A gust of fresh air!

Activity gathers pace as the roses come out, playing their own part in the constant cycle of growing and moving, says Thorngrove’s Kelsi-Dean Buck.

Thorngrove Polytunnel

Well how about this weather, eh! It’s been mayhem the last few days and we hope the recent wind hasn’t caused too much damage to your homes and garden spaces. We can always get some unpredictable weather as we approach spring but we’d quite like it if there were fewer storms, that’s for sure!

Bring out the roses

Our plan for the end of February had been to move the newly potted up roses out of the polytunnels here, but we’re currently holding off due to the storms. By the time you read this we may have moved them out (Kelsi says that the roses are now officially ‘out’ – Ed). Roses leaving the polytunnels is a big sign that Spring is arriving and they’ll be blooming before we know it. Once the roses have been moved out and we’ve freed up the space, we’ll be potting up the new Clematis – aka the Queen of Climbers!

Our new trees will also be leaving the polytunnels in the next couple of weeks and will be on display around Thorngrove, which means we’ll then be potting up this year’s stock of shrubs… and so the cycle goes on!

The secret of an outdoor cafe

As for what else is new? The Secret Garden Café here on site has a new manager and our new menu has just launched – do stop by, say hello to Ben and his team, and give the new menu a try! Those who’ve visited the café in the last year will have seen how much things have changed since we first opened. After moving all the seating ‘outside’ to our fully enclosed patio area, revamping all the furniture and replacing the tables and chairs, we’ve created what we feel is one of the most unique and cosy café spaces in the area – and we’re not done yet!

This past week we had a new temperature control system installed, meaning your visit will be comfortable whatever the weather. Please keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page too as there may be even more exciting news on the café very soon…

We’re always adapting and developing the site to become a place the whole community can be proud of, and we’re excited for the rest of 2022! What’re your gardening plans for the Spring? Stop by Thorngrove for a chat, some professional advice, gorgeous Mother’s Day gifts and all your gardening needs!

by Kelsi – Thorngrove Garden centre

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