Happy Blue Year?


January feeling a struggle? Thorngrove’s expert team share their own enjoyment in the start of the year, the steady, busy transition to spring – and invite you to share in it.


Here we are again; a fresh start, right? The decorations are boxed away, and at Thorngrove our eyes are firmly fixed on the Spring that will be upon us before we know it. The first week back in January mainly consists of A LOT of pre-spring cleaning and preparing room for the new plants that will be along soon. Both our Glasshouse and Plant Nursery team have their work cut out for them, but experts Chris and Mark have also expressed excitement about this time of year.
“Sometimes the first few weeks after Christmas can be seen as a bit of recuperation time – but not for me!” said Chris “Things have already started ramping up with sowing continuing, potting up of wedding trees – I enjoy it though, I prefer to be occupied. We’ve also been getting our Employ My Ability students back into the swing of things after their well- deserved break, and they’ve all shown great enthusiasm and brought lots of Christmas stories with them.
Mark agrees “January isn’t as bare as some may think. The Camellias are still looking lovely, and just coming through now are Hamamelis, winter flowering shrub. This time of year can be understated in terms of vibrancy on the shrubs, but there is plenty to take in (and lots of work to be done), trust me. I enjoy this transition from Winter towards Spring very much!”


Blue Monday

Supposedly the saddest day of the year, this year Blue Monday, falls on the 17th January – approaching as I write. It can often feel like an overbearing, dark day on the calendar. Back to work fatigue has caught up with us, Christmas dented our wallets but payday is far off and the weather is often grim!

Being in an environment like the one we have here at Thorngrove really does help make things that little bit easier.

Shrubs springing to life, and the different teams pottering around to make our garden centre the best it can possibly be. If you’re feeling a little low in this early part of the year, consider stopping by – even just for a walk around, we promise you’ll spot something that will bring a smile to your face.

Thorngrove Garden Centre


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