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Ready to Rock n Roll !!

 

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Spring has finally arrived for us here at Paddys Plants in Monbulk

we are now starting to see and get supply of quality stock after a verrry long cold Winter period

Available now, we have more of the beautiful Princess Lavenders as pictured above, as well as some Ghostly Princess Lavender &  Plumberry Ruffles Lavender, which are just the darkest and most amazing purple I have ever seen

Even more exciting, our Calibrachoa, dwarf Dahlia, new release Dwarf Snapdragons, Petchoa ( Calibrachoa/petunia cross breed), Nemesia, Scaevola Fairy, Diascia and Petunia ranges are all in bud and starting to show some signs of colour, but get in quick, there are a lot of people who have been waiting patiently for these to be available and we expect to sell out

Our Tomatoes, Herbs & Vegetables are available now, but in limited varieties, more will be ready in weeks to come, based on the weather we receive

as for colour pots, we still have plenty of colourful Violas, lobelia midnight blue, dianthus and petunias

We also have a Spring special to help your money go further, we have a great range of tubestock available…. items like nandina dwarf, banksia roses, conifer hedging, daisy ground covers, chinese lanterns, native myoporum ground cover, yellow broom, leptospermum hedging, native mint bush and much more…. normally $2.50 per tube, now just $1.50 peer tube or a tray of 20 for $20 and you can mix n match… ( English box tubestock, NOT part of deal)

At Paddys Plants, we have plenty of colour and great deals to brighten up your Garden & Home this weekend, so why not come and visit us and pick up a bargain or 2

Happy Gardening

Paddy

We are Open Grand Final Day 9am until 5pm

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For all the Collingwood, Storm & West Coast supporters out there, we wish you all the best and hope you have a great weekend, there is nothing more exciting than your team being in the Grand Final, so enjoy the moment and lets hope it is an edge of the seat ripping contest from start to finish for you……. everybody has a tip on these days, mine is, in the NRL, tomorrow, …. the Mighty Storm, to see Billy off in style and in the   AFL, today ….a hopeful tip…. I’m hoping for a Collingwood premiership and a Jaidyn Stephenson Norm Smith Medal, to cap off the fantastic first year he has had….

Go Jaidyn !!

BUT…

For the rest of us, whose team is not in the Grand Final, or those who have no interest whatsoever….

Paddys Plants is  OPEN today from 9am until 5pm with loads of great bargains to keep you busy in your garden.

I believe it is still too cold and too early to plant out edibles at this stage, but we have plenty of colour available to get your spring plantings started and we have a lot of discounted  shrubs, hedging plants, ground covers and borders to fill up spaces.

Don’t be put off by chance of rain, or you will miss out on some great deals, grab a jacket or brolley and head on up to see what we have for you today

as mentioned… we are OPEN today from 9am until 5pm… OPEN SUNDAY from 9am until 1pm, CLOSED EVERY MONDAY and then OPEN Tuesdays until Saturdays from 9am until 5pm

enjoy your day no matter what you choose to do

 

another spring morning, yet another frost

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What a slow start we have had to our Spring season in 2018

a few days of beautiful sunshine to excite us and give us hope, followed by frost after frost and last weekend, light snow falling nearby…. cmon Mother Nature, give us Gardeners a break, we want to play !!

I post this every year, but every year without fail, the big chain stores, hardware stores and god bless them… charity shops,  stock and display Tomatoes, Herbs & vegies earlier and earlier, taking vital sales away from nurseries, that produce them ready for the RIGHT time of year.

If you live in the Dandenong Ranges,

IT IS STILL TOO EARLY TO PLANT OUT YOUR EDIBLE CROPS,

if you have given in to the excitement of a few days of sunshine and bought your edibles from these stores, I’m sure the frosts and endless cold weather we have had locally have done you no favours, please be patient, we want your edible gardens to be successful for you, after all that is the whole point of going to all that effort

for the Millennial generation, or new Gardeners, wanting to grow your own food and just staring out in the gardening way of life…. welcome to our lifestyle, it is always fun, sometimes frustrating, mostly rewarding and something you will never know everything about, believe me, I have lived this lifestyle my whole life and have never stopped  learning…. one major tip I will share with you, that never changes, do NOT plant out, or think about Tomatoes until after AFL Grand Final weekend, it is generally too cold to do so…. we recommend Tomatoes be planted around Melbourne Cup ( November) weekend for best growth and results… again, this advice is for our Dandenong Ranges and has been successful for my business for 23 years,  each year when posting about this, we always get one billy goat, that gets on here and disputes my advice, and plants them too early,  I hope they enjoyed the handful of tomatoes they picked ( if any !!), as opposed to the buckets my regulars grow from their correctly planted crops. Also I hope your supermarket/hardware or charity store had a staff member there experienced enough to give you advice on how to plant, fertilise, care for and problem solve your edible crop…. this is why you always buy from nurseries, especially your local nursery as this is what we do and offer and your local nursery is experienced in your local climate.

a similar caution should go to summer herbs, such as Basil & Coriander, fruits & vegetables, like Capsicum, Chillies, Corn, pumpkins, and many more, please be patient and wait until the ground temperature warms up a little bit, as I say, in my experience, this is normally the last week of September ( AFL grand final week).

just for reference, I find August the coldest month of the year in Monbulk,  early September is often  cold & wet ( not this year!!!) and if snow is going to fall in the Dandenongs, it mostly happens between August & mid September

…. the amount of times over the years people have bought from the stores, mentioned above and then come in to my nursery to ask for free advice or tips on how to grow, ………. well, that is not happening any more, we will happily assist our customers, who purchased from us with advice, but if you have bought from one of the stores mentioned above, make sure you ask that store for advice, they were happy to take your money, they should be happy to offer service and advice.

I get frustrated with the supermarket/hardware/charity stores taking your money, taking sales from us professionals and selling plants at the wrong times of year, because this leads to disappointment when the plants do not perform as they should, with no comeback for advice or correction, this can then lead to people finding gardening too hard and just not bothering at all, the big stores wont care, they already have your money and will just move on to the next profitable thing, ruining our industry, as they do with others ( ie… milk !!!!)…. we want you to have success in your garden and welcome repeat offenders !!!… our prices on edibles are most often cheaper than those stores anyway, people just assume they are cheaper because of their misleading ads, and by the time your products die and you re-buy, it has cost you more.

so save time, money and frustration and always buy plants from a Nursery, with proper staff to serve you

the beginning of our edible range will be ready for sale from October 3, I will post a list the week before, when we know what is ready to go

happy gardening & hopes for warmer days & sunshine

paddy

 

 

Hmm… Winter has hit hard !!!

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After a lovely (well and truly overdue), 10 day winters escape to Phuket Thailand where we had a great time and met some lovely kind people…. we have returned home to a pile of unforeseeable bills and expenses,

life just spits out some lemons sometimes !!!,

but oh well…. that’s the way it goes, so lets get on with it, no point complaining, there is always somebody else in a tougher bind  and we have no reason to complain !!

so all that said and done….. its time for a

CLEARANCE SALE

We need to clear as much stock as we can to make way for fresh spring products and to clear some bills, so we can get back on top and ahead of our game again.

so starting 9am this morning Friday 27/07/2018, there are going to be lots of bargains available to jazz up your garden ready for spring.

I’m not going to sit here and list them all, or answer requests for lists and prices, I simply do not have time for that.

So if you want some great deals, then it is going to be a first in best dressed kind of situation…

those of you who already visit and know us, know we have some great prices, so they are only going to be better for the next 3 weeks… ending friday 17th august 2018, so get in quick

Our opening hours are back to normal

that is

OPEN Tuesdays until Saturdays 9am until 5pm

OPEN Sunday 9am until 1pm      and

CLOSED every MONDAY

we hope to see you soon and hope you find heaps of great bargains for your garden

Happy Gardening

Paddy

Change of Business Hours for the Wet & Cold weeks ahead

WP_20140802_002Dear Customers, followers and supporters

with forecast very cold and wet weeks ahead, we are going to have a slight change of opening hours until the end of July.

to take advantage of  slower than usual trade, due to poor weather, we are going to do our annual winter clean up and some overdue repairs and maintainence to the growing areas of the nursery down back, and have some down time and a mini break to recharge and get not only ourselves, but our nursery, ready for springtime.

to do this we are going to close early each day (3pm), so we can do those jobs, without having to man the retail area/shop, out front

so our hours of operation from Monday 16th July until Thursday 26th of July will be as follows

Monday 16th july…        CLOSED

Tuesday 17th july           Open 9am until 3pm

Wednesday 18th July      Open 9am until 3pm

Thursday 19th July        Open 9am until 3pm

Friday 20th July              Open 9am until 3pm

Saturday 21st July & Sunday 22nd July….. CLOSED FOR 3 DAY mid WINTER BREAK

Monday 23rd July….     CLOSED

Tuesday 24th July        Open 9am until 3pm

Wednesday 25th July    Open 9am until 3pm

Thursday 26th July…. BACK TO NORMAL OPERATIONAL HOURS… ie… 9am until 5pm Tuesday until Saturday and 9am until 1pm Sundays…. CLOSED MONDAYS

Thanks for reading this

we hope to see you all soon

Happy Gardening

Paddy

 

 

Welcome to our new improved Paddys Plants web page

Firstly… thanks for looking us up

as mentioned in previous pages, I am Matt Brooks ( Paddy), I am a Wholesale grower of plants and together with my family I own and operate a, Wholesale/Retail Nursery  in Monbulk, a scenic little town, half way up beautiful Mt Dandenong, that specialises in cottage style and tough, vibrant flowering  plants for your Home & Garden.

We have owned Paddys Plants for 24 years now ( established 1994), the year after I finished high school and for the history buffs, there has been a Nursery at our home address for over 80 years….. no, that is not a typo, there has been a retail business at our address for over 80 years, the last 30 years have been strictly Nursery, but prior to that, the owners used to sell strawberries, potatoes and some plants, grown here on site.

There is a stocklist here on this website, that I will endeavour to keep up to date, as a lot of our products are seasonal, once they are gone, they may not be back until the next year, I will not be posting any price lists on here, if you want to know the prices, get off the computer and come up for a visit and have a look, let us know you are coming and we will put the kettle on !!

We do our best to keep our everyday prices  lower than most places, so we don’t always feel the need to have sales or deals on offer, the whole world seems to have sales on all the time, so I think we all become a bit numb to them, we just like to make sure we can offer good value for money

we are currently flat out busy getting our spring and summer range potted ready to go for better gardening weather and shortly we will begin preparing our Christmas range…. yes I know, it is still 5 and a half months away, but we need to do this now, so exciting times ahead

well winter has definitely hit us here in Monbulk and sadly, the worst is yet to come, as traditionally August is our coldest month up here in the Dandenong Ranges, so if you are coming for a visit, rug up, bring your brolley, we still have plenty to offer and loads of colour to brighten up your place now

until next time

happy gardening

Paddy

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