Spring container planting session (14 October 2017)
Our session on planting up containers for Spring went down a storm with the 15 boys and girls who came along. During the 90 minutes they got to learn about planting a 'bulb lasagne', which bulbs flower when and which mix of plants and bulbs work well together in pots. Loads of beautiful looking pots were created and the session was finished off with tea, coffee and cake in the cafe. Keep an eye out here or on Facebook to be the first to hear about the next session we host at the nursery (there'll be another planting one for Summer containers around April time next year). Photos © Elaine Evans, GV Wye Magazine.
The Rural Business Awards 2017 (5 October 2017)
Madley Plants was one of 5 companies shortlisted in the "Best Rural Start-Up" category at this year's awards. The ceremony took place at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey on Thursday 5 October. And while we were hopeful, we didn't manage to pull of the big win, but did walk away considered by the panel of judges as "Highly Commended". Not a bad result for us and we now have a lovely certificate which will be at the nursery for a while if you'd like to have a look when you're in, before taking pride of place framed on our office wall!
Across the whole of the Bank Holiday weekend we had a '20% off all plants' sale which proved very popular and resulted in a very busy weekend. On the Monday we hosted an Open Day for The Woodee team who brought along their beautiful fire pits, tools and accessories. As well as cooking demonstrations from The Woodee, we had a couple of talks; one on roses and another on how to plant a tree. As you can see from the photo below, we had a fab turnout with over 50 people here (and a very full car park) during the morning's cooking demonstration.
the woodee cooking demonstration
At 11.30 the Woodee team talked us through their products and the thinking behind them and then started cooking. They cooked pork belly, veggie kebabs, The Woodee burger, sausages, mushrooms with pesto sauce, baked potatoes, popcorn and bananas; the marinated pork belly was amazing!
ALL ABOUT ROSES
Just before the Woodee cooking demo at 11, Michele gave a talk on roses. She covered off topics such as where to place roses, routine care, dead heading, planting and the basic principles of pruning.
THE WOODEE FIRE PITS
We had 4 fire pits burning throughout the day; one 400mm model, 2 600mm pits and one enormous 900mm pit. We loaded the fire pits up with kiln dried kindling and logs from Certainly Wood and lit them with their fabulous Flamers made from wood shavings dipped in wax.