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Garden Jobs This Month near Goff's Oak

Garden Jobs This Month - MAY.


  1. Prune spring shrubs, such as forsythia and chaenomeles, after flowering to keep them compact
  2. Plant out dahlia tubers and cannas after all risk of frost has passed
  3. Tie in the new shoots of climbing plants, including clematis, wisteria and honeysuckle, to their supports
  4. Continue sowing annuals, such as California poppies, into gaps in borders for colour from August into autumn
  5. Plant up hanging baskets, but keep in a greenhouse or porch for a few weeks to establish, before putting outside
  6. Apply liquid feed to tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs to encourage a good display next year
  7. Plant out summer bedding and tender annuals, including sunflowers, cosmos and nasturtiums, after the last frost
  8. Remove faded spring bedding, such as wallflowers and forget-me-nots, once faded and add to your compost bin
  9. Check lilies and fritillaries for scarlet lily beetles and their larvae, as they can rapidly strip plants of all foliage
  10. Harden off tender plants raised indoors, but bring them back in at night to protect from late frosts
  11. Pinch out the shoot tips of bedding plants and young annuals to encourage bushier growth
  12. Add interest to shady borders by planting a selection of hostas and ferns



  1. Earth up potatoes, covering the shoots with soil as they appear
  2. Sow sweetcorn in deep pots, so the young plants are ready to transplant into the garden in June
  3. Reduce snail populations by going on regular evening hunts, especially during damp weather
  4. Start sowing dwarf and climbing French beans, as well as runner beans, directly outdoors in warm weather
  5. Pick rhubarb stems as they develop, and water plants with liquid feed
  6. Start hardening off tender young plants, such as tomatoes and courgettes, ready for planting out in mild areas
  7. Sow batches of salad leaves and stir-fry crops every few weeks to provide continuous pickings
  8. Hang pheromone traps in apple and plum trees from May to July, to control pests
  9. Thin out seedlings from earlier sowings to ensure you get healthy, strong-growing plants
  10. Open fruit cage doors or lift some of the netting to ensure pollinating insects can get access to the flowers
  11. Remove all strawberry runners, so plants put their full energy into fruiting
  12. Keep plenty of fleece handy to protect young seedlings or fruit blossom, if late frosts are forecast



  1. Water thirsty crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes regularly as the weather starts to warm up
  2. Tie the stems of indoor tomatoes, cucumbers and aubergines to canes as they grow
  3. Plant heat-treated freesia corms in pots for fragrant flowers this summer
  4. Check plants regularly for pests, on shoot tips and the underside of leaves, and treat with biological controls
  5. Put up shading to lower daytime temperatures and reduce scorching
  6. Open doors and vents on warm days, but close them in the evening as nights can still be cold
  7. Take cuttings of woody herbs such as hyssop, rosemary and thyme, and root in pots of gritty compost
  8. Keep pricking out seedlings as soon as they get their first true leaves, to avoid overcrowding and fungal diseases
  9. Repot any houseplants that have become top heavy or pot bound into larger containers
  10. Start to harden off tender plants and bedding, ready for planting outside after the last frost
  11. Take cuttings from fuchsias, dahlias and pelargoniums
  12. Transplant tomatoes into growing bags or large pots, and tie their main stem to a cane or vertical wire for support



  1. Scoop out pondweed, blanketweed and algae from ponds and water features
  2. Put soft tops on the tips of all canes, in borders, veg plots, pots and greenhouses, to prevent injury to eyes
  3. Apply wood treatment to wooden garden furniture to condition it for summer
  4. Set up an extra compost bin or a worm bin, so you can recycle more green waste from your kitchen and garden
  5. Apply nitrogen-rich summer lawn feed to encourage leafy growth
  6. Mow grass pathways through wildflower areas so you can walk in among the flowers
  7. Hoe bare soil and hand-weed beds weekly, so weeds don’t have time to establish and set seed
  8. Put supports in place for clumps of perennials that are prone to flopping, such as top-heavy peonies or phlox
  9. Trim topiary regularly to promote bushy growth and keep it looking neat
  10. Sow grass seed or lay new turf by the end of this month, to create a new lawn or repair damaged patches
  11. Check shrubs for nests before you start any pruning, to avoid disturbing nesting birds
  12. Clean out and scrub bird feeders regularly to maintain hygiene
  13. Build sturdy wigwams and supports for climbers such as runner beans, sweet peas and morning glory
  14. Watch out for aphids on shoot tips and young foliage, and wipe them off or spray with a soap-based solution

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 20: Changeable.

Good afternoon gardeners. Changeable skies over the nursery today. We are not going to complain about rain because we need it. The gardeners ideal would be rain at night, fine during the day. We guess that perfection is never available as far as UK weather goes. On the nursery this week we will be gearing up for the final two weekends of May. The final batches of bedding plants are pricked out & growing. We have the final few batches of patio plants to pot then we can concentrate on some perennial & half hardy potting for the summer period. Then it’s back to some more mundane jobs like weeding & pruning. It is worth reiterating that, stock wise, as far as bedding plants & patio plants go, we will have a selection until mid-June. But as we cease production the choice of varieties will gradually diminish. However. Shrub & perennial selection will continue throughout the year plus there will be the addition of half hardy plants that are ideal for gap filling & late planting. Things like Dahlias & Salvias plus anything that we think will be appealing grown by other suppliers. So the season doesn’t really stop once box bedding has gone. That is all for this weeks update. Enjoy your week as best you can &…. Happy Gardening Everyone. 16/05/22

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, bedding plants, delivery costs or compost.

You Spend Payment
£350-£649 5% discount
£650-£949 7% discount
£950+ 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.

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