Buckland Nurseries was established as a family run garden centre business over 150 years ago.
The business was founded by Thomas Hogg in 1865 and has continued through six generations of the Hogg family into the hands of David and Linda Hogg (pictured alongside).
Buckland Nurseries stocks a wide range of perennials, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, roses, herbs, garden sundries, tools, turf, seeds, paving and gravels and the friendly team looks forward to giving you a lovely welcome when you next visit their traditional Garden Centre.
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February Garden Notes
Now that light levels are steadily improving and spring will soon be bringing warmer weather, turn your attention to sowing flower seeds, both annual and perennial. Not only will you have the satisfaction of raising your own plants, but also at the same time you can make considerable savings compared with buying fully-grown specimens.
Annual varieties will flower vigorously the same year they are sown and then die back in late summer. Some perennials will flower during their first summer, although most will spend their first year bulking up in order to flower the following year and then repeatedly every summer for many years.
Numerous seeds can soon be sown directly into a well-prepared seed bed in their flowering position; most will prefer an open sunny position. Check seed packets to see if your chosen varieties are best sown indoors – or ideally in a greenhouse. If this is recommended, sow into trays or small pots of seed compost. These plants are often less hardy so this method allows them to have an early start and to be protected until they are large enough to be planted out. Many will benefit from starting life in a propagator to maintain heat levels. Ideally, make repeat sowing at fortnightly intervals to extend the flowering season.
Once seedlings are large enough to handle, they need to be thinned out to give the plants plenty of room to grow. For indoor raised seedlings plant into pots until they are ready to be acclimatised to outside conditions. Beware of biting winds and late frosts. Plant out in May to their final growing position, again allowing space for strong growth.