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.
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.
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.
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.
Tomato, cucumber, pepper and courgette plants
Hanging basket plants
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.
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
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.
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.