Autumn is a time for harvest and reflection and tidying up before the busy Christmas ahead.
We've been working away at the website, improving capacity and security long term and adding a new zoom function that we are very excited about. From now on, all new pictures to the website will be available as a larger image by clicking on the magnifying glass. This means you can see our plants in more detail and see exactly what to expect on arrival. We have already added hundreds of new pictures and over the next couple of weeks we will be extending this feature across every plant on the website.
We're also chuffed to bits this month to have been shortlised for the 'Small Business of the Year' in the prestigious Sussex Business Awards. It's the first time we've entered these awards and we're over the moon to have made it into the last 4 in our category. There are a huge range of fantastic businesses in Sussex and it's great to be recognised amongst them.
Our latest Silver Medal at the RHS Shades of Autumn event; Join us at the Frost Fair in the RHS Halls for mulled wine and plant bargains on Sunday 2nd November
The RHS Shades of Autumn show was our last big show for the year and we were delighted to receive a Silver Medal for the display and even more delighted that our rather top heavy hanging baskets survived the event! That brings our medal haul up for 2015 to a record breaking 3 Silver-Gilts and 2 Silvers.
We're at the RHS Halls for one last time on the 2nd November for the Frost Fair and then scarily it's time to plan for 2016. We've already confirmed that will be at the Malvern Spring Festival and Hampton Court next year and we'll release a full schedule of shows for 2016 in January.
In the meantime we have lots of lovely new season plants for Autumn birthdays and celebrations and we're adding new gifts for Christmas all the time.
Summer 2015 has been a great one for Plants4Presents with lots happening out on the road and here at home.
As well as attending the bigger RHS shows, we've also been at Chichester and Brighton Chilli Festivals and had guest appearances at Blackheath and Marylebone Farmers Market. Our Open Day was a great success and we're now planning to open the nursery for 2 more dates in 2016 for the local Newick Festival and as part of the National Gardens Scheme.
Because we're not open to the public these shows and open days are a great way for us to meet our customers face to face and we love hearing your feedback. We'll be at the RHS Shades of Autumn show in Westminster on the 23rd and 24th October and back again on the 1st November for a special Festive Fair. In the meantime we're working hard on some new features for the website.
We've already started making some improvements to the technical side and capacity of the site but over the next few months we'll be introducing a more mobile-friendly order form and also a zoom function which we are really excited about. This will allow you to zoom in on any of the plant pictures to see exactly what the plants in the Nursery are looking like this week.
After a hectic summer we're loving the misty Autumn mornings and the chance to catch up and tidy up the Nursery ready for the busy Christmas season. At this time of year we're cleaning down the Nursery, fitting new thermal screens to protect against cold and moving over from Summer flowering plants to our hardier plants for Autumn and Winter.
With Christmas only 12 weeks away we have already started planning our Christmas gift selections and we've got a sneak peak ready for anyone thinking ahead.
Phew, we are just catching up now from a fantastic week at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Always a highlight of our show calender and a scorcher this year. We were delighted to be working with Cassie Liversidge for 2015 and her creative input certainly paid dividends in our first ever Silver-Gilt Medal at Hampton!
The show itself was a tremendous success and we loved talking all things tea in the floral marquee and in the cookery theatre. Thanks to all of you who came to visit us and those who saw our 15 seconds of fame on the telly too :)
Woo hoo! We were delighted with our Silver-Gilt Medal at Hampton Court , our Grow Your Own Tea display went down a storm with visitors as well as the judges
In the whirlwind of the last few weeks, BBC Gardeners World seems a distant memory but again this was a great show. This time focussed on 'Grow Your Own Curry' and our chillies and cardamom plants certainly seemed to go down a storm.
Now the show season is winding down (for us anyway) it's time to start thinking about our next big event of the season...
We've been busy at the Nursery, pruning and prepping plants, weeding the flowerbeds and tidying away the piles of dust in preparation for our grand opening.
Just in it's second year, our open day is a rare chance to visit the Nursery, select from the huge range of citrus and plants we have on site and see behind the scenes at a working Nursery. Unfortunately it is just that, a working nursery so it's not very glamorous, but it's our home and we like it!
We'll be serving teas and cakes by the rainwater reservoir and offering tours of the Nursery and the organic veg and flowers we grow on site. We'd love to see as many of you as possible so if you fancy a day out to the country please do get in touch to find out more.
So get it in your diary.Saturday 25th July
We're opening the doors - come visit from 1pm on Saturday 25th July; please email for more details and directions
The months have been whizzing by again and regardless of what the weather thinks today, we are well and truly into Summer now. It's great to see the hedgerows and woods alive with wildflowers here in Sussex and we're enjoying the warmer weather between the rain.
We've been busy already with the Summer show season and had a fantastic time serving cocktails and talking all things Limoncello at the RHS Great London Plant Fair and again at the RHS Secret Sunday on the road at Blackheath Market.
GYO Cocktails went down a storm at the RHS spring late, I mean who doesn't like a drop of home made Limoncello?!
We're now gearing up for the 2 biggest shows of the season with a Grow Your Own Curry stand planned for BBC Gardeners World next week and a Grow Your Own Tea stand for Hampton Court in July.
We've also been busy at the Nursery, potting on chillies and grapevines like crazy and making some improvements behind the scenes to the website. Some of you may have noticed we've made a few changes to make it easier to navigate and search for plants and to make the site mobile friendly.
We've got grand plans to improve the pictures and introduce a zoom function over the summer but we'd love to know what you think and what you would like to see more of?
In the meantime with Father's Day just around the corner, we've launched some great new gifts that are sure to make Dad's day!
NEW for 2015 - Vine and Wine gift sets complete with a bottle to enjoy whilst dad grows his own! Order Now ; Huge range of chilli plants now back in stock and in fruit for Father's Day from mild to mega hot from just £19- Order Now
Well we've had a fantastic start to the New Year and now the days are starting to get longer, Spring is definately in the air. We've already won our first medal of the year - a coveted RHS Silver-Gilt no less and we had a great time serving tea and talking all things tea with Cassie Liversidge at the RHS London Plant and Potato fair last month.
We've now announced 2 open Nursery days this summer, see these dates and our full show calender here
We had a great time at our 1st show of the season and were delighted with the Silver Gilt medal for our 'Grow your Own Tea' display; Chris and Emily Rae were joined on the stand by Cassie Liversidge author of 'Homegrown Tea'
In the meantime of course Mother's Day is round the corner and we'll be very busy over the next couple of weeks ensuring your mum's get something really special for the big day.
With that in mind, we've launched some lovely new gifts for Spring, from gorgeous early flowering Clematis for the garden to some cute new Spring Planters. Of course we've got lots of old favourites back in for the new season too including funky Pineapple plants, flowering Peach trees and gorgeous scented Gardenias
We're also working hard behind the scenes on the website and will be launching a new look, a mobile-friendly site and some great new features in the coming weeks.
Happy New Year to all our wonderful customers near and far and a big THANK YOU for making our 10th year of trading, our best (and busiest) year yet!
Emily serving at the RHS Secret Sunday Christmas Special; young seedlings growing on at the Nursery.
It may be grey and dark outside and you may only just be recovering from Christmas but at the Nursery we're sowing like crazy and planning for the year ahead. We're starting to reap the benefits of our new biomass heating system now and our early crops of chillies and herbs are growing on a treat in the warmer conditions.
Looking ahead to the rest of the year we're delighted to announce the first few dates of our show season and we will be publishing the full list of show dates and details of our open days on our events page very soon.
20-21st February - Grow Your Own Tea at the RHS London halls
14th-15th April - Grow Your Own Cocktails at the RHS London halls
11-14th June - Grow Your Own Curry at BBC Gardeners World
30th June-5th July - Grow Your Own Tea at RHS Hampton Court
Plants4Presents launched in 2004 and has steadily grown into the busy mail order nursery it is today. See our About Us page for more information about the team behind the scenes or delve through our back catalogue of newsletters here....
Plants4Presents newsletters from 2014 here
Plants4Presents newsletters from 2012 and 2013 here
Plants4Presents newsletters from 2010 and 2011 here