Stewarts Office Plants

We supply many businesses across the South, from Sussex and Surrey, through Hampshire and Dorset to Wiltshire and Somerset. For more information about the services we offer visit our home page, or contact us here. In this blog you'll find news, interesting snippets, stories and pictures of our staff's adventures out on the road.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

3 little bonsai Ficus Ginseng in a trough

Sometimes I even surprise myself with the funky looking plant displays I supply to clients.
This little (it's only 50cm long) trough was designed for a car showroom in Christchurch who wanted something long and low to sit on their customer handover coffee table.
As they already have a number of bonsai Ficus Ginseng (very similar looking to the ones in another showroom I blogged about recently) around the place, I thought I'd continue the theme with this trough.
It's like an avenue in trees in miniature! I also rather like the little gnarled trunks. They already get my vote as I have two of these exact trees in bowls from the same Cubis pot range (but in metallic lipstick red) in my living room at home.
What's more (and the client won't like me sharing this) it's really good value. We have a large stock of 2nd hand ones of these 'Cubis' cabinet troughs so I am able to sell these outright for £40 + VAT, or rent them (with our maintenance service included) for as little as £6.50 +VAT per month. Bargain!
If you'd like one, get in touch.

Friday, February 17, 2012

My lovely Boston Ferns (now on sale in the shop!)

I've blogged about my massive order of plants in January which were for a short hire.

The Boston Ferns are becoming a bit of a fixture in the greenhouse; I haven't quite got to the stage of trying to keep them, but it'll come.

But what I have noticed is that they seem to have got accustomed to their environment (or maybe it's the lengthening daylight hours?) and have all started putting out vivid green new growth, straight upwards. En masse it's a delightful sight, as this picture shows.

On a related note, we recently took over a large contract in Havant. When we take over the maintenance on existing office plants we often find things have been done a little differently; in this case one of the plants was the largest Boston Fern I've ever seen indoors. It must be 1m across and hangs about 75cm down from the top of the tall pot it's in. Can anyone beat that? If so, tell me!

Edit to add that a selection of these are now on sale on the Wimborne branch of Stewarts Garden Centre as a special offer.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Spring Hanging Baskets

Look at these lovely spring hanging baskets. In the rather unlovely surroundings of the back of my van after I'd picked them up from our hanging basket supplier a mile down the road towards Wimborne.

While most people change their hanging baskets in May/June and September/October, we have a number of customers that have an extra spring set in late February/early March, or have them instead of the winter ones, as they can start to look a bit tired by the spring.

They are planted much the same as winter baskets but with more flowering/bulbs and less herbs.

These ones were meade to order for a health club in Berkshire and were £24 + VAT each -including delivery and installation. Bargain!

Contact me if you want something similar.