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I’d just like to say how delighted I was with the 10 Lobelia Queen Victoria plants I bought. My experiences of buying plants through mail-order companies has been regrettable! After each experience I vowed never to do it again... - but where needs must I took another chance and I'm so glad I did! Because I was only paying £12.00 (plus delivery) for 10 plants, I have to say that I wasn’t exactly expecting a great deal in the way of quality... but how wrong was I! I could not believe how healthy and well established the plants were! Many thanks, Pete
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I’d just like to say how delighted I was with the 10 Lobelia Queen Victoria plants I bought. My experiences of buying plants through mail-order companies has been regrettable! After each experience I vowed never to do it again... - but where needs must I took another chance and I'm so glad I did! Because I was only paying £12.00 (plus delivery) for 10 plants, I have to say that I wasn’t exactly expecting a great deal in the way of quality... but how wrong was I! I could not believe how healthy and well established the plants were! Many thanks, Pete
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August - Or April?

The weather continues to be odd! One minute it is bright sunshine and warm, the next its pouring with rain and cold; April showers in August!

Despite the weather, everything has come on leaps and bounds outside. The sweetcorn is making height and forming cobs, the second planting of climbing peas are growing away nicely and starting to flower, the onions are swelling, the brassicas are growing by the day - and even the parsnips have decided to 'move' now. Even the pumpkins and squashes have romped away - and not only are we swamped with sourgettes and summer squashes now, but we can also see some sizeable fruits forming for the autumn. Under glass and in the polytunnel the cucumbers are beating us into submission whilst finally the tomatoes are ripening as well. Its also nice to be picking the first of the chillies - and play 'Russian Roulette' as to which ones have no heat and which ones are 'surprising; in a few weeks time they will settle down and be predictable.

Production wise, August is a quieter month for us - as we produce small batches of vegetable plants for later plantings - and start turning our attention to new perennials for next year.

At home, whether on the veg garden or the ornamental garden, you should also be reaping your earlier efforts; maybe not the best year for everything, but also not the total disaster it could have been!

And being the eternal optimist that any gardener is, now is the time to start getting in those young veg to give us fresh harvest into the autumn and winter ahead. Young ornamentals planted now will establish before the onset of the cold weather to give an astonishing display next year - and every year thereafter, unlike annual bedding.

With the continued unsettled weather pattern now is also the perfect time for planting pot grown tree fruit and soft fruit - it will establish faster now than later in the year, and that early planting will reward you with heavier crops next year.

So lots and lots to be getting on with in the garden!

Here at the nursery we've got lots and lots to be getting on with too! And on top of the 'day job' of growing plants we're also just getting to the end of re-designing our website. We've been working on this for over a year now and hope to launch in the middle of September - and to make sure we really have clambered into the modern world you can now follow us on Twitter @Victoriana_NG or Facebook.