Updating the website

It is in the cold dark days of January that things like updating websites are done. And quite a few cold dark days and nights it takes, too. The listings on the Paddock Plants website are from being complete or up to date (we will soon be starting to panic …..) but we have at least got one big thing out of the way in performing an upgrade to the behind the scene mechanics of the site.

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Rob having got his fingers burned once before with this sort of thing, we called on the services of a friendly local tech guy to help us out. A bit of midnight oil was burned in the process and there were the usual technical wrinkles to be ironed out, but as of this morning all seems to be in good working order. Most of the changes lie behind the scenes, in the ‘back office’ as it is called, but the view the world has of our website has altered a bit, too, and probably for the better. Joanna is not entirely convinced that she is won over by the very clean nature of the theme, with its swathes of white background, but let’s see if time mellows that opinion. Now that that bit’s done, it’s back to updating the listings. Put the kettle on, I think.

Rob & Joanna – January 2013

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Plant list for 2013

Well, it’s that difficult time again when we try to predict what will be available in the coming season. We’ve already had to do it once already in submitting a listing for the RHS Plant Finder and, since doing that in November, already there are changes! Anyhow, our best guess is shown below with around 60 plants new for 2013.

Which new plant are we mose excited about? An impossible and unfair question, because we love them all equally dearly. So let’s focus instead on Coreopsis Sterntaler, which has the distinction of being the only plant that has featured in our list every single year since Paddock Plants began a decade ago. We will celebrate that by offering Sterntaler at a special anniversary price of £1.50, along with a few other old friends from 10 years ago, which we are growing again to mark the occasion.

Rob & Joanna – January 2013

Shows past and future

Well, it’s the first day of the new year, 2013, and shocking to realise that the last post here was pretty much six months ago. Cue new year’s resolution number one – update a bit more frequently. Better do something interesting then.

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Well, we suppose that one of the more interesting things we do is attend garden fairs and shows: Rob does get rather excited about that, bless him. The peak season for these is May and June. Not the best of weather during that period in 2012, but the sun did appear occasionally, as is proved by the picture above of our wares on display at the Unusual Plants Fair at Gilbert White’s House taken on June 9th. It was pretty bleak a lot of the time, however, and takings were down at most events by around 20% on 2011. A happy exception was the biennial Dorset Gardens Trust’s event, held this year in the splendid surroundings of Waterston Manor on July 1st. The sun shone, Dorset’s gardening fanatics turned out in their thousands and we happy stallholders all pretty much sold out. Can’t say better than that. We were ensconced in a rather idyllic orchard area (see photos below) where we spent a very pleasant day selling plants and eating ice creams.

DGT WATERSTON MANOR July 12 2DGT WATERSTON MANOR July 12 3And so what of the future? Well, a pretty busy future indeed  is planned, and for 2013, when Paddock Plants will be celebrating ten years of bring affordable plants to the the population of Hampshire and beyond, Rob is plotting a calendar so densely filled with events that life between Easter and October could turn out to be little more than looking out plants for the weekend, setting up stall in some stately home or other, getting over that, then looking out plants for the next one. Still, at least that should keep us out of the devil’s proverbial clutches.

The show listing on the website should get updated in line with all of this before too long. All we need then is a bit of good weather. Here’s hoping!

Rob & Joanna – January 2013