Grow Your Own Raspberries

Now is the time to be thinking about planting Raspberry canes to supply delicious home grown rasps in the summer months.  At Ben Reid Garden Centre we have several varieties to choose, from sweet juicy fruit to sharper flavours ideal for cooking and jam making.

Click here for this seasons varieties and prices

Come and talk to our team on how to plant and care for your raspberry canes or read more information from the RHS how to grow raspberries

 

House Plants

If you haven’t been up to see us lately come and have a look at our recently arrived indoor plants.  With the weather turning colder its time to bring nature inside to add some colour and ambience to your home and reap the health rewards of growing indoors.

The benefits of indoor plants include helping you to improve the air quality, increasing oxygen and reducing carbon monoxide, in your home.  Plants help to purify the air and remove toxic chemicals found in every home.  The humidity created by indoor plants can also help with coughs and colds associated with the winter months, helping to deter illness and boost healing.

Not to mention the stress relieving benefits of caring for your colourful new additions.

Read more from the guys at Lifehack

 

How to cultivate Rhododendron colour in your garden

Rhodo Cosmopolitan

Thanks to the continued rise in temperatures and some decent sunshine after the rain, we are cultivating some of our seasonal favourites – colourful bursts of rhododendrons, azeleas and camellias.

So, how can we help you cultivate yours, or get the best out of a new purchase or gift?

Rododendrons, Azeleas and Camellias are all ericaceous plants, meaning they need to grow in an acid or lime-free soil to ensure they stay healthy. Alternatively, compact varieties can grow well in large pots or half-barrels filled with ericaceous compost (we have plenty in stock).

Rhodo Maire de Montague

Known for their vibrant colour in Spring, and some deciduous varieties in Autumn, Rhododendrons are described by the Royal Horticultural Society as being of ‘moderate difficulty’ to grow (they have pulled together some excellent guidance notes on how to help get the best from yours).

As with all plants, it’s a balance of elements that help your plants thrive. An excellent source of information on Rhododendrons is one of our trusted suppliers, Osberton, who write a great ‘ask the expert’ series. They recently published a nice piece with practical insights into how best to care for your rhododendrons, whatever your soil or garden conditions may be.

Rhodo Albert Schweitzer and Horizon Monarch

If you would like a more personal answer to your shrub queries (or any other gardening matters) we are always here to help so please quiz us when you’re next in store and we’ll be happy to talk through what’s likely to work best in your garden.

All the best,

Simon and the Team at Ben Reid Garden Centre

May Bank Holiday Weekend

Dare we say this out loud but… as we approach the May Day public holiday it looks like Spring may really be springing! Temperatures are forecast to be above 10 degrees for the next 10 days and we should see sunshine every day (!) so planning to spend some time in your garden feels like a realistic goal.

What will you be focusing on – planting new treats? Giving your grass the first trim of the season? Hacking back those rampant bushes? Or tackling the fresh weeds popping up faster than you can stamp them out?

We have been flat out filling the garden centre up to the brim with everything you need for a busy weekend in the garden.

  • Vegetable plants
  • Herbs
  • Tomato, cucumber, pepper and courgette plants
  • Summer bedding
  • Hanging basket plants
  • Senetti’s
  • Lavender’s
  • Clematis
  • Shrubs and Herbaceous plants from our own nursery
  • And lots more

We are open 9 to 5 Friday and Saturday, 10 to 5 Sunday and 9 to 6 on Monday

Have a great bank holiday weekend from the Ben Reid team.

Happy Easter – opening hours

 

Happy Easter to all our lovely customers.

We are open as normal right through the weekend 9 to 5 except Sunday when we are open 10 to 5. Lots of new stock has arrived from our trusted suppliers and we have Shrubs and Perennials from our own nursery filling the A to Z beds.

Look out for

  • Spring bedding and planted containers
  • Full rage of bird food and feeders
  • New range of conifers including some lovely Irish Yews
  • Rhododendrons of all sizes
  • Fruit trees and bushes
  • Seasonal Perennials
  • Alpines
  • Heathers
  • Seed Potatoes – still a large selection
  • Coal, logs and kindling
  • And much much more

What ever you are up to this Easter weekend we hope you have great time.

See you soon from all of the team.

 

Sale ends this Sunday

Last few days of our Spring Sale

20% off current prices across all of the stock outdoor and indoors.

20% of all stock excluding existing offers, gift vouchers and confectionery.

Please note multi-buy offers on compost do not attract further discount

Please note loyalty scheme points will be redeemed but are not awarded during the sale

Sale continues – Lots of new stock has arrived.

Spring sale continues. Lots of new stock has arrived this week

  • Spring bedding plants
  • Soft fruit bushes
  • Rhododendrons
  • Roses
  • Hellebores
  • Conifers
  • Seasonal shrubs
  • Shrubs and Herbaceous perennials form our own nursery
  • Seed potatoes
  • Full range of composts
  • Garden tools
  • Pots and containers
  • and much much more

20% of all prices, excluding existing offers, gift vouchers and confectionery

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

Primrose – a burst of colour in Spring

Primrose Cauldron £8.99
Individual 9cm pots £1.29
6 Carry Pack £6.99

 

Primroses are part of the Primula family coming from the Latin primus meaning first, the first flowers of the Spring! These colourful flowers are perfect for containers or flower beds to give instant colour in the late winter/early spring and goodness me we could do with some of that at the moment. As ever we can suggest other plants to complement Primroses in your planting plan or take in your existing containers and we can plant them up for you here in the nursery.