It seems that a fairly major anniversary is on the cards,... but here at Kernock Park Plants, its not quite clear which one! Although growing plants since 1981, firstly in vegetables and then bedding plants for local garden centres, it wasnt until 1983, 30 years ago that Richard and Jan went to America and Canada, to see some of the great innovators on the Western Seaboard. Some of these forward thinking growers were using plants such as Diascia, Lotus and Lysimachia for containers, rather than simply as alpines for the bed or rockery. This provided the germ for many ideas that followed. It was a year later when Richard first used the term Patio Plants simply defining plants which were suitable for the container. It wasnt until 1988, 25 years ago that Richard decided to hang up his clipboard and leave ADAS horticultural advisory. So, a 25 or 30 year anniversary, take your pick....... but 2013 is a year to celebrate for Kernock!
What Happened in 2012?
It seems impossible to summarise a season like 2012, without mentioning the w word. Yes, it seems that no matter who you talk to in the nursery trade, everyone has experienced challenges presented by the weather. Widely appreciated as the single most important factor in the success of our industry, nobody can deny that it hasnt been on our side in 2012. Hosepipe bans caused concern earlier in the spring followed by rain in biblical proportions that is still persisting well into July. Lets just say it hasnt allowed much opportunity for our gardening public to enjoy their gardens!