Books at Cafe Panola

Next time you pop in for lunch or a cup of tea at Cafe Panola keep an eye out for our book area. We have a lovely selection of gardening reference books to enjoy whilst you have a drink or a bite to eat. They're full of hints and tips, gardening knowhow and inspiration. Perfect for planning your spring/summer garden! 

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How to create beautiful containers

Pots and containers are a great way to brighten up your outdoor space; whether it be a large patio area, or a small balcony, it's easy to add lots of colour and interest.

Below, Carolyn has noted her top tips for planting a container to be proud of:

 1. Use a good quality compost suitable for the type of plants you want to grow. For example, for a rhododendron or pieris use ericaceous.

2. Add water retaining granules and slow release fertiliser to help reduce watering and ensure your plants are fed all season long.

3. Make sure you use the right plants for the location of the container. For example, sunny or shady conditions.

4. Choose colours that complement or contrast each other, or create a container of all one colour like white with variegated foliage colours for interest.

We've got some excellent plant offers on just now at Pentland. Our high quality homegrown packs of bedding plants are currently only £3.49 each, or 4 for £12.

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Our plants of the week

Spring isn't far away at all. But if you're keen to get out and about in the garden, you'll be delighted to hear that we have a lovely selection of homegrown plants available right now. From beautiful varieties of primroses, to tete a tete daffodils, herbaceous perennials, herbs, pansies, dianthus, and hellebores, there's an inspiring collection to choose from.

This week's home grown deals:

Dianthus 10cm pots: 3 for £6 or £2.49 each

Aromatic herbs: Prices from just £1.69

Primroses 1L: 3 for £6 or £2.49 each

Pansy bedding packs: 4 packs for £12 or £3.49 each

1L bulbs: £3.49 or 2 for £6


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Gardening tips for March

Spring is just around the corner. The days are now getting longer, the ground is getting warmer and bulbs are starting to come up. It’s time for the gardening season to begin.

There are plenty of jobs around the garden, which if started now, will help the months ahead run more smoothly. So here are a few of our gardening suggestions for this month to help you on your way.

It's time to start your spring cleaning

Fork over the soil in your borders, weed and mulch, dig up and divide any overcrowded perennials.

Tidy up your paths and driveways by removing weeds and moss.

If it’s dry enough, mow your lawn and redefine the edges.

Tidy up roses and rock gardens, and fill any gaps with new plants.

Freshen up your pots and containers (Don’t forget to wipe away any muddy rain splashes, and top up the compost).

Sow wildflowers and start planting your spring bedding pants, flowering spring bulbs and compact perennials.

New to gardening? Need some advice and inspiration? Not sure where to start, or what to plant where? Our knowledgeable staff are here to help. Just pop in and have a chat – they’ll be able to give you lots of helpful advice. 

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Inspirational plant advice

Starting to think about garden plans for the year ahead? New to gardening or need a few tips and ideas? We can help.

Whatever size of outdoor space you have, from a large garden to small city balcony we can provide helpful advice and inspiration. From plants to suit sunny or shady spots, exposed or sheltered areas, veg plots and containers, country cottage gardens to modern and contemporary spaces, we can point you in the right direction on what plants and accessories you’ll need and where to start.

Pop in any day of the week and have a chat with a member of our knowledgeable staff in the annex or outdoor plant area.

Why not bring a couple of photos of your outdoor space too?!  

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