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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 Tawny Owls have returned to the box in the old tree in the garden after an absence of two years.We were in the garden when the sun came out between the hail and snow showers and there was the chick watching us from behind the ivy leaves, just a ball of soft grey feathers with the unmistakeable face and then he was gone,out of sight and no one any the wiser he was there.We think the break in nestiing in the box was caused by us removing it for a short time to remove a swarm of bees that had decided to make good use of it.
The first of the Swallows have arrived back,only three so far, no doubt slowed up by the terrible weather we have had.The Blackbird has a nest in an old pipe connector on the shelf in the garage, the parents spend all day it seems gathering worms for the chicks.It's a great place for the nest being free of predators while they are young but when they leave the nest the dog's are a real threat and sadly some will fall victim to the Labradors.
Yellowhammers are still coming to the feeders in large numbers looking like canaries sat in the twisted willow.Blue tits and great tits in abundance this year,the mild winter certainly seems to have suited them and they are busy building nests where ever you look.Sparrow Hawks are a constant threat and are increasingly common.

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