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The Pollen Convoy

Sometimes I could watch bees all day.  I took this photograph at about 11 am one daythis week and there were hundreds of bees queuing to enter the hive to offload their cargo.  It was busier than Battersea Heliport.  I was reminded of a cartoon of burglars wearing black striped jumpers joyfully carrying off their […]

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We’re back in buzziness

At last we have a colony of bees again. Sadly we were not alone in losing our bees to starvation this past winter.  It was such a wet spring and summer last year that the poor bees could not get out enough to forage for food to build up the winter stores. To make a […]

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THE NEW ANALEMMATIC CLOCK

“The what clock?” we hear you say.  An analemmatic clock is a form of giant sundial in which a person stands as the gnomon to cast the shadow by which the time is revealed.  As the time of year affects the accuracy of the clock the viewer has to stand in different positions according to […]

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Do you know your bluebells?

The most common bluebell in this country is the Spanish variety.  Unlike the English Bluebell, they are usually found on open ground.  They also have a different appearance, with the flowers on both sides of the stem.  This means the stem does not bend as much and thus Spanish Bluebells stand up straight. English Bluebells […]

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Come See What’s Cooking at Dunscar

The weather may be rather chilly just now but we have just the thing to bring a glow to your cheeks on cool Spring or Summer evenings in the garden.  We have just imported a range of Northern Indian fire bowls, called Kadais (pronounced Ka’die).  These rustic cooking pots are made from recycled high grade […]

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We’re growing and recruiting again

Don’t believe everything you hear or read in the news.  We have just experienced our best ever Autumn/Winter trading period with sales up 19% on the previous year’s record for October to December inclusive.  Yet again the star department was the expanded  Country Clothing Department with an impressive 44% increase in sales over the same […]

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to advise that we will be shut from 3pm on Christmas Eve until 9am on 2nd January 2013 for stocktaking. It has once again been an especially busy run up to Christmas and amazingly we beat easily last […]

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Congratulations to Chris and Simon

This month’s Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) Magazine will feature a section on retail staff who have just received their HTA Diploma in Gardening Retail, including our wonderfully dedicated Christine and Simon! Christine spent her childhood working on the family farm during the holidays, before spending 13 years there growing continental salad vegetables and Simon completed […]

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Hoo-hoo-who’s been at Dunscar

Customers and staff were able to meet owls cared for by the Leyland-based Barn Owl Bill Trust at Dunscar on Sunday(12th August. Owls on display included Dunscar the snowy owl, who has been sponsored by us since 2009, while volunteers from the Trust gave a presentation on owls and the work of the Trust to […]

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