Posted: 12.04.21 at 15:55 by The Editor
A popular Rutland garden centre reports sales of outdoor garden centre are surging.
Some items have been sold, with sales only allowed by phone or in person, because their website cannot update itself fast enough.
However, Annie Burns of Welland Vale Garden Centre, just outside Uppingham, says new stock is arriving all the time.
The sales come as central government urges people to enjoy the fresh air in the garden with friends, rather than inviting them inside, the latter of which is currently a breach of lockdown regulations.
Scientists say that al fresco dining and companionship is much safer and presents a tiny risk of passing infection if you are out in the open as a breeze can blow the virus away.
Annie told Nub News: "With huge shortages on stock this year and delays in shipping, we are very pleased our outdoor furniture has arrived in and is selling fast- plus lots of more styles arriving very soon."
Annie continued: "Water features and fire pits have also been popular already and cosy warm textiles like beautiful blankets and cushions have been flying out the door, ready for meeting family and friends out in the garden."
However, whilst the garden centre on Glaston Road, has remained open during the third lockdown, as allowed under government restrictions, its cafe remains closed.
Annie said: "We have made the difficult decision at this time to keep the Orchard Cafe closed for a few more weeks, while more people receive their vaccination."
In the meantime, the business has more traditional attractions as well as we move through Springtime- that of plants.
Annie said: "Our home-grown plants are all growing along nicely in the warm weather and you will start to see 2/3ltre herbaceous plants arriving down shortly in to the garden centre.
"It is still too cold for the summer bedding to be brought outside but we are nurturing them along in our glass house and our expert planter Sue is busy creating beautiful hanging baskets and planters to get established in our nice warm environment.
"Don't forget to pop your baskets and pots in early for Sue to plant them up ready for you."
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