Paws for Tea
Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported our Paws for Tea event at the end of August.
It was in aid of the Blue Cross and Bob (a Blue Cross puppy), with his loving owner John (Coffee Shop Manager), made a star appearance! It was a lovely day with games and fun dog agility and cake for humans and our four legged friends. Altogether the event raised £703.
Bulbs and Winter Vegetable plants now in!
Our shop is crammed with bulbs. There are special offers on pre-packs. We have all sorts of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, crocus, alliums and snowdrops. Plant them now for a wonderful show of colour and cheer in the spring.
If you are wanting to get ahead in the vegi patch then we have garlic bulbs to plant and broad bean seeds. In our 'Grow Your Own Tunnel' there are packs of Sprouting Broccoli, Spinach, Cauliflower, Leeks and Onions.
Coffee Shop Events
Our Coffee Shop is thriving and it is wonderful to get to know regular customers. We like to feel that we are part of the community and a place to come, enjoy the flowers and relax.
We are aware that, more and more, we are living in an environment where people feel anxious or overwhelmed. So we are delighted that Julie from Wellbeing Suffolk is setting up a 'drop in' in our coffee shop to listen, enjoy some social time and put life's worries into perspective on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month 3.30pm until 5pm. Everyone welcome.
For more details about the organisation and other events you may wish to attend please https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/suffolk/
We are horrified, like many people, about the amount of single use plastic waste there is in the world and how we are ruining the environment. We have always sold our vegetables loose and our regular customers bring their own bags. Now we are supplying paper bags instead of plastic and use cardboard punnets. Bring your own container to take home your fruit, or bring back our punnets for us to re-use. We also re-use our egg boxes, jam and honey jars.
We sell lots of bird food and so instead of pre-weighing the plastic bags we are supplying strong brown paper bags to scoop your own. We find these bags can be used for several visits. If you prefer you can bring in your own container from home, we will pre-weigh it and deduct the container weight from the price. We sell mixed seed, sunflower hearts, sunflower seeds, peanuts, niger seed and fat balls.
Mel from Cupboard Love comes to visit us once a month and sells all sorts of other food and homeware products that are plastic free from her van. If you can't make it here to see her you can also order on her website and she delivers it to us every Wednesday. https://www.cupboardlove.shop/
If you drive along the Main Road at Kesgrave you will also have seen that our pumpkins are growing in the field. We will be harvesting them in October so come in to choose your perfect pumpkin. Every one is different.
Autumn really is the best time for planting in your garden. It gives plants time to settle in so that they establish well and give good growth in the spring. We recommend putting in shrubs and trees now to give structure.
Please come in in September and early October to order your bare root trees and hedging.
We will be opening our field in November but the dates have not been confirmed yet. This is because Paul spends a lot of time pruning the trees, cutting the grass and making it a safe place to visit and we cannot set a date until it is all done. When we have dates they will be posted here on the website and on our Facebook page.
If you ever worried about cutting down a Christmas tree then maybe a picture of what our field looks like in late summer will help lay your concerns about the environment to rest. We let the grass and wildflowers grow. This provides a wonderful cover and source of food for birds, insects and mammals. Once all the birds have fledged Paul will trim the grass and he will be pruning every tree in the field by hand. If you don't see much of him this autumn - now you know where he will be!