Visit us: Artists Open Houses, every weekend in May

Posted by editor on Sunday, 22 April 2018

A warm welcome awaits you in a beautiful garden setting with a cornucopia of talent and (arguably) the best cake in Brighton!  Twice a year artists and makers open their homes and studios, offering art lovers the chance to browse and buy original artwork direct from the artists and makers. The Artists Open Houses runs during the Brighton Festival, this year the weekends are 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 May.

Showing as part of the Fiveways group, visit The Garden House every weekend in May to see work that complements the garden scene. Once a market garden, this unexpected and beautiful garden offers a remarkable venue for the artists’ work on show.

Open: 11am to 5pm

Location: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT

The GH café will be serving delicious cake and lunches,  also selling plants and seedlings.

Mary Middleton Watercolours
Annie McMullan Fused and kiln fired decorative glass
Alison Varley Gold and silver (May 12th & 13th only)
Meg Griffiths Wheel-thrown garden bowls
Kath Rowland Decorated plant pots
Katrina Miller Woven willow forms
Deb John Hand-built stoneware bowls and birdbaths
Jane Horne Handmade landscape tapestries
Lorraine Philpot Mild steel plant-supports
Sue Samways Mosaic stepping stones
Mandy Murray Vintage fabric cushions
Paula Clark Macrame and crochet bags and planters
Ian Swain Vintage garden tools

 

National Garden Scheme Open Weekend!

Posted by editor on Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Plants, plants, plants!  Visit us on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April, 11.30-4pm – when our favourite growers, Pelham Plants and Miranda’s Plants, will have for sale a fantastic array of bulbs, specialist annuals and early perennials.  Now that we have some sunshine, it is the perfect time to get busy in the garden – and time to get inspired…

April is ‘tulip time’ at The Garden House, we will have displays of many types of tulip in the borders and in containers, it’s a riot of colour!

The Garden House is tucked away in the heart of the city and really is a secret garden – in Victorian times a working market garden – it is organic and created to give interest all year round, supporting cut flowers, vegetables, fruit, old climbing roses, a pond – and hens!

There will be plants and garden-related items for sale, plus our delicious lunch, cakes and refreshments.

The Garden House has been opening for the NGS (National Garden Scheme) for over 10 years now – last year Bridge Saunders attended a lunch at Michelham Priory for all the Sussex NGS garden owners.  She was presented with a special award for all her hard work over the years and for the encouragement and inspiration she has given to many in that time.

Open: 11.30 to 4pm – entrance £5.50 (children free) – come with a friend!

Location: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT

The Garden House travels East and West in 2019…

Posted by editor on Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Looking ahead to 2019 travels, we are very excited as two Garden House trips are rapidly coming together. Do let us know as soon as possible whether you are interested (no commitment, just for us to gauge interest).

17-23 February 2019 – Madeira: we’ll be staying in a lovely 4-star hotel, and visiting the significant gardens, markets and vineyards. We’ll also be joining a cookery workshop, going on walks and checking out the cultural hotspots of this fascinating island.

We are currently finalising the itinerary. The cost including flights, hotels, breakfast and several lunches and dinners, and entrance to gardens, guides and transport, and some activities will be approximately £1,950, but still to be confirmed.

Madeira gardens…
3-17 April 2019 – Japan: we are arranging our third trip to Japan but this time to see the renowned spring cherry blossom.  We will be staying in 4-star hotels in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Hakone and Tokyo, visiting the wondrous gardens, shrines and temples, and enjoying the unique Japanese food and culture.  We are currently putting together our programme; the cost will be approximately £5,000 which includes flights, hotels, breakfast and several lunches and dinners, and entrance to gardens, guides and transport and some activities.

Kyoto gardens…
At this stage we ask you to simply register interest, so that we can proceed with our plans.  Do note that we always set up a payment plan where you can pay in instalments. Our prices are competitive; our itineraries interesting, different and fun, often based on personal recommendations and our research; PLUS we can guarantee a memorable Garden House experience!!

We look forward to hearing from you please, contact us.

 

We love Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)…

Posted by editor on Friday, 2 March 2018

Early March is not too late to enjoy the gorgeous, elegant, large flowered Hippeastrum (Amaryllis), and it is still possible to find a great range, both in shape of flower and colour from white, pale pink to deep purple-reds, and oranges.

Quick Tips:

  • Planting Period: October until the end of April.
  • Flowering Period: Late December until the end of June.
  • Flowering time is 6 -10 weeks.
  • Larger bulbs produce more flowers.
  • Always store un-planted bulbs in a cool place
  • Submerge  roots and the base of the bulb in tepid water for several hours prior to planting

Amaryllis bulbs are huge, some up to 12 cm across, and they like a tight fit in their pot, soleave only about 2.5 cm between the bulb and the side, if planting only one. They thrive on being crowded. The pot should be twice the depth of the size of bulb.  I plant 3 or 5 (depending on size of bulb) in a Victorian wash bowl for maximum impact!

Amaryllis bulbs have a tendency to rot and drainage is vital so put a handful of crocks in the bottom of the pot.  Using a mix of multi-purpose compost and horticultural grit or perlite, plant the bulbs so that one-third of the bulb remains above the surface. Taking care not to damage the roots, press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place. Water in well, although avoid watering the bulb itself as it is vulnerable.  Use tepid tap water. If like me you are using a bowl without holes in the bottom of it, you must water with great care so as to avoid water logging.

Regular checks need to be made on the moistness of the compost so it doesn’t dry out.  Once leaves start to appear you know that root activity has begun and the plants need regular watering.  You can also give a weak liquid feed every month to build up the bulb so you can enjoy its beauty next year.

As Amaryllis originate from South Africa a warm and sunny position, free from draughts, with a temperature of 15-20c, is ideal for good growth.  The plant should flower within six to eight weeks.  As soon as the flowers start to open, move the plant to a cooler place,   10-15c, to prolong their life.  Supporting the developing plants with a ring of twigs (birch or hazel) will both look beautiful, and prevent the tall stems from flopping. With the largest of the bulbs you should enjoy at least 3 consecutive flower stems.

When they are finished cut the old flower stems down to the base, leaving the foliage to continue photosynthesising in a warm and light situation. Continue watering and feeding until the leaves start to shrivel.  Stop watering and keep the bulb somewhere dry, cool and dark until the late autumn.

Save the Date: NGS Open Day

Posted by editor on Sunday, 28 January 2018

OPEN GARDEN: Friday 2 March, 12 – 4pm

Early spring opening to give you the opportunity to consider the winter/early spring garden, taking note of the bare structural forms that make up the garden.

The Garden House is tucked away in the heart of the city and really is a secret garden – in Victorian times a working market garden – it is organic and created to give interest all year round, supporting cut flowers, vegetables, fruit, old climbing roses, a pond – and hens!

There will be plants, dahlias and seeds for sale, plus soup and bread, mulled cider, cakes and refreshments.

The Garden House has been opening for the NGS (National Garden Scheme) for over 10 years now – last year Bridge Saunders attended a lunch at Michelham Priory for all the Sussex NGS garden owners.  She was presented with a special award for all her hard work over the years and for the encouragement and inspiration she has given to many in that time.

Open: 12midday to 4pm – entrance £5.50 (children free) – come with a friend!

Location: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT