MAY 2015 NEWS.
Plant of the Month: Regal Pelargoniums
Regal Pelargoniums. ‘Regal’ by name and Regal by nature. Regal Pelargoniums have some of the most colourful and spectacular flowers available, truly everything from black to white. ‘Regal’ are easy to grow, as they require only frost free conditions in the winter. They start flowering in the spring and with regular feeds of ‘Tomorite’ will flower all summer either as a pot plant in the house or glasshouse or in a container in a summer garden display.
Product of the Month: Gro-pots
Nicknamed the “Tomato Growers Secret Weapon.” Grow-pots can deliver up to 40% more fruit. Using grow-pots makes watering and feeding your tomato plants easy. Uses less water and produces stronger plants by stimulating rapid root growth. Grow-pots can be used year after year, just wash, clip and store.
Garden Job of the Month – Planting Tomatoes in Growbags
Water your tomatoes well just before planting. Cut three slots out, where indicated, on the growbag exposing the compost. Push your growing rings into the three slots of exposed compost. Then plant the tomatoes in the middle of the growing ring and firm in. Water well. You may wish to plant Tagetes (French Marigold) also into the growing ring as it will help to deter whitefly from attacking your tomatoes. Water regularly, once flowers appear feed weekly with a high potash feed like ‘Tomorite’.
Eight teams took part in the National Garden Releaf quiz in aid of The Greenfingers Charity who build gardens for children's hospices. Local quizmaster Doug Dix produced a fun quiz which tested the brains of the participants with winning team The Fork Handles scoring over 70%. The evening raised £590 for this worthy Charity.
Also at Poplars in May
Raising the roof
We are delighted to announce the next phase of development work at the garden centre. On the 20th July our contractors will return and start removing the glasshouse roof one section at a time. The old leaking gutters will be replaced and the roof will be constructed of thermally efficient panels that will keep customers cool in summer and warm in winter. Just under 20% of the roof panels will allow natural light to flood the space below and with new side walls and double glazing the old glasshouse will be transformed into a modern bright space.
A Treat for Gardeners. Hosted by the Inner Wheel Club of Flitwick Vale We would love to have your company at a fun filled evening on Monday May 18t h May in the Learning Zone, Poplars Garden Centre. The evening starts at 7.30 with a table top quiz and then includes a talk by Martin Towsey the Woburn Estates Garden Manager who will tell us about some of the fascinating things that go on at an historic estate. After an interval for refreshments there will be a demonstration on how to fill a hanging basket and one lucky person will be able to take home the filled basket. The charge for the evening is £5 to include tea/coffee and cakes. As usual we will be holding a very generous raffle with lots of prizes. All proceeds from the evening will go to Inner Wheel Charities which include The Road Victims Trust and The Alzheimer’s Society. Whether you are green fingered or not this will be an evening which will be good fun and a chance to see your friends and who knows you may go home inspired to garden! We do hope you can come. Please ring Sheila Forster on 01525 713891 or email email@example.com to reserve your tickets.
Following hot on the heels of our roof upgrade will be an all new Poplars restaurant opening in the Spring of 2016. Poplars Pantry will close in early September and will not re-open until the building works are complete. Coffee lovers need not worry though as you will be able to grab a drink and a bite to eat in our Pop-up café during the building works. We are delighted to welcome Pippa to the team, whose job it is to help design and build the restaurant. Pippa will be running surveys, focus groups and other research so we can be sure that we build something you will love without taking away the things that make Poplars Pantry so popular. Our aim is to offer you a great dining experience, great value for money in a fun and friendly setting.
Customer Focus Groups
We would love to hear your thoughts and experience about Poplars Pantry and ideas that you might have on the new restaurant. If you can spare 2 hours to join us in a focus group please email our Catering Project Manager Pippa at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be running groups as follows: Saturday 2nd May 10am – Family Focus, Wednesday 6th May 10am – Parents with Toddlers, Saturday 16th May 10am – Love to lunch out and Thursday 21st May 3pm – Over 50’s. We are looking for 8 participants for each of the four groups. Everyone who participates will receive coffee and cake or tea and biscuits with our compliments and a £20 gift voucher to spend in store.