Mill Cottage Plants Availability List April/May 2020

We had been anticipating another good sales year in 2020 when everything went pear-shaped!  So we have decided to list those plants that are ready for your garden for collection on an individual basis from Henley Mill, Henley Lane, Wookey, Somerset BA5 1AW.
Please see the attached list – prices, but no descriptions. The RHS site on Google does list most of them with pictures and details.
Payment can either be by cheque or direct bank transfer if you contact me, Sally, direct at
Sally Gregson
01749 676966

Forde Abbey – Click and Collect

From April 8th – May 31st

Our plant nursery was all set up for a normal Spring-Summer season until the whole world suddenly changed.

We’ve had to rethink how to do things to make sure everyone stays safe, but we hope that by offering a click and collect service in the plant nursery we can at least get plants and seeds to as many of our local customers as possible.

We’ll be posting regular videos on Facebook to provide as immersive a shopping experience as we can.

Click here to see a list of plants available to buy. Please contact our Nursery Manager, Paul Bygrave by email with a wish list at: , and you’ll have the option to pay either by cheque or with an online Bacs transfer.

Collection will be from the nursery, but will be arranged to make sure that only one customer is here at any one time.

Margery Fish Plant Nursery – Mail Order

East Lambrook Manor / the Margery Fish Plant Nursery want you to know that they have now got a plant list (Availability List) for the Margery Fish Plant Nursery which can be emailed to people who can then place an order by email or phone for collection from the garden entry gate. They can also deliver within a radius of about 10 miles from the garden. Payment can be made over the phone or via BACS. No personal contact needed but they are happy to give advice or suggest hints for particular situations.

PoTM March: Daphne

Daphnes are not plants you can take lying down. They either inspire awe and admiration, or they invoke wrath and great indignation. Sometimes you buy them, prepare the soil and plant them with loving care. They flower, you gasp, they expire. Your friend, who bought one at the same time, planted his, it flowered, it flourished, and it grew with gusto. You surmise that Daphnes don’t like you.

But that would be unfair. Daphnes can be a little fussy, but with care and attention they will give of their best to you too. Firstly, they are not entirely happy to be kept in a pot for any longer than necessary. It’s important to plant them out as soon as possible: they are especially vulnerable to overwatering or drought.

Perhaps the daphne to begin your odyssey with is D. tangutica. It makes a small, rounded evergreen shrub (about 1m / 3ft in height) that produces lots of pink and white flowers in spring with that typical, orange-blossom sweet scent. And it has a will to live.

Plant it in a soil that drains. D. tangutica is ambivalent about pH but hates being too wet.

Many of the named cultivars of Daphne species are grafted onto the rootstock of D. tangutica, although occasionally some will root as cuttings. However, a few of the species can be grown successfully from seed. It’s always worth hand weeding around Daphnes with added vigilance. Dig up any seedlings carefully and pot them individually taking care not to over-water them. Plant them in their final positions as soon as you can.

Once you are confident that the Daphne curse is lifted, and you are thoroughly hooked on their charms, it’s time to try some more. The secret of success lies in choosing the right Daphne for the right place. Some species such as D. mezereum, grow naturally in stony soil in sun or a little light shade. Others prefer a leafy woodland position. These include some of the most sought-after varieties such as D. jezoensis with scented, yellow flowers in autumn and winter, and the cultivars of D. odora whose name says it all.

Daphne bholua tends to be very hardy. It prefers light shade in  alkaline to neutral soil that drains yet is moist. The flowers of D. bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ are deep pink and white with the headiest perfume that carries across the winter garden on a bright, crisp morning. As the flowers fade it tends to shed most of its leaves and looks as though it needs watering. It does not. In its own time it will send up more shoots and start to form next year’s flowers, ready to send you into a spin next spring.

Sally Gregson, March 2020,

Apologies that this took so long, Bill.

Will you be coming to the March 21st meeting?

Hello all,

The committee has been considering the current situation with the Coronavirus and felt it would be useful to find out more about the intentions of members for the March 21st meeting.

If you could click here and complete this one multiple choice question we will then be better informed.

The meeting is still on, with the above information we can validate how to handle the virus situation going forward.

Please take a moment to complete the question above,

Many thanks, The Committee.

21st March Meeting | Plants In Advance

Andrew Ward of Norwell Gardens and Nurseries is coming to talk to us on Saturday 21st March. Members may pre-order plants from him via email and he will happily bring them on the day, when payment should be made.

Please note, Andrew only accepts cash or cheques – no bank cards.

You can browse the nursery catalogue here: Norwell Gardens and Nurseries
To order, email with a list of the plants you would like. Not everything on the website is always  available, but Andrew will let you know if something you’ve ordered is out of stock.

A full reminder for this meeting, with details of Andrew’s talk, will be sent out in a week’s time.

Best wishes, Bill