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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FEBRUARY – Lets get planting indoors!

We’re all itching to get out into the garden, but the garden won’t be ready for weeks yet. So let’s look at indoors and get organised for the coming months.

February remains a great month to buy seed potatoes, get them chitted  and planted. We have a great variety in store and a helpful ‘pick-up guide’ for the beginner. Here at Pentland Plants we encourage our gardeners to get involved and get growing. It’s not just satisfying to see something grow from a seed but the end result is ultimately rewarding.

Seed sowing is well under way in February. But it’s not too late to get started with your seed packets and propagationequipment. We stock everything for the windowsill gardener to the greenhouse enthusiast. If you’re using a greenhouse don’t forget to fumigate it before placing out your freshly planted seed trays! 

Houseplants are a favourite and their popularity has exploded over the past couple of years. Houseplants add atmosphere, colour, improve air quality and can provide a range of mental and physical health benefits. At Pentland Plants we always stock a selection of the best houseplants. Did you know indoor plants such as Weeping fig , Boston fern, Aloe Vera , rubber plants and  mother in laws tongue improve the air quality help us sleep!

Houseplants look complete dressed in a suitable pot. It used to be that the most common container was the clay pot, but today we have a selection of decorative pots to choose from which are available in an almost infinite variety of materials, types, size and colour. 

Choosing the right pot is very important but so are the compost and feed. Houseplants are individual and so are their needs. Plants require different types of nutrients but don’t let this faze you as we are here to help you select the right product to keep your plants blooming and looking great.

Not all houseplant require compost , air plants originating from South America a very much back in vogue…. There exotic looking foliage and  flowers make them intriguing and a popular plant to grow in the home and conservatory. 

Herbs are back in store and we have a great variety whether you use them for their aromatic qualities or the culinary table. 

So, lets get planting and creative…. Our team are here to answer your questions and help you with new projects and ideas.

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January in the garden

JANUARY Snowdrops are beginning to emerge, scented winter flowering shrubs are coming into the fore and Hellebores begin to show their faces in the shadiest patches of the garden.

One of the first jobs for the gardener is forcing (known as chitting) seed potatoes. Pentland Plants have the first delivery of potatoes mid January where you will find everything you need to get started. Remember to place the seed potato eye upright on a tray in a light, cool, frost free place. Getting in an early crop can see a first harvest by the end of June. 

With a good selection of seeds in store, January is the month to plan this year’s crops and flowers for the season ahead. There are many seeds suitable for propagation in January and sowing them indoors now will allow you to transplant once the weather warms up. 

A great variety of houseplants are available at this time of year, but reduce watering as plants aren’t growing much and leaves don’t lose moisture in cool conditions. Speak to one of our experts who will advise you on how to best care for plants in your home.

Now is a great time to get your greenhouse ready to house this year’s seedlings and crops. Use a Greenhouse fumigator which will eradicate any dormant red spider mite, flying and crawling insects. A good greenhouse disinfectant can be used on benches, tools and is suitable for cleaning capillary matting and any irrigation system.

So together let’s get this season off to a Blooming great new year… we have expert advisers in store on hand to help you plan ahead! 

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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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Beautiful Borders Demonstrations

30 minute demonstrations
Sunday 21st (11am and 2pm) & Monday 22nd (12pm and 3pm)

Jayne will give you inspiration to make the most out of your borders, however small - looking at varieties of shrubs and herbaceous plants and flowers, textures, perfume and foilage colour for 12 months of the year.

To book your place, contact us via our Facebook page, at the shop counter, or email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Please note: we will not reply to your email unless there are no places available) 

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