The big news this year is that we have finally opened a small Coffee Shop. We have converted part of our existing building (it was our potting shed). We are open every day including Sundays 10am until 4pm. We serve coffees, Tea Pigs tea, homemade cakes and freshly baked fruit and cheese scones. We serve sandwiches between 12 and 2.30pm. We will be offering seasonal specials. We believe that flowers and gardening are therapeutic in all sorts of ways so we want this to be a place where people can come and relax and sit among the flowers. On fine days there are plenty of seats outside too. Dogs welcome.
*** Macmillan Coffee Morning ***
Friday 28th September all day
Thank you so much to everyone who came down to support the event. We raised £396.71 for Macmillan. If you had a turn on 'Guess the name of the Owl' - she was called Tallulah! The pumpkin weighed 14.85 kg.
Bulbs now in!
Our shop is crammed with bulbs. There are special offers on pre-packs and we are doing a Tulip Festival with a chance to 'pick and mix' your Tulip bulbs. 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.
Also in the shop we have a new stand of garden tools, Hozelock components and Briers gardening gloves.
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 we have started a 'punnet swop'. 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.
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.
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!