Thursday, 17 November 2011

Pre-Order Christmas Tree & Save 10%. Delivery in Dorset

You can now pre-order your Christmas Tree for local delivery (+25 mile radius). Save 10% if you order before the end of November. Delivery only £1/Free over £50) Delivery will commence the first week of December. (Please specify if you want it delivered later)

On ordering your chosen Christmas tree, as soon as they arrive, our expert staff will ensure that your tree is pre-selected from the very best of the bunch and well in time for the festive period.

Should you wish to purchase your Christmas tree in-store from our Christmas Tree area, our staff will be more than willing to assist you in your selection and can also give advice on care and decoration.

We cover the Bridport area, Dorchester, Weymouth, Potland, Abbotsbury, Beaminster, Yeovil, Crewkerne, Axminister, Lyme Regis and Charmouth. We will give you a call to arrange delivery of your Christmas Tree.

Should you require any further information or have any specific requirements please do not hesitate to give us a call on (01308) 422654 before ordering your Christmas Tree.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Growing Grape Vines in Greenhouses

We have put together a quick video demonstration on how and where to grow Grape Vines in your Greenhouse. Growing your own grape vines is very satisfying and the fruits of your labour will last you many many years. If you are interested in purchasing indoor grape vines, please click here. We also have a wide selection of grape vines that are ready for outdoors. We have red, white and rose, dessert and wine making. We feel that this gives you a real choice, without baffling you with too many varieties.

Friday, 19 August 2011

How to Sow Violet Seed

As most of us know, the time to sow seed is in the spring months. However not many people know that the time to sow Violet Seed is now. This is because the seed needs to be stratified, this means they will need a period of cold after they have been sowed. Although you can sow them in other seasons using your fridge, this is the natural method. When you sow the seed, cover it lightly using a gritty compost to get a good drainage then cover with glass or polythene with air holes punched in. Make sure they are kept damp. The RHS also recommend that viola seed should be kept in the dark. For further instructions, see video below.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

How to make good Cider in large quantities

First choose a blend of Apples to get the best taste.

Clean your apples thoroughly, cutting out any bruises or damaged parts. As a rule, it is not recommended to use any fruit for cider you would not eat as it is.

Cut your apples into quarters or use our fruit crusher to do this for you. Then press your apples through a straining bag using a cider press.

Store the cider juice in a sealed container below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for extended storage.

The trick to making cider and not vinegar is to FILL your container to the top with your pressed apple juice. If you only half fill that bucket you're going to get vinegar. Yeast need an anaerobic environment. So the more space - hence air - left in the container contributes to the vinegar taste. Co2 is heavier than oxygen and will eventually be purged through the valve at the top.

Choose a variety of apples, and process each separately, then combine the juice to sample different flavors and see the difference in the colors you may produce using golden, green, and red apples.

Just remember, Whatever the size of your container/bucket you must fill the container as close to the top as possible with your squeezed apple juice. If you do not do this, if you only half fill the container, and you will get vinegar instead of cider.

About our Fruit Presses
Groves are excited to bring our Cider Fruit Presses online and in-store (around 8th September). Our cider presses are capable of crushing everything from grapes, oranges, lemons, strawberries to large apples. Why not make some homebrew Wine from the Grapes or Cider from the Apples?

For large hard fruit such as apples, the fruit must be prepared pre crushing, so we recommend you buy the Aluminium 7 litre fruit crusher that fits onto all our presses.

The fruit press also comes with one free fruit straining bag that you insert into the main basket so the efficiency off the press is 100%. The straining bag will also help catch pips, seeds and other plant waste you don't want to find in your freshly pressed apple or fruit juice.

All fruit presses are beautifully made, with a heavy duty pressed steel base covered with a hard wearing enamel coating, a beech cage bound with enameled steel rings, a stainless steel spindle and cast iron press mechanism. Our presses range from 6 litres perfect for making juice in small quantities up to 75 litres for large quantities of juice/cider.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

How to Light up your Garden on a budget - DIY

Ever wanted to know how to light up your garden at an affordable price? Our DIY Techmar Garden lighting range is a perfect solution.

The Garden lights product range offers you a series of lighting products that can be easily and safely installed by everybody and without an electrician.

Each light is supplied with 2 meter cable with a watertight screw connector, which fits the connectors to the low voltage main cable. Our wall lights are supplied with 3 meter cable. It won't get any easier! All cables and transformers are supplied with these easy to use, watertight screw connectors.

To light certain details or features in the garden you can choose spotlights. These spotlights can be directed and are available in various models and materials. Most popular in this range is the Focus spotlights which delivers great lighting directed to your conveience

Deck Lights
Another way to illuminate certain features is to apply deck lights, fittings which illuminate details from a fixed position. (e.g. from the ground) We recoomend the Astrum white and blue lights in this range.

Driveway lighting
Straight standing lighting can be placed along pathways, on lawns and between plants. These models are available with halogen lamps, light bulbs and LED's. In this range we recommend our Vitex and Larix Lights

Wall lighting
Wall lighting is fitted with LED or halogen light source. Simple to fix to fences/walls etc. If you want a traditional look then look no further than are Lumo lights. If your looking for a modern light ,then our Olympia lights. Both would add a great source of lighting to your conservatory or outside area.

Under Water Lighting
A number of lighting products in our range are suited for permanent use under water. These models can be recognised by the IP68 logo and will be stated in the product description.

As well our lighting range, we also offer dusk/dawn sensor and the abilty to control your lights with a remote control. All available at a budget price that you can install on your own.

If you need any help with layout, or design, please email and we will be pleased to help.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Plants at Groves

We have just updated our plant catalogue with an easy to use Index that has all the plants we have available (when in season/stock).

We have also expanded our online plants section that includes Herbs, Roses and are very popular Grape Vines and Violet Plants

The Violets and Herb plants are grown on-site and sent all around Europe. Clive has been growing Violets for the last 30 years and is a well known expert in this field. We hold the national collection of Violet Plants are we recommend them for your garden to add wonderful sent and colour. Clive has recently retired from administration which gives him more time to tend to his beloved violets with the help of Rodney and Barbara who also work in the Violet Nursery.

Since Little Groves Nursery opened back in 2007, Becky has been expertly growing Herbs and we now offer a wonderful array of common and unusual herb plants. Most of of which are great for cooking and aromatic use.

Grape Vines are also matured on our premises are mostly two year old plants and we have had some great feedback from them. Once planted, you should start getting your best crop from 3 years after planting.

Roses are only sent out bare root from late October but please feel free to contact us if you would like to pre-order. We do also stock many Roses throughout the year, so please get in touch as we can often make exceptions if the Rose is in stock.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Moment in Time Rose - Rose of the year 2012 (Pre-order for Nov 2011)

Launched at this year’s Hampton Court flower show this fabulous floribunda rose produces masses of red flowers on a neat, compact bush.

It is an extremely healthy with great disease resistance.

It only reaches 2’ in height making it great for both mixed borders and containers.

We love this rose because…

It has rich ruby red flowers have slightly scented flowers in abundance. These remain the same intense red colour from bud to mature flowers so increasing the overall impact of the plant.


Friday, 22 April 2011

New Techmar Remote for Garden Lights

We have a new product for our garden lighting range. This Techmar remote allows you to control your garden lights from the comfort of your home and has a range of 40m

Friday, 18 February 2011

Get pruning this winter

With the Groves pruning masterclass taking place soon (on the 26th & 27th of February) it seemed appropriate to provide a bit of background information on the subject. If after reading this you are still not sure what you are doing, don't dispair, give us a call on 01308 422654 for some more information or even better call in and have a chat with one of our trained horticulturalists.

Many plants respond well to pruning. It’s a great way to rejuvenate tired and woody plants and is also essential for many plants to keep them producing fresh growth, new flowers and healthy foliage.

Prune roses by removing any dead and diseased stems. Open up the centre of the bush by removing any overgrown stems and any that are rubbing together. Always prune just above an outward facing bud, as this encourages the plant to grow out rather than in and creates a much better shape overall. An overcrowded bush is much more susceptible to pest and disease problems. Feed after pruning with Rose and Shrub Plant Food.

Many shrubs can be pruned in March. Dogwoods (Cornus) respond particularly well to hard pruning, as this encourages plenty of fresh coloured stems to develop. Spring flowering shrubs such as Forsythia, flowering currants, Weigela, Deutzia and early Clematis should all be pruned after flowering as they all actually flower on stems made last year. If you remove these mature stems before the flowers have opened you will stop the plants from flowering this season.

Plants that flower on this year’s stems should be pruned in early spring to encourage plenty of new growth and flowers this season, these include Roses, the butterfly bush (Buddleia), Hydrangea paniculata, and Caryopteris. Feed after pruning with Rose and Shrub Granular Plant Food.

Produced in association with Westland Garden Health

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Feed your soul, man!!!!

If you thought that having an allotment was all about feeding your belly then think again, it can also be used to make you feel good too. Don’t you just hate it when it gets to those perfect summer months and the allotment has worked well, too well and you are trying to think of more and more interesting ways to use up those runner beans and cabbages? Well, if you are fed up with the usual summer glut of veg, why not put a little land aside for growing cut flowers?

This is a great time of year for buying bulbs that produce great cut flowers. Dahlias, Lilies and Gladioli are all available at the moment. They need to be protected from the frost so make sure that are well protected until things warm up a bit or you could start them off in a greenhouse.

Cut flowers from bulbs are actually dead simple, just make sure that the ground is well manured, again a perfect February job, and as the plants grow make sure that you have plenty of supports for the plants to keep those stems nice and straight.

If you get really keen you could always enter a few prize blooms into your local flower show! If you are after a few tips, come down to Groves and have a chat with our resident expert Cyril. He is a local judge for many of the flower shows in the Bridport area!

Friday, 28 January 2011

Bare Root Roses

All our Roses are available to buy online. We have just received a new styled rose catalogue from the printers. This year it is illustrated with colour photos including on the front cover, the ‘Rose Of The Year’ ‘Joie de Vivre’ , a lovely, very double, pale pink, scented, floribunda rose.

Other lovely roses are ‘Chandos Beauty’ a subtle white and pink. ‘Birthday Girl’ an apple blossom colour, and bright tangerine coloured ‘Irish Eyes’ (they must have been on the Guinness)

Each year, Mr & Mrs Clive Groves travel to Hampton Court Flower Show, where they make for the Rose Pavilion to choose the very best of the latest and traditional varieties, these are then sourced from our wholesale rose growers and are available the following season from the Garden Centre and on line.

Roses provide wonderful value in the garden, flowering from the end of May until November.

Still time for Seed Potatoes

Buy your seed potatoes as early as possible to avoid disappointment but don't put them in the ground until Jack frost has gone on his summer hols!!!! You can however get them started indoors, especially useful for first earlies to get a good early crop. Place the seed potatoes in a seed tray or egg box with the rose end (That's the blunt end with the most eyes). Give them maximum exposure to light but protect from frost. A good chit should be firm and green and not be easily knocked off