need to reach out, pick up the phone and call someone. Here at EG we have always supported the Samaritans and we will continue to do so, so in case anyone needs their number its 116123. Have a lovely sunny afternoon! x D & H
We had some customers today who asked about 'mulching'. 'Mulching' around the base of a plant, would be as a feed, so best to use a sterilised farm manure product (Meadow Grange and B & Q sell some). 'Mulching' to prevent weeds, for example on a new bed with a lot of bare earth would be better with a chipped bark product. In an ideal, no cost situation, we would do both, we would cover with a 3 -4 inch layer of sterilized farm manure and then top with chipped bark on a new plant up. ... See MoreSee Less
We are trying a few new things out here at EG. If you have any glass jars at home we would really like them! We can collect locally or if you are passing just leave them by the nursery gates please? We would love some of our plant pots back too if poss!!! thank you ... See MoreSee Less
As the US decides if its blue or red, the UK parliament decides if we do or don't lockdown, whats really important to us all is that we have had our first frost! We have not had a November frost for some years so its time to find the thermals and get out in the garden in the sun and get on with pruning shrubs, not roses - too early still, Donna is going to do a little video later about this. Have a good day! ... See MoreSee Less
I grew Bishop's Children dahlias from seed and then potted them up where they performed magnificently all summer and autumn (and are still going!) and the pollinators loved them. My question is, which I think you've almost answered: will they have formed tubers and if so should I just leave them in the pots to die down and then hopefully regrow next year? Love your video btw.
Hi, thank you for your answers. Really enjoyed catching up this morning. Great ideas for Christmas gifts. Certainly would love something living to decorate my doorstep rather than a wreath! Your lectures would be a wonderful resource! Keep up the great work!