Somehow another year has flown by and we've made it to the festive season! This is the perfect time of year to be out in the garden as the results of your work will pay off in flowers and veggies for months to come.
We've put together a little gift guide to help you with your Christmas shopping and our team of expert staff are always on hand to find the perfect thing for even the most hard to buy for recipient!
The Nursery will be open as usual from 8am to 5pm every day until Christmas, then closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. The Oaks cafe will be open until Christmas Day and then will reopen on the 5th of January.
From all of us here at Acorn Nursery and Oaks Cafe, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Acorn Gift Guide
Designed in the UK and bearing the seal of the Royal Botanic Gardens, these hand crafted pots are beautifully made. The unique shapes and colours make them the perfect showpiece outside or inside the home.
This book is the perfect gift for the outdoorsy types in your life with stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long through-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic.
This candle's fragrance of lemon, orange peel and juniper berries with a bittersweet base of cedar and vetiver evoke a perfect English summer day. It's just the thing as we move into the warmer months. Add to the scent profile with a matching soap bar or mix it up with an equally delicious smelling prosecco candle and soap bar.
The finest Australian-made fragrance in a 700ml French-made glass decanter. Enhance any interior space with a gorgeous diffuser that can last up to a full year. We have six different perfumes so there's something to suit every signature scent.
This portable and customisable desk organiser with an in-built wireless charger is ideal for any tech lover. It is easily customisable with movable dividers and single layer organisation to keep track of everything.
December is all about colour. Whether you go for a traditional Christmas colour scheme or you prefer something a little brighter, December is all about colour. We have plenty of warmth-loving plants to enliven your home and garden. Go for instant colour with annuals such as Impatiens, Petunias, Vincas and Marigolds or add something a little more permanent with Hydrangeas, Mandevilleas, Calibrachoa, Fuchsias, Salvias and Roses.
Our living Christmas Trees are ideal for this season as well as long term potting. Just remember the foliage softens whilst indoors so take care when returning it to outside after Christmas. Start out with a shaded spot, water it regularly and give it a feed so that it adapts to being outdoors again.
With only a few weeks to go until Christmas and New Years now is the time to get your garden into top form for entertaining. Colourful flowers by the front and back door do wonders for creating a welcoming environment. Feed your lawn and mow regularly for lush green grass. If you aren’t sure exactly what your garden needs, we have a huge variety of fragrant, flowering and fruiting plants and associated products ideal for you or as gifts.
Things to Do:
- Summer proof your garden. Dose garden beds and pots with Rapid Soak wetting agent to ensure maximum penetration and storage of water. Also mulch with a good quality mulch to prevent evaporation.
- Keep up with fungal disease control on roses and tomatoes.
- Watch out for pests. If you haven’t already, protect lawns from Beetle Grub, Azaleas and Viburnums from Lace Bug and Cherries from Cherry Slug. Remember prevention is better than a cure!
- As they start flowering and setting fruit, feed tomatoes and other fruiting veggies with a suitable fertiliser to maximise fruiting and your harvest.
- Feed annuals with Phostrogen every fortnight to maximise flowers for Christmas and New Year.
Plant of the Month
Hibiscus Rio Clara
We have a lovely batch of Hibiscus Rio Clara available in five colours. This is a smaller, bushier variety that can grow to between 1 and 2 metres high and wide. It is a compact and colourful shrub that is great for sunny spots in a pot or a well drained garden bed. A long flowering period means you’ll be admiring these spectacular flowers all summer long!