Buckland Nurseries was established as a family run garden centre business over 150 years ago.
The business was founded by Thomas Hogg in 1865 and has continued through six generations of the Hogg family into the hands of David and Linda Hogg (pictured alongside).
Buckland Nurseries stocks a wide range of perennials, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, roses, herbs, garden sundries, tools, turf, seeds, paving and gravels and the friendly team looks forward to giving you a lovely welcome when you next visit their traditional Garden Centre.
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June Garden Notes
With such a dry start to the growing season, thoughts are turning to ways to minimise the effects on gardening of a possible long-term warmer climate. In spite of many benefits, less rainfall can cause problems. Her are a few suggestions to make conditions easier.
– If possible, plant trees, shrubs and perennials in the autumn. The ground is still warm, and in most cases you will never need to water as winter will do the job for you. Roots will become established quickly, and will thrive at the first signs of a warm spring. Plants will usually take longer to become established in a dry spring, and will need regular watering to keep them healthy. Whenever you plant, use mycorrhizal fungi to encourage strong root growth.
– Use plants which have a better drought resistance. Lavender will grow in the poorest of soils – just give them a sunny spot. Most shrubs and perennials will put up with dry conditions when they are mature enough to cope. Geraniums and gazania are among the best bedding plants for a dry season.
– Mulch soils to improve soil texture, encourage worms and improve water retention. Use your own garden compost or cover with composted bark.
– Make good use of water butts, and add water-retaining gel to pots and hanging baskets.
– Water in the early morning or in the evening to minimise evaporation. Try not to let plants dry out completely: many parched soils will simply let water run through, rather than soak up into the plant.