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July 26th, 2018

Woottens of Wenhaston Plant Advice

Woottens of Wenhaston has been growing and propagating plants for over 25 years, the qualified and experienced staff love to share their experiences and knowledge with our customers This blog includes advice on all types of horticulture from small scale propagation to specific genus advice, as well as the odd blog on how to erect […]

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July 26th, 2018

Autumn Planting Advice

Autumn Planting It is easy to feel lethargic about the garden, especially when the days are damp and the nights are drawing in. However contrary to belief the autumn months are when we should be highly active in our gardens & be enjoying all our late flowering plants, rather than closing the back door on […]

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HELIANTHEMUM Ben Hope
July 26th, 2018

Plant care for severe dry conditions

The last time we recall rain on the nursery in Wenhaston was the week before our Grand Spring Fair; Monday 30th April to be precise. Torrential rain saturated the site and our biggest concern was whether our newly planned parking area for the event would become to muddy to drive on. That was over 12 weeks ago, since then there has been just 1 or 2 days of insignificant drizzle and although we are making the most of this very un-British climate each day is a struggle to care for the plants.

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February 28th, 2018

Plants for windy Gardens

Plants for windy Gardens. Each season throws new challenges our way in gardening, whether its dealing with a long wet winter or severe summer drought. This year our biggest challenge has been battling the ferocious wind on the nursery, not only does it decimate blooms but it dries and crisps even the most robust plants. […]

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February 28th, 2018

Nursery Life in the snow

Nursery Life in the snow. Wenhaston is a fortunate village when it comes to the weather, our only downfall is that the nursery is located on a very exposed site and therefore gets the brunt of any gales. But this week we have experienced up to 6 inches of snowfall and daytime temperatures of -6 […]

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PELARGONIUM Blackman Beauty 2 Litre
February 28th, 2018

Pelargonium Winter Maintenance

Nestled in the greenhouse with three chickens the howling wind outside on this damp January day isn’t bothering us much at all. It is positively tropical 10 degrees in here and fairly dry. The girls are waiting patiently for me to throw them either a succulent bug or a sprig of chickweed – both as […]

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February 27th, 2018

Dependable Evergreens

It is at this time of year that you really can appreciate the beauty behind your garden. I don’t mean what’s lurking behind the shed but the true naked structure of your borders and the plants growing there.

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February 26th, 2018

Small scale but satisfying propagation

What can be more satisfying than your own plant propagation, whether it’s the first seedlings of the year appearing or noticing your cuttings of your prize plant have rooted. This weekend was blissfully spent sowing the early vegetables of the year – potting on my Pelargonium tomentosum cuttings and taking the first basal cuttings from […]

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February 25th, 2018

Gardening with chickens

For those of us that love ‘the good life’ we quickly learn to appreciate that often our love of plants has to either take a back seat or be evolved to accommodate our love of nature and animals! For me it was the latter, at the offer of having chickens I was never going to decline […]

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February 24th, 2018

What are the benefits of regularly repotting plants?

It is often easy to forget that container planting requires much more attention than plants that are in the earth. Containers do not have their own ecosystems, a constant supply of nutrients or moisture retention and even when planted in the best media, its structure will not last longer than one season. If a container […]

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February 23rd, 2018

Let’s learn to appreciate ‘Half Hardy’ plants

One of the most common questions we receive about plants on the nursery is the ultimate ‘is it hardy’ – and after three severe winters of uncertain and prolonged weather you may believe this to be a just question.

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January 1st, 2018

Woottens of Wenhaston – The Relocation!

In July of 2016 the nursery had to be relocated from it’s site on Blackheath Road to the land containing the nurseries Iris fields. Soon to be called ‘The Iris Field’ and become the new permanent address. This monumental task was carried out by two determined new owners, five wonderful staff members and a team […]

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January 2nd, 2017

How to name a Hemerocallis…

Toodeloo Kangaroo I'm off to visit Santa's Pants. Now don't get me wrong I'm not some crazy woman who converses with imaginary marsupials, nor do I have a fetish for the jolly mans jingle!

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January 1st, 2017

The many leaves of the Pelargonium

After five years of growing and propagating Pelargoniums I still cannot identify each variety we stock by its flower. There are some obviously differences and some are exquisitely distinct in their features but I still feel much more confident when presented with a leaf to name rather than any flower. This could be due to many […]

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December 29th, 2016

The Importance of Observation in the Garden

One vital error we all make in our gardens, whether you're a novice or an expert, is to forget to observe our plants all year round. Good observation is the key to a successful garden.

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