Here comes planting season

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The Thorngrove team aren’t terribly sad to see the end of the heat, and are eagerly looking ahead to planting season, says Kelsi-Dean Buck

To be honest with you, this summer was a difficult one. As I discussed last month, heatwaves and drought aren’t really ideal when you’re trying to care for thousands of plants. We were constantly fighting an uphill battle, but a huge credit has to be given to our staff in the glasshouses, plant nursery, and all across Thorngrove. With all the extra watering and care that was required, thankfully we didn’t take too much of a hit with our beautiful plants – many of them looking as beautiful as ever. But it really was a stark reminder just how much of a task it can become if that ‘great Gritish summer’ is actually lacking in its signature showers!

The G&S Show
A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand at Gillingham and Shaftesbury show. It was a glorious day in the end, despite some worry of storms, and we always have such a brilliant time at the show. We were so impressed by what many of the local businesses had to offer, and a special well done goes out to The BV for producing the official G&S Show Magazine. It really did feel like such a special community event, and it’s occasions like this which remind us why we do what we do. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Autumnal switch up
We now look ahead to the autumn. It’s planting season, so don’t forget your bulbs! We also have lots of bedding for baskets, borders, and planters; your garden doesn’t have to be any less vibrant. We’ll be swapping out the begonias, petunias and geraniums for pansies, primroses and violas to name a few. The cyclamen are making themselves known too, and it won’t be long before their bright colours are flooding the glasshouses. Another sign of the new seasons … and yes … even that festive one … it’ll be here before we know it!
Coming up in October we’ll also see the return of our Hanging Basket Workshops with Chris Francis. So keep your eyes on our website and social media in the next week or so for dates on that. Join for a demo, and then get creative with our gorgeous selection winter basket plants, and take home something unique that you put together with the expert guidance of Chris. We’d love to see you there!

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