Garden Centre Newsletter - April/May 2018

Buckingham Garden Centre

We are a family run garden centre that is well known nationally as a specialist for bare rooted hedging plants and young trees. The Garden Centre always has a good selection of shrubs and plants which are not commonly found elsewhere, together with a wide range of the more commonly sought after plants. Established for over 50 years, the Garden Centre has recently been redeveloped to a high standard. Our shop contains the largest selection of seeds and bulbs for miles around, together with garden chemicals, tools, garden furniture and many other goods. Outside we stock peat-based and peat-free composts, paving, fencing, timber decking, garden buildings and greenhouses, and a large range of pots, statues and garden ornaments. Our aquatics centre has a good reputation for their excellent quality tropical, marine and cold water fish. The Gardeners' Retreat, our coffee shop/restaurant, serves fresh home cooked food and is an excellent way to round off any visit to the Garden Centre.

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CHRIS SAYS…….

There is never a dull moment in the world of gardening, especially when it comes to the weather! Snow, ice, frost and biting easterly winds haven’t really been kind to us this spring. They often say you can get the four seasons in a week, however mid March and I think we had them all in one day! Of course the impact isn’t just to keeping the roads open, or delaying those first outdoor sowings, it’s the effect on our wildlife. Recently both bumble and honey bees (pages 8-9) enjoyed a couple of days of warmth and were eager to track down pollen on Hellebores, Heathers and early spring bulbs and then a weekend of sub-zero temperatures changed all that. Our gardens can be strange places, but as gardeners we just have to accept it as it comes with the territory! Whatever happens in April, at least our gardens will have benefited from some cold weather to kill off pesky pests and we should find strong growth once the sun gets to work on the soil. Spring is always exciting - the anticipation of better things, wonderful colour from blossom trees and shrubs, fragrance from bulbs, musical bird song and the urge to get planting and sowing.

Whether you spend an hour or a day tending to your plot, the cheery sight of Monty Don and the Gardeners’ World team helps enthuse and entertain us. The Beechgrove Garden returns later in April to our screens with inspiration and practical instruction. It is then up to us to put it all into action. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Enjoy your late spring garden - whatever the weather!

Buckingham Garden Centre's Chris Day
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