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.
Leaving soil bare to the elements for any length of time is a recipe for disaster. Soil structure is a delicate thing, and if it's pounded into a hard cap by relentless rain, baked by the sun and then colonised by tough, hard-to-eradicate weeds it's no wonder you struggle to get anything to gr…Read more »
Keep wormeries cosy
Move wormeries to a sheltered spot before it gets too chilly, as worms are sensitive to the cold. Keep the wormery somewhere sheltered over winter, like a shed or garage, and wrap it in a blanket for insulation to keep them recycling your kitchen scraps into crumbly, rich compost.
Plant of the Week: Kniphofia
You’ll spot right away how these spectacular South African plants came to be called red hot pokers. The ramrod-straight spires rising above handsome evergreen strappy leaves are topped with a magnificent bottle brush of a flower in shades of red, orange or yellow – looking every bit as if it were on fire.
Despite its exotic looks kniphofia is easy to grow, drought-tolerant and hardy down to at least -9°C as long as the soil is free-draining. Look out for butterscotch-coloured ‘Tawny Glow’, dainty ‘Little Maid’ in palest primrose (ideal for containers) and the classic red hot poker, K. rooperi, its huge 1.2m tall flowers topped with blazing red-orange.