Planning a wedding? Know someone who is? Read on!…January 30, 2013
The wedding season of 2013 is looming, and whilst the most superstitious amongst us may be wary of the implications of the dreaded ’13’, for many it’s to be a year of great promise and joy, as happy couples across the UK finish planning the most special day of their lives!
Here at Trevena Cross we’re dipping our toes in the wedding water so to speak, with the introduction of Trevena Cross Wedding Gift Lists!
The venue, the decor, the dress, the cake, the photographer, the cars – nearly always sourced locally, or at least with local thinking, and yet the gifts (once over the dilemma of what to do about gifts!) are quite often left out of this bracket.
Creating a list with a well-known national or multi-national company is quite often the norm for those seeking a traditional list… and that’s if it’s not overridden by the increasing popularity of honeymoon vouchers or simple monetary contributions.
There seems a gap in the market for a local gift list with a difference. As a nursery and garden centre, with an eclectic mix of products for the garden (often a forgotten space), as well as for the home and for the individual, we have an awful lot to offer a soon-to-be married couple. If the home’s catered for, why not make use of our expert advice to get the garden in order? The choice is yours!
Collectors of Emma Bridgewater take note!January 22, 2013
It has come to our attention recently, that we are housing some Emma Bridgewater collectibles in our gift department!
A popular and infamous name in the world of pottery, British-made Emma Bridgewater has tempted fans with a whole host of innovative and colourful designs over the years.
Not a company to sit on its laurels or able to resist unleashing its infinite creative talent, there are many pieces that are produced for only a short time, in short runs, or for particular occasions. As a result, and with the exception of trademark Emma Bridgewater designs, such as the infamous polka dot, there are many pieces that are now a rarity and not commonly found amongst main stockists. We have some of these pieces!
We’re therefore inviting Emma Bridgewater enthusiasts and collectors to come and take a look at our Emma Bridgewater pottery… Perhaps there’s a piece you need to complete a set or collection? A piece you’ve been trying to source, to no avail? Or perhaps you just want to add something different to a growing collection of pottery? Whatever the reason, get in touch or pop along, and immerse yourself in some Emma Bridgewater magic!
Know someone who’s a big fan? – spread the word and suggest a visit!
Slugs & Snails: The Facts!January 18, 2013
The RHS has released its top 10 garden pests of 2012 (based on the number of enquiries received by its Entomology Department), and, perhaps unsurprisingly, slugs and snails have skyrocketed to the top of the list for the second year in a row.
As their impact on our gardening activities seems to be growing year on year, we thought it was time we learnt a bit more about these persistent garden pests; and here’s what we found, compiled into some weird and wonderful slug & snail facts…
1. Snails, slugs and their relatives are the most common form of mollusc with over 60,000 species alive today.
2. Slugs can stretch to an incredible 20 times their normal length, enabling them to squeeze through the tiniest of openings in search of food!
3. Slugs & snails are hermaphrodites; they can mate with any other slug or snail. One slug can produce over 400 eggs per year!
4. Slugs & snails have a great sense of smell and can find their way back to a site by following their slime trail.
5. Slugs feed in cycles. There is never more than 5% of a slug population above ground at one time.
6. Slugs & snails must live in moist conditions in order to be able to survive.
7. Slug & snail eggs can lay dormant for several years before hatching if conditions aren’t right. They require the right soil conditions and moisture levels to hatch.
8. When conditions are dry, snails retreat into their shell and seal their entrance. They can survive in this state of ‘suspended animation’ for several months.
P.S – TOP RECOMMENDATION TO COMBAT SLUGS & SNAILS – SLUG GONE
A natural, environmentally friendly way to control slugs and snails in the garden, consisting of only wool pellets; so no harmful chemicals or pesticides. In addition, Slug Gone (by GrowAid) acts as a soil enricher, adding goodness into the soil, and in combination with soil and compost, provides a fantastic mulch. Used at Trevena Cross Nurseries!
Bare it all this Happy New Year!January 7, 2013
Happy New Year to you all! Like most of you, we wound down a little bit for Christmas, closing for our 3/365 days of the year, on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
As we return in 2013, it’s full steam ahead towards a busy season, with lots to be getting on with! As well as planning for the veg season and immersing yourself in a general tidy up, cleaning tools and pots, and clearing winter debris, we urge you take a moment and consider bare root.
Often overlooked or considered ‘not for me’, many people are subject to missed opportunities every year, during the short bare root window (Nov-Feb).
Just some of the reasons ‘not for me’ should be ‘I’ll give it a go’:
- Don’t be put off by the daunting bare root ball at the base of the plant or the tree – bare root specimens have often been growing for 1-2 years before they go for sale, and will soon establish once planted in a healthy bed of soil
- Equivalent containerised specimens are normally considerably more expensive – up to 50% more, and so bare root is definitely the way to go if you’re looking to plant a group of trees or a new hedge
- Easier to handle and maneuver than containerised equivalents – you’re not forced to shift a half ton of soil at the same time as your cherished plant – great for delivery costs (or transporting in your car) and great on your back too
- Bare root plants will often take off more quickly than containerised varieties because the roots aren’t required to make a transition from container soil to local/garden soil. They get a head-start on new root growth, planted during dormancy, and so will often establish well when compared with their containerised counterparts
Bare root won’t be for everyone – there will always be containerised plant lovers who wouldn’t have anything else; but for many, this could well be an exciting, untapped opportunity that comes around at a time of year when you may otherwise feel green fingered frustration and have no other choice but to sit around, twiddling your thumbs, waiting for the spring!
Click here for more on our bare root trees (and don’t forget to check out our vast array of freshly potted fruit trees too while you’re here! We’re known for our huge selection of apple trees in particular – including Cornish, Devon & south west varieties).