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Our lilies captured on film

We thought you might like to see a video of our lilies, alliums and eremurus that we displayed at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show back in 2015. Our friends at The Round Group spent the day with us filming our stands and capturing our stunning flowers on film to share with you. See what you think:

And here’s a throw back to when we were featured on the BBCs Great British Garden Revival with James Wong presenting it. James came to visit our nursery to see how and what we grow. He was fascinated by our lilies and just how easy they are to grow.

Storage of Allium bulbs

This question was asked by
Ann Myles

Each year I have spent a large amount on buying allium bulbs – they are planted in late autumn and bloom beautifully in the spring/summer but if I leave them in the ground they never return the following year, so I always have to buy and plant more each year. I feel that I need to dig them up at the end of the season and maybe store them over winter rather like a tulip bulb that you wish to relocate the following year – any idea on how to do this if it is possible, or where do you think things are going wrong. I live in a very exposed site in the Cotswolds and our winters are quite wet and temperatures can go as low as -12 degrees on a regular basis. Thank you for your help.

Hi there,

No I would leave your alliums where they are, cut the seed head off and allow the foliage and stem to die back by themselves to feed the bulb. Alliums like a cold dormant phase so its best to leave them in. We do advise lifting them after the 3rd year and splitting them.

Allium Bulb Collection (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17627)

Kind regards
Loraine Hart

Start of Autumn…

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Autumn and what to plant

The temperature is dropping, days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colour – all signs that summer is drawing to a close. But when does autumn actually start? Well it’s the 1st September if you go by the meteorological calendar or 23rd September based on the Astronimical calendar. If, like us, you’re wondering what the difference is, the meteorological calendar is more simplified and splits up the four seasons into three month blocks and the Astronomers base the date of the seasons upon autumnal equinox, when night and day are roughly equal length. So either way, Autumn is upon us! And its time to start thinking about your Spring garden as our glorious spring flowers like to be planted throughout the Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov).

Here’s a little break down of what you can plant this Autumn to have some colour in your garden month by month:

January-February: CrocusSnowdrops, 

February-March: Narcissus,  Leucojum Aestivum

 

March-April: Tulips,  Cyclamen,  Puschkinia, Anemone Blanda, Chinodoxa,
Erythronium Pagoda

April- May: FritillariaHyacinthoides Non-Scripta ‘Blue Bells’, Alliums

May +: CamassiaEremurus

Martagon Lilies

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We now have our stunning Martagons available to order as well. With a few new varieties to choose from. Our Martagons will also be dispatched in the Autumn for planting throughout the months of Sept, Oct and Nov. Martagons are ideal for woodland type gardens. These special Lilies grow especially well in dappled shade in Humus-rich, Alkaline soil. They naturalize really well and are long lived and hardy.

 

Happy Gardening!
Harts Nursery 🙂

 

 

 

 

Allium gigantium

This question was asked by
Valerie

How would I plant 3 bulbs if I wanted to grow in pots would they need a pot each and what size pot do I need and what compost .

It’s personal choice on how you wish to plant them. If you want 3 in a pot, we would advise a 12″ pot. A free-draining, multi-purpose compost will be fine, or try John Innes No. 3.

Loraine Hart

Some tips for our Lily Lovers!

Hi Lily Lovers!

Hopefully everyone has had beautiful lilies this year in their garden. The ‘Tree-like lilies‘ have been fantastic, there are so many new varieties. The perfume isNew lilies banner wonderful. These extremely tall lilies tower above the shrubs in borders with sturdy stems and an abundance of blooms.

So, if your lilies have bloomed, now is the time to dead head them. Cut just below the last bloom leaving the stem to die back completely, this feeds the bulb for the following year making the bulb bigger, producing more blooms. Wait until the autumn to repot. Lilies should be re potted every three years. The little bulblets you find can also be potted to produce blooms in a few years time! Remember to keep your lilies well drained over winter. This is really important or they will rot. Tip pots on their side or place them on a couple of house bricks. We have more tips on planting and looking after your lilies here including how to keep those pesky Lily Beetles away!

We have some fabulous new varieties for next year, especially ‘Roselilies‘. These beautiful double varieties are highly scented and have no pollen. They will soon be added to our website, so please check back and order for February delivery.

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Don’t forget it will soon be time to plant your spring flowering bulbs. These are also on our website. We have
some stunning varieties of Tulips but if you want height, Alliums are a must!

Lastly we are at the ‘Shrewsbury Flower Show‘ this weekend (Friday 12th to Saturday 13th August). So if you are coming, we will see you there!

Happy Gardening!
The ‘Hart Team’

Lily & Spring Bulb 2016 Catalogue

You can now download our 2016 Lily and Spring Bulb Catalogue (as a PDF) so you can browse our varieties in comfort before ordering online at www.hartsnursery.co.uk or by post/telephone. We have plenty of Lilies, Martagons and other Spring and Summer flowering bulbs for a garden full of colour year after year.

 If you find it easier, please feel free to print off the downloadable Catalogue below and complete the order form on the inside back page and send it to us by post along with your payment. We accept payment by Card over the phone, Paypal or Cheque.
Please contact us on 07855785540 or email us at enquiries@hartsnursery.co.uk if you have any questions.
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Our Lily Display

We were fortunate enough to have a professional team from Zumm Creative come over to the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show this year and capture some great footage of our lily display and outside Garden where we won a Gold Medal for our lilies and Best Plant Village Exhibit for our garden.

Well done to all – it looks great!

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For more information regarding Zumm Creative,
please contact Calam Smail on 01270 897170.

FAQ – When and where is best to plant Alliums?

Allium bulbs are planted in the Autumn for flowering the following year. Alliums (also known as Ornamental Onions) are perennial so they will flower year after year and are incredibly long-lived and flower for ages. Alliums like to be planted in full sunlight and in a well-drained soil. Once you have found the perfect spot in your garden to grow your Alliums, you need to dig holes in the flower bed that are three times the circumference of the bulb. For example, if the bulb is two inches in size then it needs to be planted six inches deep. Plant the bulbs about 8-12inches apart. For impact, plant Allium bulbs in groups. Alliums work well in rockeries and crowded gardens as they don’t take up much space.

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Giant Allium Bulb Collection with 10 FREE Purple Sensation!

Giant Allium Bulb Collection with 10 FREE Purple Sensation!

Following the increase in popularity this year, we have a great new offer on Allium bulbs for you! If you love the tall, majestic appearance of the giant alliums, then this collection is for you… Alliums (also known as Ornamental Onions) are perennial flowers that stand very tall, towering over your other flowers. They are often described as lollipops or fireworks due to their spherical appearance. Alliums should be planted in the Autumn for later Spring flowering and are a real show stopper for your garden. They are ideal for full sun or partial shade and create a great feature whatever the location. Delivery will be in September 2015 ready for planting so why not order yours today to avoid disappointment?

SPECIAL OFFER – 12 x Allium Bulbs (3 x of each variety) PLUS 10 x FREE Purple Sensation Bulbs!!

Our special offer contains: 
with 10 x FREE Purple Sensation Allium Bulbs!
 
Pack of 22 x Bulbs in total!