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  1. Hebe ‘James’ Globe

    Hebe ‘James’ Globe

    A new plant variety was spotted at the nursery recently!

    Hebe James Stirling and Hebe Green Globe  were mistakenly potted into one 2L pot resulting in a combination of both plants appearing as one.

    We’ve named the new plant variety Hebe ‘James’ Globe – you never know, it could be the start of something new!

    Posted 22nd Sep 4:51pm
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  2. Vacancy: Sales Executives / Administrators

    Vacancy: Sales Executives / Administrators

    Johnsons of Whixley is recruiting to the role of Sales Executive / Administrator.

    Whixley, near York

    39 hours a week. Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.30pm and Friday 8.00am to 3.30pm, although some flexibility in this respect is required

    £18 – 20k, dependent on experience

    Johnsons of Whixley is a Wholesale Plant Nursery situated in the Vale of York, two miles off the A1 towards York on the A59.

    We are one of the largest Wholesale Nurseries in the country, delivering plants across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    We wish to recruit two Sales Executives / Administrators to play key roles as part of our friendly sales team.

    You’ll be building relationships with clients and making sales, as well as helping to deal with all the teams’ administration tasks.

    You must have:

    • Previous experience of working in a sales team, including tele-sales
    • Great communication and interpersonal skills
    • The ability to work flexibly and as part of a team
    • The capability of working to deadlines

    If you have previously worked in the horticultural industry, or have an interest in plants, then that’s even better, but this not essential.

    You must be prepared to work flexibly, outside of usual working hours to meet business needs, and to travel across the UK.
    You will report to and assist the Amenity Sales Area Manager in their development of sales and profitability in the Amenity sector.
    You will do this through the management of existing accounts and by seeking out and developing trading relationships with new customers.
    Alongside other more general activities, your key responsibilities and accountabilities will be sales, sales administration, and health and safety:


    • Assist with sales quotations as directed by the Area Sales Manager
    • Complete and return plant tenders and deal with tele-sales enquiries in a responsible way to ensure customer satisfaction
    • Liaise with customers with regard to their orders, send order confirmations and discuss alternative plants as required
    • Develop and maintain awareness of the company and its products and use this to help achieve sales
    • Take a pro-active approach to selling the company’s products and services to customers
    • Develop and maintain a high degree of market awareness to allow quotations to be completed to the highest possible standards
    • Meet and exceed agreed sales and margins target

    Sales administration

    • File and scan all quotes
    • Assist in the inputting of sales orders
    • Record any customer complaints and pass all required information to Customers Services for logging
    • Assist with the management and maintenance of the CRM database, supplying and updating information as appropriate
    • Assist in the development of our brand and corporate image through promotional activities
    • Assist with amenity shows and exhibitions

    Health and Safety

    • Ensure that you remain compliant with health and safety regulations and accepted safe practice at all times
    • Report any health and safety issues or contraventions witnessed anywhere within the business to your Manager or a Director


    • Participate in other duties as and when required
    • Comply with all policies and procedures within the company
    • Carry out all duties with regard to and ensuring equal opportunity
    • Work with all employees within the company towards the fulfilment of our aims

    This job description is a general guide to the duties you will be expected to carry out. Flexibility in terms of responsibilities and working hours is required to ensure that the needs of the business are met.

    To apply, please email your CV to Christine Davis, including a single-page document telling us how you meet the criteria.

    The closing date is 6 October 2017.

    Posted 20th Sep 6:27pm
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  3. Ellie's great for shade

    Ellie's great for shade

    After buying my first house in March my garden task was to remove the leylandii hedge which had been pleached… yes pleached. It was horrible! The problem was what I would replace it with due to it being in a partial shade north facing spot.

    After lots of research in various different books I decided on Hydrangea Petiolaris for the back wall, Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ and Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ towards the front of the border (for now anyway) I will no doubt keep adding to it.

    Here’s some others to consider when you’re planting a partial shade border.

    1. Vinca Minor – A great low growing spreading ground cover with lavender purple flowers flowering from April to September – great for suppressing weeds and great at the front of a border in partial shade.

    2. Hostas do great in partial shade and thrive in damp soil conditions but be sure to keep the slugs and snails away which create holes in the leaves. The darker the foliage of the hosta the better it will do in the shade.

    3. Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ – Great to add a splash of colour at the end of summer into mid-autumn. These Anemone will flower from August to October and grow up to 120cm tall. Best at the back or the middle of a border.

    4. Geranium Rozanne – A perfect plant doing well in partial shade to full sun, it’s great for under planting or filling in any empty gaps in your border, adding beautiful purple flowers from June through to September.

    5. Ferns – Not only are ferns low maintenance, but they also thrive in a shady spot. Try Dryopteris filix-mas or polystichum setiferum for your shady planting plan.

    6. Brunnera Jack Frost – I absolutely love the silvery foliage of a Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’. They would look great next to tiarellas, heucheras and ferns. Plant at the front of your shady border.

    Posted 20th Sep 6:23pm
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  4. Chris Myers - Garden Design and Creation

    Chris Myers - Garden Design and Creation

    Well hasn’t Autumn just appeared with a bang…& totally out of the blue!!

    The acers up here on the hill around our off grid home are displaying some real fiery colours already.

    When I look down across the valley I see signs that the trees really are on the turn, golden yellows are appearing amongst the still lush greens of those who refuse to leave summer behind.

    It seems like only yesterday that we were yomping across the moor on the hunt for Bilberry picking territory.
    Our foraging trips this summer were somewhat fruitless (if you excuse the pun) not a bilberry to be seen for some reason but hey some years are better than others.

    On the bright side the Heather has been a stunning shade of purple for what seems like an age but even that has now turned to a rusty orange.

    One could be forgiven for slipping into a state of doom and gloom thinking about the approaching onset of winter…so let’s look on the bright side!

    Autumn is here and that is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times of year. I love the way that every day the trees get that little bit more vibrant & it always amazes me how a landscape that has been incredibly green from spring & through the summer suddenly sets alight.
    It’s that grand finale before the lights go out & the colours fade like the embers of an evening’s fire. The leaves falling from the trees like the first snowflakes of winter.

    I’m already subconsciously slipping back to my childhood remembering walks in the woods, kicking the leaves & throwing them in the air, watching them flutter to the ground…games!… games that didn’t come from shops, games provided by nature.

    I’m smiling now as I remember one particular autumn when myself & a couple of friends went around neighbouring houses clearing up the leaves in return for money and treats, I particularly remember sitting in a giant pile of leaves eating a packet of Jammie Dodgers feeling like we really earned our days pay.

    As gardeners, landscapers and designers autumn is our last chance of a year to maximise the impact in the garden. Designers and landscapes can come up with & create schemes that include specimen trees and plants that give the fiery colours that we see in the Woodlands & the countryside. Some of my favourites include Prunus, Amalanchier & that old faithful favorite the acer, be it native UK or Japanese you’re always guaranteed a show.

    Autumn is a good time for gardeners take a last look and decide what to selectively prune for winter, keeping those skeletal structures that would stun anybody when adorned with the crystals of a frosty winters morn.

    Aren’t we lucky that we are able to experience such wonders created by nature. Spending so much time outside we get to see beauty that many others seldom see.

    So many jump in the car on a frosty morning & drive to an office, unaware of what that surrounds them.
    When I’m designing and creating a garden I like to think I’m giving my clients something that lets them experience what a cold weekends morning or a frosty evening can offer.

    Plants are more than just flowers and leaves that give us pleasure throughout the year with their coats of many colours…for when all is done and the leaves fall they become sculptural works of art to be admired in awe.

    Have a great autumn enjoy autumn and keep digging it’ll keep you warm

    Posted 8th Sep 2:45pm
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  5. Johnsons helps Maggie’s Centre garden blossom

    Johnsons helps Maggie’s Centre garden blossom

    Our Wholesale Commercial team has supplied plants to a new garden, built in the grounds of Maggie’s Centre in Oldham.

    Maggie’s Centre offers practical, emotional and social support for those with cancer, along with their family and friends.

    The structure and space were designed by dRMM, under the guidance of garden designer Rupert Muldoon. It was planted by Wrights Landscapes.

    The garden will provide a peaceful and beautiful setting for people with cancer, friends and family members to relax and reflect.

    We supplied a selection of shade tolerate herbaceous, edible and screening plants.

    Our area sales manager, Vicky Newell, said: “The garden truly is beautiful. It is arranged on three levels and features beautiful Betula pendula Szechuanica multi-stem, cocooned in a ceiling to floor undulating clear window. The tree lets in so much light to the building that it lifts your spirits as you enter.

    “The majority is made from recycled materials and water from the roof is drained via a single rainwater pipe hovering above a water bowl, and the next level has an edible garden featuring fruit trees and culinary herbs. Underneath the building is a swath of shade tolerate plants and a disabled access walkway so patients can enjoy their environment.”

    dRMM garden designer, Rupert Muldoon, said: “Maggie’s Centre in Oldham presented the opportunity to design an ornamental forest floor, which is lushly planted and flows below the sculptural birch and pine trees on a sloping, shaded site.

    “My design was based upon mixes of plants species that would knit together and thrive alongside one other, resulting in a very intricate planting schedule of perennials and shrubs. And working alongside Johnsons, I was assured of the best quality plants, which are all British-grown on site.”

    The establishment of Maggie’s Centres was inspired by the story of Maggie Keswick Jencks, who was told she had cancer in a hospital corridor, and vowed that no one else with cancer should be treated in that way.

    This led to the first Maggie’s Centre being opened in Edinburgh in 1996, and since then 21 Centres have opened in the UK and abroad.

    Posted 4th Sep 2:36pm
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  6. National Honey Month

    National Honey Month

    Internationally, September marks National Honey Month.

    Johnsons of Whixley understands the important role that bees play in our environment and eco-system, and we’re proud host our own apiary on site, in partnership with the Harrogate Beekeepers Asssociation.

    Here are six favourite honey bee facts:

    • Honey bees are the only insect in the world to produce food eaten by humans
    • To make 1lb of honey bees fly up to 50,000 miles
    • Approximately 250,000 species of flowering plants depend on bees to pollinate them
    • Each honey bee makes one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
    • Honey bees have been around longer than humans; there is fossil evidence from 150 million years ago
    • Honey bees communicate with each other using the ‘waggle dance’.

    Posted 4th Sep 1:36pm
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  7. Your gardening reminders for September

    Your gardening reminders for September

    As the colder weather and darker days approach, the team at Johnsons of Whixley provides its gardening reminders for September, to help you get the most out of your garden.

    • Continue to deadhead late flowering plants e.g. Dahlias & Salvias
    • Lift and divide herbaceous perennials. Replant immediately
    • Water indoor plants early in the day to minimise fungal infection
    • Start planting spring flowering bulbs in borders and containers
    • Collect fallen leaves from roses showing blackspot. Do not compost
    • Begin clearing spent plants & dead leaves to start a general tidy-up
    • From mid-month take semi-ripe cuttings of many shrub species
    • Clean glasshouses to reduce risk of overwintering pests & diseases
    • Treat nettles, bindweed etc., with glyphosate to eliminate them
    • Collect seed from perennials and dry off before storage
    • Continue to feed & dead-head summer bedding if healthy
    • Plant new perennials for next year’s late summer colour
    • A good month to lay new lawn turf. Ensure ground is uniformly firm and free from weeds
    • Lift maincrop potatoes from mid-month and store in paper or jute sacks to eliminate light, in a frost-free location
    • Spike grass footpath areas with a garden fork on lawns which have had heavy use during summer. Repeat every 3-4 weeks and water afterwards
    • Prune rambling and climbing roses
    • Transplant new or bigger rhododendrons and azaleas, filling the planting hole or container with ericaceous compost
    • Remove fallen leaves from ponds or streams. Cover with netting if leaf cover is dense.  Do not allow leaves to build up before removal

    Posted 1st Sep 4:58pm
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