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.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Hairy Birds

Morning all,
On and on goes the dry bright weather, great for keeping the customers in the stores but we desperately need some rain down here. At least the nights were a bit warmer, last week’s hard frost on one morning has really knocked back quite a few plants in the hedgerows. The fresh new shoots on the laurel hedge have gone brown and the ash trees lining the road at the bottom of the valley look pretty beaten up. Even nature can’t always get it right.
Masses of young birds about now. The despatch robins have fledged and you can’t move in there without disturbing the under-your-feet feeding. Some of the girls in despatch have been sneaking in mealworms to help them along, but on the days they aren’t in the robins are sitting on the bench shouting at us for the poor service. I’m not sure if it is the lack of standing water around the place or the over feeding going on but the garden is awash with big birds. We have had the usual pigeons and collared doves but there is a male pheasant and his harem of 6 or 7 ladies, a family of jackdaws, a lone young crow (which keeps tapping on an upstairs window at first light) and even a pair of moorhens which I’m pretty sure are setting up home somewhere close by.
The pair of swallows have started nest building in the donkey shed after a couple of weeks of refuelling after their migration. Caroline’s puddle edge in the yard, which keeps needing refilling at the moment, is providing the building material and we hope it will get taken over by the house martins when they make it back. They are usually 2 or 3 weeks after the swallows so should be due any day now. Another summer is about to get under way.
So busy on the nursery all I can highlight is that we are really busy! Brain strain and fatigue are beginning to take their toll, well that’s my excuse anyway.

Availability highlights
Growth is bursting forth despite the cool wind,
The next candelabra primula types into flower will be Primula x bullesiana and Primula bessiana which are both showing their early bud stage at the moment and the occasion flash of colour.
The classic Alchemilla mollis looks great at the moment, fresh green mounds of foliage with the first flower shoots just starting. 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. 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 the other varieties looking good too (in bud). Subtle white flowers with a blue flush are still opening on the Symphytum Wisley Blue, lovely strong plants.
The Rudbeckia Goldsturm is looking great, very strong bushy plants, always a very 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 beauty. A lovely range of foliage sizes and colours in our Hosta range all showing off well. Erigeron Sea Breeze Mauve and Sea Breeze Pink are in there too. The big selling Erigeron karvenskianus has now made it onto the list, this one just goes on and on. We also have a variety called Wayne Roderick on trial this spring it is much bigger leaved and flowered than the more traditionally flowering Stallone so we will see how that one goes. Many of the Leucanthemum are either in bud already or close to it. Lovely strong plants and very popular.
Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Hairy Judgement

Morning all,

Another holiday weekend, loads of time to put our feet up and take a breather. Just a container load of pots to get filled, the boxes to clean and tunnels to prepare then we’ll take a break. Mum is here for the weekend which is great, I was wondering how we were going to get those seedlings pricked out!
The week shot by, even with five days in it. The container of pots arrived at last, together with more plants to pot, a lovely plug and play storage tank was delivered and installed and the judges came round for the Winchester Green Business awards. All that on top of a hectic week sending out loads of plants and juggling the van lottery. Our older little van spent all week in the garage as they tried to get the engine management system to play ball after fitting a very expensive bit to the exhaust system. It seems to be running great now but I have asked them to put a note on the invoice envelope to make sure we are sitting down before we open it. It has to go back on Thursday for a final computer debrief after a few runs out and hopefully that will be it for a while. Meanwhile we are really pleased with the new van, mpg is good, the payload is much bigger and it is really comfy to drive. The new mod cons like the reversing camera are great for improving safety and driver confidence and the adjustable air suspension helps reduce the loading effort on the ramp. It’s always nice to feel like you are progressing when you make a new purchase.
The green award judging went really well although there was just too much to show them in the time we had. Everything from big things like the products we supply, the LED lights in the growth room and the wind turbines to the little things like the cupboard in the new mess room made out of the scrap wood left from building it and the subtle design changes we made to the bamboo labels skewers to make them work for us. There was a heap of things I forgot to mention which you always remember as they drive out of the gate but hopefully we made the right impression. We’ll find out in a few weeks.

Availability highlights
Growth is bursting forth despite the nip in the air this past week, so just hoping we don’t run out! A fresh batch of Achillea Paprika is now in bud and looking good, a hot plant. We have a nice range of Campanula rushing into bud but selling fast. Both the C. glomerata types are showing colour (superba and alba).
The ever popular Geum Lady Stratheden and Mrs Bradshaw are flushing into growth nicely, and have flower buds too. The blue Geranium coming into bud at the moment is a nice batch of Geranium magnificum.
Still a few Primula japonica Apple Blossom and Alba coming into flower if you are quick. The next candelabra primula types into flower will be Primula x bullesiana and Primula bessiana which are both showing their early bud stage at the moment and the occasion flash of colour.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 the other varieties looking good too (in bud).
Subtle white flowers with a blue flush are opening on the Symphytum Wisley Blue, lovely strong plants. A mass of foliage and buds all appear in a rush with many of the Astilbes, early tight bud is visible now.
Camassia Maybelle are showing strong buds. Blue flowers, strong and upright and often with multiple flower stems. The Rudbeckia Goldsturm is looking great, very strong bushy plants, always a very 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 beauty. Plenty of bud on show on the Ajuga Burgundy Glow and Sugar Plum but only a few left.
Thalictrum flower stems really do thrust up, eventually getting quite tall, producing delightful delicate flowers. In bud now. Spring must be here, the Hostas have all suddenly shot out of the compost. A lovely range and all showing off their wide variety of leaf designs.We have a few Erigeron Azure Beauty coming into bud and the very compact but big flowered Sea Breeze Mauve and Sea Breeze Pink are there too. The big selling E. karvenskianus will be ready in a couple of weeks. We have a variety called Wayne Roderick on trial this spring but it is much bigger leaved and flowered than the more traditionally flowering Stallone so we will see how that one goes. The dwarf Veronica Inspire Blue are budding up well now.
Many of the Leucanthemum are either in bud already or close to it. Lovely strong plants and very popular. Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Not organic but free range and hairy

Morning all,

Hope you all had a good Easter. Seems an age away already as we recover from another hectic week and prep ourselves for another pre-bank holiday week. Looks like we could be in for a chilly few days, but the following weekend doesn’t look too bad as temperatures recover. I know sales can suffer but we are getting fairly desperate for some rain, even some of the hedgerow plants are beginning to wilt. Our avenue of cow parsley that borders our path to the back door is definitely flagging after shooting up over the last couple of weeks. It’s part of our back to nature garden design!
Looking forward to an exciting week coming up. On top of the usual peak season challenges the comedy van is back in the garage on Monday for a final big part replacement which should cure its ongoing ills (touch rust, I mean wood), the forklift gets a new set of brakes, a full container of pots arrives (only 6 weeks late), a new storage tank is being installed and we have a judges visit from the Winchester Business Awards to check out our Green Business of the Year finalist credentials. Nothing like adding a few more straws to the camel’s back!
The full on nature of this time of year and the brain fatigue that creeps in always leads to a few extra senior moments. This week’s was at an evening Yoga session which was a little more ‘free-range’ than usual after I forgot the normal support wear. Control over my positions was not quite as Yin as it should have been but I think I got away with it. This was also the only session we’ve had where there was a photographer taking snaps for the web site, although see had assured us there would be no embarrassing personal shots involved. Let’s hope they are well edited.
Must go and have a bit of a tidy up for the judges and put together a list of green highlights that might float their boat. It’ll be good practice for our Green Impact assessment which must be due pretty soon too. Good job there is little else to do.

Availability highlights
Growth is bursting forth and spring is in the air. Stock is flying out in the nice run of weather, so just hoping we don’t run out! Plenty of bud on show on the Ajuga Burgundy Glow and Sugar Plum. A fresh batch of Achillea Paprika is now in bud and looking good, a hot plant. We have a nice range of Campanula rushing into bud but selling fast.  There are some blue Geraniums coming into bud, there are a few G. Gravetye left and a nice batch of G magnificum.
All the Primula Miller’s Crimson are sold but there are still a few Apple Blossom and Alba coming into flower if you are quick. The next candelabra type into flower will be Primula x bullesiana which are showing their early bud stage at the moment. Subtle white flowers with a blue flush are opening on the Symphytum Wisley Blue, lovely strong plants. A mass of foliage and buds all appear in a rush with many of the Astilbes, early tight bud is visible now.
Camassia Maybelle are showing strong buds. A lovely blue variety, strong and upright often with multiple flower stems. Salvia’s are coming into bud now, short and chunky, no colour yet but full of promise.
Lupins and Digitalis are looking great, full of vigour and promise, both starting to produce their flower bud/shoots. Thalictrum flower stems really do thrust up, eventually getting quite tall, producing delightful delicate flowers. In bud now. The ever popular Erysimum Bowles Mauve are already showing bud and colour. A real long term performer with flowers all summer long. Fresh young stock of the other varieties looking good too (in bud). The ever popular Geum Lady Stratheden and Mrs Bradshaw are flushing into growth nicely, and have flower buds too.
Spring must be here, most of the Hostas have all suddenly shot out of the compost. A lovely range and all beginning to show off their wide variety of leaf designs. We have a few Erigeron Azure Beauty coming into bud and the very compact but big flowered Sea Breeze Mauve are there too. The big selling karvenskianus will be ready in a couple of weeks.
Verbascum Phoeniceum Hybrids have thrust out their flower stems, with a mix of colours to follow, just few left. Although not in flower yet the Iris sibirica are proving popular, but don’t miss out on the variety Butter aand Sugar which are a delightful pale yellow and white rather than the usual blue and purples. Masses of delicate pale blue flowers of Veronica gentanoides are on the way. Just a few left. The dwarf Veronica Inspire varieties are budding up well now, available in blue and pink. Many of the Leucanthemum are either in bud already or close to it. Lovely strong plants and very popular.
Have a good week from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Hairy Fog

Morning all,

Hope you are all coping with the Easter rush. Nice cool temperatures and the likelihood of a little welcome rain tonight, although probably not quite enough for the gardens. It’s been a fabulous run of nice weekends and demand has been built up week on week to quite scary levels. This time last year it had hardly started after a cold damp start to the spring but then it all recovered well for us and sales bowled along well into the summer months. We had to pull out all the stops this week to get all the stock out there but it all went and everyone got safely home. Now we could just do with a week to get everything back on an even keel and start all over again, but life’s not like that is it, we get four days with only a few staff in, followed by another 4 day week! I daren’t think about the next bank holiday in two weeks time, still, that’s how it is, just take one day at a time and be thankful nuclear war hasn’t broken out yet.
Brain is slightly hazy today after all the rushing about and a morning potting sprint with our Saturday potting gang. Managed to squeeze in a bit of herb seed sowing last night and a bit of wooden label printing, all slipped in between the first night-time application of predator nematodes, a long, but Good Friday in the end.
Taking a few hours off now to be entertained at this evening’s game at Southampton FC. Man City is likely to be a tough game let’s hope it is a positive result.
I was going to be witty and light-hearted this week, I’m sure something happened earlier, but the fog has descended and all is blank. Such is life at this time of year, hope I don’t fall asleep at the footy. Enjoy your Easter, don’t overdo the chocolate.
Post-Easter 4 day week coming up so everyone’s going to be really busy. The earlier orders are with us the better, as usual we will always try to accommodate any late entries if we can.
Thanks.

Availability highlights
Masses of delicate pale blue flowers of Veronica gentanoides are on the way. Lots of bud on chunky plants.
Growth is bursting forth and spring is in the air. Stock is flying out in the nice run of weather, so just hoping we don’t run out! Monster plants with a mass of bud on show on the Ajuga Burgundy Glow. Verbascum Phoeniceum Hybrids have thrust out their flower stems, with a mix of colours to follow. Subtle white flowers with a blue flush opening on the Symphytum Wisley Blue, lovely strong plants. Camassia Maybelle are show strong buds now. A lovely blue variety, strong and upright. Salvia’s are coming into bud now, short and chunky, no colour yet but full of promise. Really chunky Lupins and Digitalis are looking great, full of vigour and promise. Thalictrum flower stems really do thrust up (they are doing it now!), eventually getting quite tall, producing delightful flowers. The ever popular Erysimum Bowles Mauve are already showing bud and the odd splash of colour. The short orange variety of Geum Koi is flushing into growth nicely, and have flower shoots and buds too. There are plenty of flower shoots appearing on the Lady Stratheden and Mrs Bradshaw too. The spring flowering Euphorbia are coming into their own now, lovely plants just watch out for the irritating milky sap. Spring must be here, most of the Hostas have all suddenly shot out of the compost. A lovely range and all beginning to show off their wide variety of leaf designs. Although not in flower yet the Iris sibirica are proving popular, but don’t miss out on the variety Butter and Sugar which are a delightful pale yellow and white rather than the usual blue and purples.

Have a good week and Easter weekend from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Hairy Impression


Morning all,

What a great run of weather, getting a bit warm for me, but next week looks a bit cooler which hopefully will keep things
from getting out of hand. There’s nothing worse than over excitement and getting your knickers in a twist, it really makes you walk funny.
We timed getting the new van perfectly and it had a really good run in this week, loads of deliveries to get through and still had the comedy van to pick up the odds and ends rather than the beaten up farm transit which we have at last returned. I must get the fuel figures calculated and compare it to the other van, it certainly goes further on a tank but it is bigger which helps, but it just feels more efficient. That feeling may well be down to ‘new van love’ so need to get the calculator out. Eventually managed to get away last Saturday evening and organised a lift into town with nephew Tom on condition I bought us both supper before the Spring Ball at Winchester Guildhall. Tom very gamely donned his full DJ outfit to Zizzis so I didn’t feel to out of place and we made a real impression on all the other rather casually attired diners. Had a delicious pizza and a couple of tasty beers to get me nicely warmed up for Joey and the Jivers afterwards. A good band and wall to
wall dancing made for a great evening even though Caroline didn’t make it until late on, having been to see Saints draw 0-0
with local rivals Bournemouth in a evening kick off game. She reckons it was a good game although it was still billed last on Match of the Day!
Must go, the potters are going to be one man down in a minute and we can’t slow down the machine at this time of year. Pre-Easter week coming up so everyone’s going to be really busy. We will try and get all orders away before Friday but we are working Friday and Saturday so there may still be a few deliveries still left to do on Friday, so please bear with us, we will be doing our best. The earlier orders are with us the better, as usual but we will always try to accommodate any late entries if we can.

Availability highlights
Masses of delicate pale blue flowers of Veronica gentanoides are on the way. Lots of bud on chunky plants.
Growth is bursting forth and spring is in the air. Stock is flying out in the nice run of weather, so just hoping we don’t run out! Monster plants with a mass of bud on show on the Ajuga Burgundy Glow.
Verbascum Phoeniceum Hybrids have thrust out their flower stems, with a mix of colours to follow.
Primula japonica Millers Crimson are just beginning to show their bud in the crown, they won’t take long to shoot away. Subtle white flowers with a blue flush opening on the Symphytum Wisley Blue, lovely strong plants.
Camassia Cusickii are show stong buds now, the other varieties will be close behind, just a few left.
The snakes head lily (Fritillaria) are produced their delightful flowers, just a few left. Salvia’s are coming into bud now, short and chunky, no colour yet but full of promise. Really chunky Lupins and Digitalis are looking great, full of vigour and promise.
Allium christophii and Purple Sensation are showing early bud now, three in a pot and looking fine.
Thalictrum flower stems really do thrust up (they are doing it now!), eventually getting quite tall, producing delightful flowers. The ever popular Erysimum Bowles Mauve are already showing bud and the odd splash of colour. Bud also present on the last few lovely Red Jep.
The first buds are appearing on a batch of very nice Catanache. Don’t hang about they won’t last long.
Tulips are all showing bud now but not many in stock so don’t hang about.
Brunnera variegate are fattening up quickly and looking cracking, the delightful forget-me-not blue flowers are appearing now. The short orange varieties of Geum Cooky and Koi are flushing into growth nicely, and have flower shoots and buds too. There are a few flower shoots appearing on the Lady Stratheden and Mrs Bradshaw too.
The spring flowering Euphorbia are coming into their own now, lovely plants just watch out for the irritating milky sap.
Vibrant green and lush foliage of Doronicum Little Leo is bursting forth and the sunshine yellow flowers are now appearing. Some of the Aquilegia varieties are thrusting up their flower buds, they won’t be around long.
A lovely flush of bud on the Heuchera Firefly looking strong.
Spring must be here, most of the Hostas have all suddenly shot out of the compost. A lovely range and all beginning to show off their wide variety of leaf designs.
Although not in flower yet the Iris sibirica are proving popular, but don’t miss out on the variety Butter and Sugar which are a delightful pale yellow and white rather than the usual blue and purples. 
Have a good week and Easter weekend from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries.