The Plantsman’s Nursery

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January 5th, 2017

What are we missing out on?

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.

January 3rd, 2017

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 […]

January 2nd, 2017

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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.

December 27th, 2016

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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December 23rd, 2016

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 […]

July 12th, 2016

Final Days

In just one day we managed to dismantle the double span Pelargonium sales tunnel – with members of the help of Southwold Ladies Rugby Team! Pictured below enjoying a rather different kind of victory. The most fiddly of all of the tunnels this one involved 24 benches, 6 hot benches, miles of fleece and wiring […]

July 9th, 2016

Not sure what day it is………………..!

Finally after three days the Pelargonium Stock tunnel is down – we all watched in relief as the last hoop fell, it reminded me of Fred Dibnah and his toppling chimney stacks! After moving all the hot benches and hoops we sat down at 6pm last night to enjoy a drink. Unbeknown to us from underneath […]

July 7th, 2016

Days Four & Five

As the days roll on I have to admit the tiredness is kicking in. Muscles are beginning to ache and the days seem hot and short. However we have achieved many tasks over the past two days, all the plants are now relocated and its wonderful to see them altogether and thriving in the sunshine. […]

July 5th, 2016

Day Three – The benches

Well, three days in we’re still all in high spirits and thankful for the dry weather. As well as tunnels, greenhouses and plants we have all the vital benches to move.  Some are wooden benches, others metal rolling benches for space saving and some hot benches for striking cuttings. Our main task today was to relocate […]

July 4th, 2016

Day Two – The Auricula House

Our Auricula collection finished flowering about 3 weeks ago, the last to flower are usually the alpines and double varieties. Luckily for us they were ready to be rested in the cool for the summer months before we begin dividing them in the autumn. We began the slow task today of move the Auricula alpine […]

July 2nd, 2016

Day One

The official day one of the move began today in glorious British sunshine. As a predominantly ‘office based’ staff member I have to admit that I have discovered aching muscles this evening I forgot I had! But I feel very proud of our achievements, after a hearty nursery breakfast we began moving our hardy Geranium […]

July 1st, 2016

Woottens Great Move! Step one

With just one more sleep to go before we begin moving the nursery you’d think that we would be prepared for this gigantic task – however everyday nursery commitments, shows and plants care have meant that we are now facing this daunting task in just 10 days – to be honest completely unprepared! But with a strong […]

February 24th, 2014

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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