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Garden Jobs This Month in Enfield

Garden Jobs This Month - DECEMBER


  1. Protect terracotta pots from cracking in freezing weather by bringing them indoors or wrapping in bubble polythene
  2. Rake up accumulated fallen leaves in borders that could be harbouring slugs and other pests
  3. Plant bare-root roses and other deciduous shrubs, plus ornamental trees
  4. Hang bird feeders near roses to attract hungry birds that will also pick off any overwintering pests
  5. Cut stems of berried winter shrubs, seasonal flowers and evergreen leaves for festive decorations
  6. Move plants in pots to a sheltered spot if conditions turn very cold, as their roots are more exposed to the elements
  7. Pile straw or bracken around the base of tender shrubs and climbers to protect them from falling temperatures
  8. Plant fragrant winter shrubs in pots on the doorsteps, including chimonanthus, sarcococca and Daphne odora
  9. Prune climbing roses between now and February
  10. Hard prune overgrown shrubs and hedges while they’re dormant
  11. Check stored bulbs and corms regularly for any signs of rot


  1. Place straw around the base of parsnips to prevent the soil freezing, which can make harvesting difficult
  2. Plant thornless blackberries, such as Mertons Thornless, for easy pickings of large, sweet, juicy fruits
  3. Winter prune large fruit trees to control their shape and size, and to increase their productivity
  4. Plant fruit trees trained as cordons, fans or espaliers to make good use of limited space
  5. Start to plan next year’s crops and order seeds
  6. Tidy up raspberry and blackberry beds – weed and mulch with compost, then tie new stems to support wires
  7. Lift and divide large clumps of rhubarb, replanting the outer sections into soil enriched with well-rotted manure
  8. Keep kale, winter cabbages and other brassicas covered with netting to protect them from hungry pigeons
  9. Finish clearing old crops and debris from the veg plot, but only compost healthy material
  10. Remove yellowed leaves on brassicas, so fungal diseases such as grey mould and downy mildew don’t take hold
  11. Make sure Brussels sprouts don’t topple over in strong winds - tie to a cane for support and earth up the stems
  12. Prune grapevines, cutting back side-branches to one or two buds from the main stem


  1. Pot up a clump of rhubarb and place under a large bin to force an early crop of sweet stems
  2. Pick faded leaves and dead flowers regularly from plants overwintering in the greenhouse, such as pelargoniums
  3. Pinch out the tips of autumn-sown sweet peas to encourage bushier growth
  4. Deadhead indoor azaleas, water regularly and provide cool conditions, away from radiators, to prolong flowering
  5. Monitor greenhouse temperatures with a max-min thermometer to ensure heaters are working efficiently
  6. Bring hyacinths growing in the greenhouse into your home to flower, placing in a cool, bright spot
  7. Water plants sparingly to keep the greenhouse as dry as possible, which should reduce outbreaks of disease
  8. Prune greenhouse grapevines while dormant
  9. Move houseplants onto a sunny windowsill over the winter, to get as much light as possible during the shorter days
  10. Water florists’ cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) from below, and deadhead regularly to encourage more blooms
  11. Check overwintering plants in the greenhouse for red spider mite and other pests, and treat if necessary
  12. Sow cacti seeds into moist, loam-based compost and place in a propagator or on a warm windowsill
  13. Plant hippeastrum (amaryllis) bulbs for spectacular flowers in about eight weeks


  1. Put out fresh water for birds every day during frosty weather
  2. Bring all watering equipment indoors, including hoses and sprinklers, so they don’t freeze and split
  3. Scoop fallen leaves and debris from ponds, leave on the side so pondlife can escape, then add to the compost bin
  4. Stand your Christmas tree in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot outdoors until it’s time to bring it indoors
  5. Clear out your shed, and organise and clean your tools
  6. Work off Christmas excesses by digging over bare areas of ground, incorporating garden compost
  7. Check tree ties and stakes are firm enough to stand up to winter storms
  8. Prune blackcurrants once dormant, removing about a quarter of the old stems
  9. Order well-rotted manure or mushroom compost to dig in over winter or spread over bare soil for worms to take down
  10. Order summer-flowering bulbs such as lilies and gladioli

All above information from http://www.gardenersworld.com/what-to-do-now/ & are in no way based on our current stock.

This Week Social Media Update.

WEEK 49: Praise for the dawning.

Here we are! December again. As we enter the quietest period in the horticultural calendar we certainly give praise for the dawning of any new flowers in the garden. Our viburnum bodnantense “Dawn” are certainly providing reason for thanks at the moment. Available in various sizes from approx £8 up to some 6ft specimens for £89.99.

You may have noticed that our Clockhouse Advent Calendar kicked off on Saturday. There will be an automated, alphabetical, advent plant post everyday at 18:30pm until the 26th.

A couple of things to remind you about. We are clearing the last packs of spring bulbs, half marked prices (not many left). Remember also that we have already prepped for winter by stocking rocksalt, snow shovels, logs, kindling, coal & smokless coal.

Please don’t forget our mantra of “Sensible gardening gifts”. Much of what we sell would make a lovely gift for a garden lover without us having to change a single thing. Plus if your gift recipient lives far away, or you don’t know what to get them, we have our own vouchers plus national ones. One of our biggest bonuses is….Christmas detritus free garden retail.

We only have two more of these updates this year. Friday the 21st will be our last trading day this year, re-opening 9am on Jan 2nd.

You will notice that a lot of our display beds will begin to look a little empty over the next two weeks. This is normal practice for us as we move as much stock as possible into protection in readiness for the cold. Most if it will still be available for sale although we request that, if you cannot find the plant you want, you ask for it at the tills. If we have it, we will be able to bring the plant out for you to have a look.

Our new http://www.clockhousenursery.co.uk/garden-jobs-this-month page will be updated for the last time this year. very soon.

Thats all for this update folks. Happy Gardening.


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.

Site Plan

Finding your way around our site

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, delivery costs or compost.

You Spend Payment with cash or debit card
£250-£549 5% discount
£550-£849 7% discount
£850+ 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!

Currently we also accept and sell “National Garden Gift Vouchers” (paper form only) 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.

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. 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.

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. If you paid by cash, we can only offer a refund in cash.

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!

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 2017 - Jan 31st 2018)

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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.

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