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Gardening in January 'Happy New Year'

Gardening in January 'Happy New Year'

January 2021 newsletter:

In common with everyone on the Island, Riley's team have been saddened to hear of the return of Covid-19 and associated restrictions. But if we all co-operate in observing the regulations, hopefully normality can return again soon. As a Garden Centre Riley's will be staying open during the current "lockdown", however, the cafe and the toilets are both closed – we do apologise for any inconvenience. Meanwhile, we will continue to operate in a way that maximises the safety of customers and staff – the following provisions may alter or be added to as the situation develops:

Masks must be worn in store and hand sanitiser is provided at the entrance door – please use this before shopping. Please remember to keep a "social distance" of 2 meters (6 feet) from other shoppers and please remember to also keep your distance when at the till. A supply of face masks is on order and we hope these will be available within days.

Many people will be spending more time at home over the next few weeks and improving your garden can be a therapeutic way of spending the isolation time. Brightening up the garden with colour and scent is also good for our mental well-being. If you have no garden, houseplants can have the same therapeutic benefits and we have a good range at present, including a new addition: air plants, which can live anywhere with reasonably good light and just require misting with water.

Outdoors, we have a few shrub honeysuckle, "Winter Beauty" left which smell absolutely amazing; Daphne is also in flower and providing a gentler fragrance. Winter jasmine and Japanese quince are also blooming and are ideal for brightening up a dull wall or fence, while Hellebores continue to provide beautiful winter blooms. A delivery of Diosmas is arriving in early January – these evergreen plants are covered with small, starry white flowers – unusual and pretty. Now is also a good time to buy Camelias – these are full of buds which will be opening soon, providing colour right through until March. And at just £1.99 we have a wide selection of ready-planted early spring bulbs - ideal for providing a splash of cheerful colour early in the season.

Both indoors and out you will see changes over the next few weeks as we are redesigning the layout of the store. The intended changes should make for an improved customer experience. House plants have already moved to their new location by the entrance and are looking great. In the machinery section a new Honda display is looking impressive. And soon to arrive will be a pet section - hopefully a welcome new addition to the many dogs that visit Riley's.

Thank you for your co-operation and custom during these difficult times. Stay safe!

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