Bedding Plant Season

For me, the most exciting time of the year has arrived. Who doesn’t love spring? It also marks the busiest few months of our calendar at the nursery, and so I probably won’t post again until late June.

The list of plants we grow and stock is too exhaustive to list here, but suffice to say that both Watton and Bengeo nursery are now restocking on an almost daily basis.

You’ll be pleased to know that the core prices are the same as ever. A bedding plant is still 30 pence (when taken as a multiple), and so on. I still don’t think you’ll find a better selection of Geraniums in a 1 litre pot anywhere in Hertfordshire. What’s more, I don’t think you’ll find them at a better price, a very reasonable £1.50


Or ‘Pelargonium’ more correctly, but let’s not be fussy.

I’ll be at Bengeo nursery this year, so feel free to pop by and say Hi- there’s a good chance you’ll meet one of my sons, busy ‘helping.’ I can’t wait to see the seasonal colour, and can only hope for a sunny few months of gardening!

See you all soon!






Off Season

There’s never a lot of choice in July and August… But we do have some stock. The last few bits from the bedding-plant season will still be around (providing you’re not picky) until August. We’ll have baskets and tubs for sale, but honestly, if you’ve not planted yet, I’d generally advise waiting until the Autumn bedding in September.

Speaking of which- Our planting schedule for the Autumn begins quite soon- and we’ve got some exciting stuff on it’s way.

cool wave

Cool wave pansies are revolutionising the autumn hanging basket market. I was skeptical to begin with- the plants looked (individually) like a bad panola with an unusually long inter-node. However, they branch spectacularly, and fill a basket in a matter of weeks.

Alongside these we grow our usual range of pansies, some new colours are coming this year, such as a compact red blotch which seems much improved.

Whilst there’s not a lot going on at the nursery right now- behind the scenes we’re busy. We’re potting well over a hundred lines of shrubs and another hundred or so perennials- all ready in time for late August. Look out for some impressively sized hostas…

See you then.

Not long now!

Despite some cooler weather, it’s been a busy May. So, although we’ll be fully stocked throughout June- some of our lines are running low, and some (like Gazania) have now run out entirely.


Bedding stock aside- Acers have been incredibly popular this year, and against recent trend, the green leaved species have been especially sought after. I’m ordering our root-balled stock soon, and will add some new varieties, and old favourites. I’m particularly looking forward to stocking once more A. Aconitifolium- and not just for it’s autumn colour- the flowers are one of the best of the entire genus.

Back to seasonal stock- get here quickly! Our best is still available, but it wont be here for long.

Basket time.

We’re fully stocked now- all basket styles and planting mixes are available. The last to arrive are Begonia baskets- which have just turned up from our growing site, last year we introduced Begonia Illumination ‘Peaches and Cream’ to compliment the ‘Apricot shades’ series.

begonia peaches

It’s proved so popular we’ve grown plenty more, and even added the slightly darker ‘Golden Picotee. Trialed last year in 10″ pots, it’s now available up to 16″ wicker.


Begonia baskets are our most popular basket, and with good reason. Come by any time from now until mid-June and you’ll see why!