Newsletter: December 2013

December Newsletter
What a year it has been! We’ve really come of age in 2013, which seemed a distant ambition 5 years ago when we set the business up. We’ve supplied so many super projects this year I couldn’t begin to name them.

Some of our suppliers found themselves in front of the camera this week on BBC’s Great British Garden Revival, which was great news – if slightly disconcerting! It’s encouraging to see increasing interest in our growers and nurseries as folk become more aware of where their plants and seeds are coming from and the skill and care involved in producing them.

hedge_2The delayed onset of a proper winter gives us all a great opportunity to get our bare root trees and hedging planted before the ground freezes. At Hookgate I’ve been planting a new length of mixed native conservation hedge () , as well as some interesting fruit trees.

Christmas is coming…

We’ve got some nice gift ideas on the website, from Japanese gardening tools from the lovely Jake Hobson to Red Beehive’s solitary bee house. You could buy a gift voucher or maybe a fruit tree, or even some of our edible hedge, as featured in the Telegraph and grown with loving care by the good folk at Perrie Hale nursery in Honiton. We’re always on the look out for new ideas, so if there’s anything you’d like to see us sell do let us know!

IMG_0643I particularly wanted to wish one of our suppliers well this Christmas. Stephen Lewis has recently set his own business up in West Wales. Lew is a top notch plantsman who specializes in native aquatic plants, and just the kind of guy we should be out there supporting. His new firm is called “Dragonfly Flora” and we are using them to supply our pond plant collections.

A huge thank you to all our customers and suppliers for all your help in 2013, and a very happy Christmas to you.