Would we all appreciate the finer days of summer, were it not for the ups and downs of the seasons? Probably not, indeed we really are lucky to be able to sample all of nature’s finest weathers. Its crisp winter mornings and golden sunlight and wet windy storms that whip the seas into a dramatic frenzy, fade in and out of summer, through spring and Autumn.
As we transition its worth remembering that there is still so much that gardening and plants have to offer in the coming months. Here on the nursery work continues all year round, and we have plants and produce to see you right through. Even the NHS has started prescribing plants to treat depression and anxiety. As a charity established to offer therapeutic horticulture for mental illness sufferers, we can’t agree enough about the benefits of working with natures greatest creations; plants!
In our southern UK climate, we are luckier even still, and provided the ground isn’t frozen solid, most plants are still fine to plant out. If you have lots of containers its worth raising them up on feet or blocks to increase drainage. Move succulents and tender plants either under cover or into the green house and conservatory. Reduce watering of houseplants but be mindful that central heating can be very drying, try grouping plants together or sit them on trays of wet gravel to increase humidity.
Most of all, please pop into the nursery shop, were here come rain or shine.
Andrew Verreck – Nursery Manager
Chestnut Nursery is a registered charity providing meaningful work for adults with enduring mental illness through the therapy of horticulture.
Visit our new garden centre at our nursery site next to Poole park; 75 Kingland Road. BH15 1TN