Although the weather is feeling decidedly chilly for the time of the year, during May the threat of frost will pass and, with spring well under way, David Coton is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.
The Bermuda brand is back! That's the great news GardenSite partner Andrew Hall has received from Bob Meacham, National Accounts Manager for the new owners Evolution Aqua.
Andrew has been doing business with Bob for over the last 25 years, when he was working at Bermuda and turning it into a flourishing company with an outstanding reputation for an impressive range of aquatics products.
He says that 'Many of our customers will be more than happy to see the Bermuda range back on our shelves, as we are still continually asked about their products'.
It was a surprise to everyone when its parent company, Solus Garden & Leisure, went into liquidation in May 2014. The brand was subsequently bought by Scotts, the makers of Miracle-Gro, who have now sold it to Evolution Aqua, an award winning British aquatics company who manufacture world famous filtration products and aquariums.
Their products also include fish food and water treatments, and Bermuda will complete their offering to both the professional and hobbyist market.
Bob told me that Bermuda will operate a separate business and will begin its new life with a core range of popular products that made the brand so popular within the aquatics trade.
Over the years Bob has always had a saying when doing a deal: 'once it's gone it's gone' but on this occasion he has been proved wrong, Bermuda has not gone – it's back!
Dazzling with colourful interest in the brilliant sunshine, this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will prove to be a tremendous attraction for everyone as it caters for both keen gardeners and families who just what a day out in magnificent surroundings.
After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
As part of a project designed to sow ideas, grow inspiration and cultivate futures, 300 London schools are growing their own picnic this summer and their reward could be a £500 voucher from GardenSite.