New seasons Soft FruitNew seasons soft fruit now available, Raspberry, Black, Red and white Currants, Jostaberry, Gooseberry, Boysenberry, Loganberry, Honeyberry, Blackberry, Grapes, Blueberry, Gojiberry and Rhubarb crowns available from the nursery.
There's nothing like picking your own fruit straight from the garden in early summer, but remember soft fruit need good well drained soil in a sunny site. Ideally net the bushes, before the fruit ripens and also in the winter to help protect the flowering buds which become attractive to birds, especially in a hard winter.
2nd November 2019
Summer Sale 3rd AugustIt's that time of year again. Yes, summer is here and so is the Endsleigh Gardens Summer Sale. Put it in your diary, Saturday August 3rd, 8am start. It's always a popular event as we put out a wide variety of plants at reduced prices. Trees, shrubs, herbaceous, fruit, roses, climbers and whatever else we feel inclined to include. Some plants have got big and are in dire need of planting out, some we have simply produced too many of and some we simply pop in to give our customers an exciting buzz when they find something a little unexpected.
We fill our large yard and drive, with our sale plants and people wade through them, enjoying the hunt for a bargain.
Usually, the Saturday is the big day, but the sale tends to continue for a good few weeks, as we re-stock every so often. So come along, have fun, save some money and give some plants a good home.
20th July 2017
Happy New Year.... ColourAre you taking or have taken down the Festive decorations from outside your lovely house? Is it now looking a bit dull or un-interesting? How about brightening up the view from your windows with some great winter flowering shrubs like Viburnums, Mahonia, stripped Cordyline or Phormium and for that dull shaded, north facing wall/fence a winter flowering Jasmine or a golden spotted leaved Aucuba, looks bright and cheerful at this time of year. So come along and see for yourself, we are open every day and dogs are also welcome.
2nd January 2019
Christmas Opening 2018/19Please note the nursery is close from 4pm December 24th re-opening on the January 2nd 2019. I would like to wish all our present and future customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
22nd December 2018
60% OFF SUMMER SALE STARTS 4th AUGUSTYes, It's that time again, can't believe it's a year since the last one. The main yard has been cleared and is being stocked up with a huge selection of trees (flowering and fruiting-apples, pears etc), shrubs, soft fruit, roses, climbing plants with UPTO 60% OFF.
So now we have had some welcomed rain, come along and grab yourselves a bargain. Refeshments available on the Saturday and possibly the Sunday too, by the Land Girls Kitchen, Tea, Coffee and their homemade cakes.
Looking forward to seeing you all, sorting through the hundreds of plants and trees. Well worth and visit.
31st July 2018
Easter OpeningEaster Opening times are as follows
Open every day 8am to 5pm including Easter Sunday 10am to 4pm and Bank Holiday Monday 8am to 5pm.
We still have a wide range of Bare root hedging whips, fresh stock of soft fruit, Raspberry, Black currant, Red currant, White currant, Gooseberry, Tayberry, Blackberry etc. Also Apple, Pear, Peach, Nectarine, Apricot etc.
Camellia's in flower with a good range of flowering Heathers and NEW colourful SPRING BUD Heathers.
Our superb range of perennials are now showing their fresh growth proving that warmer weather must be on it's way, even if it's still raining!
So come along and have a rummage around. Don't forget that we welcome dogs here at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery.
30th March 2018
November.. Soft Fruit, Fragrant ShrubsWe are well into the Autumn now and at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery the new seasons stock of Roses and Soft Fruit including Raspberry, Gooseberry, Black, Red, White Currants, Boysen, Logan and Tayberry as well as the Rhubarb Crowns' have arrived and with Bareroot hedging coming shortly there is no reason not to complete some jobs in the garden before winter arrives on your doorstep.
If your looking for Festive presents with a difference, why not give a fragrant shrub, Mahonia, Sarcocca (Christmas Box), Viburnum bodnatense "Dawn", Lonicera "Winter Beauty" (Shrubby Honeysuckle) and Hamamelis provide colour and fragrance through out the winter and nectar for the Bee's too. If you need to send a present to another part of the country come and get a H.T.A. gift voucher from us, they are redeemable at many Garden Centre's and Nurseries nationwide.
So come along for a chat or to order a Christmas Wreath we are always happy to help.
Tavistock, PL19 0PG Tel: 01822 870235
15th November 2017
Bareroot Wall Flowers Now availableYes, we are trying the traditional way of selling bare root Wallflowers here at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery. They come in sleeves of 10 so plenty for a good couple of pot fulls' for the patio or a splash of colour, come the spring in the border. There are 3 types available, Harlequin, dwarf 12inches tall, mixed colours, secondly Fire King, grows to 16inches, flowers are a fiery orange, and thirdly Scarlet Emperor which grows to 18inches tall, so it shows off it's rich red flowers to the rest of the garden. Easy to grow, just improve your soil with good compost, (we have soil conditioning compost in 50litre bags £2.99 each or 4 for £10) plant, give them a good watering and away they should grow. Each sleeve costs only £3.75 for 10 plants, so a low cost planting display.
27th September 2016
Summer Sale Now On up to 6o% OFFYes it's here, starts August 6th, last's until we're sold everything in the main yard, shrubs, trees, roses, climbing plants, fruit trees,
6th August 2016
JuneJune is a month in which you can really enjoy your garden. Intimidating hard work is not on the agenda, so get out and find lots of pleasurable bits and pieces to do. Make the most of the long evenings.
It always pays to keep on top of your weeding. Little and often stops it becoming a chore. As you work, look out for pests and diseases, especially on roses, and treat them as needed. Fertiliser can be applied as I suspect that many of our gardens had some of their nutrients leached out during our wet spring. Prune spring flowering shrubs, like Deutzia, Weigela, Philadelphus and Kolkwitzia, by removing the spent flowering stems and any old, leggy wood. Evergreen hedges like Box, Privet and Lonicera can be clipped and climbers tied in.
Most of us have some tubs and hanging baskets out at this time of year and spend our evenings tending to them. Don't forget to water well, liquid feed and deadhead. I realise that we do bang on incessantly about such matters, but a healthy, thriving, well grown plant is one of the great pleasures of gardening.
Lawn care is also something that takes up some time in June. It is better to mow often and lightly to produce a tidy, thick lawn. Edging your lawn regularly really does add a touch of instant smartness to a garden and will set off your borders to great effect.
If you enjoy propagating plants cutting can be done from now on, starting with species like Lavender, Rosemary, Spiraea and Hydrangea macrophylla cultivars.
In the produce garden watch the fruit trees for the June drop. It is natures way of thinning out the fruit so that what is left can develop more successfully. If not enough fruits are shed, help out by thinning the fruits yourself. Cherries and plums can be pruned now, if needed, but bear in mind our climate. Fungal diseases love the damp, warm weather, so sterilise secateurs and saws. Methylated spirits is pretty good for this. If your strawberries are romping away in a lively fashion, pin down the runners to produce the next generation of plants or cut them off if not needed. Finally, and very importantly, don't forget to water, feed and sideshoot your tomatoes.
As I said, lots of little jobs to do and whilst you do them, enjoy the flowers and the insects. In the evening look out for the beautiful twilight visitors that are moths. Insects also bring bats. How exciting are they?
Inevitably, there will be gaps in your garden, so pop in and see us at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery and find some more bedding or choose from our wide range of beautiful herbaceous plants and add that finishing touch to your June garden.
8th May 2016
MayMay is such a glorious month, both in our gardens and in nature. Borders, lawns and the vegetable garden are all full of vigor and give us an excuse to be outdoors as much as possible. This is also the month for buying and, eventually, putting out bedding plants.
Abandon all your British reserve and enjoy what bedding plants have to offer, a summer full of colour. If conservative and tasteful are your thing and it gives you pleasure, do it. However, who is to say what is tasteful? Life would be dull without variety and opposites. If you like a mad riot of colours, then do it too and enjoy it.
When cared for properly, bedding can prove a good investment. You can use it in window boxes, hanging or wall baskets, tubs, pots and in garden borders. Here at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery we spend much time lecturing our unfortunate customers on looking after bedding properly! Many brands of compost only contain food for six to eight weeks, so make sure you add a controlled release fertiliser like Osmocote or Miracle Grow granules to the compost. Keeping plants looking good in a resticted space needs lots of food. In tubs and baskets a mass of roots are all competing for air, nutrients and water. Equally, copious amounts of water are vital. People often ask "Should I water my basket when it has been raining?". The answer is an emphatic "Yes!". Rain alone will not soak the mass of plants in a hanging basket. Twice a week, add tomato food, or whatever liquid feed you favour, to the water. You will notice the difference and watering is a peaceful way to spend part of your morning or evening. There is also the delicate matter of slugs. They are not wanted in these circumstances. Organic slug pellets are available and they work. We use them here at the nursery and still get plenty of wildlife. Hoooray! Using water retaing gel is a good idea. Finally, deadhead your bedding. It looks tidier and promotes further flowering.
Bedding can be trailing or upright or somewhere in between. Use plants like Lobelia, Nepeta, Bacopa, Calibrachoa, Helichrysum, Petunia, Sanvitalia, Oxalis and Rhodochiton to tumble downwards. Begonia, Verbena, Diascia, Cosmos, Impatiens and Pelargoniums all give good upright colour. Big plants like Osteospermums and Argryanthemums provide central focal points in tubs. Even in the shade, plants like Begonias, Impatiens, Sanvitalia, Bacopa and Nepeta will thrive and give you lots of colour.
We now have refreshments available for £1.50 or you can enjoy a tea/coffee with locally produced Flap Jacks for £3.00 (many different flavour's...mine is the Devon Cream Tea)
9th May 2016
AprilThe eccentric weather has meant that many of us are behind in our gardening work. It is frusrating to be so and also to be stuck indoors, so now take advantage of any decent weather and get outside.
Life is surging ahead. That means that the weeds are growing, so get rid of them. Once the ground is clear, feed your shrubs and trees, avoiding getting fertiliser on the foliage. Daffodils and tulips can be looking poor, so remove the old flowers and stems, but not the leaves. They are needed to photosynthsize and send the resulting nutrients down to the bulb for next years flowers.
Pruning really does need to be done. There is still time to prune Hydrangeas, but not when frost is forecast. Trace down last years growth and cut off above where the most prominent, well developed buds are. One of the great horticultural frusrations of this time of year is watching buds developing and panicking about the frost. Heathers that have finished flowering can be pruned and embarassing looking lavenders can be shaped and revitalised. Remember to help your plants to benefit from their cosmetic surgery with a good feed. Finally, make sure your climbers are neatly tied in.
Lawns will respond to your work at this time of year. Really put some effort into raking out the old debris from your lawn and both it and your muscles will benefit from your exertions. Mosskiller and fertiliser can be used and mowing can be done, but don't scalp your unfortunate lawn. Sowing a new lawn or turfing reqiures decent ground preparation and a good, friable, fine base of soil for the new lawn to grow on. Consider your site, its aspect and drainage and choose your seed mix or turf appropriately.. Use a light dressing of fertiliser like Growmore before seeding or turfing, unless you are doing a wildflower meadow where less pampering is required. Be ruthless when buying turf. Agricultural grass and weed are an absolute no-no.
In the greenhouse pot on plants like begonias or seedlings like Tagetes or Lobelia. It is so important to keep developing plants growing. Letting them get too cold or pot bound or dry or, conversely, too wet hinders their development. Gardening really becomes a very absorbing hobby at this time of year and much observation is needed. Towards the end of the month Dahlias and young sweet pea plants can go out.
Crops like lettuce, radish, kale, spring onions and beetroot can go out, under cloches if needed, and sow herbs for the warmer, drier months.
There are lots of lovely flowering shrubs at this time of year including Ribes, Spiraea, Malus, Prunus, Pieris and Magnolia. You do not necessarily need a huge garden to enjoy Magnolias. There are many shrub or small tree type ones. Magnolia 'Susan' is a lovely bright pink and 'Betty' has flowers of pale pink with darker markings. Both only get to 4m after 10 years and bring a bright start to the spring. The stellata types like 'Rosea King' or 'Royal Star' have starry pale pink or white flowers that burst forth from furry buds and are tough, but delightful shrubs. Consider the elegant goblet shaped flowers of Magnolia soulangeana 'Superba', white with purple at the base, or soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra', with its red petals. All are plants that really flaunt their beauty and herald in the spring.
Truthfully, there is too much to write about at this enjoyably busy time. If you need help or inspiration come along and see us at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery, and remember you can bring your dog too. Spring is here, enjoy it.
9th May 2016
Soil pH and February flowersPerhaps this quieter, often wet and cold month is the time to consider something in detail. like the topic of soil pH, simply because here at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery, we often get asked about it. The pH scale runs from 1 to 14 and, whilst not a kind of nutrient, it does govern the availabilty of many nutrients which are held in the soil, dissolved in water. This is important as, like us, plants need their food.
In the U.K. most soil has a pH of between 4 and 8.5, the lower figure being called acid, the higher alkaline and at about 6.5 the figure is known as neutral. Acid soil can hinder the way in which beneficial microorganisms rot down organic matter and so nutrients may not be available. Alkaline soil stops some mineral nutrients like iron and manganese from being available which is good for some plants which find them toxic.
In this area we are generally acid as can be seen from the splendid Rhododendrons, Camellias, Pieris, Ericas, Kalmias and Azaleas which thrive around here due to their need for acid soil. If their foliage turns yellow (chlorosis) it may be a sign that the ground is not acid enough. Blue flowered Hydrangeas too are an indicator of acidity.
To achieve the best results in your garden it does pay to work with nature, but the exception is the vegetable garden. Putting lime on the ground to increase alkalinity is advisable as vegetables need minerals like phosphorous and nitrogen to grow well and these are more readily available in alkaline soil.
If you are concerned, buy a soil testing kit or come in to the nursery and let us do it for you. Test multiple samples for an overall picture of your gardens soil. Finally, if you are buying in soil do check about the pH for, as you can see, it is important.
Finally, plants! The really important tasks this month are apple and Wisteria pruning. Work when the weather allows and try to avoid walking on frosty or wet soil.
Plant of the month is Corylopsis pauciflora, a lovely, low, arching shrub that likes our acid soil. It has pendent racemes of pale yellow, fragrant flowers in the late winter and early spring. After these come the young bronze leaves which mature to a rich bright green. It likes a little shade and a moist, but not wet, soil, originating from the deciduous woodlands of Japan and Taiwan. It will reach 1.5m in height and 2.5m in width and needs only the occasional touch of cosmetic pruning. Give it the space to spread and you will really appreciate the elegance of this graceful shrub.
13th January 2016
Grafting and Fruit Tree pruning CourseWe are running practical grafting and fruit tree pruning courses on February 6th for grafting 10.30am to 12.30 and February 7th for Pruning 10am to 12 noon, cost £25.00 per person.
If you require any more details please ring 01822870235
2nd February 2016
Winter jobs and fragrance in the gardenWinter is here with its austere beauty. The days may be shorter, but there is still the occasional moment of good weather and the pleasure of getting out into the garden.
There is no reason why your garden should not still look interesting. Snowdrops and Hellebores are flowering and will look better if you tidy up around them and cut off the old Hellebore leaves. Winter bedding benefits from the occasional pick over to remove dead or spotted leaves and flowers. Raise up pots on pot feet to help drainage and stop frost damaging both plants and pots. If you need to wrap up pots or plants use horticultural fleece or sacking.
There is still time to prune deciduous hedges and old wood can be cut out of flowering shrubs to promote new, vigorous growth in the spring.
If you have a vegetable plot dig over the empty areas and add compost or well rotted manure. The frost works wonders on the soils structure. Towards the end of the month apple trees can be pruned and you can apply an organic winter wash to kill off insect pests and their eggs to avoid infestations in the spring. On mild days ventilate your greenhouse to keep damp at bay. Look at your rhubarb and start to force it if necessary. Peaches, nectarines and apricots now need to be covered with a polythene shelter to keep peach leaf curl away. This really does work!
Finally, take the opportunity to clean and oil all your tools.
Enough about work! Time to contempate the lovely plants around at this time of year. Viburnum tinus, Lonicera 'Winter Beauty', IIex, Mahonia, Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn', Lonicera nitida 'Baggesens Gold', Aucuba, Choisya ternata 'Sundance', Pernettya (Gaultheria) and Cornus 'Winter Orange' are all looking good with flowers, foliage or coloured stems. Ericas, Callunas and conifers may not be hugely fashionable, but who cares? They look lovely at this time of year and it would take a truly miserable soul not to enjoy the dramatic colour changes of the feathery foliage of Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans'. Cryptomeria ties for plant of the month with Hamamelis, the witch hazel. This tough shrub likes our damp, acidic, local soil. Their autumn colours are glorious and, at this time of year, their curious spidery flowers smell wonderful. The flowers can be shades of yellow, red and even a coppery orange. They are big shrubs, but are well worth finding room for as a touch of perfume and colour in the winter is very welcome.
If you need a break from the work and, perhaps, some advice or inspiration don't forget to come and see us at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery.
13th December 2015
December in the GardenIf you are a keen gardener it is irritating at this time of year when somebody appears on your television and tells you to spend the winter contemplating next years seed catalogue. Quite! All the seasons have their beauty and gardening tasks to do.
Get outdoors and plant. As long as the soil is not very wet or frozen it is fine to get on it, but do not trample it unduly. People are often eager to plant their new hedges, but forget that the plants are not available until they are dormant and can be moved safely. This is very obvious in deciduous plants as they lose their leaves, but even evergreens slow down at this time of year.
We now have plenty of hedging, roses and fruit bushes here at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery. Many people like to grow their own fruit, enjoying produce that has been ripened properly and not drenched in chemicals. There is also the bonus of showing children how food actually grows.
On the subject of not using chemicals, keep an eye on hygiene in the glasshouse and garden. Remove dead leaves and faded blooms to avoid fungal problems. Clear up debris in the garden so that snowdrops and hellebores can be appreciated in the new year. However, don't cut back Penstemons and Gaura. They may look untidy, but will resist the winter cold better if left in this condition. If it is very windy in your area just give them a gentle trim to avoid wind rock .For people with overgrown areas enjoy a warm work out clearing brambles, ivy and other unwanted plants. Much cheaper than going to the gym.
Look around your garden as you work, as foliage, twigs and fruits can be taken indoors for Christmas as supports for lights or for garlands and wreaths. If you need a present for a gardener come and visit us. What may look like a pot of twigs could bring real happiness to a keen horticulturalist.
Finally, think ahead. If you have garden machinery don't leave it until the last minute for servicing. Help your mechanic and bring in the work before the spring panic when everyone realises they have forgotten to get their mower repaired.
As it is Christmas, our plant of the month has to be Sarcococca confusa, the Christmas Box, an unassuming evergreen fine for all sizes of garden. Its secret is that it flowers at Christmas with white flowers giving off a glorious scent, something to make you smile during these short, dark days.
Still doubtful? Come along to our nursery and hopefully we can enthuse you with what you can can achieve in your garden at this time of year.
8th November 2015
Raspberry and BlueBerryIt always strikes us as curious when people enthuse about plants and spend money on them without thinking about the substance they are going to grow them in; soil. Winter is the time of year when we can work with nature to improve our soil.
Adding organic matter to the soil helps form a crumb structure. Take a handful of your soil and rub it in your hands and see if it breaks down into a nice crumbly substance.Soil like this allows roots to grow happily; holds some, but not too much, water; and in the water are dissolved nutrients. There is also space for air.
If this is not the case, add organic matter. You can dig it in or leave it on the surface and over the winter frost, rain and worms will break it up and take it into your soil. Your plants will show their appreciation in the years to come.
This is especially true of Raspberries, which love a friable, well drained soil. Late autumn is a good time of year for planting fruit and other barerooted plants like hedging, as the trees and bushes are dormant. We have a good selection, so please visit us.
It is worth mentioning Blueberries as they appreciate our acidic soil. Not only do they provide us with tasty fruit, but their lovely spring flowers and splendid autumn colours are a pleasure. We can even provide you with a variety called Sunshine Blue which is self fertile and will grow happily in a pot.
Winter may be starting, but gardening still carries on. Brilliant!
8th November 2015
Planning,Ordering & Preparing (POP)September is here, hasn't the year gone fast...so it's time to...
- think about what you need to order and get on and do it. Gardening is still seasonal and has to work with nature, so plants like bareroot hedging and trees are only available whilst dormant.
- If you want a particular rose, order it now.
- Prepare for these new plants arriving. Weed kill, if necessary, and dig the ground and add organic matter so that your new purchases will thrive. Don't leave it until the weather breaks and then panic!
- If you love your lawn now is the time for a final weed kill and re-seeding, if necessary. You can also scarify, spike and top dress if you want. A healthy, cared for lawn can resist our wet winter weather better.
- Don't neglect picking your fruit and vegetables or caring for bedding.
- Plant anything that needs it. Plants are less vulnerable in the ground over winter than in a pot.
Septembers' plant of the month is the Aster, a source of beautiful colour for us and late food for the insects. Try 'Blue Lagoon' , a low spreading variety with a glorious mass of flowers.
Come along and visit us, bring your dog, and fulfill your gardening plans at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery
26th August 2015
Roses & PenstemonAt this time of year there is much to enjoy, roses are in bloom and Endsleigh caters for all tastes from tiny patio roses to the larger ramblers and shrubs, with flower carpet, hybrid teas, floribundas and David Austin available too.
Herbaceous plants now look glorious with Astilbes, Papaver(poppies) and many others showing off their colours. Plant of the month has got to be the Penstemon. Easy to grow, not liked as food by rabbits and a mass of colour until the late autumn, if dead headed regularly. Endsleigh sells the fiery red 'Firebird' and the lovely, subtle 'Heavenly Blue'.
Consider shrubs too, which add impact with flowers and foliage, or the popular and beautiful Japanese Maples.
9th July 2015
Browse over tea and coffeeNow's the time to put in your bedding plants. We have a fantastic selection of lobelias, geraniums and fuchsias to brighten up your patio. Come and wander, chat and ponder. We now have tea and coffee to aid the process.
It's good to look out on your garden and smile at what you have achieved. We feel the same way here at Endsleigh Gardens Nursery and it is a pleasure to see our plants grow into something beautiful. We hope to pass on this enthusiasm and knowledge to our customers.
We have a wide range of bedding and vegetable plants which we grow and can advise you on both choice and care. Artistry and good husbandry are equally important here. We hope to see you soon at our lovely walled nursery.
22nd April 2015
Endsleigh Gardens Nursery
VAT No: 181452807
Contact: Adrian Steele
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