As we move into the New Year it is time to look ahead to a new growing season. Our Geranium seedlings have all now germinated and are enjoying the extended daylight of our growing lights. These are available to order in trays of 120 plugs (but we are already sold out of Mixed) and we grow packs of 20 plugs (not to order) which will be available for general sale from around the middle to end of of March!
Our Polyanthus and Primroses in 4 packs are looking colourful, as are the spring bulbs, Tete a Tete, Muscari, Tulips etc.
The first kitchen herbs of the new season in 1 litre pots are idea for the kitchen windowsill!
And don’t forget to stock up on Seed potatoes ready for chitting out prior to planting. Onion Sets and Shallots are once again in 500g bags and we also have a lovely range of summer flowering bulbs, including Exotic Dahlias, Lilies, Freesias and Gladioli
As many people know we continue to strive to be more environmentally friendly here at Swincar. We have had our own water supply for many years together with a computer controlled irrigation system so we are more efficient with water usage and do not use treated water from the national grid. We also have a wind turbine for generating some of our electricity and use renewable wood pellet to heat our glasshouses. Two years ago we changed our plastic supplier for pots and packs to one which supplied recyclable pots (lots of our pots are now pale colours which are easier for recycling) For 2019, we are asking for help from our customers to reduce packaging further. If plants are already in a pack, please do not ask for a box as well, we provide trolleys so the packs can easily be transported to a car. We like to wrap flowering house plants in tissue paper, but if you require a bag or box, please could you fetch your own so we can continue to reduce our carbon footprint. We do have some transport trays which we purchase to have plants delivered from Holland and we are happy to recycle these if you need something to keep plants stable.
We like to bring some of our hardy shrubs under cover this time of year to protect them from the elements. They are moved into our covered cold tunnels, to prevent them from blowing over and breaking in the wind, whilst still remaining exposed to the winter temperatures to ensure they remain hardy. But if you need to find a particular plant please do ask for assistance.
We still have plenty of exciting plants for excellent winter colour. A new variety of Cornus “Winter Orange” is looking splendid, with striking orange stems as well as many of the old favourites. Viburnum Tinus varieties are always a great evergreen shrub.
For larger evergreen shrubs, used for screening and hedging as well as specimen solo plants, we now have a good stock of Laurel. Prunus Rotundifolia (also know as Common Laurel) is often used for hedging, but we also have Novita, Etna, Caucasica and new this year “Genolier” and “Elly”
Photinia Red Robin is a more colourful evergreen choice and as well as the variegated alternative, Photinia Pink Marble, we have a new Red variety called Photinia Carre Rouge, a more compact offspring of Red Robin, with excellent colour. For scent at this time of year, Daphne or Sarcocca smell wonderful and these are in a cold glasshouse for protection, where the fragrance is delightful. Again please ask and we would be delighted to show you.