Blooms and BargainsWith Summer finally in motion, we’ve been soaking up every possible ray of sunshine, and – like many of our customers – finding any opportunity to enjoy our garden spaces! For me, some of the housework has been dangerously close to being forgotten over the last couple of weekends as I spent more time drifting away on the lounger. As someone who’s only had their own garden for a couple of years now, I can assure you the novelty is showing no signs of wearing off, and my wife has made jokes about turning into her mother as she fully immerses herself in the world of gardening, creating mini havens in every corner, experimenting, and learning, trying to make the most of what we’re so fortunate to have … though we did lose the sweet peas to the wind in the middle of June. Silly us for expecting normal weather in England!Blooms and Bargains

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Thorngrove Garden Centre’s summer update from Kelsi-Dean Buck – soaking up the garden, new town troughs and the plant of the month

With Summer finally in motion, we’ve been soaking up every possible ray of sunshine, and – like many of our customers – finding any opportunity to enjoy our garden spaces! For me, some of the housework has been dangerously close to being forgotten over the last couple of weekends as I spent more time drifting away on the lounger. As someone who’s only had their own garden for a couple of years now, I can assure you the novelty is showing no signs of wearing off, and my wife has made jokes about turning into her mother as she fully immerses herself in the world of gardening, creating mini havens in every corner, experimenting, and learning, trying to make the most of what we’re so fortunate to have … though we did lose the sweet peas to the wind in the middle of June. Silly us for expecting normal weather in England!

Sturminster Newton Town Council workers collecting the town’s hanging baskets and troughs

We all love a bargain
There’s lots happening at Thorngrove Garden Centre here in Gillingham as of late. We’re planning for some summer events including Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show and Dorset County Show – we will be attending both, looking forward to meeting visitors, not only offering some amazing plants, but talking about the work we do as Employ My Ability in offering opportunities for young people with SEND. We hope to see you there!
Plus we have more on-site events in the works – keep your eyes peeled for news on those soon too. We also wanted to extend a big thank you to Sturminster Newton Town Council who came by in June to collect their hanging baskets and troughs which are now out in the wild! Have you spotted them yet while out in the town?
Speaking of the weather, it’s time for your regular reminder to keep on top of your watering. Whether you prefer to use a can or a hose, ensuring your kit is in tip top condition will make your life easier (and we have lots of options in the shop, naturally!). Water early in the morning, or later in the evening when temperatures are lower in order to maximise efficiency. How’re your roses looking with the fluid weather? If any TLC is required, we have a full range of rose care products at Thorngrove to help ensure they’ll continue to reward you with blooms through the coming month (or two, if you’re lucky!)
Looking to fill a gap (or a new pot)? Our plant of the month for July is hydrangea. It makes a versatile and visually striking addition to any garden, offering lush blooms in a variety of colours from vibrant blues and pinks to soft whites and purples. You can also create a hydrangea garden – consider mixing different varieties to achieve a dynamic colour palette with lots of structure and texture.
July will see a few sales in the garden centre so there’s even more reason to pop in this month! Cottage garden plants will have big reductions, and house plants will be 20% off – come and grab a bargain.

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