Prunus 'Kanzan'
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

Spring Into Action

Springtime is for planting, planning and enjoying

You can always tell spring is almost here and the gardening year is leaping into action by the arrival on our screens of Monty Don and the Gardeners World team. Lambs are playing in the recent sunshine, daffodils and crocus are out and the snowdrops have almost finished. On a more personal note the flowering cherry, Prunus ’Accolade’, planted in our car park and one of the first to flower, has just burst its buds in the last few days.

There is a huge range of summer bulbs ready to plant now, with the promise of warm evenings to come. If the ground still isn’t ready then just pop them into a container or any old plastic pot, then just insert it into the border for instant colour. For instant spring colour why not pick up a ready planted container, or if you have the time plant one yourself, there are plenty of colourful bedding plants and potted bulbs from which to choose. The outdoor plant area is full of primulas, pansies, violas and bellis, which, if kept deadheaded and fed a weak feed of Tomorite, will keep on flowering until it is time to put out the summer bedding.

There are some lovely winter flowering shrubs in the nursery; the gorgeous scented Sarcocca hookeriana ‘Winter Gem’ or the cheerful orange Hamemelis x intermedia ‘Aphrodite’. For colour in the shady woodland garden try planting the Helleborus ‘Walburton’s Rosemary’; if you have other Hellebores they will cross-pollinate and give you exciting new colours.

Helleborus 'Walburton's Rosemary'

Helleborus 'Walburton's Rosemary'

Now is the time to pick up those seeds, and a heated propagator, which are currently on offer, but you need to hurry as stocks are limited and what started out as a mountain of propagators has now shrunk to a mere molehill! Don’t forget seed trays, seed compost, pots and labels. You don’t need a greenhouse, just a nice sunny windowsill will do.

Voyage Maison cushions

What better way to banish the winter gloom than by sprucing up your sanctuary. A visit to our gift department will surely result in something to welcome in the spring, whether it be a funky coloured something for the kitchen from Colour Works, or a new cushion from our extensive range of Voyage Maison. Revive a tired sofa with one of our sumptuous throws by Bocasa, also great to snuggle into on those nippy spring evenings. Try invigorating your space with something wacky from our ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ display!

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Why not make up a hamper for that special Mother’s Day present; we have a huge range of jams, jellies and condiments. Many of our suppliers are local so not only would you get the perfect present you would be doing your bit in the fight against climate change. At the moment we have Cottage Delight jams and preserves on offer, 2 for £4.50, this promotion only runs until the end of March or until stocks last. Choose from: Strawberry Extra Jam, Lemon Curd, Tangy Orange English Breakfast Marmalade, Spicy Mango and Ginger Chutney, Cheese Maker’s Pickle or Onion Marmalade.

Cottage Delight jams & preserves

For all the foodies we have new produce in our Food Hall. There is a selection of Arvinda’s curry powders, spiced sea salts from Wildly Delicious in flavours such as: Garlic & Basil, Lemon & Thyme, Peppercorn & Shallot and Smokey Barbecue. Also from Wildly Delicious is a range of vinegars and vinaigrettes in tantalising flavours; Black Heat, Black Raspberry Passion, Franciscana Fig and Black Maple Magic.

Streptocarpus are back in stock in the houseplant area, we only buy from Dibleys so you can be assured of the quality of our plants. Why not pick up an arrangement for Mother’s Day, we have an extensive selection which we can gift wrap for you, so we can take the stress out of picking that special present.

Summer bedding plug plants are also now in store, you can pick up a pot of seedlings for a couple of pounds or go for the more established plug plants. You will need somewhere with a little heat and plenty of light to bring them on until they are ready to go outside later on. Early signs are showing that the ‘in’ colour for bedding plants this season is going to be white, with white geraniums flying off the shelves.

Summer bedding plants

Now is also the time to get the barbecue out and sort out a clean or replacement parts. If it is past cleaning and repairing then pop into our furniture department where you will find one of the largest displays anywhere in the north west. With a nationwide delivery service we can soon have your new barbecue on your doorstep.

When in store why not sign up for our Rewards card and benefit from exclusive Rewards customer offers; unfortunately these are only available in store. What better excuse for a ride to the Lake District and lunch or afternoon tea in our restaurant, with the added bonus of beautiful views over the hills.