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Garden Jobs This Month near Finchley

Garden Jobs This Month - JANUARY.


  1. Plant bare-root roses, shrubs, hedging and ornamental trees, as long as the ground isn’t frozen
  2. Take root cuttings of fleshy-rooted perennials such as oriental poppies, acanthus and verbascums
  3. Establish new colonies of snowdrops and hellebores by buying plants in flower, so you can choose the prettiest blooms
  4. Clear away soggy, collapsed stems of perennials and compost them
  5. Take hardwood cuttings from deciduous shrubs, such as forsythia, willow and viburnum
  6. Remove and bin hellebore foliage marked with black blotches, to limit the spread of leaf spot disease
  7. Press mistletoe berries into the bark of apple trees to establish your own mistletoe plants
  8. Check that small alpines don’t become smothered by fallen leaves and other wind-blown debris
  9. Deadhead winter pansies and other bedding regularly, and remove any foliage affected by downy mildew
  10. Move dormant plants that are in the wrong place to more suitable sites
  11. Check for rot on stored bulbs and tubers, and ensure dahlia and canna tubers haven’t totally dried out
  12. Continue pruning climbing roses, while they are dormant



  1. Winter-prune apple and pear trees to remove any dead, damaged, congested and diseased branches
  2. Sort out your seeds, throwing away empty or out-of-date packets and noting down any to buy for the coming season
  3. Plan this year’s crop rotation to ensure you grow each type of crop in a different bed to previous years
  4. Prune gooseberries and redcurrants, cutting sideshoots back to three buds from their base
  5. Clear old crops and weeds from the veg plot, then dig over the soil, mixing in compost as you go
  6. Regularly inspect stored crops, discarding any showing signs of rot or deterioration
  7. Plant bare-root fruit bushes, trees and canes into enriched soil, as long as the ground isn’t frozen
  8. Ensure netting is in place over brassicas, such as kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbages, to protect from pigeons
  9. Cover rhubarb plants with a bucket or terracotta pot to force an early crop of tender long stems
  10. Feed spring cabbages with high-nitrogen feed to encourage leafy growth
  11. Prune blackcurrants, if you haven’t done so already, removing about a quarter of the old stems
  12. Order seed potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic bulbs for planting in spring



  1. Sow winter salads in a greenhouse, conservatory or on a sunny windowsill, for harvests within a few weeks
  2. Tidy up the greenhouse, getting rid of any broken pots, old compost or debris that could hide unwanted visitors
  3. Move potted strawberry plants under cover to encourage early fruiting
  4. Check overwintering plants regularly for aphids, mealy bugs and other pests, and take action where necessary
  5. Bring potted peaches into the greenhouse to avoid leaf curl disease
  6. Plant hippeastrum (amaryllis) in pots and place on a warm windowsill
  7. Keep the greenhouse frost-free by installing a thermostatically-controlled electric fan heater
  8. Bring potted camellias into an unheated porch or greenhouse to encourage early flowering
  9. Take root cuttings of perennials such as phlox and Japanese anemones, and plant in free-draining compost
  10. Start sowing seeds of hardy annuals, such as cornflowers, cerinthe and ammi, in modular trays for early flowers
  11. Prepare your greenhouse for spring by improving the ventilation, shading and heating
  12. Repot moth orchids after flowering if they look like they’re about to burst out of their pot
  13. Ventilate the greenhouse on sunny days to prevent humidity building up



  1. Top up bird baths with fresh water daily and melt ice with warm water on frosty days
  2. Repair wobbly or damaged fences, and treat wooden structures with preservative during dry spells
  3. Give your lawn mower a basic service or take it to a dealer for maintenance, while it’s not in use
  4. Put up bird boxes in sheltered spots, on tree trunks, sheds or walls, well before the nesting season begins
  5. Clean and sharpen your tools, including hoes, secateurs and shears, and spray metal tools with oil
  6. Sprinkle an all-purpose fertiliser along the base of hedges and around shrubs
  7. Trim back ivy, Virginia creeper and other climbers that have outgrown their space, before birds start nesting
  8. Provide high-energy food for birds to help them through the winter months
  9. Clear soggy leaves, algae and moss from paths, patios, decking and steps
  10. Dig over any gaps in borders, removing the roots of perennial weeds
  11. Give empty pots and seed trays a thorough scrubbing ready for the start of the sowing season
  12. Remove debris from shed and greenhouse guttering, so winter rain can fill up your water butts
  13. Clean out and scrub bird feeders regularly to maintain hygiene

All above information from http://www.gardenersworld.com/what-to-do-now/ & are in no way based on our current stock.

This Weeks Social Media Update.

WEEK 3: Prim’n’Proper.

Good morning gardeners. Another crisp start this morning. Just a short update today. Everything from last weeks posts are still appropriate but we have a couple of things to add.

ALL of our seed potatoes are in stock (apart from a couple of late cancellations). Although now is not the time to plant them, it is certainly the right time to buy them, especially if you like to choose from the best possible selection. 1st earlies, 2nd earlies & maincrop are all available at the same time. They will need to be stored cool & dry until you are ready to start chitting or planting.

We have taken delivery of some fresh locally grown primulas. They are available in individual pots for 69p each, in a range of bright colours. Also, some of our #snowdrop bulbs are budding. This is a bit early but we understand that this is not particularly unusual this year.

We have also moved some of our own grown allium bulbs into the sales area. There is a range of varieties that are either, just about, shooting above ground or rooted out but not above ground. This are ready for you ‘early birds’.

That is all for todays update. More posts to follow this week. Don’t forget, regarding seed potatoes, we have a list on the “Seed Potato” page of this website, where you can check variety availability.

Happy Gardening Everyone.


Shopping At Clockhouse

Garden retail like it used to be.

Here at Clockhouse Nursery we pride ourselves in providing reasonably priced plants & the products you need to grow them effectively.

That is all.

So, no need to wade through the tide of unnecessary paraphernalia that you will find in most modern garden centres.

No need to worry about parking either as we have over 150 spaces available.

Please Note !

We are a CASHLESS establishment. Accepted payment metohds: credit / debit cards (contctless or otherwise), Gift vouchers & voucher cards, Apple or Android Pay.

Site Plan

Finding your way around our site

Please note that, although this map is still relevant, we are now orerating under some covid19 distancing procedures which means that there are partial one-way systems in place. This restricts easy access between some areas.

Over recent years we have put a lot of effort into making our nursery as easilly accessible as possible. The entire sales area & car park have hard sufaces made from either concrete or tarmac. Outside pathways are wide and our sales beds are sturdy brickwork allowing customers to sit & take a rest if one of our benches is too far away or already occupied.

We feel that you will be able to navigate our nursery with ease, whether you are here for a leisurely browse or a calculated ‘in & out’ quick shop. Free copies of the nursery map (shown to the right) are available from our customer services desk, they also have a shop layout map on the back of them. Don’t forget, a member of staff will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We hope that you enjoy your visit.

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We offer discounts on purchases which are open to everyone.

Discounts do not apply to promotion items, special offer items, gift vouchers, delivery costs or compost.

You Spend Payment with cash or debit card
£250-£549 5% discount
£550-£849 7% discount
£850+ 10% discount
Gift Vouchers

The perfect gift for green fingered family and friends

If you have absolutely no idea what to buy for as a gardening gift but you do know that the recipient is a Clockhouse Nursery customer, we can offer you a Clockhouse Nursery specific gift card. Available in four designs & similar to many highstreet gift cards in size. Simply request one at the tills, choose your design & it can then be pre loaded with an amount of your choice. Once loaded the amount on the card can be used as part payment or in its entirety. Please don’t forget to mention to your family & friends that they can become part of the Clockhouse “Garden Gang” by signing up for our loyalty card too!

We also stock & accept “National Garden Gift Vouchers” which are accepted at over 2,000 leading UK garden centres, shops and nurseries. With National Garden Vouchers you have the choice of over 90,000 garden products from saplings to pagodas all gardeners will find something they’d like. A National Garden Gift Voucher is great for any special occasion, and whether the lucky recipient is an experienced gardener, or just starting out, they’ll be able to buy everything they need with the thoughtful gift. (Please note that we no longer sell the paper form of these vouchers however, we do continue to accept them as long as they are in date & validated by the retailer).

Plant guarantee & refund policy

We are committed to ensuring that we sell excellent quality plants at what we deem to be reasonable prices. Many of our plants are grown here on site which enables us to maintain quality control to a very high level. Other plants are supplied by trusted companies, many of which have been in business for decades. We are always available to advise customers on the correct care for plants pre-purchase.

Because of this confidence in our product we do not offer a plant guarantee. However should you experience a problem with your plant within six months of purchase we will consider either replacement, credit note or advise you on a course of action to take to resolve the issue. Should the plant need to be returned it must be accompanied with valid proof of purchase (till receipt). We do NOT accept responsibility for plants damaged by weather conditions ( i.e. frost or extreme heat), or poor aftercare. A plant is a perishable good reliant on correct level of aftercare for survival. As such, after six months we relinquish responsibility for its nurturing & hand that duty 100% to the purchaser.

Refunds and exchanges

Should you change your mind about a ‘non plant’ product after purchase you may return it to us proving that the packaging has not been opened, the product has not been used, the product is still in saleable condition, with a valid receipt, within 28 days of purchase. Also, should the product be found to be faulty, it should be returned to us inside of 28 days with valid proof of purchase. Return or refund outside of 28 days may also be considered if the product meets the previous requirements stated. Plant returns should be within 5 working days. The plant will need to be in exactly the same condition as it was at the time of purchase and accompanied with a valid receipt. You will be offered credit note, cost equivalent exchange, or refund to the method of payment.This will be at the discretion of management.

If a product had been delivered by us its return is soley the responsibility of the purchaser. We will not offer a pick up service unless extreme circustances dictate that there is no other option. In such a case the purchaser may be liable for the cost of pick up. This will be at the discretion of management.

All refunds will be credited in the same fashion as initially received, i.e. if you paid by card, the refund will need to be issued to the same card.

We do not offer refunds or guarantees on any sale or stock clearance items.

Please keep your receipt as proof of purchase.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

Visit Us

In the Spring and Summer we’re open 9am - 5pm, 7 Days a week, including Bank Holidays!

We are a CASHLESS retailer. Accepted payment metohds: credit / debit cards (contctless or otherwise), Gift vouchers & voucher cards, Apple or Android Pay.


Here is a calender showing roughly what times of year different plants are available.

Our Autumn and Winter times are 9am - 4pm, 7 days a week.
(Nov 1st - Jan 31st)

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Established in 1928

Not many Garden Centres can boast over ninety years of history, and yes, we have seen many changes over that period. Indeed change will continue as we strive always to supply the best in plants and facilities. One thing, however, will never change:

The core philosophy first introduced by Archibald John Mills way back in 1928 remains - the philosophy that built the company’s reputation, sustains it now, and will guide it in the future:

The best way to keep gardeners happy is to offer them plants of the highest quality, sold at reasonable prices.

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Horticultural Trades Association.

We are proud members of the HTA, the Horticultural Trades Association, which is ‘the’ UK’s garden trades association. The HTA has, for over 100 years, promoted the interests of its members and the industry at large.

Being a member offers us various benefits and for you, the customer, the membership should provide you with some reassurance that we are an establishment of quality that takes its responsibilities to its customers seriously.

It also enables us to offer you access to HTA backed schemes such as the national gift vouchers which are redeemable at other HTA partner businesses across the country.

Perennial GRBS

We are also proud to say that our chosen charity is Perennial GRBS (Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society). We are a Perennial Partner which means that we make an annual contribution to this worthy cause whose sole aim is to help people in many branches of horticulture including arboriculture, farming, professional gardening etc during their hours of need. Occasionally we will attach a donate button to our Facebook posts which will enable you to donate directly to this charity should you feel so inclined. Our industry is enternally thankful to those who are able to donate even the smallest amount. To find out more about their work please feel free to visit their website https://perennial.org.uk/

Dog Friendly.

We are a dog friendly establishment. We are listed with www.dogfriendly.co.uk who’s aim is to provide a directory of dog welcoming businesses accross the UK. All that we ask of you as a dog owner is that your four legged friend is kept on a lead at all times whilst wandering around the Nursery and that you clean up after them should the enivitable ‘accident’ occur.

You may access all areas of the Nursery with your pet but we ask that on busy days, you avoid queing at the tills with them especially if they are not very good around strangers. This area can feel a little confined & we feel that for anxious dogs it is best avoided. Most of the time however, you are welcome to queue & pooch may even get a dog treat if they are allowed.

One thing that we frown upon severly is the leaving of dogs in cars whilst owners are shopping. There is no excuse for this here & we have been known to release pets from boiling hot vehicles by all means at our disposal.

Get in Touch

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