Welcome to the Station House Nurseries Autumn Tour, I am your guide round the Nursery and my name is Sion Jones. We will start with a brief introduction of what is currently being done on the Nursery and what wonders await
Unlike the summer tour we are covering a number of months where a lot is being done and there will be pictures of before and after showing Dahlias and Chrysanthemums in flower and once clearing has begun, in this picture we have started to cut the dahlia plants back to promote tuber growth.
We start as is normal at the top end of the nursery in the top greenhouse. In a normal year we have Christmas flowering Chrysanthemums in here but this year the plants are at the bottom end of the nursery to enable the glass in this greenhouse to be cleaned.
At present we only have Cyclamen and Cut Flowers in here for sale and some winter pansies.
Moving down we see other greenhouses are being cleared ready for cleaning and to reduce our heating bills during the winter months. This greenhouse will be empty of plants in a few days and the bleach will come out for cleaning the glass.
Further down and here we are looking at our mother plant stock for next year’s spring bedding, note the lighting installed above the benches. This is used to extend the day length to encourage growth during the dark winter months.
Mid November and we are lifting tubers, this year we have had to lift a month early due to the large ammount of rain turning the beds into a river.