Sep 102014
 

 

Its Calamondin Orange time again. These prolific fruit producers are excellent in pots. Easy to move in those colder months. Here at Italian Terrace we keep ours in a greenhouse at about 3 degs and they start to flower early March. We will harvest the fruit late September when they are a little sweeter. Lots of uses other than marmalade, which is delicious. use in drinks instead of lemon or lime. great for cooking with meat instead of Kumquats.

The pot in this picture is the Tinozza in the 55cm size, so simple.

Dec 152012
 

A new book of the lovely private garden of Mr Alan Titchmarch. Follow the link to order, and there is still time before Christmas. If you follow the link to Amazon you can preview a few pages.

Click on the book to order from Amazon and see inside

Jan 012012
 

Now is the time to care for your terracotta pots.

Italian Terrace pots are designed to withstand the British winter, but there are a few things to do before you head inside to hibernate in front of the fire this winter.

1. Lift your pot off the ground using pot feet.

2. Check the drainage hole is clear of soil and roots. Also snails do like to hibernate there.

3. Make sure that your pot is lined inside with the terram above the crock.

4. Empty out the water from your water features and wrap up the pump to protect it from splitting.

5. Look forward to the bulbs popping up in the spring

 

 

Sep 202011
 

Never thought I would plant what I have always considered to be a weed in a pot. However the Lavatera Barnsley Pink (mallow) has been splendid. No regrets and will be chopping back a little this year and then a big chop after frosts in Spring. Its been great value in everyway. A small 2 litre pot plant has filled our big Vaso Classico 95cm pot in no time with a fantastic display all summer.

 

Nov 242010
 

To all our American customers, we hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.  It’s not our holiday here in the UK but we’d love to import it – such a wonderful all inclusive no presents feast which also serves to keep at bay  the inevitable Christmas madness!  We thought our Ciotola would make a fabulous centre piece on any Thanksgiving table filled with festive flowers or seasonal fruit and veg. It’s got us thinking what we can do for Christmas so watch this space.  Enjoy your holiday.

Apr 292010
 

As you are all well aware this last winter has been the coldest and most prolonged for 30+ years and according to the science press we are in for more in the future. On that cheery note we would like to give advice on looking after pots during these periods.

Remember in all climates to plant following our careful and thought out instructions. For healthy plants and pots good drainage is critical. If pots are empty, like the oil jars where no planting is neccesary, free of soil, plants and water  they can be left outside all year.

Think of you planted pots as you would any exposed pipework. Would you lag your external pipes?  Do not tempt fate with your lovely pots. We recommend they are wrapped in hessian, fleece or bubble wrap, not very pretty, but hessian can look quite chic.  The statues at Versailles are wrapped up each year and emerge for a Spring unveiling.

Dont forget about your pots.

1. Empty them every 2/3 years clean them out.
2. Check the drainage hole is clear.
3. Replace the crock, at least a 1/4 of the pot should contain crock.
4. Replace the terram liner.
5. Add new soil, slow release feed and plants.

6. Admire