Deelish is growing

If you are looking for some inspiration for your own garden, Noah Chase of Deelish Garden Centre in Skibbereen invites you to stop in and say hello.

Spring is on her way! Early flowering bulbs are starting to fill the beds and borders; leaves are unfurling and insects are waking up. It’s time to enjoy the first warmth of the sun on your backs  after  the  wet and  windy Winter, and it’s one  of  the  first chances  to get back in the  garden and  prepare for  the  growing  season ahead. The  air  is  literally buzzing  as  the  pollinators  start  to forage, the birds are  singing  and us  gardeners are itching  to get  stuck into the many tasks that await us. 

There have been a lot of changes at Deelish over the last few seasons. We  have finally completed  most  of  the  final upgrades, including our  new car park, which  has doubled  in size, this  is a real benefit  for us  all. Once parked you will find our excellent little coffee kiosk serving the delicious locally roasted, sustainably grown, Red Strand coffee, as well as various teas, hot chocolate and more. If you are looking for a quiet calm place to enjoy your hot cuppa, I would recommend our newly built Shade area. It is bursting with Rhododendrons, Camellias, Tree ferns, Bamboo, Hostas and many other shade loving plants. Next to the  Shade area you will find West Cork’s largest  collection of outdoor pottery, whiskey barrels and ornaments, which we add to each month with the latest designs and  colours. Next to the pot area, we have a wonderful collection of pond plants and plants suitable for damp ground.

The perennial stands located outside the newly-built covered plant sales area are starting to fill up with the beginnings of this year’s collection. If  you forgot  to plant spring flowering  bulbs, don’t worry, as we have  Daffodils, Tulips, Snowdrops and many more bulbs potted up and ready for  planting. We also have just started potting-up over 150 bare-root perennial varieties, which include some of  our favourites, as well as some new, unusual, exciting varieties, which we are looking forward to sharing with you in the season ahead! 

Inside the covered plant area we have an extensive coastal shrub collection which are suitable for the more exposed gardens in West Cork. In this  area, there are  also a  great selection of  seasonal garden bedding, ericaceous (lime-free) plants such as Magnolias, Azaleas, Acacias and many more, which are all suited to our soil in much of West Cork. We also have a great selection of more  unusual plants here such as  Daphnes (five varieties including  Jacqueline Postill) Rhododendron ‘Lady Alice Fitzwilliam’, various palms, Mangaves, Albizias, Psuedopanax, to name just a  few of my favourites. 

On the upper terrace, you will find larger shrubs/small trees (such as  dog woods, Eucryphia, Elder and many more), climbers for  all situations, hundreds of Roses (including a fantastic David Austin collection), and an extensive Conifer selection in all shapes and sizes from ground cover varieties to the  largest trees in the world (Sequoia giganteum)! 

Above  this  area at the  moment we  still have  a  great range  of  bare  root  fruit trees such as  Apples, Pears, Plums (and  Plumcots), Cherries, Cob nuts, Almond, Peach, Nectarine to name  a  few. We also stock soft fruit here including Currants, Gooseberry, Rhubarb, Raspberry, Blue berry and many other unusual fruits suitable for growing in West Cork. 

This is also a great time to plant bare root trees and hedging including  our  fantastic  value instant XL hedging  in root balls. Between the bare root beds are our comprehensive collection of potted  trees from 2 feet to 20 feet!  This collection includes some of our  most popular trees such as  flowering  Cherries (over 15 varieties), Crab apples, Birch, Eucalyptus, Oaks, Acers as  well as many more unusual varieties.

Inside  our solar  powered  heated  shop, we  now  offer  an exciting  new range of Organic vegetable  and  flower  seeds with many new  varieties  from Europe, seed potatoes, Garlic  and  Onion sets. Here you can also find quality gardening  tools (including  many of the favourite Fruit Hill Farm tools), indoor house  plants, a  huge  range  of chemical-free gardening feeds, pest control, and  many natural solutions to everyday gardening  issues, as well as  many unusual gardening  gift  ideas. 

At this  time of  year we also stock summer flowering bulbs such as  Dahlia, Agapanthus, Lilly, Nerine and  many more unusual varieties, in packets which are the best value for money. 

Next to the shop is our covered outdoor living area (which also hosts our annual Christmas market). This area has proved to be  a  huge  success as we have searched all over Europe to find quality, affordable and unique outdoor furniture. One of the most popular chairs is the eco chair, made  from Finnish wood which is  held together with hemp rope. It is very comfortable to sit  in, and the hemp pillow really is  the  cherry on top! We also have powder coated aluminium furniture that is perfect for  gardens  that are exposed to salt winds, as these will last a  lifetime. 

Fire pits have  become really popular over the last few  years and we now  stock over 15 different styles from the tiny models to the  really big options that can take very large logs. We also stock various accessories that allow  you to cook on your fire pit, including waffle irons, popcorn pans and  blow pipes to name a  few! Maya and I have just returned  from a furniture sourcing  trip to northern Italy and are very excited  about  some of  the new  stock coming for this season, watch this space… To make way for the new stock, we  plan to run a  preseason outdoor furniture sale  with up to 50 per cent of  selected  items. Be quick as these bargains  are  unlikely to be  available for long.

So as you can see, there is lots going on in Deelish Garden Centre at the moment and we look forward to seeing you this coming  season to help you prepare for another  great year in your garden, and  remember gardening  doesn’t have  to cost the earth!  

On a  side note, we are hiring again so if  you are a  keen horticulturist and fancy joining our growing  team of staff here at Deelish, to help us  cope with the  busy season ahead, feel free to stop in, ask for Noah. 

WCP Staff

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