We have heard so much about the importance of creating wildlife havens in our gardens for our native wildlife and it is wonderful to see this in action all around us. Saying hello to the grass snake in the compost heap is a pleasant treat here at the Perennial and the birdsong is a delight.
Gill, however, is not so sure about her morning encounters with the rabbits who are eyeing up the salads in the polytunnels, though. But we have fenced them out and I think we understand each other – outside for you, inside for us!
But had you thought about where your plants come from when you are buying them? Bringing plants in from abroad, even as seedlings brings in diseases.
Biosecurity and traceability are vital to keep our native flora and garden plants healthy; the list of imported diseases is long, but box blight and ash dieback are at the forefront of our minds at present.
Many of us remember Dutch elm disease which removed the majestic field elms from our countryside and this is likely the fate of our native ash tree.
This may be a shameless plug for what we do at the Perennial, but we believe what we do is important.
We propagate our own plants and only bring in plants we need from local Welsh and English growers and only when we need to introduce different stock.
Not only is this good for the planet but a vital step in ensuring our biosecurity.
UK sown and grown is our ethos.
We also grow without pesticides and practice high standards of hygiene and propagation to keep out plants clean and healthy. If you buy from the Perennial you are doing your bit to enhance your garden and preserve our plant health.
Willow workshops at the Perennial
Workshops will run from 10am to about 4pm and include all materials, teaching, morning & afternoon refreshments, plus lunch in the Perennial Cafe.
Cost – £75 per person (max 6 people)
Join us for a relaxing, enjoyable and constructive day
Making garden orbs
Square flower basket
This story is part of the Life Seeker newspaper