Topiary Heaven!April 20, 2012
We’ve had a cracking collection of topiary delivered this week – a fantastic addition to our recent specimen arrivals. With a huge selection to choose from in a wide range of shapes and sizes, these striking ‘sculptures’ are a perfect fit for any garden, patio, or entrance. Some of our bay trees are also suitable for hedging purposes.
With the opportunity to ‘make it your own’ and clip it to a shape that suits you over time, topiary has a unique advantage, year round interest and a year round wow factor!
Standard lollipop shapes range from £39.95 up to a couple of huge giants priced at £195.00. Our lollipops with spiral trunks – really unusual and eye-catching beauties (and my favourite!) are priced at £95.00. We also have columnar shrubs which start at £15.95, and increase in size up to giants around 8ft tall priced at £139.00. Our popular pyramids begin at just £29.00, and go up to £110.00 for a plant approximately 5ft above its pot.
For the best impression, we can’t recommend highly enough that you pay us a visit and take your time to pick the topiary gem that is right for you and you landscape!
National Gardening Week is almost upon us!April 12, 2012
The first ever National Gardening Week, hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is taking place next week from the 16th-22nd April 2012.
The week is designed to get people across Britain growing, and celebrate everything about gardens and gardening. We’re in full support of any initative that encourages more people to get out in the garden and take pleasure from the wonderful, satisfying hobby of gardening.
Thousands of people across the country are coming together and getting involved to enjoy, share and celebrate everything about gardens and gardening. Check out events in your area by clicking here.
The Natural Way to Keep Slugs & Snails at Bay!April 10, 2012
Stocked up on shelves in the shop at present is our most highly recommended method of keeping the slugs and snails in your garden at bay.
Slug Gone is a natural, environmentally friendly way to control slugs and snails in the garden. Consisting of only wool pellets – and no harmful chemicals or pesticides, they are also perfectly safe to use around children and animals.
Nursery and garden centre owner Graham, with experience of many other tried and tested methods of pest control, would use no other product (other than coffee granules!) on his hostas and other slug loving plants in the nursery at Trevena Cross. He highly recommends them as an effective, safe and ‘natural’ way to protect your plants, fruit and vegetables.
In addition, Slug Gone (by GrowAid) acts as a soil enricher, adding goodness into the soil, and in combination with soil and compost – as a fantastic mulch, absorbing and retaining moisture in the soil. A pest controller… a fertiliser… a mulch… a weed supresser – it really is a multipurpose product, not just great at meeting its primary purpose, but at meeting a whole host of others too!
For more information on Slug Gone please click here.
Open all of Easter, even Sunday!April 6, 2012
With Easter now upon us, we’d just like to remind you all that we are open across the whole of the Easter period – as normal on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, and for the sale of plants only on Easter Sunday.
Whilst Sunday Trading Laws prevent us being able to sell you anything from our shop including garden sundries and our gifts and homeware on Easter Sunday, you are still able to take your pick from a HUGE selection of plants grown on site in our nursery, including a cracking new selection of veg, patio and bedding plants.
As one of the biggest garden weekends of the year we all want to make the most of the precious time we’re able to spend at home and in the garden (weather permitting – fingers crossed!) and so we’re delighted to be able to help you out with our one stop plant shop!
The Garden Kitchen Cafe will also be open throughout the entire weekend – and serving up delicious roast dinners this Easter Sunday! Save on the cooking and just enjoy!
A Very Happy Easter to you all!
Top Tips for a Cornish Coastal Garden!April 2, 2012
Check out our top tips for Cornish Coastal Planting from nursery owner Graham! This is in recognition of our tips launch in the new Cornwall Living magazine (pg. 59) – a magazine for anyone who loves Cornwall and loves living in Cornwall!
1. Look at your neighbour’s coastal garden and see what is growing well – if it does well next door or within your neighbourhood, it is likely to do well in your own garden. If you’re in a really exposed position on the Cornish coast, and have no easy point of reference, we advise visiting the gardens at St Michaels Mount or Minack Garden to get a good idea of what will grow well in your own garden.
2. Know how coastal you are – there is a world of difference between the exposed gardens on top of Land’s End or Sennen Head, and the coastal gardens of St Mawes or Falmouth, which are located in a more sheltered inlet. You can grow just about anything in more sheltered coastal gardens, whereas much greater care must be taken when choosing plants for a very exposed garden.
3. Take advantage of such a wonderful position – due to the warmth of the sea that sheltered coastal gardens in particular, are exposed to, the luxury of year-round milder temperatures will permit growth of more tender plants that would struggle inland. Patio plants for example, like Gazanias and Osteospermums, can do very well in these gardens, providing wonderful colour for longer.
4. Choose the right windbreak – one of the most important features of a coastal garden is the right hedge or windbreak, so that other plants can successfully establish themselves within the garden. Our top pick is Elaeagnus ebbingei, the hardiest, most salt-wind tolerant hedging plant that we have come across; which can be grown very close to the sea.
5. Do everything you can to avoid wind rock (destabilisation of a plant’s roots by strong winds) as this is one of the biggest dangers to plants in a coastal garden. If planting in the autumn, we recommend cutting your larger, more vulnerable new plants back to half their size. It may feel like you’re wasting half of your plant to begin with, but in reality you’re giving it a much stronger chance of survival through the winter months, and of fully establishing itself within your garden.
6. The soil in coastal gardens is usually very poor. When planting in all types of coastal garden, we recommend using a very good quality slow release fertilizer (like Trevena Cross Fertilizer), but be sure to turn over the subsoil once the fertilizer is in place before placing the plant on top – direct contact with the roots of the plant can cause them to burn should the plant become dry.
7. Be patient and persevere – it’s true that plants can sometimes take longer to establish within a coastal garden. Don’t be alarmed to see some burning on your plants while they establish. Even the hardiest, most suitable plants for salt-laden winds can burn, but they will recover. If you persevere and give them time they will come round and look their best again!
8. Bring in a touch of exotic – often Mediterranean plants and specimens will do very well by the sea, used to poor soil and constant winds/breeze. Our top palms for seaside gardens include Chamaerops humilis and Trachycarpus wagnerianus.
10. Ask advice! Years of experience growing plants in Cornwall and by the sea has placed Cornish nurseries like Trevena Cross in the best position for giving advice on which plants will grow well in a coastal garden. There really is a huge range to choose from – you aren’t restricted by having a coastal garden, and in fact in many cases, can have a greater range of plants to choose from than most.