About us - and the NurseryWelcome 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.
Autumn is upon us with strong winds and torrential rain one day and warm sunshine the next.The wild life makes the most of these last few warm fine days with Red Admiral butterflies and honey bees appearing and taking the opportunity for a late feed or just to bask in the sun on the late flowering plants such as Chrysanthemum, Aster and Vernonia.
The local Buzzards have been enjoying the autumn sun and some days there have been six or seven soaring high overhead with their distinctive piercing calls, they just seem to float on the thermals until they pass into the distance.They often perch for a while in the big conifers next door and we get quite a good view of them, especially when the local crows get excited and try to drive them away by mobbing them and calling loudly,there are acrobatics for a bit and then one or the other gets fed up and flies off .
More of our local birds seem to be returning to our feeders now with a few Yellowhammers and more Tits and Goldfinches every day,there seems to be more Mistle Thrushes this year with their loud warning cries if the Tawny Owls roosting in the conifers get too close.The owl box has been returned to it's tree now the bees have been removed ,we fixed a stick close to the entrance so the young owls will have something to grip when they are exercising their wings.Hopefully all will be well and we will have chicks again next year.The Wrens are taking up winter residence again in the glasshouses where they are warm with a good food supply and are safe and snug for the winter.
Mice and Voles are moving in to the nursery from the surrounding fields,they cause a lot of damage to some plants and we are always pleased to see the Weasel doing his rounds looking for lunch.My dogs love mousing, especially Murph the Staffordshire bull terrier but he does far more damage than the mice do with upturned trays and plants in his wake and very few scalps for all the effort!