Dog Friendly Garden Centre (Beware of the Cat)

Woodmeadow Garden Centre is a dog friendly garden centre and welcomes dogs and other pets on leads we have our own dogs and would prefer them out and about certainly not left in cars especially having read some of the horror stories recently regarding dogs left in cars.

Dog Friendly Garden Centre

Dog Friendly Garden Centre

It is worth mentioning though that we do have a cat at Woodmeadow, she is a black cat that we rescued called Mrs Bojangles she loves the fuss and attention that our customers give her but can also be very territorial especially towards dogs.

So whilst we welcome dogs bringing in their owners we also would like to remind them that Woodmeadow is Mrs Bojangles home and sometimes she feels like she has to protect it.

Pictured above is a new addition to Woodmeadow a Bela Papilio is a very hands on crafty business which is focussed on providing high-quality lovingly refurbished furniture and given it a new lease of life Click Here to visit their website or come visit us and check out what they do for yourselves.

 

National Cream Tea Day

So today is National Cream Tea day but I say why not turn it into a Cream Tea weekend

Crumbly scones, sticky fruit jam, lashings of clotted cream and perfectly brewed tea. It’s a heavenly combination, but where did it all begin?

Time for tea

Cream Tea

Treat yourself to an afternoon tea in the Woodmeadow Tearoom

Britain’s love affair with tea began when Portuguese Catherine de Braganza married Charles II in 1662, bringing the custom of drinking tea at court with her and making tea popular worldwide.

In 1706, Thomas Twining opened London’s first tearoom. Before long, a flurry of tearooms appeared across the city, a far sight more inviting for a lady than the male-oriented coffee houses.

Afternoon tea

Tiring of the long wait between lunch and dinner, we have the Duchess of Bedford to thank for the invention of afternoon tea. What started out as simply ordering tea and treats to her room when peckish soon evolved into a gowns-and-all social affair, inviting friends to join her in her country house.

By the middle of the 19th century, afternoon tea was an every day occurrence; a spread of sandwiches, cakes, scones, cream and jam – the first hint of cream teas as we know them today.

Cream tea

The cream tea tradition flourished in the Westcountry following the tourism boom in the 1850s, brought on by the opening of the railway. Visitors bustled south looking to relax and indulge, and hotels, tearooms, farmhouses and cafés were happy to oblige – offering delicious afternoon cream teas, made with the finest local ingredients.

The jam was invariably strawberry. And the cream was always clotted.

The Cornwall Devon divide

Cream then jam, or jam then cream? It’s the difference between the Cornish and the Devonshire cream tea and the cause of much controversy.

HINT: don’t treat your clotted cream like butter and your scone will be all the better…

You can read more about cream teas www.creamteasociety.co.uk

The first how to guide

We thought it would be a good idea to detail some of the simple things that we take for granted, its only easy if you know how to do it, something I can personally vouch for, having tried to cut my own hair.

Ordering online, despite many orders being placed directly on our websites Woodmeadow    Taylors    www.woodmeadowgardencentre.co.uk www.taylorsgardenbuildings.co.uk  www.gardenproductsonline.co.uk and despite trying to make it as simple and hassle free as possible we are still happy to speak with anyone that wants that final piece of reassurance or would prefer to place an order with a real person and not just a computer screen.

Live HelpThe other alternative is Live Help –

When the button is green it means there is someone on the other end that will be more than happy to try and help, just click the button and type your question.

 

Always consider you safety when buying online below some safety tips to be mindful of or read the full blog here

  • Check the website has a contact phone number and address
  • When checking out make sure the address bar starts with https:
  • If you pay with a credit card you are protected with your own bank

I Blame the supermarkets – Support your local Garden Centre

I didn’t want this blog entry to turn into a rant but, not mentioning any names you will know who they are, but being a frequent visitor to a range of supermarkets on a weekly basis it is disappointing to see how they are now encroaching into the garden centre market offering cheap bedding plants (unloved hardly cared for) cheap shrubs which have been forced with either poor root or pot bound.

Now I understand the requirement to diversify and maintain market share, I understand offering the right product at the best price stack it high and sell it cheap etc etc but the power of the supermarket to manipulate buying patterns and educating a majority is shocking, where will they stop?

This was brought to my attention this weekend I was advising a couple on what flowers they could plant that would give colour all year in a narrow border and low maintenance, they said they had purchased twice this year plants from the local supermarket that had died very suddenly (from the description I assumed they frost killed them), needless to say I spent some time with the couple walked around our busy garden centre talked about the different type of plants which ones grow in shade and sun, the different types of annuals, perennials our wide selection of bedding and basket plants (which at this time of year can be killed by the frost) and after leaving them to browse was happy to see they walked out with a trolley full of plants. The next day I went to that said supermarket and checked out the plant offering which as usual was a dismal display of unloved and uncared for bedding plants a simple range of fashionable shrubs stacked high on trolleys for quick impulse sales.

Is it a false economy buying product purely out of convenience or because it is cheap? Where has the passion gone? Why are we happy to be spoon fed or so easily lead? are we sheep?

Support your local business, sometimes they might not be the cheapest but they do know their business, product and market. if you don’t use it you will lose it take a look at the lack of gren grocers (where you could get local fresh produce) butchers (where you could get the best advice and best meat) the lack of bakers (where you could get the best bread and cakes) and no I am not going to say candlestick makers but you get the point, where is the community spirit?.

At the risk of sounding like a hypocrite I do shop at the supermarkets and buy other products outside of the usual groceries which have contributed towards the demise of a lot of the regional and local independent businesses such as DVD’s, computer games and clothes, I have also been forced to diversify within our garden centre selling products related to the house and home the difference being we don’t have anywhere near the customers, the sales turnover or the buying power so naturally to remain competitive have to work on lower margins.

Is there still a place for us? well whilst we can we will continue to offer the best garden related products at the best prices we can but most of all valued customer service.

Thank you for reading.

May, in the garden

It’s time to plant up your tubs and hanging baskets for Summer colour in the garden. Don’t forget we are still getting cold winds and even some frosts so make sure they are covered at night with a cloche or fleece until the end of the month.

Prune Spring flowering shrubs such as Forsythia, Ribes, Chaemoneles, Pyracantha and Kerria as soon as they have finished flowering.
Put a good layer of bark mulch around established shrubs and trees to conserve moisture and suppress those ever advancing weeds.

Check your fruit plant supports, replace and damaged wire or wooden stakes and tie in the young emerging shoots.

Sow sweet corn in deep pots for transplanting outside in June. Keep an eye on the potatoes and earth up the shoots to encourage a higher yielding crop.

Garden Centre Terminology

Follow recent discussions this weekend with a few customers that are new to gardening maintenance but that have purchased from supermarkets, I thought it might be an idea to detail below some basic terms commonly used within the horticultural world which will help with a basic understanding. with the help of Wikipedia

French Marigold

French Marigold – can also be used as natural insect repellent and can be planted between roses

 

Annual – is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seed, within one year, and then dies
Biennial – is a flowering plant that takes two years to complete its biological lifecycle. In the first year the plant grows leaves, stems, and roots (vegetative structures), then it enters a period of dormancy over the colder months. Usually the stem remains very short and the leaves are low to the ground, forming a rosette. Many biennials require a cold treatment, or vernalization, before they will flower. During the next spring or summer, the stem of the biennial plant elongates greatly, or “bolts”. The plant then flowers, producing fruits and seeds before it finally dies. There are far fewer biennials than either perennial plants or annual plants.
Perennial – is a plant that lives for more than two years.[1] The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials.
Evergreen – is a plant that has leaves throughout the year, always green.
Deciduous – are plants which completely lose their foliage during the winter or dry season.
RhododendronEricaceous – A lime free compost that supports a large family of plants commonly known as the heath or heather family, found most commonly in acid and infertile growing conditions. The many well-known and economically important members of the Ericaceae include the cranberry, blueberry, azalea, rhododendron, and various common heaths and heathers
Alpine – commonly grow in the alpine climate, which occurs at high elevation and above the tree line. Alpine plants grow together as ain alpine tundra. Alpine plants must adapt to the harsh conditions of the alpine environment, which include low temperatures, dryness, ultraviolet radiation, and a short growing season.
EricaceousHerbaceous – generally small flowering plants, that grow and bloom over the spring and summer, die back every autumn and winter, and then return in the spring from their root-stock.

I am sure there are loads more that I have not listed feel free to comment and add them or if you want local friendly advice give us a call 01604 781899

Even better pop in and have a chat with any of our friendly staff who have a vast knowledge but are more than find out anything they don’t know, I think it is fair to say that we never stop learning.

 

Fish and Pond Centre at Woodmeadow Garden Centre

FishAlthough Woodmeadow Garden Centre has been a garden centre/nursery near Hannington on the A43 between Northampton and Kettering (NN6 9TD) for more than 30 years it has been the proud home for over ten years now to a well known local business called Fish and Pond Centre.

With a wide offering of fish and pond related services and a wealth of over 140 years combined experience you would struggle to find better. Fish Ponds – Pumps, Filters, Liners, Plants, Food and Supplements

PondCold water fish including Koi, Goldfish, Shubunkins to name but a few and a variety of Tropical and Marine fish.Ponds

The Fish and pond centre also offer a range of fishing rods, tackle and baits for anglers. you will see when you speak with any of the team at the Fish and Pond Centre it is not just a job for these guys it is a passion.

I would say if you have not visited before then you should give them a go open 7 days a week or give them a call on 01604 781 260

 

Pentagonal Summerhouses

We have a range of Summerhouses and Log Cabins on display at Woodmeadow Garden Centre. Come and take a look at what we have on offer to get a feel for what you want for your garden. For example take a look at the ever popular Prima Fifth Avenue Pentagonal Summerhouse by Lugarde. It’s surprisingly affordable and is great if space is at a premium. It comes in a variety of sizes starting at 1.8m x 1.8m, for the smaller garden,  up to 3.6m x 5.4m if space isn’t a problem. Come and speak to our friendly experts who will be able to advise you on the best building for you.

Alternatively take a browse through our website by clicking here

Heavy Duty Sheds

The Heavy Duty range of sheds, by UK Garden Buildings, is made up of substantial wooden buildings, made to high specifications for those who require something a bit tougher than your average garden shed.

Wooden Sheds

Heavy Duty Apex Shed

 

With 50 x 50mm framing throughout plus diagonal bracing, this garden building is built to last. The door has also been widened to 3ft and framed, ledged and braced in 75 x 50mm timber to make it as solid as possible.

Heavy Duty Apex Roof Truss

Internal image looking at the roof truss of a Heavy Duty Apex Shed

 

 

A 3 lever lock and handle have been fitted to provide extra security for your tools, and an opening window added to help with ventilation during the Summer months.

Ledge and Braced door

Fully framed Ledge and Braced door on the Heavy Duty Apex Shed

 

Options such as pressure treating and heavier duty flooring are available to help increase the specification on these sheds even further if required, and a factory painting option allows you to have the building finished in a colour of your choice.

Come in and speak to one of our friendly experts and find out the best option for you.

Alternatively go online and click here 

The Compact Greenhouse

If space in your garden is at a premium then the Compact greenhouse is perfect for you.

Compact Greenhouse

Compact Greenhouse

For such a small building the Compact greenhouse is packed with many features found on larger models, such as Double Doors and a low level threshold for easier access making this such a popular choice.

Greenhouse

compact greenhouse

If your growing space is limited, then the Compact offers a surprisingly spacious environment with an eaves height of 5’ 1 1/2”, and is an ideal building for the beginner.

with greenhouses starting from as little as £289

Come and take a look for yourself at the Compact greenhouse or if you are looking for larger models we have those on display too.