It’s getting busy here at Halls of Heddon. Last week we took delivery of the new season Rhododendrons and Japanese Azaleas which although not during their flowering time at the moment, make quite an impact with the different coloured foliage amongst all the varieties. We are expecting delivery of containerised fruit and ornamental trees in ready for the weekend. By the end of the month Hedging and Soft fruit will have arrived and new rose stock is due to arrive early November.
By planting now you are giving your plants a really good start. The warm, moist soil will encourage the roots of your plant to grow meaning that when the weather warms in spring your plant has a root system more than able to support the plant and all its new growth.
Our advance list of Dahlia and Chrysanthemums came back from the printers yesterday so that will be on the way to all of you that ordered from us in the 2016 season. I hope all your plants are doing well. I have put links to a downloadable version of our advance list below.
Unfortunately although we planned to be able to take online orders today, it will now not be until sometime next week before we are ready. Do have a look through the shop pages, everything is there we just have some behind the scenes settings to update. If you would like to get your order in straight away I have put a link to a downloadable order form below which you can use to send your order into us.
We are very pleased to be holding another open day to raise money for the National Garden Scheme on the 25th September 2016.
This will be our 4th Open Day and will hopefully take our total raised across the 4 events to over £4000.
Come and see the Dahlia and Chrysanthemum fields full of colour. David Hall will be giving talks throughout the day. Staff will be on hand for any questions. A selection of Home baked cakes will be available alongside teas and coffees throughout the day.
Alongside our summer sale we will be having our first Rose Festival. A perfect chance to see 100’s of roses, including climbers, ramblers, bush, shrub and David Austin English Roses all either in bud or flower. Check out the fragrance of some wonderfully scented Roses – much better than just going off a description!
During our rose festival we will be offering all our roses at a special rate of buy two get one free (lowest priced free). Our team will be on hand to give help and advice, as always, on choosing the right rose for you whether it be for the garden or growing in a pot.
. . . to start setting away your Dahlia Tubers to enable you to take cuttings for this years season (that is if you haven’t already). Bring them into a light and airy environment with a bit of heat. This should encourage basal growth from which you can take cuttings.
If you are reading this thinking ‘I wish I’d ordered some to give it ago’ we still have a range of over 100 varieties available. Check here for our most up to date list of Sold Out varieties. We update this page as well as the online shop regularly.
For us, we don’t really store the tubers over winter. When lifted, generally by mid November, we wash them to get excess dirt off then heap them upside down on benches, each variety in its own pile. This allows them to dry off. By mid December we have generally got through all 6000+ tubers cleaning and trimming up and by Christmas Eve they are all planted up on the benches in a Clover professional bedding or potting compost with a slow release fertiliser mixed in, ready to set away in the New Year.
The heat gets turned up when we get back in the New Year. Bottom heat seat at 18-20 degrees celsius but air temp kept no higher than 10 degrees Celsius (unless we have a nice day of course!) until growth starts. Air temp is now at 15 celsius dropping back to 10-12 at night. Once watered in, which is done when we first turn the heat up, they are left on the dry side, certainly around the crowns, with any watering, if needed, directed at the “channels” between each variety.
To start your seed potatoes off or ‘Chit’, pop them in tray or box in a light, frost free area with good ventilation, I have mine in an egg box on the office window. The potatoes need to be in a single layer with the ends with the most eyes pointing upwards. They will be ready to plant when the eye growth is about 2cm and the risk of a harsh ground frost is gone.