* * Special Bank Holiday Weekend Offers!! * *
Forget about the rain, this weekend is going to be mainly dry with the promise of a little bit of sunshine! So come on down to Abbey Garden Centre this Bank Holiday Weekend and take advantage of some of our special offers!
* All Conifers are now HALF PRICE! ► *
Come and get one of these essential evergreens for your garden!
* 6 pack of Pansies and Violas are now Buy One Get One HALF PRICE! *
These extremely long-lasting flowers will cheer up your containers all through Winter into next Spring and beyond!
Also, our Loyalty Card Offer is for Wallflower "Sugar Rush" pots, Buy Two Get Third One FREE!They are in flower now and will flower again in the Spring!
If you haven't already got an Abbey Garden Centre Loyalty Card, swing by the tills and ask to be signed up pto enjoy this and future offers!
* * Fantastic offer on Bulbs - Buy One Get One FREE!!! * *
Now this offer is going to be VERY popular - you need to be quick off the mark, while stocks last, and all that!!!
Buy an XL pack of Juanita Narcissus (UK Daffodil of the Year 2015) for £5.99 and get an XL pack of Ruby Giant Crocus bulbs FREE (worth £5.99!)
|You buy this one .....................||...........you get this one FREE!!|
Hints on how to plant bulbs
We have special packs of MIXED bulbs that compliment each other, and are for specific purposes, which takes the hassle out of which bulbs to plant, and when! Pictured below are bulbs for Early Flowering, Late Flowering and bulbs for Shaded/Woodland areas, for example:
|Early Flowering Bulb Collection||Late Flowering Bulb Collection||Woodland/Shady Bulb Collection|
We also have a very clever "cut in half" or spliced bulb pot on display, which clearly shows the layers of planting that can be achieved even in a small pot. You need a few broken pots or crocks on the bottom, then ideally some grit or gravel for drainage. Then you can plant different bulbs at different levels; some need to go deeper and some need to be planted more towards the top. You can also mix late flowering with early flowering - this ensures a consistent display!
YAY!!! The first of our bulbs have arrived!
Colin is jumping up and down in excitement!! Why?! The first of our bulbs have arrived, and there are some very nice new bulbs that are NEW for 2015! Here are some sneak peaks at the new bulbs:
|Camassia||Madeleine Tulip||Azureum Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)|
We also have in the Crocus "Sativus", which is the Saffron Crocus - the stigmas of the crocus are used to make the very expensive herb, Saffron! Plant immediately after purchase in the autumn and you will be rewarded with flowers from September-November, depending on when you planted them.
A glimpse into Autumn!
Fresh in! Lots of lovely new plants for your Autumn borders, containers and baskets!
We have a large selection that includes little conifers, grasses, Choisyas, Eucalyptus, Erysimum Bowles Mauve, Euphorbias, Ajuga (Bugle), Sedums, purple and green Heucheras, trailing ivies, English Lavender, Delphiniums, Artemesia, Cineraria, Violas and much more!
We also have some gorgeous planted Violas in terracotta dishes, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face throughout Autumn and Winter! Just £4.99 - amazing value for a planted terracotta dish!
It's only August, but it's time to think about Autumn!!
I KNOW it's only August, but it's time to start thinking about Autumn, and what plants and flowers will see you through the cooler months leading on into Winter (sorry to mention the "W" word!)
So, it's time to be pro-active and start thinking about your plants for Autumn! Here at Abbey, we already have in some lovely Violas and Pansies, that'll shrug off even the coldest weather, and will look perky all year round - my ones from last year are still going strong a year later! Great value for money at £2.99 for a pack of six! (this coming week they are Buy One Get One Half Price!)
We also have colourful Cyclamen, and a whole bench of "garden mums" - hardy Chrysanthemums - plant them in well-drained soil in a sunny spot and let them settle in and establish a root system before the cold sets in.
Why not try Dianthus, as an alternative to the usual pansies etc? We have in these lovely Diamond Dianthus, in various colours, that are looking lovely! Again, they prefer well-drained soil in a sunny spot, and they should reward you with flowers now, and again in the Spring!
STOP PRESS! I have just brought down some lovely pots of Wallflowers, grown in our greenhouses! Wallflower "Sugar Rush" is in flower now, in a variety of colours to mix and match, and will flower AGAIN in the Spring!
Let's "cut" to the chase, it's time to PRUNE!
Everyone's heard of the "Chelsea Chop", (so called because it is usually carried out at the end of May, coinciding with the Chelsea Flower Show) where herbaceous plants are cut back in order to limit their size and encourage further blooms to appear. Well, it is a good idea to cut back leggy growth, to stop the plant from toppling over, and to dead-head plants like Petunias, Violas, Pansies, Geraniums and Roses, to allow new flowers to grow. The majority of flowers bloom and then set seed - dead-heading interrupts this cycle and stimulates new flowers to appear.
We have a great range of hand crafted cutting tools from Kent & Stowe, from swivel shears, topiary shears, bypass secateurs, anvil secateurs, pruning knives, hedge shears and loppers, both fixed and telescopic to reach those higher branches. Truly a blade for every purpose!
Kent & Stowe also do a fantastic hand crafted range of garden tools, one in stainless steel, and the other range in carbon steel. The stainless steel range come with a 15 year guarantee, and the carbon steel range come with a 10 year guarantee, which proves you are buying quality hand crafted tools that will last! Prices start from a very reasonable £4.99 - see price list above.
Treat yourself to a delicious Cream Tea!
Our Cafe is offering a delicious Cream Tea for a very reasonable £4.25 a person, or £6.50 for two. This includes a Scone, clotted cream, jam and a cup of tea or filter coffee. Why not grab a friend, find a shady spot in our courtyard and enjoy a catch-up over tea and scones, before browsing our fabulous selection of shrubs and plants? (Subject to availability)
Try Growing Success Soil Improver!
There's nothing worse than the prospect of back-breaking digging, so this new "No Dig" soil improver is the answer to your prayers! You simply spread it to a depth of approximately 5 cm and then sit back and let the worms break it down and pull it down into your soil! This is the easiest way to improve the structure of either clay or sandy soil and add essential nutrients. Many of us in the local area have heavy clay soils, so this soil improver should help improve the texture of your soil. A mulch also helps retains moisture during the warm summer months.
We have 50 litre bags for £3.99, which covers one square metre, at the recommended depth of 5cm.
Relax and RECLINE and enjoy the sunshine!
These anti-gravity reclining chairs are extremely comfortable. You simply push backwards and your legs rise up - pefect for a summer doze!
Tool Rack on offer, just £14.99!
New In! An extremely useful, wall mounted tool rack to tidy up your garage/shed. Ideal to hang a spade or fork, with a handy basket, and a shelf too. At just £14.99, why not buy two or more, to increase the storage capacity?!
Our Cafe's Courtyard is cool and inviting!
For those of you who don't already know, our very popular Cafe also has an outside courtyard area, with a shaded gazebo, parasols, and shade underneath our lilac tree. It really is the perfect spot to relax, meet up with friends, and enjoy a coffee, tea, or even a naughty glass of wine! Our new summer menu is out now, and includes the ever-popular Ploughman's lunch! Remember we are dog-friendly too, as this little fella shows, enjoying the sun!
Terrific Terracotta! All shapes and sizes!
Just look at the HUGE range of Terracotta pots that we now have in! All shapes and sizes, from small pots and saucers that are suitable for herbs, right up to enormous planters suitable for large shrubs or small trees such as Acers. Also shallow, round bowls that suit Alpine plants, and ones with many holes that you can plant Strawberry plants, or Lobelia in! Truly a pot for every occasion! Some are already planted up for you, ready to take away today!
Time to QUENCH your garden's thirst!
The sun has been shining for the last few months, it's lovely and warm and it's raining less - hurray! But please spare a thought for your thirsty pots, baskets and flower beds! Baskets in particular dry out very quickly, and need watering every day. Come and have a look at the wide range of hose accessories that we stock here at Abbey. From connectors in varying sizes, to different spray heads, including an ingenious telescopic, extending hose, to make it easier to reach those high up places!
We sell all the components to install an irrigation system too - which can be controlled with a battery operated timer switch, to take the strain out of watering!
Going away on holiday and worried about precious houseplants? Why not try these "Aquasolo" watering devices, where you screw on a plastic bottle filled with water to a porous ceramic cone which slowly disperses the water.
Bee-friendly plants for your garden
Most flowering plants attract bees to your garden, but some are real "bee favourites" and attract more of our pollinating friends than others! Our bench (pictured) is full of plants that bees are especially attracted to, such as: Lavender, Scabiosa, Armeria (thrift), Argyranthemum, Campanula, Rudbeckia, and Nepeta (catmint).
Get a grip on those nasty weeds!
The temperature is rising, the sun is shining, your plants are growing, but so are THE WEEDS!!! Tackle all those "plants in the wrong places" with traditional Glyphosate weedkiller, a systemic weedkiller that kills most tough and difficult weeds right down to the roots, and biodegrades into the soil to allow replanting. It's perfect for clearing overgrown gardens - can be replanted immediately once weeds have died. Kills weeds and roots! Now on offer at just £2.99 for a ready-to-use one litre bottle (normally £4.99)
Glyphosate Long Lasting Ground Clear, which comes in soluble sachets that you simply mix with water, to provide long-lasting weed control for 4-6 months (can't re-plant immediately), now just £7.99 (normally £9.99)
Finally, Glyphosate Super Strength, 6 soluable sachets that dissolve in water, this is the strongest domestic weedkiller available on the market, with 680g/kg of glyphosate, which treats up to 150 sqm. It kills brambles, brushwood, Japanese Knotweed, nettles, couch grass, ground elder, docks, bracken, ivy and rhododendrons.
Now £7.99 (normally £9.99)
Time to FEED your plants!
Summer is finally upon us, and your plants would appreciate feeding throughout the warm months, as well as regular watering, to enable them to thrive and grow. We have on offer Growing Success Univeral Plant Food, suitable for all plants - £3.99 a bottle or 2 for £6!
Use Provado to beat the bugs!
Now that your garden is bursting with fresh new shoots and delicate new foliage, you can sit back and relax, right?!! NO! All the hungry, nasty beasties are lining up to nibble at your nice new plants, and suck the stems dry!! BUT, you can FIGHT BACK - with PROVADO products! Provado Ultimate Bug Killer comes in a one litre, ready to use spray (£4.99). It works on contact, and systemically, which means it is absorbed into the plant and keeps on working, for up to 6 weeks' control. It's suitable for use on all outdoor ornamental plants, selected vegetables, fruit trees and bushes, and is effective against greenfly, blackfly, whitefly, mealybug, thrips, leaf hopper and lily beetle. We also stock Provado Ultimate Bug Killer as a concentrate, to dilute with water and mix up yourself - a 400 ml bottle makes up to 27 litres.
Also very popular is the Provado Vine Weevil killer, which gives up to 4 months' protection against Vine Weevil in ornamental container plants. Applied as a soil drench, it targets the grubs in the soil to prevent them hatching into adult Vine Weevil. It also has the added bonus of controlling greenfly, blackfly, whitefly, woolly aphids and scale insects systemcially for up to 4 months. Vine Weevil are becoming an increasing problem in pots and containers - if a plant looks sick, check the compost for Vine Weevil grubs that eat the roots.
Slug Gone Wool Pellets
Slug Gone pellets were extremely popular last year - they are wool pellets that form a felt-like mat that absorbs moisure from the slug's foot, making it difficult for the slug to cross it. The wool also contains abrasive particles which irritate the slug's foot creating a natural barrier. The wool mat also acts as a mulch, keeping moisture in and weeds out. Slug Gone is a natural, biodegradable protein fibre which releases nitrogen, potassium, sulphur and other trace elements essential for plant growth. They are also safer than slug pellets for homes with cats, dogs and other pets. Why not give them a try?!
A gentle reminder to our doggy friends .....
Abbey Garden Centre is a dog-friendly site, we love to stop and say hello to our 4-legged visitors, even in our Cafe, on the green-floored area, but here is just a gentle reminder of our dog rules!
Rewards for Forces card
We are happy to say that we now accept the "Rewards for Forces" card, which is a card that serving and ex-Servicemen can apply for. This card will entitle you to a 10% discount on purchases at Abbey Garden Centre (excluding the Cafe, vouchers and sale items)
Just show your Rewards for Forces card at the till to get your 10% discount! Click HERE for further information on the Rewards for Forces Card.
"The Sharpening" - dates for 2015
"The Sharpening" will visit Abbey Garden Centre on the following dates:
Saturday 29 August
Sunday 27 September
Saturday 24 October
Saturday 28 November
Saturday 19 December
Come to Abbey with your blunt items and get them sharpened! Items such as flat mower blades, shears, loppers, knives, scissors, secateurs, chisels, axes, planes etc. Prices vary depending on item, from £2 upwards. Hunt through your shed, or kitchen drawer, and come visit Abbey Garden Centre on his next visit to us on Saturday 29 August.
Wet and Forget NOW IN!
Wet and Forget - NOW IN! For those of you who haven't heard of Wet and Forget, it is an ingenious solution that you paint on areas that normally get covered in mould, moss or lichen etc, ie paving slabs, walls, pots, even boats! It has a unique combination of biodegradable selective surfactants for moss & mould removal on absolutely any exterior surface. When diluted with water and applied, it immediately attacks that unsightly moss, mould and grime. Each time it rains, this safe, cleansing combination reactivates to help flush the moss, mould and grime without scouring the surface it has infested.
* Non caustic. Non acidic *
* No bleach. No water blasting *
* No elbow grease! *
Let Abbey plant your baskets for you!
We all know the feeling, browsing round our vast expanse of bedding plants, wondering which ones to choose, and which colour scheme to go with - the choice can be quite daunting! Well, worry no more! Let our knowledgeable Plant Team here at Abbey make up your baskets for you!!
Bring in your empty hanging baskets from home and we will re-plant them for you with colours and plants of your choice - all for the cost of the plants plus £1 for the compost!
* No more tiresome decisions! * No more hassle! * Let Abbey make you the baskets you have always wanted! *
Abbey's range of garden furniture and chairs!
Pictured above is Abbey's range of garden furniture - bistro sets, garden benches and anti-gravity reclining chairs (which are ridiculously comfy!). Also "helicopter" chairs plus cushions to laze in the sunshine for that touch of decadence! We have colourful "director's chairs" that are light and foldable, also Iowa chairs in blue and white rattan-effect for a retro feel.
See our Facebook page for the full album of pictures! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Abbey-Garden-Centre/117588375016295?ref=bookmarks
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