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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

At last we have seen the first swallow,hawking up and down the hawthorn hedge feeding on the large midges that seem to be in such abundance this year.We start looking for them the first week in April expecting to see them on or about the ninth so they are pretty much on time so we are hoping they will take up residence in our garage where we have had at least one nest every year but one for the last 25 years.Last year they were very late not arriving until May but they still managed two broods of chicks.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of activity around the owl box so far apart from a bluetit that keeps popping in and out, a risky business if the owl is in residence.The mistle thrush has been singing his heart out everyday for the last month starting before dawn and carrying on with only a short break for lunch until dusk.He perches in the top of a tall willow every day and seems completely unconcerned by the sparrow hawk that regularly visits the garden in search of prey.We are hearing the blackcaps calling but we don't often see them.
The large population of blackbirds are squabbling all the time, building nests in the most unsuitable places sometimes, you just know that the dogs will find the chicks and that will be that.

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