November in the Garden

 

 

November: The days are noticeably shorter and frosts chill the air...

This is a good time for planting all trees and shrubs, as well as hedges, to give them plenty of time to get established before winter. Container-grown plants can be planted at any time of year, but you can save money at this time of year by opting for bare-rooted hedging, or root-balled trees and shrubs.

Tulips are happy to be planted so much later than all the other spring-flowering bulbs. But this is the perfect time to plant, so try not to miss it. If planting in pots then ensure you use a bulb fibre. They wont need watering until the fibre has either completely dried out or the bulbs are well established.

Leaves are piling up in every corner… consider generating your own leaf mould as the decaying leaves produce an invaluable soil conditioner. The job of collecting leaves can be made easier by using a jumbo leaf scoop… they not only protect your hands from thorns and cuts but are also great for collecting other garden debris.

But what about our garden wildlife…. Well the berries in your garden are a feast for birds, thrushes and blackbirds become more noticeable, venturing onto lawns searching for worms and fallen fruit. Bird tables become a bustle of activity, with birds queuing up to take their turn at feeders. It’s so important to keep feeders filled and a fresh supply of water would be an added welcome.

As the days grow colder Hedgehogs will be looking for that cosy place to hibernate. Consider investing in a purpose made Hedgehog home; this doesn’t just offer shelter but also adds a quirky attraction to your garden space. 

If you would like help, ideas and inspiration for your garden or have any questions, please call into the garden centre and have a chat with a member of our knowledgeable team. They’ll be very happy to help. 

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David’s sausage and butter bean cassoulet recipe

We’re celebrating national sausage week, so this week’s recipe is David’s pork sausage, chorizo sausage and butter bean cassoulet. On the specials menu Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November. 
 
ingredients:
 
6 x pork sausages
3 x chorizo sausage
2 x cloves of garlic
1 x table spoon of fresh thyme
1 x tins of tomatoes (chopped)
2 x tablespoons of tomato puree
1 x large onion sliced
2 x tins of butter beans drained
1 x vegetable stock cube
salt and pepper
olive oil
 
Method:
In a large pan, fry the pork sausages in a little olive oil. once cooked remove from the pan. cool, then slice.
Add the onion, garlic and thyme to the pan and cook until soft.
Then, add the sliced chorizo sausage and fry for a minute to release the oils.
Add the sliced pork sausage and the rest of the ingredients together.
Bring to the boil then transfer to an oven proof dish and bake in the oven at 200oC for one hour.
 
Serve with fresh crusty bread.
 
You can use any type of beans that you like for this recipe, or if using dried beans, soak them overnight
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Christmas Events at Pentland

ONLINE BOOKING NOW OPEN! 

It’s going to be another fantastic Christmas at Pentland Plants and we’re excited to share with you a fun packed calendar of events for all of the family to enjoy, including: craft workshops, live music, delicious food, Poinsettia walks, dog photo sessions and more! Our online event-booking page is now open, so please take a look and reserve your place today.

https://www.pentlandplantsgardencentre.co.uk/events

 

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Pentland's Christmas Shopping Event

Thursday 8th November, 5pm – 8pm

It's that time of year again! Join us for our very special Christmas shopping event this November and enjoy a fantastic 20% OFF Christmas and gifts*! 

We’ll be serving our home made complimentary non-alcoholic mulled wine on the night, PLUS we’ll be opening Café Panola late for the occasion with a special BYOB evening menu. 

Click here to reserve a table: https://www.pentlandplantsgardencentre.co.uk/xmas-shopping-event.html

Find the perfect gifts for family and friends, and beautiful Christmas decorations for your home from our new stunning Christmas collections.

Get the date in the diary and keep an eye on our website if you would like to book a table for dinner, as our online table booking page will be open very soon!

We can't wait to see everyone on the 8th! 

*Excludes gift cards

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October in the Garden

 

October, and the gardens are ablaze with autumnal colour and charm. Acers are putting on a spectacular show and Sorbus trees stand tall like a towering inferno.

Now we really need to get busy, pruning back the herbaceous borders and plants! But let us not forget that foliage provides an excellent shelter for overwintering mammals and insects. Indeed, some herbaceous plants actually benefit more from being cut back in spring as oppose to the autumn. Slightly less hardy perennials such as Penstemons are better left alone as the top growth provides winter protection.

Morning temperatures are noticeably dipping, especially around exposed areas, so bring under glass all half hardy plants, especially tender herbs and olive trees.

October is a good time to spread a top layer of mulch on herbaceous borders. This will provide a protective covering for more tender plants during the cold winter months.

Spring flowering bulbs can be planted. There are so many varieties available so be creative and ask in store for help and advice on planting schemes. Daffodils need to be planted first, and remember to plant tulips later in November. The planting depth is very important! Bulbs planted too shallow won’t flower after their first year. A good rule to remember… plant bulbs three times in depth of the bulb size in a free draining compost. By doing this you really can’t go wrong.

Our much-loved lawns have been part of our gardens for centuries, originally created behind castle walls and within cloisters of monasteries. Autumn and regular mowing comes to an end. Apply as autumn top dressing and keep the lawn free from fallen leaves where pest and disease may hibernate until the new season.

Autumn is the time to support visiting birds and wildlife to our gardens. Birds especially will need a helpful hand in building up their energy reserves to see them through the winter months. Bird feeds come in many shapes and sizes and filling them with high fat foods will help the bird population dramatically. Birds will soon use vital energy to visit your feeder so let’s keep them well stocked!

Want to find out more about autumn gardening? You’ll find Allie in the outdoor plant area, who will be very happy to help. We will also be running drop in sessions in the outdoor plant area over the coming weeks. Click here to find out more:

https://www.pentlandplantsgardencentre.co.uk/blog/new-mini-drop-in-sessions.html

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