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About us - and the Nursery

Welcome to our internet site. We list a wide range of plants available for mail order or collection from the nursery. We are constantly looking for garden worthy plants be they new introductions or old friends brought back into production and they are added to the list as they become available during the season. We are always pleased to welcome visitors to our family run nursery situated at the edge of the Lincolnshire wolds near the market town of Alford. If you are looking for particular plants please always telephone before travelling to avoid disappointment. If you wish to collect an order placed through this list please give us a few days notice. Remember if a plant you are looking for is not listed just ask, you never know! The nursery has changed considerably over the last few years with new sales areas and improved benching. We are a production nursery producing the majority of plants we sell here. Our private garden is usually open for customers to walk around where many of our plants can be seen growing, please note the garden is closed every day at 4pm.We are particularly proud of the wildlife the garden attracts with many different birds and insects visiting during the year. Many of the plants used in the garden are particularly attractive to wildlife and everyone can play their part by planting at least a few varieties in their own gardens. Nursery opening times from 1st March to 31st October are 9am - 5pm and from 1st November to 28th February are 10am -3pm. The Nursery closes during the Christmas period from 15th December to 6th January.

Wildlife News

The second broods of swallow chicks have now all flown and are trying out their new flying skills in and out of the buildings and perching nervously on the glasshouse vents.We think the three nests have reared about 27 chicks between them and some days the skies seem full of young birds.They need to be careful as the Falcon ,Hobby and Merlin as well as our resident Sparrow Hawk are all on the look out for the unwary,the other birds all give warning cries when they are spotted,the adult Swallows are particularly watchful and create a fearful racket as they chase them off.
Red Admiral butterflies are abundant this year with clouds of them rising from the eupatorium in the garden as you walk past.The Spotted Woods seem to be doing well dancing gracefully from one plant to the next in a warm corner of the garden.
The local rabbit population has exploded this year with ideal breeding conditions and a good food supply this year.Now most of the surrounding crops have been cleared from the fields they are much more vulnerable and the Fox and Buzzards are having some easy pickings especially as we are seeing some rabbits with myxomatosis appearing.The Buzzards are a regular sight now riding the thermals high above us on sunny days with their piercing cry and then cruising along the hedgerows and dyke banks looking for prey completely oblivious to us.
The dogs love galloping across the fields to see what they can find and it's amusing to see the Hare crouch in the stubble and when they are right on top of him gallop off maintaining a safe distance from the pursuing pack with just a casual glance behind him.The dogs soon give up the chase and return all excited and breathless with their tongues out and tails wagging telling me how close they got this time!

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