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Dogs... back in the Jungle Cafe!

15 October 2019 - Posted by Rachel Bannon

Urban Jungle welcomes dogs back to the Cafes this winter... 

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Cafe Assistant Ruby with Luna the Dog

The look of love.... Luna looks a little unsure but that’s only because she hasn’t been allowed in the Cafe... UNTIL NOW that is!
We’re welcoming dogs back into the Cafes at Norfolk and Suffolk, with a few ground rules to keep the place nice for all our Urban Jungle customers. And, we’ve looked into a few doggy friendly walks to make your trip to the Jungle a real outing too...

Walks in ad around Costessey... CLICK HERE
Walks in and around Beccles... CLICK HERE

House Rules...

We want Urban Jungle to remain a lovely place for all to enjoy so we have a few house rules we hope you don't mind following…. 
  • Please keep dogs on leads at all times.
  • Please keep your dogs by your side, on the floor at all times. 
  • Please, no dogs on the furniture.
  • Please only come inside the Cafe when your dog is clean and dry.
  • Please clean and take any dog mess away with you. 
  • We’re happy to provide water bowls for dogs, just let the team know. 
  • The manager's discretion is final. 
We look forward to welcoming you and your four-legged friends to the Jungle soon!

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Focus on Ferns this Autumn...

09 October 2019 - Posted by Rachel Bannon

Focus on Ferns, this Autumn...

Now’s the time to plant your shady garden areas up with fabulous frondy foliage, and Urban Jungle stocks a great range of ferns in all shapes, sizes and shades. Read on to find out more about what they’ll bring to your outdoor space, why you need them for perfecting your planting schemes, how to look after them, where to plant them and when to tend to them.

The Shade Tunnel at Urban Jungle Norfolk

What are ferns…?
First and foremost, ferns let the leaves do the talking. These ancient plants are one of the oldest types of fauna. Existing for millions of years, they are the ancestors of cycads, conifers and many of the flowering plants which make up most of our modern flora. There are approximately 12,000 known species of fern, and probably many more waiting to be discovered.

Woodland Garden
Lochalsh Woodland Garden, featured in our recent blog on 'Creating a Woodland Garden'

Why should you grow ferns in your garden...?
Most are incredibly tolerant of low light levels and will complement any shade planting scheme. They’ll happily grow in beds and containers, in a range of soil conditions. So whether you’re looking for lush ground cover, bold architectural shapes, alluring movement or a soft, delicate backdrop to other statement plants you're sure to find a variety that suits your Jungle space.

They’ll also make a super display all by themselves, for example, the distinctive fronds of the Cyrtomium fortunei will contrast perfectly with more feathery species such as the Polystichum setiferum Congestum. This one’s a slow-growing dwarf, with dense, dark green foliage, and is happiest in full/partial shade.

Also, they’re super easy to propagate and divide if you have a shining star amongst the fronds!

How to care for ferns…
Although we’re very familiar with woodland bracken that is clearly very robust, many of us still believe that ferns can be finicky. That’s not the case... while some can be demanding, many are easy to grow and care for. Here’s our top tips…

Where to plant...
Damp shade is perfect but many ferns will tolerate dry conditions if they're given a helping hand to establish. The Dryopteris species are conveniently named and are the ones to select for dry spots in the garden.

Lincoln Park Zoo
The impressive Fernery at Lincoln Park Zoo

If the soil is dry keep the watering up to get the plant established, although in wet shade initial watering on planting may be enough. Generally, they will let you know when they need a drink by their drooping leaves. If it's a tree fern you're after we have Dicksonia antarctica in two-litre pots as well as architectural mature tree ferns up to 6 foot - the smaller versions require much less water than the mature trunks.

Benmore Botanical Garden's
Inspiration from Benmore Botanical Garden's Fernery

Although some can survive in full sun, leaves may become scorched. Choose carefully for sunny positions - Dryopteris erythrosora will tolerate sun, and good light levels will bring out its splendid colouration. Dryopteris atrata is relatively tall-growing, fully hardy and very easy to care for, and it’ll tolerate some sun.
Best planted in the ground to avoid vine weevil, although this can be easily treated in pots.

Dryopteris atrata

When to tend to them...
Some attention required in the spring - cut back old foliage for a flush of brand new lush fronds.

Mature Tree Ferns for sale at Urban Jungle

Feed with a light, slow-release fertiliser in spring, they can be sensitive to over-fertilisation.

Some, such as the Polystichum setiferum (Divisilobum Group) 'Proliferum' may require some crown protection during very harsh, wet winters, but they’re totally worth it and the flush of soft shuttlecock shaped fronds look wonderful in spring.
Also, Pteris umbrosa will benefit from being brought indoors to a bathroom windowsill with plenty of mist over winter, However, in mild, sheltered gardens in southerly and coastal locations or city microclimates, it may pull through.

We would recommend looking at the ferns individual care requirements, however, as these can vary slightly. And, if you require any further advice and guidance on choosing the right ferns for your garden, CONTACT the experts at Urban Jungle and they will be happy to assist, or dive straight in and visit the Nurseries or browse the range on the website HERE for at least 20% OFF full priced plants this autumn.

Just some of the ferns available at Urban Jungle Suffolk.

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Win lunch for two in the Cafe....

07 October 2019 - Posted by Rachel Bannon

Win lunch for two in the Cafe....

we need your help

All you need to do to be in with a chance is to take a few minutes to answer the questions in our short surveys and we'll chose an entry name at random as the winner. 

Please note - You may enter more than one survey providing you have experienced the Nursery, Cafe and/or Events at Norfolk and/or Suffolk in that particular survey. Your feedback is completely confidential and entry names will be kept separately when the winner is drawn. 

If you have visited the Nursery CLICK HERE
If you have visited the Cafe CLICK HERE
If you have attended an event CLICK HERE

Thank you so much for your help, we hope to see you again soon in the Jungle!

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The chillies are almost ready for the festival weekend...

15 August 2019 - Posted by Rachel Bannon, in Propagation, Nursery, NewsLetter, Suffolk, Cafe Jungle

The chillies are almost ready for the festival weekend... 

Here are a few of our homegrown varieties, potted and ready to sell at the 2019 Suffolk Cactus and Chilli festival next Sunday 25th August!

Cayenne chilli plant for sale
Cayenne Chilli Plants

Cherry Bomb Chilli Plant for sale
Hot Pepper 'Cherry Bomb'

Jalapeno chilli plants for sale
Jalapeno Chilli Plant

Join us next Sunday at our annual Cactus and Chilli Festival and browse the amazing selection of hardy and interior cacti, succulents, agaves, yuccas, and other desert lovers, with some rare and unusual species too. We'll have 100s of brightly coloured chillies, of all shapes, sizes and heat, including some extra mild, med, hot and super hot ones to those mentioned above! We'll also have chilli inspired dishes with RocketShip Sauces, cocktails, workshops, events and a big Bank Holiday Sunday party!

Mojito, 6 courses, 6.30pm, £38
Create a Cactus Garden, coffee & cake, 11am, £55

Create a three-tier, hardy, succulent show-stopper, coffee & cake, 2pm, £59
9-11.30 BBQ brunch
10am Cactus Masterclass, 45 minutes, £5 TICKETS
10-4pm Crafty stalls and things to browse
12.30pm - 4pm Mexican BBQ feast
12.30pm Outside cocktail bar
1pm Barney Holmes Acoustic Set
3pm 'The Old Stuff' Latino Party

Celebrate the final Bank Holiday weekend of the summer with fun for the whole family.

suffolk cactus and chilli festival

Suffolk Cactus and Chilli Festival


cactus and chilli festival

cactus and chilli festival

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PRESS RELEASE - New look leaves for the Jungle

11 August 2019 - Posted by Rachel Bannon, in Trade, Norfolk, NewsLetter, Suffolk, Propagation, Nursery, Cafe Jungle

UJ Rebrand 2019 Press Release - New look leaves for the Jungle

With the 20th anniversary fast approaching for Urban Jungle, we thought it was high-time we had a fresh new look. 

Urban Jungle continues to offer outstanding plants within an inspirational garden setting. But the business has evolved, and now we’re extremely proud to also offer beautiful houseplants, an incredible Cafe and event space, with workshops and gifts too, in Norfolk and Suffolk. 

Our new-look is designed to showcase our vibrant surroundings, the importance of big, bold leaves and the centre of our being, the sun, without which People, Plants and Food would simply not survive. 

The brief…

Urban Jungle is growing, fast. With exceptional plants still at the core, the additional products and services the business now offers requires a fresh look that represents the pace at which Urban Jungle is moving. Something lively, exhilarating and adventurous, something that brings the Urban Jungle journey to life.  

The solution…

“Working with such a well-known local company comes with different challenges to what you might expect. Whilst a complete change was needed, we wanted to stay in touch with the previous designs to ensure continuity of the brand.

With so many companies opting for what now seems like a stock leaf effect, we wanted to push the boundaries further to place Urban Jungle above all others. The new design grows from a number of bespoke illustrations which come together to provide a jungle canopy in nearly a camo effect, but each leaf can also be used in isolation throughout future communication and design.

It was a refreshing change to have a design brief which centred around maximalist rather than the usual minimalist brief!” Stuart Flatt, Addicted Content. 

Urban Jungle Logo
Urban Jungle Logo rebrand

“The vision for Urban Jungle has always been bold, and with progressive change in recent years the future promises to bring even more adventure for our customers, and the whole Jungle team. We hope that our new look will bring a fresh, exciting energy to the Jungle, reflecting our true passion for people, plants and food. And, there are still plenty of dynamic new projects that we’re working hard on behind the scenes, such as a brand new website and team uniforms. Stay tuned!” Rachel Bannon, Marketing and Events Manager. 

We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below... 

Still to come… 

Our new website project is well underway and will include some incredible new features including a new-look ‘plant finder’, making it even easier for you to pick a perfect plant for that special space. You’ll find the navigation of the shop much more user-friendly, and you’ll be able to glean inspiration from our on-site suggestions and browsing options. 

Urban Jungle Logo rebrand website concepts

The Jungle team will also benefit from a makeover with easy-to-spot uniforms, making it even easier to get straight to the expert when you’re in the Jungle. 

Did you know, from 2019, can also hire the Jungle for your own special occasion. What event space could make a more memorable occasion than the Jungle, surrounded by leaves and dramatic lighting with incredible food and drinks options for you and your guests. 

Urban Jungle Logo rebrand camo

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