Rasell’s Nurseries 2016 events are now up on our website and leaflets can be collected from our shop and The Tea House. Call 01780 410345 or visit Cassie and Claire in the shop to book your place. Click here to have a look at what’s going on, 2016 Events.

Here are the opening times for Rasell’s and The Tea House over the Easter weekend.

Rasell’s Nurseries

  • Good Friday – 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday – 9am to 5pm
  • Easter Sunday – CLOSED
  • Easter Monday – 10am to 4pm

The Tea House

  • Good Friday – 10am to 4pm
  • Saturady – 10am to 4.30pm
  • Easter Sunday – CLOSED
  • Easter Monday – 10am to 4pm

Happy Easter to you all and we hope to see you over the weekend.

We have lots of gift ideas for mothering Sunday this weekend. Daffodils, tulips, Helleborus, primulas, and wallflowers are all in flower and putting on a show, as well as more unusual shrubs such as Coronilla, Osmanthus, Sarcococca, Hamamelis, and Ribes most of which have a lovely sweet perfume to boot.

Dahlia tubers are now in and we have 21 varieties of cactus, semi-cactus, double and single tall varieties to choose from. Other summer flowering bulbs available are Acidanthera-absolutely heaven scented, Eucomis bicolor and Eucomis pole-evansii-these are the pineapple flowers with Eucomis pole-evansii being the giant pineapple flower, very impressive at the end of summer and into autumn.

Especially if the weather is kind come and enjoy having a walk around our gardens and have a look at what is starting to come up and show itself, the swelling buds and new growth stirs excitement for what is to come, and then pop to The Tea House for refreshment.

Rasell’s Nurseries are once again looking for an organised and customer friendly individual to come and join our selling team on a part time basis. The job would be from April til November, working three to four days a week (one or two of these would need to be weekend days). You would be primarily working with the general public and maintaining the public area.

The position is open to all but would suit gap students or students looking for work before university.

Please email Claire at info@rasells.co.uk with your CV if you are interested.

It is Valentine’s weekend, why not give your loved one living flowers. We have pots of tulips, daffodils, double primula as well as lots of little pots of various spring bulbs that would get the budding gardener excited.

Whilst you are here you can have a look around at our borders where there are various snowdrops up and looking a picture, then finish your trip off with a visit to The Tea Room where they still have their Buy 1, Get 1 free on all Hot Drinks.

Little Ponton Hall are also open this weekend for their Snowdrop festival and Rasell’s Nurseries will be selling plants their too. The swathes of aconites and snowdrops at Ponton are well worth a visit, it is simply beautiful.

A lot has been happening at Rasell’s since we closed for Christmas. The borders have been cut back and dug over, allowing the many snowdrops, iris and other spring bulbs to come through. Due to the mild weather there is a lot to look at in our borders already, with some herbaceous and later spring bulbs already showing themselves. Hellebores are all looking good but the absolute stunner of the show is Helleborus ‘Penny’s Pink’,it has masses of flowers standing tall over shiny, bold foliage-definitely worth asking where it is to have a gander.

All the climbers over our pergola have been pruned, though there isn’t anything in flower the roses are already shooting and the Akebia quinata is smothered in buds ready to come out-I hope any up coming frosts don’t spoil it. Other climbers around about the place that are worth looking at right now are Ribes speciosum, Chaenomeles ‘Nivalis’, Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’ and Jasminum nudiflorum. These are all plants that have been planted for a number of years now but there was a lot of new plantings last year and it is exciting to see some of them already start to make a move for their first year.

Out for sale we have our seed potatoes, onion sets, shallot sets, a wide selection of spring bulbs (click on the link below to see the full list), multiple primulas, as well as many shrubs and herbaceous. All our stock lists have been updated and are on our website available to download.

Spring Bulb Stock List

The Tea House has re-vamped its menu and currently has a Buy 1 Hot Drink Get 1 Free offer on so make sure you take them up on that.

With lots to look at it is well worth popping over to Rasell’s.

The nursery and The Tea House are now fully re-opened and back to normal hours.

Christmas at Rasell’s has never been as exciting. Our decorations have been going up over the past few weeks in preparation for our first Christmas Fair and it is all looking rather festive.

Christmas wreaths, holly bunches and trees are now ready for sale and the mistletoe will be here by the weekend.

In the nursery we have been potting up bowls of Cyclamen, Paperwhites, Hyacinth, Narcissi, Tulips, Crocus and Amarylis all of which make lovely presents for Christmas either to enjoy over the festive period or for something to look forward to in the spring.  Other great gift ideas include gardening vouchers, gloves, gardening tools, obelisks or pots.

Over in The Tea House they have all their normal deliciousness on offer, including some rather divine mince pies made with Carol’s alcoholic mincemeat!!!

We hope to see you all on Saturday.

August bank holiday is upon us and the nursery is looking full of colour. Begonias, Hydrangeas, Echinacea, Agapanthus and many more are looking vibrant, it is well worth a wander round our borders.  Spring bulbs are out in our shop area and the first of the autumn and spring pansies are ready to go.

We will be open all weekend as will The Tea House- including the bank holiday Monday.

Come pay us a visit.

It feels like the summer months are flying away fast in a year that I have found to be a frustrating growing year. I cannot really complain as where some things fail or dwindle others will always excel. The roses have been very good, the lack of rain has meant the rose heads have not held water and rotted away, petunias, hydrangeas, begonias and geraniums have also been good and most of the herbaceous borders have done well even if they required a little help with water. My biggest disappontment this year is the black eyed suzie, after the bright orange one looking FABULOUS going over the pillar and receiving so much comment I planted another one in the same place and also planted a few in hanging baskets and quite frankly I am on the verge of binning them. What a differnece a year makes. The lack of continual warmth as we had last year andthey have not put on the growth or flowers as they had last year.

The open evnings have been going well and have been well received. The pruning course in particular proved extremely popular as did the pruning in the shade. Augusts open evening has Tim Rasell taking his final part of the pruning course (fully booked) and Ken Rawson is leading a discussion labelled “The Pessimistic Gardener!”, this may seem a bizarre title but I think it promises to be a really interesting informal chat about everybodies bug bears and little niggles, swopping problems and hopefully solutions that will leave people feeling much better about their own problems and inevitably more optimistic! There are still a few more places left on this talk so do ring to book yourself in.

I have already got people asking for and booking in their autumn bedding orders, do get your orders for wallflowers in as many of you were disappointed on getting the colours you wanted last year though we will have a lot more available for sale this year.

Though we are inbetween seasons at the moment for planting do come and pay us a visit, the nursery is looking good with lots of colour in the borders and The Tea House is here offering delicious lunches, drinks and cakes and there are still herbaceous and a few bedding platns available that just one or two can enliven a bed for the second half of summer.

The first of our open evenings takes place next week. We are fully booked on the pruning course but still have spaces for the Spring Bulbs talk with Johnny Walkers from taylors bulbs. As I am not taking any talks or demonstrations this month I shall be attending this talk and looking forward to hearing his ideas and methods on creating maximum impact in containers and borders. I am really pleased with the bulb pots that I did last autumn as they have all come out a treat and look really healthy, much better than some of the wallflowers and bellis that are behind in growth due to the lack of rain we have had.

Should the Spring Bulb talk not interest you come and see us anyway as more and more herbaceous and shrub plants are becoming available as they get their roots going. We have also got a greenhouse full of summer bedding but please please please do not take these unless you have a heated greenhouse or conservatory that you can put them in. The days are wonderfully warm and sunny but we are still getting ground frosts at night and this would kill many of the summer bedding and cause die back on the rest. We have bedding plants coming out of our ears and we won’t run out if you wait until the end of May or beginning of June!