Monday, 26 June 2017

Hairy Rejoicing

Morning all,
Lots in flower so not much room for waffle this week. Such a relief to get away from that heat, just need a splash of rain now to get back to sanity. Cooled off just in time for the release of this month’s predators, We were getting a bit anxious that they would fry up in the heat earlier in the week but in the end conditions were perfect. Now just got to release those 1,000 million nematodes tonight and tomorrow night to complete this month’s release programme. Nice and cool so should be ok.
Took a couple of hours off yesterday to collect our Green Impact Bronze award from the mayor at lunchtime. Nice sandwiches, a cup of tea and general wellness all round. We also picked up special local awards for the environmental improvements achieved and a local environmental hero award which was a bonus. Then an extra special surprise when it was announced that someone who shall remain nameless won the Green Impact National Environmental Hero award for 2017 too. Locally sourced cream cakes all round I think.

Availability highlights
Fantastic looking Monarda. We don’t have a huge number, but the Balmy Pink and Barmy Purple have loads of bursting buds sat on strong, short, bushy plants. I can see the nice bright colour appearing and more will quickly follow. The exotic Eucomis are starting to show their pretty columns of pale yellow flowers. Masses of bud coming on the two deep pink flowered Lythrums.Buds and flowers are appearing on most of the very popular Sage Hot Lips. Don’t forget that this variety does produce pure red and pure white flowers on occasions but the ‘proper’ red and white lippy ones will prevail throughout most of the summer. The flower spikes of Liatris are looking great with the odd flash of purple beginning to show. The short Campanula varieties, carpatica White and Blue and posharskyana are all showing bud.
The first Crocosmia are showing bud. Lucifer is usually the first to get going and sure enough it’s there again. Rhodanthemum is deservedly proving very popular. Low growing silver foliage with pretty flowers all summer long. The gold leaved Tradescantia Blue and Gold is in bud and flower. A standout plant if ever I saw one. The ever popular Dianthus in bud or holding up their first flower or two. The scented compact range (Scent First (SF)) are really coming into their own. I have plenty of Passion but you probably don’t want to know that. If you do, it is a new one to us this year, a fabulous rich deep passionate red, very aptly named and beautifully scented too.
Fresh batches of Salvia nemerosa in a range of colours are now back on stream with plenty of bud showing. Most Echinacea are now in bud and selling well, Strong and bushy the hardy Fuchsia range is doing its thing. We have some lovely batches of increasingly popular Erigeron karvinskianus Stallone in bud with the odd flower opening. Fresh batches of the Digitalis Dalmation range are ready to roll. Now showing their flower shoots and a bit of colour. Exotic Oxalis are both in bud and colour now. The purple foliaged triangularis has delightful contrasting pale pink flowers, while the Iron Cross looks quite different with its greener dark spotted leaves and deep pink/red flowers. Summer has arrived, in case you hadn’t noticed, with bud rushing up in the Hemerocallis varieties. Nice fresh batches of Veronica are now bushy and in bud. There are fresh batches of Achillea Paprika and the Desert Eve series now in bud again. Loads of Leucanthemum in bud now. The Shasta daisy has always been a garden favourite. The Polemonium Bambino Blue looking very neat and showing some colour, but only a few left. Coreopsis Illico, a really compact form with masses of sunshine yellow blooms over a long period. Loads of bud already and the odd flash of colour. Sunray and Sunfire are in bud and back on the list too.
Buds are now appearing on a fantastic fresh batch of Phlox, monster bushy plants in the new Sweet Summer range of colours. Don’t hang about with these we don’t have huge numbers available this year. A couple of colours sold out already. A fantastic range of foliage sizes and colours in our Hosta range, all showing off well. To see the colours check out the hosta pages in our flip book catalogue. The compact Eryngium Blue Hobbit is just about to do its thing with flower shoots erupting from the centre of the leaf rosettes. The variegated Eryngium varifolium is showing signs of flowering too. A pretty spiky flower stem, quite dramatic.
Dinky Erodium varieties are back again, low growing and flowering for ages. Fresh young stock of Erysimum Red Jep are looking good (in bud). The Rudbeckia Goldsturm is looking great, very strong bushy plants with the first buds forming now, always a popular plant.
Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Hot and Hairy

Morning all,

Too hot for me. Brain sliding into mush as the temperature rises I’m hopeless in the heat. That’s why I chose to make a career out of growing crops in polytunnels, it’s so cosy. You have to pick the right jobs in this weather and this morning’s was good one, checking the irrigation nozzles for partial blockages that push them off centre creating dry spots. A very pleasantly damp job rather than a soaking wet one, although the walking distance adds up. 72 spray-lines each an average of 40m long to walk up and down often more than once. Too many flowers to mention this week so no time to dwell, too easy to get down if we don’t keep busy. Mega visitor this week, a Red Breasted Goose dropped in for the evening, probably thought the tunnels were water.

Availability highlights
Star of this week I suspect will be Monarda. We don’t have a huge number, but the Balmy Pink and Barmy Purple have loads of bursting buds sat on strong, short, bushy plants. I can see the odd flash of colour appearing and more will quickly follow. Buds are appearing on many of the very popular Sage Hot Lips. Don’t forget that this variety does produce pure red and pure white flowers on occasions but the ‘proper’ red and white lippy ones will prevail throughout most of the summer. The flower spikes of Liatris are looking great with the odd flash of purple beginning to show. The short Campanula varieties (carpatica White and Blue and posharskyana are all showing bud.
Rhodanthemum is deservedly proving very popular. Low growing silver foliage with pretty flowers all summer long. The gold leaved Tradescantia Blue and Gold is in bud and flower. A standout plant if ever I saw one. The ever popular Dianthus in bud or holding up their first flower or two. The scented compact range (Scent First (SF)) are really coming into their own. I have plenty of Passion but you probably don’t want to know that. If you do, it is a new one to us this year, a fabulous rich deep passionate red, very aptly named and beautifully scented too.
Fresh batches of Salvia nemerosa in a range of colours are now back on stream with plenty of bud showing. Most Echinacea are now in bud and selling really well, We still have good stocks of strong plants of this increasingly popular border plant. Strong and bushy the hardy Fuchsia range is doing its thing. We have some lovely batches of increasingly popular Erigeron karvinskianus Stallone in bud with the odd flower opening. Fresh batches of the Digitalis Dalmation range are ready to roll. Now showing their flower shoots. Exotic Oxalis are both in bud now. The purple foliaged triangularis has delightful contrasting pale pink flowers, while the Iron Cross looks quite different with its greener dark spotted leaves and deep pink/red flowers.
Summer has arrived, in case you hadn’t noticed, with bud rushing up in the Hemerocallis varieties. Nice fresh batches of Veronica are now bushy and in bud. There are fresh batches of Achillea Paprika and the Desert Eve series now in bud again. Loads of Leucanthemum in bud now. The Shasta daisy has always been a garden favourite. The three Nepeta (catmint) varieties we have in stock are all now in bud. The Polemoniums are coming into colour now, the compact upright Bambino Blue looking particularly neat, but only a few left.
Coreopsis Illico, a really compact form with masses of sunshine yellow blooms over a long period. Loads of bud already and the odd flash of colour. Sunray and Sunfire are back on the list too. We have a fantastic fresh batch of Phlox available with some monster bushy plants in the new Sweet Summer range of colours. Don’t hang about with these we don’t have huge numbers available this year. A couple of colours sold out already.
A fantastic range of foliage sizes and colours in our Hosta range, all showing off well. To see the colours check out the hosta pages in our flip book catalogue. Astilbe Fanal (red) are still looking good, flowers beginning to colour nicely. The compact Eryngium Blue Hobbit is just about to do its thing with flower shoots erupting from the centre of the leaf rosettes. The variegated Eryngium varifolium is showing signs of flowering too. A pretty spiky flower stem, quite dramatic. Dinky Erodium varieties are back again, low growing and flowering for ages. Fresh young stock of Erysimum Red Jep are looking good (in bud). The Rudbeckia Goldsturm is looking great, very strong bushy plants with the first buds forming now, always a popular plant. We have two Strawberry varieties which have coloured flowers now showing bud, Roman are pretty pink producing delicious fruit and Toscana is a strong red.
Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Hairy Hurry

Morning all,
Another hectic week behind us and looks like another ahead. May hay and all that.
Not enough hours in the day today so a very brief resume of the week. Busy, nicely damp, turbines went round a bit. Definite decision made that despite my loud protests the trousers have to go, apparently despite what I glimpsed on the Manchester fund raising gig last weekend, I have passed the age when a flash of underwear through rips in the fabric is considered fashionable. I must admit it was a bit draughty this week. Now I just need a moment to get to town.
A revival dance tonight with a band called The Ordinary Joes. Not seen them before but could be a tiring night. They would have to go some to beat the Ben Waters Big Band who we saw last night. Can you believe it, they stopped us dancing, health and safety gone mad, but it has saved a bit more energy for tonight. Leaving in ten, just time to send this and shower. Have a good one.

Availability highlights
Buds are appearing on many of the very popular Sage Hot Lips which is back on the list for the summer, while stocks last. Don’t forget that this variety does produce pure red and pure white flowers on occasions but the ‘proper’ red and white lippy ones will prevail throughout most of the summer.
The gold leaved Tradescantia Blue and Gold is in bud and flower. A standout plant if ever I saw one.
The ever popular Dianthus Doris showing their first buds. The scented compact range (Scent First (SF)) are also coming into their own. We have also extended the range this summer to broaden the colour palette.
Fresh batches of Salvia nemerosa in a range of colours are now back on stream with plenty of bud showing.
Most Echinacea are now in bud and selling really well, We still have good stocks of strong plants of this increasingly popular border plant. We have some nice batches of Erigeron karvinskianus Stallone in bud and ready to fly out.
Fresh batches of the Digitalis Dalmation range are ready to roll. Just showing their flower shoots extending up. Exotic Oxalis are both in bud now. The purple foliaged triangularis has delightful contrasting pale pink flowers, while the Iron Cross looks quite different with its greener dark spotted leaves and deep pink/red flowers. Summer has arrived, in case you hadn’t noticed, with bud rushing up in the Hemerocallis varieties. Loads of Leucanthemum in bud now. The Polemoniums are coming into colour now, the compact upright Bambino Blue looks particularly neat. Rhodanthemum is deservedly proving very popular. Low growing silver foliage with pretty flowers all summer long. Coreopsis Illico, a really compact form with masses of sunshine yellow blooms over a long period. Loads of bud already and the odd flash of colour. Sunray and Sunfire are back this week too.
We have a fresh batch of Phlox available with some monster bushy plants in the new Sweet Summer range of colours. Don’t hang about with these we don’t have huge numbers available this year. A fantastic range of foliage sizes and colours in our Hosta range, all showing off well. To see the colours check out the hosta pages in our flip book catalogue.
Astilbe Fanal (red) and Ellie (White) are still looking good, buds beginning to colour nicely. The compact Eryngium Blue Hobbit is just about to do its thing with flower shoots erupting from the centre of the leaf rosettes. The variegated Eryngium varifolium is showing signs of flowering too. A pretty spiky flower stem but quite dramatic. Dinky Erodium varieties are back again, low growing and flowering for ages.
A mass of fresh foliage and buds all appear in a rush on the Astilbes, just two varieties left including the deep red Fanal. Fresh young stock of Erysimum Red Jep are looking good (in bud). The Rudbeckia Goldsturm is looking great, very strong bushy plants, always a really popular plant.
We have two Strawberry varieties which have coloured flowers now showing bud, Roman are pretty pink preceding delicious fruit and Toscana is a strong red.  There are just a few left of a fresh batch of the Foam Flower Tiarella wherryi, plenty of bud and flower.
Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Hairy Head

Morning all,

Yet another perfect gardening weekend, although it looks like we might pay the price on Monday with a bit of a storm brewing. Meanwhile here, the sunglasses are on this morning and not just because it’s pretty bright out there. Last night we ran off with the Winchester Green Business of the Year award, we didn’t win it, but thought we should have and now we are having to lie low! I jest. We won it fair and square and partied until well past bed-time, consequently there are a couple of fuzzy heads out there on the potting team this morning and dark glasses definitely help, as well as keeping the autograph hunters at bay. Emergency haircut and shave on Thursday night to smarten me up a bit went slightly awry when I pointed out the bit that got missed by Caroline’s clippers. Clippers straight out of the box, bend forwards and swish, a rather bigger pile of hair on the floor than expected. Oops wrong setting. Had to do the rest to match, so now I’m just a small step away from a full Duncan Goodhew.
Sales are still bowling along here, keeping us on our toes. We are looking forward to a few more settled 5 day weeks for a while, hoping to catch up on all those jobs that keep getting put off because of the lack of time. I desperately need to get to the shops and replenish the trouser department. All my favourites are a tad worn and holed and Caroline has started grading them out from the wash basket. I’m now down to one pair of zip off’s that only defy gravity thanks to a sturdy belt making up for the lack of effort being made by the ‘hidden’ elasticated waist band which perished some time ago. Why don’t they ever make clothes as comfy as the old ones?

Availability highlights
Buds are appearing on many of the very popular Sage Hot Lips which is back on the list for the summer, while stocks last. Don’t forget that this variety does produce pure red and pure white flowers on occasions but the ‘proper’ red and white lippy ones will prevail throughout most of the summer.
Apparently Chelsea was full of Geums this year. Sadly we only have one in stock at the moment, but it does look good. Most Echinacea are now in bud and selling really well, We still have good stocks of strong plants of this increasingly popular border plant. Exotic Oxalis are both in bud now. The purple foliaged triangularis has delightful contrasting pale pink flowers, while the Iron Cross looks quite different with its greener dark spotted leaves and deep pink/red flowers. Summer has arrived, in case you hadn’t noticed, with bud rushing up in the Hemerocallis varieties.
Loads of Leucanthemum in bud now. Lacrosse looks great, the odd opening flower with loads more to follow on bushy plants. The Polemoniums are coming into colour now, the compact upright Bambino Blue looks particularly neat. Rhodanthemum is deservedly proving very popular. Low growing silver foliage with pretty flowers all summer long. Coreopsis Illico, a really compact form with masses of sunshine yellow blooms over a long period. Loads of bud already and the odd flash of colour. The gold leaved Tradescantia Blue and Gold is in bud and flower. A standout plant if ever I saw one.
We have a fresh batch of Phlox available with some monster bushy plants in the new Sweet Summer range of colours. Don’t hang about with these we don’t have huge numbers available this year. Classic Alchemilla mollis looking great at the moment, fresh green foliage with the first flower showing.
A fantastic range of foliage sizes and colours in our Hosta range, all showing off well. To see the colours check out the hosta pages in our flip book catalogue. The compact Eryngium Blue Hobbit is just about to do its thing with flower shoots erupting from the centre of the leaf rosettes. The variegated Eryngium varifolium is showing signs of flowering too. A pretty spiky flower stem but quite dramatic. Dinky Erodium varieties are back again, low growing and flowering for ages.
The ever popular Dianthus Doris showing their first buds. The scented compact range (Scent First (SF)) are also coming into their own. We have also extended the range this summer to broaden the colour palette.
A mass of fresh foliage and buds all appear in a rush on the Astilbes, just two varieties left including the deep red Fanal. Fresh young stock of Erysimum Red Jep are looking good (in bud). The Rudbeckia Goldsturm is looking great, very strong bushy plants, always a really popular plant. Also a fresh batch of the more usual Green Wizard is back on the list.
We have two Strawberry varieties which have coloured flowers now showing bud, Roman are pretty pink preceding delicious fruit and Toscana is a strong red. Vibrant are now carrying fruit, very tasty.
Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Happy Birthday to you

Morning all,
A bright start to the day with the promise of rain later, my perfect summers day. Sorry if it messes up your plant sales but I struggle under endless sun. Had a fun time on the hottest day last week when we had to cover the structure over the lab buildings. With a leaky black flat roof we set up a shelter over it in the winter, but the sun on the dark roof was overheating the rooms inside and the air con couldn’t cope on the warmest of days (a problem for many years). On one day a few weeks ago when it wasn’t hot but the sun was out we measured the temperature of the roof surface, it was 47C, that’s apparently what you get on a dark coloured roof. Anyway this week we put a white/black total blackout cover over the new structure, it was very hot, sweaty and dusty work getting it on and fixed down, but the effects are amazing, I can’t get over how much cooler it is having a white light reflecting outer colour, it’s so much more than just a shadowing effect and should reduce our cooling bill substantially. Live and learn.
We had an uneventful Green Impact assessment last week. I think we put in so much evidence in our case that there weren’t many questions to find. In a way it was a shame they did it over the phone, I’m sure we could both have got more out of it by being on site and getting to grips with some practical applications and improvements, but perhaps I’m being a bit over obsessive about getting greener. This week we are going with a few of the crew to the local business awards dinner to see who might win the green business award this year. Fingers crossed, judging seemed to go ok but you never know.
Must go, it’s Caroline’s birthday so I ought to make the coffee this morning, it will help her get through more plant preparation for her big microprop order going out on Tuesday. Sounds like a fun day to me.

Availability highlights
Buds are appearing on many of the very popular Sage Hot Lips which is back on the list for the summer, while stocks last. Don’t forget that this variety does produce pure red and pure white flowers on occasions but the ‘proper’ red and white lippy ones will prevail throughout most of the summer.
Echinacea are selling well, We have good stocks of strong plants of this increasingly popular border plant of which many are leaping into bud. The newer more compact varieties are proving a great seller, although for me the taller varieties still have the edge on flower size and dramatic effect. Loads of Leucanthemum in bud now. Lacrosse looks great, the odd opening flower with loads more to follow on bushy plants. The Polemoniums are coming into colour now, there are only a few of the delightful Heaven Scent left and the compact upright Bambino Blue looks great. Rhodanthemum is deservedly proving very popular. Low growing silver foliage with the promise of pretty flowers all summer long. Two varieties on the list so far with more to come later. Coreopsis Sunfire are flying out at the moment, and there is a new one on the list this week, Illico a really compact form with masses of sunshine yellow blooms over a long period. Loads of bud already and the odd flash of colour.
On the more subtle end of the flower colour scale is Tiarella wherrii, the foam flower. Loads of short creamy flower spikes make a delightful display and are doing their thing now in a fresh batch of stock on the nursery.
Catananche just coming into bud now, a lovely delicate looking border plant with papery sky blue flowers, one of my favourites. This will be the last batch for this year so don’t hold back, only a few left. The gold leaved Tradescantia Blue and Gold is in bud and flower. A standout plant if ever I saw one. Classic Alchemilla mollis looking great at the moment, fresh green foliage with the first flower showing. A fantastic range of foliage sizes and colours in our Hosta range, all showing off well. To see the colours check out the hostapages in our flip book catalogue. Dinky Erodium varieties are back again, low growing and flowering for ages. The ever popular Dianthus Doris showing their first buds. The scented compact range (Scent First (SF)) are also coming into their own. We have also extended the range this summer to broaden the colour palette.
A mass of fresh foliage and buds all appear in a rush with many of the Astilbes, early tight bud is visible now. The ever popular Erysimum Bowles Mauve are showing bud and colour. A real long term performer with flowers all summer long. Fresh young stock of Red Jep and Fragrant Sunshine looking good too (in bud). The Rudbeckia Goldsturm is looking great, very strong bushy plants, always a really popular plant. Also a fresh batch of the more usual Green Wizard is back on the list. We have two Strawberry varieties which have coloured flowers now showing bud, Roman are pretty pink preceding delicious fruit and Toscana is a strong red. Vibrant are now carrying fruit, very tasty.
Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Damp and Hairy

Morning all,

What a relief to get a nice drop of rain, well it was for us anyway. I heard that some of you got it a bit heavy at times and there were some pretty major hail storms too. Not good news for the outdoor plants in the garden, on the benches or outside on the nurseries. Hopefully there isn’t too much damage around, we were lucky and just got a really good steady soak on and off for most of the week. Wednesday was the main day it pissistantly fell, finding all those spots we thought were weather-tight. The office sprang an alarming leak through a light fitting, just missing the computer and keyboard. Coat on and up the ladder to find the flat roof main drain blocked and a lake covering the whole thing. The leak dried up after an hour or two draining so no harm done.
Bit of a reminder of ‘times past’ this week with the sad announcement of the Royal National Rose Society Gardens going into administration. The gardens near St Albans were the venue for my first proper job in horticulture, I spent a happy 6 months there as part of my college pre-entry year, now that was a while ago. Hopefully someone will step in and save the day and re-launch or repurpose the site in a groovy horticultural way.
We have our first Green Impact assessment this coming week, it will be interesting to see how positive and excited my student assessors will be. We are assured it will be fun, it will certainly be interesting to have their feedback, I’m quite looking forward to it.
Lessons of the week. Don’t forget to back up. Don’t be tempted into eating a whole tin of beans in one session. Drinking a pint of Chilli beer doesn’t help either.

Availability highlights
Although not in bud yet the very popular Sage Hot Lips is back on the list. Nice busy plants and now the light levels have improved the growth is pretty rampant and buds can’t be far off. Don’t forget that this variety does produce pure red and pure white flowers on occasions but the ‘proper’ red and white lippy ones will prevail throughout most of the summer. We have another small fresh batch of Catananche just coming into bud, a lovely delicate looking border plant with papery sky blue flowers, one of my favourites. This will be the last batch for this year so don’t hold back.
We gambled on a bigger range and quantity of Echinacea this year and they look great and are luckily selling well, We have good stocks of strong plants of this increasingly popular border plant. The newer more compact varieties are proving a great seller, although for me the taller varieties still have the edge on flower size and dramatic effect. Flower shoots and buds are beginning to appear. The gold leaved Tradescantia Blue and Gold is in bud and flower. A standout plant if ever I saw one.
Many of the Leucanthemum are either in bud already or very close to it. Lovely strong plants and very popular.The classic Alchemilla mollis looks great at the moment, fresh green foliage with the first flower shoots just starting.
A fantastic range of foliage sizes and colours in our Hosta range all showing off well. To see the colours check out the hosta pages in our flip book catalogue. The classic garden pinks are looking great, Dianthus Doris and Grans Favourite are both showing their first buds. The scented compact range (Scent First (SF)) are also coming into their own. We should these coming into flower most of the summer if all goes to plan. We have also extended the range a bit this summer to broaden the colour palette.
There is plenty of bud coming on the Achillea range. Just a few of the Cloth of Gold left and a nice batch of Summer Pastels rushing into bud. Desert Eve Red are showing good bud and the odd splash of colour. A mass of fresh foliage and buds all appear in a rush with many of the Astilbes, early tight bud is visible now.
We have a few Geranium sanguineum Vision Violet and Vision Pink in stock and there is bud just beginning to show. The blue Geranium in bud at the moment is a nice batch of Geranium magnificum. Just a few left.
The next candelabra primula types into flower are Primula x bullesiana and Primula beesiana which are both showing their buds and the occasion flash of colour. Just a few left so don’t delay.
The ever popular Erysimum Bowles Mauve are showing bud and colour. A real long term performer with flowers all summer long. Fresh young stock of other varieties looking good too (in bud). The Rudbeckia Goldsturm is looking great, very strong bushy plants, always a really popular plant. Also a fresh batch of the more usual Green Wizard is back on the list. We have two Strawberry varieties which have coloured flowers now showing bud, Roman are pretty pink preceding delicious fruit and Toscana is a strong red. Vibrant are now carrying swelling fruit, nothing to pick yet but it won’t be long.
Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Hairy Hat Fitz

Morning all,

At last some damp weather, still need more but quite a relief after what seems like weeks of dry. Hopefully the wetter weather is boosting sales rather than the opposite which seems a strange thing to say as we are usually wishing for dry at this time of year.
I’m sending this slightly later than planned as the computers were busy being backed up again. I can’t think what prompted that, but feeling virtuous none the less. It’s getting that multi layer robustness that is such a challenge. The auto back up goes to a remote computer so if we burn down we should be ok, but it is attached to the network so could be vulnerable to attack, so an extra backup onto rotating sets of memory sticks is our backup back-up. I suppose the cloud is another option but being a bit behind the times I just don’t like the idea of putting stuff up there.
Nursery life flies by, potting is back on schedule after the late pot delivery and the next batch of predators have been released to do there pest control work. This weekend I will be unleashing another 1,000 million nematodes onto the nursery. It’s an evening-nighttime job as they are very sensitive to UV light but luckily it is a fairly automated operation so I don’t have to stand over them too long. I make up a stock solution in a big plastic drum, washing them through a fine sieve to get them well spread out and mixed up, then I keep them aerated and stirred up using a special compressed air bubbling device of my own making. The stock solution is them irrigated onto the crops using a specific irrigation programme that puts on two short applications (to spread the risk of dosing irregularities) and then another two clear runs to wash the nematodes off the foliage into the compost. Once set up it is fairly simple to do and we are finding that half dose applications of a mix of nematode species, put on monthly through the growing season, is really knocking back the vine weevil and hopefully a few of the other pests too.
Don’t forget to get out there and support live music, there is nothing quite like it. We saw Hat Fitz and Cara last weekend and they were brilliant, very funny, very talented and just the right side of ‘on the edge’, real life affirming stuff. We have the odd occasion when an evening out doesn’t work for us but it is so worth it when an evening like last Saturday happens.

Availability highlights
The next candelabra primula types into flower are Primula x bullesiana and Primula bessiana which are both showing their buds and the occasion flash of colour. Many of the Leucanthemum are either in bud already or very close to it. Lovely strong plants and very popular. The classic Alchemilla mollis looks great at the moment, fresh green foliage with the first flower shoots just starting. Erigeron Sea Breeze Mauve and Sea Breeze Pink are bursting with fresh growth and early buds. We also have a variety called E. karvensianus Wayne Roderick on trial this spring it is bigger leaved and flowered than the more traditionally flowering varieties so we will see how that one goes. It looks promising as there is plenty of bud on strong chunky plants. A fantastic range of foliage sizes and colours in our Hosta range all showing off well. To see the colours check out the hosta pages in our flip book catalogue.
We have a small range of five different colours with our Anemone coronaria plants. Growth is rapid and buds are appearing quickly. We don’t do many of these so don’t hang about if you want some.
The ever popular Geum Lady Stratheden and Mrs Bradshaw are flushing into growth nicely, and have flower buds too. We have a nice range of Campanula rushing into bud but selling fast. Both the C. glomerata types are showing colour (superba and alba).  There is plenty of bud coming on the Achillea range. Desert Eve Red and Rose are both showing good colour and bud. A mass of fresh foliage and buds all appear in a rush with many of the Astilbes, early tight bud is visible now. The blue Geranium coming into bud at the moment is a nice batch of Geranium magnificum. A fresh batch of Achillea Paprika is now in bud and looking good, a hot plant but only a few left.
The ever popular Erysimum Bowles Mauve are showing bud and colour. A real long term performer with flowers all summer long. Fresh young stock of other varieties looking good too (in bud). The Rudbeckia Goldsturm is looking great, very strong bushy plants, always a really popular plant. We gambled on a bigger range and quantity of Echinacea this year and they look great and are luckily selling well, We have good stocks of strong plants of this increasingly popular border plant. The newer more compact varieties are proving a great seller, although for me the taller varieties still have the edge on flower size and dramatic effect.
Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.