The end of June is a fantastic time here at the nursery, as the crop of containerised roses comes into full bloom 
They produce a riot of colour and fragrance! Every year we grow over 50,000 roses in our fields just next to the Malton Road, and whilst the majority are sold as bare root plant during the winter months, we pot up over 5000 of them so that they can be planted over the summer months. 
It takes 4 years to grow a rose, before it is ready for sale. The first two years are spent preparing the ground, incorporating a lot of organic matter, rotovating and clearing weed.  
This is to get the soil in the best possible condition so the rose has a good start. 
This old English proverb, dating back to the early 1700’s, is often quoted amongst gardeners. 
The original meaning seems to be not to cast off winter clothes until the month of May has finished, but gardeners often take it to not put out any tender plants until early June. Sensible advice around our neck of the woods, as we can still have night time frosts at this time of year which would kill many bedding plants, as well as courgettes, French beans, tomatoes, etc. 
As I write this the temperature is a wonderful 16C, bright sunshine is bathing the plants here at the nursery, and we have even been working outdoors in our shirt sleeves. 
The weather these past 4 weeks has been wonderful, temperatures above average and the ground is drying out and warming up. Most plants are a couple of weeks ahead of where they are normally, leaves are emerging, blossom is starting to show and daffodils are nodding their heads wherever you look. 
At the nursery, the start of April heralds a new season for us. We stop lifting bare root trees and shrubs from the field, and instead we focus on planting the next crop. 
As the 1st March arrived the other day, it heralded the start of another Spring – traditionally the beginning of the gardening year. David Patch from RV Roger Ltd nurseries gives some practical tips for March 
It’s a time when thoughts turn to planting seeds, perhaps old favourites which never fail, or new varieties to be tried out. Here at the Nursery the first sunny days of the month have brought an influx of customers looking for flower and vegetable seed, as the days start to lengthen and the soil gradually warms. 
Now is also an ideal time to buy potato sets, and to start them ‘chitting’ (producing short stubby shoots) by setting them out on a warm window ledge. 
This is especially important for the First Early types, like Arran Pilot, Premiere or Swift, which all grow well in this area, producing classic ‘new’ potatoes. 
While the dreary winter weather is still with us for a while longer – thoughts of the summer are beginning to blossom in North Yorkshire. 
The green-fingered community of the thriving town of Malton are planning for a big date in their social calendar, gearing up for a prestigious event which they hope will earn top marks from Yorkshire in Bloom judges. 
Malton is entering its first ever Yorkshire In Bloom competition, to inject colour and vibrancy into areas of Malton through beautiful planting, hanging baskets and tubs. 
And offering a helping hand in the huge horticultural task – which will see 120 hanging baskets adorning areas around the town - are Linden Homes East Yorkshire.