Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Quick and Hairy

Morning all,
A very quick one this morning as it looks like I am getting another trip to see the Saints this afternoon, the rain has held off so far and so harvest motors on and Richard can’t make it. I’ve had a lovely Saturday morning doing one of my favourite jobs of decanting the last of the acid (for the water treatment) in the drums into one and cleaning them all out in readiness for a fresh delivery on Tuesday. At least the sun was in so only lost a couple of pounds fiddling about in all the protective kit. I always think of the Bond movie when the girl dies after being painted all over in gold, it feels like no part of me is exposed, which is the point of the kit after all!
Holiday mode has set in already, put out the recycling this morning and loaded the car with the grocery bags only to find on arrival at the supermarket that there on the back seat was the recycling. Shoot me now.
It can only get better, might have a day off tomorrow with a day trip on offer, just got to get the chores done this end first. Nursery looks organised and it doesn’t look like being too hot so should be ok for a few hours.
Hope you all have a good one if you get the chance..

Availability highlights
A few more buds appearing on a few odds and ends of fresh stock as we race towards the autumn.
We still have Erigeron karvinskianus at the moment, in bud and flower. This one blooms for an age, I’ve got one outside the back door that has been in flower since March and still smiles at me every time I shuffle past.
We cut back and potted a few more Echinacea a while ago and we now have a nice bonus crop of a couple of varieties producing a flush of bud and colour. Lovely plants but they won’t hang around long.
A widening range of Asters are appearing with more and more bud and colour showing and the rest won’t be long away. We have several new varieties, many mildew free/resistant (ageratoides and frikartii types) and we are working on some techniques for earlier flowering batches for next year. We have a fresh batch of Persicaria amplex. Taurus with bud showing but not a large number available just yet. Some of the summer potted Achillea are showing bud as they bulk up before their winter rest. There is also bud appearing on the Anthemis varieties, pretty yellow daisies. Charme is a bright new compact variety with numerous small flowers which flowers for an age.

Wooden box collections
We will be making a concerted effort to collect up a few wooden trays over the coming weeks before things get too damp and cold so if you have any needing collection just drop us an email and we will add you to the list of destinations. If you are a long way from Winchester it may be easier to stack them on a pallet and we can get a carrier to pick them up, drop us a line and we can let you know the best way. It may take a while to get round everyone as we are a bit short of drivers etc with the holidays etc but we are on the case.
from all at Kirton Farm Nurseries

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