Plant of the Week: Pansy/viola
They may be small – but winter pansies are big on impact. They're invaluable for brightening up patios right through winter and well into spring. They make a cheery foil for narcissi and crocuses, and are usually still going strong when the first tulips arrive.
Pansies carry larger, but fewer flowers up to 7.5cm across, while violas are reliably smothered in little 2.5cm blooms. There are hundreds of different colour combinations for both: look out for prettily-whiskered 'Cats' pansies and the delicious pastel colours of the prolific 'Sorbet' family of violas. Whatever you choose, there's nothing to beat them for sheer good value at this time of year.
Once you've started making your own herbal teas, you'll be spoilt for tasteless teabags forever. Fresh herbal tea doesn't take any longer to make than a bag in a cup: just pick yourself a generous sprig from the herbs growing just outside the back door, dunk in a mug of boiling water and leave…Read more »
Feed spring cabbages that have been in the ground over winter with a high-nitrogen fertiliser such as chicken pellets ; available in the Garden Centre now!;
A. Luff & Sons Ltd
Welcomes you to Ripley Nurseries - Garden Centre and Farm Shop we are located on the Old Portsmouth Road coaching route between Cobham and Guildford just 2 miles from RHS Wisley in the Village of Ripley. Our Farm Shop is full of fresh produce and local products with a dedicated Florist and Garden Sundries department. We have been serving the local community since 1895 see our history page and among our patrons we served Sir Winston Churchill at Chartwell and Wimbeldon Tennis grounds.