NOVEMBER 2015 NEWS.
Plant of the Month – Trees
Trees add structure to the landscape and garden. There are all types, shapes and sizes. From flowering Cherries and Crab Apples to evergreen Yews, there are trees to suit every taste and position imaginable. Trees offer different leaf size, shape and colour and many have attractive flowers, fruits and seeds. There are those that flower magnificently in Spring to those whose leaves offer brilliant Autumn colour just before leaf fall. Now is the perfect time to plant a tree in your garden. Why not pop in and speak to one of our experts who will be happy to help you select the perfect tree for your garden.
Product of the Month – Amaryllis Bulbs
Amaryllis produce beautiful blooms for indoor colour. Growing Amaryllis is easy and our premium Amaryllis boxes contain everything you need – bulb, pot and compost. Simply half fill the pot with compost and moisten. Place the bulb in and fill with more compost so that the upper third of the bulb is showing. Keep the compost moist by watering around the edge of the bulb and place in a warm and light position. Be careful not to overwater. Water regularly once the buds appear. As flowering begins move to a cooler location to prolong flowering time. Premium Amaryllis are in store ready for planting and are just £8.99 each.
Garden Job of the Month – Planting Winter / Spring flowering bedding
Remove any remaining Summer bedding plants and rake the soil clean. If planting in containers turn out old soil and use fresh compost. Incorporate fresh compost into the soil & fertilise with a little grow-more. Firm, rake and level the area. In Winter growth is much slower so we recommend you pick good sized plants. Autumn is the best time to plant Winter/Spring bedding as the soil is still warm from the Summer and moisture levels are now greater. Plants will grow away quickly and they will produce plenty of flowers. Plants to choose from include Pansy, Viola, Wallflowers, Sweet Williams, Bellis, Polyanthus, and Primrose. You can extend the season even further by incorporating Spring bulbs such as Tulips, Crocus and Daffodils. Set bedding plants 15-20cm (6-8”) apart and water in well. Remember to deadhead regularly to encourage even more flowers.
Two of Santa’s reindeer will take up residence at Poplars on Saturday the 7th November and will remain with us until the New Year. They will be available every day to meet visitors and there will be a special feeding session every Saturday morning between 10am and 10.30am. A visit to the reindeer is free all we ask is that you wash your hands after your visit.
Father Christmas arrives in his Grotto on Saturday 14th November. Children can visit Santa every weekend from the 14th November until Christmas. The Grotto will also be open on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd of December. Every child will receive a present and a bag of chocolate coins. A Professional photograph of your child’s visit will also be available to purchase should you wish to. Tickets for the Grotto can be purchased in advance from any of the garden centre tills. Tickets cost £7 per child. Poplars will donate £1 for every child that visits Santa to the NSPCC. Grotto Opening Hours are 10.30am - 4.00pm. Please note that the queue may close earlier than 4.00pm at particularly busy times to allow the last entrant into the Grotto by 4pm.
Privilege Club Winner Mrs Lesley Loughnane
The winner of our latest prize draw is Mrs Lesley Loughnane. Congratulations. We have £250 worth of Poplars Vouchers waiting to be claimed. To claim your prize just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “I’m a Winner” in the subject line. Please claim using the same email account that we send your monthly newsletter to and once verified we will be in touch to arrange your prize.