‘Garden Truro’ is almost here…June 27, 2012
It’s just two weeks to go until the inaugural ‘Garden Truro’ event begins (11th-14th July) and we’re really looking forward to being a part of it – joining in the celebration of all things gardening with the people of Truro and those visiting from elsewhere in Cornwall.
As well as offering the opportunity for garden experts and enthusiasts from a number of businesses and spheres to come together to offer gardening advice, support and ideas to the Cornish community, it is also a chance for people to learn more about the wonderful nurseries, garden centres and other gardening institutions that acually exist in thier county!
It goes without saying, that for us, being located in this beautiful, far-west point of Cornwall, just a mile from the sea has its advantages, but it can also sometimes be a bit of a barrier to homes and gardens outside of the Helston and Penzance area. It will be great to meet passionate gardeners from the Truro and surrounding areas, and give them an insight to Trevena Cross – which some most likely, will never even have heard of, despite being only a few extra miles down the road!
A chance for us to take Trevena Cross to Truro… and we can’t wait! If you’re coming along (which you should!) please pop by and say hello!
Summer is the new springJune 21, 2012
The Horticultural Trades Association has issued a release to the media that really sums up the situation for gardeners this year, following such horrible weather this spring. Wishing to echo much of what they say, we thought we’d share parts of it with you…
“Following some of the worst spring weather that anyone can remember, 2012 is the year to see summer as the new spring for gardeners according to Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Director of Business Development, Tim Briercliffe. The HTA would like to reassure gardeners that they still have time to plant to achieve the perfect summer garden. With the promise of improved weather in July, we are seeing the emergence of a late spring, the perfect weather to kick start the gardening season.
The miserable weather this year will have escaped nobody’s attention. This spring saw the Met Office report the coldest April since 1989 and a May that was pretty unsettled, with temperatures unseasonably low for the time of year. As we head into the middle of June, Britain has been experiencing a ‘European monsoon’ with as much as a month’s rainfall falling in a single day”.
Quite rightly they make the point that with many gardeners unable to get outside to do any planting, there has been a knock on effect at nurseries and garden centres like Trevena Cross, where the traditional ‘boom time’ during the spring months has been dampened – quite literally! Consumer enthusiasm to go full steam ahead in their own garden has understandably been jolted by these rough weather conditions, and yet the HTA affirm that it’s not too late…
“…there is nothing to stop your 2012 garden looking better than it ever has before. It is not too late to start planting, with garden centres still fully stocked with ideas to reinvigorate your garden. Although it may be too late now to plant flowers from seed, pre-planted containers and hanging baskets for instant colour are still readily available.
“Many garden centres are offering special deals on plants that will flower for up to 12 weeks or until the first frosts, and can also offer advice on how to get the best out of a late spring.
“It is also not too late to plant geraniums, fuchsias, marigolds, begonias which are in abundance in garden centres this month. All are easy to plant and will add fantastic colour to any beds, borders or tubs. Now is also the perfect time to plant shrubs, normally this time of the year would see the soil being too dry. However, after the prolonged rainfall, the soil is still relatively wet and warm creating the ideal planting conditions.
“For those interested in Grow Your Own, there is still plenty of time to plant summer salad crops which can still be sown and eaten this summer. These include leaf salads, baby carrots, radish and sprouting seeds. There are still vegetable plants available to purchase and plant including tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and cucumbers, plus runner beans and broad beans, all can still be put into vegetable beds or planted in allotments and will return a high yield. Fruit bushes such as gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and currants are also ripe for planting.
Trevena Cross can certainly assist with the above; with fantastic offers currently on bedding (buy one, get one free and 10 for £10) and patio plants (buy one get one free) and an extensive grow your own range, there are some cracking bargains available to help you get where you want to be in your garden.
Go on…make summer the new spring!
Proud to take gold and stay dry (well almost!) at Royal Cornwall!June 13, 2012
Despite the rain and gales putting a dampener on things at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show, a number of very positive things came out of the three day event for us.
We were proud to accept a gold medal for our colour co-ordinated flower display, which encompassed a cross section of perennials and shrubs around a few larger specimens, including a Butia palm and topiary olives. We were also happy to meet some new (and old) ‘friends’ who we welcomed into our £200 prize draw, and for owner Graham, on Thursday, were pleased to meet the Duchess of Cornwall as she circulated the Flower Marquee, and chatted to stall holders!
As much as anything, we were also just glad to remain under cover for the duration of the weekend… it was touch and go for a while (certainly on the Thursday) whether the flower tent would indeed take off, or alternatively, collapse! A couple of persistent leaks at least ensured we were able to experience a little of the weather outside, inside the tent haha!
Despite visitor numbers for the show understandably being a little down on last year – almost 114,000 people down from 127,300, one thing you can always be sure of, is that the Cornish (and west-country!) folk will show resiliance and bravery in the face of the British weather we have unfortunately become so accustomed to!
Getting Out & About!June 7, 2012
A belated Happy Jubilee to all! Trevena Cross Nurseries and The Garden Kitchen Cafe welcomed visitors enjoying a relaxing extended Bank Holiday, to the centre over the weekend. While many were in parks and streets enjoying community picnics and parties, those keen to get out in the garden and prepare for further British celebrations this summer, enjoyed a visit to stock up on plants and summer colour for the garden.
Getting out and about in Cornwall over the coming weeks is definetely recommended – with Cornwall entertaining its own share of current and upcoming events. Trevena Cross is currently exhibiting in the Flower Marquee at the Royal Cornwall Show – from today, 7th June, until Saturday 9th June. An unfortunate wet and windy start hasn’t dampened out spirits!
We will also be appearing at the inaugural Garden Truro Festival from Weds 11th – Sat 14th July on Lemon Quay in Truro, designed to engage with all ages and celebrate gardens at this community event.
Plus, the following Monday (16th July) we are also being represented at Stithians Agricultural Show, sponsoring the show ring with plants, and taking up advertising and potentially a trade stand – ‘watch this space’ for more on the show and our part in it, nearer the time…
Fingers crossed the current weather (rain and gales!) isn’t too persistent and we can all finally enjoy getting out and about, and making the most of the summer we all deserve!
Right, time for a hot cuppa I think…