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After a glorious summer, we are now having a good start to a more autumnal season.

The borders are still full of the flowering herbaceous. Salvias, Crocosmia, Rudbeckia and Anemone are all looking good.

The very long flowering Persicaria amplexicaulis and Knautia macedonica have been flowering for months - both are favourites with bees, hoverflies and many other insects.

After the prolonged dry spell we are now having some much needed rain. The lawns are very dried up and yellow, but they seem to bounce back quickly once the rain soaks in. Many garden plants from warmer parts of the world have done very well, like the Salvia family. We have more plants going onto the website that have just become available.

Fantastic growing conditions - perfect with warm weather and some rain, can almost see the plants grow.

At last some better weather forecast, so should be a good early May bank holiday weekend. There are lots of lovely plants available to create those stunning containers for summer displays. How about the summer long flowering shrubby Salvias - just right for a sunny spot.

So much for the balmy South Hams, the temperature is minus 2 and a blizzard has been raging for several hours! Today is supposed to be the first day of spring, but I'm not sure our plants believe it.

So much for the balmy South Hams, the temperature is minus 2 and a blizzard has been raging for several hours! Today is supposed to be the first day of spring, but I'm not sure our plants believe it.

After a very wet miserable spell of weather this month has started well with some very welcome sunshine. In spite of the weather sales last month were very buoyant, so hopefully the trend will continue.

Christmas is over and the nights are drawing out, so time to look forward to a new exciting growing season. The weather has not been very inspiring so far, gales and rain, but the propagation bed is bursting with young plants ready to be potted on and we can't wait to get started.

Even though we are situated in a mild area of coastal Britain we have felt the winter chills. Not only have we had low temperatures but we have had strong winds and more rain than one would think possible.

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