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Mother's Day covered, at Urban Jungle

24 February 2018 - Posted by Rachel Bannon, in Cafe Jungle, Nursery, Propagation, Suffolk, NewsLetter, Norfolk

This Mother's Day, look no further than Urban Jungle for some wonderful gifts and experiences...

1. Afternoon Tea
Enjoy stacks of tasty bruschetta and beautiful cakes & sweet treats with unlimited tea and coffee for £16.50 or with a glass of Prosecco for £19.95. Afternoon teas are available after 3pm on Mother's Day in Suffolk (and every day if a gift voucher is the present you're after). Contact us to book your table 24 hours in advance, here. 

afternoon tea suffolk

2. Plants for Women's Wellbeing
Tickets are now available for a very special 'girls night' in the Suffolk Jungle on 14th June. You'll arrive to a beautiful botanical cocktail, and special gift before learning how plants can help you through key life stages and heal illnesses with Ellen-Mary. Find out more and book your place here. 

Plants for womens wellbeing mothers day

 3. Plants, pots, and more plants and pots!
The indoor and outdoor plants, pots and planters make a great selection of ready-to-go gifts that require no wrapping or extra fuss. Bring your mum for a day out and she'll be able to chose her own houseplant, plant for the garden and pot combination or pop in and pick up something ready, in time for the 11th March. Urban Jungle Suffolk also has a range of unique gifts and beautiful things for the home if a plant isn't quite what you're looking for. 

hyacinth mothers day plants

Of course, there are always gift vouchers and these are available to buy in the Nursery or Cafe, or online here.

Happy Mother's Day :)

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What to do in the garden - March

24 February 2018 - Posted by Uhi Millington, in Norfolk, Trade, Propagation, Nursery, NewsLetter, Suffolk

Norfolk Nursery Manager Uhi Millington is offering her top tips for what to do in the garden now. Be mindful though, the temperature is still very temperamental, so you may want to hold off on unwrapping bananas and tree ferns for a few more weeks.

1. Uncover bananas (weather permitting)

When the temperatures rise and banana plants are still wrapped in their winter layers, they can start to grow and push their way out of their protection. They can also sweat, which can lead to fungal infections or rot. We unwrap our bananas around mid March (but watch out, this winter has been full of surprises!). In spring we give them a good layer of organic matter and/or fertiliser to encourage them to grow really big. You can find out more about Musas and Enstetes here, and browse the range available online.

Uhi top tips

2. Look after your tree ferns.

Tree ferns can be unwrapped when the danger of very cold nights has passed. It is not necessary to remove the old fronds, some people prefer to leave them on. If you do want to remove them, wait until they have become completely brown and crispy and you can see the new croziers emerging. Tree ferns will be available to buy in the Nursery and online soon. You can find out more about Dicksonia antartica here. 

Tree ferns

3. Cut back Miscanthus species

Cut back your Miscanthus grass to about 6 inches from ground level (do it now!), before they spring into active growth. If you're not ultra-tidy, you can chop or break up the stems a bit and scatter them on the garden to rot down. This will incorporate important nutrients and fibrous matter back into the soil. View the range of grasses, including Miscanthus, available online here.


4. Prune roses

If you haven't already pruned your roses now is a great time. Wait until frosty nights have passed, and don't cut when wet, as this leaves the plant vulnerable to infection. Cut back stems to outwards facing buds, not forgetting to angle your cut away from the bud so water doesn't collect around it. View the range of roses available to online here.

Roses pruned

5. Plant bamboo

Its a brilliant time to plant bamboos. They're not fussy about temperature and will benefit from being planted into moist soil. Bamboos grow rapidly and require a lot of water, so in the first 6 months after planting you will need to provide plenty of water, especially if we have dry spells. If you're planting in pots you'll need to be especially vigilant. From April, the new shoots will start to emerge, growing rapidly day-by-day. View the range of bamboo available online here. 


If you have any more questions of would like to make an enquiry, contact us. 

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Plants for Women's Wellbeing

14 February 2018 - Posted by Ellen Mary Gardening, in Cafe Jungle, Nursery, Propagation, Suffolk, NewsLetter, Norfolk

I’m really excited to announce my Plants for Wellbeing talks coming up this year! Plants and nature has an astounding ability to heal and help us all with our health, so I have devised a series of talks called 'Grow Your Own Health' and I'm kicking off with Plants for Women’s Wellbeing, addressing common female health issues & life stages.

Yes that's right we will be talking boobs, bums and bellies along with much more! No topic is off limits ladies.

Many of the natural solutions I have experienced myself with the use of plants from my own garden. Plus, there will be a few surprises as well!

Whilst I totally use conventional medicine when needed, I know how well natural medicine can help us along the way as a complimentary approach and it's all the more satisfying when you've grown it in your own garden. So there will be a few gardening tips as well.

Expect a few giggles, a drink & a goody bag at all of my talks.

Come along to Urban Jungle Suffolk on Thursday 14th June from 6pm, have a fun night & learn how your garden plants can help you in more ways than you could imagine!

See you there!
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The Kitchen Garden Diaries; Top tips for creating your very own

12 January 2018 - Posted by Niamh Mullally, in Cafe Jungle, Propagation, NewsLetter

Propagation Manager Niamh has put pen to paper and designed a wonderful new Kitchen Garden as part of the Edible Jungle in Suffolk. The Kitchen Garden will not only provide our Norfolk and Suffolk Cafés with the most unusual and exciting produce, it'll also become a beautiful new feature for you to visit this summer.

Niamh's collated all of her darkest secrets, hints and tips for creating your own Kitchen Garden in the first of her Kitchen Garden Diary entries. Shhhhhhhhhh.....

Niamh Mullally, Propagation Manager

Grow what you want to eat.

This sounds obvious, but if no one likes courgettes then don’t grow them! You must be motivated in all weathers to tend to this garden. If you must convince people to eat the produce or it gets left behind on the plate, then really…what’s the point? Look at what you put in your trolley when you shop. Imagine how good you will feel knowing there were no food miles involved in your seasonal meals.

Start sowing vegetables from seed.

There are several reasons why this is good practice. It’s the only way to ensure your seedlings are chemical free, it’s not difficult to achieve and it's much more affordable. The other bonus is that you will have seeds left over for successive sowing. I recommend Franchi seeds for this as the quantities are always generous. As a rule of thumb sow the second tray of seeds as the first is being planted out. Don’t ever discard any seeds packets, if you haven’t the room to plant the seedlings grow the seeds as micro veg in a seed tray, these can be snipped when needed and added to salads. Broad bean seeds can also be grown for the tips which are delicious wilted with new potatoes. Peas too can be grown for their shoots, but both need to be protected from the appetites of the hungry spring mice that can squeeze through the smallest gap.

Broad Bean Shoots

Broad Bean Shoots

Don’t be afraid of unusual varieties.

A bean is a bean. However, a basket of green, yellow, and purple beans is a joy to harvest and cook with. Salad doesn’t just mean lettuce. When you select your seeds think taste, colour, and texture. In the winter this can easily be achieved by including some spinach and oriental leaves. These will bolt in the summer so the young tender leaves of ‘burnet’, ‘pink stemmed radish’ and ‘magenta chard' will add flavour and extra dimension to salads. Round courgettes seem to have a smaller water content and are perfect for sauteing.

Coloured beans

Coloured beans

Feed your soil.

Do this in advance of planting. I prefer to use a sea weed based fertilizer, but bone meal or blood fish and bone works equally well. If you are hopeful for harvests all year round, this should be done twice a year. March and September.

Embrace the straight lines!

It becomes incredibly satisfying to watch the vegetables mature in an orderly fashion and helps you with calculations for future crops. Achieving this requires some self-control. Never, ever plant all your seedlings from the tray. Hold back 30% so that any casualties can always be easily replaced. Another good reason to sow your own seeds.

A border or bed is not necessarily a flat planting space.

Its design is in your hands. A vertical screen can be used for beans, sweet peas, and small pumpkins. The shade created by this combination can be incredibly useful in the summer months. Lettuce, spinach, and some herbs will relish this.


Kale for instance has a planting space of 18 inches to two feet depending on the variety. Use this space wisely and have fun. Patterns of different tones of radicchio and lettuce are easy and are ideal as they thrive in semi shade and are low growing (remember don’t plant them all!), and will make you smile smugly when they mature.

Rainbow Chard and Endive

Under-planting Rainbow Chard with Endive Mix

Chard and Raddicio

Under-planting Chard with Radicchio

Incorporate soft and hard herbs into the design.

Parsley, basil, and coriander are good choices to start with. Rosemary grows well in a container that can be placed in the sunniest spot. Mint should only ever be grown in its own container so that you can control its tendency to become invasive. I always include a line of chives as these are bee friendly and perennial, the flowers can be used to make to a simple pink chive infused vinegar. All these herbs are easily grown from seed.

The planting distances are only a guide.

I have always planted a bit closer together than advised and have achieved bigger harvests as a result. It also means less weeds.

Incorporate flowers both ornamental and edibles.

Bees and butterflies will arrive, trust me you want this. The bonus of course is that you won’t have to make a dash to the local shop and pay for overpriced insipid bouquets when the need arises. Dahlias, sunflowers, nigella, and zinnias are all great cut flowers. The easiest and most reliable edible flowers are calendula ‘orange king’ and cornflower ‘blue boy’. Violas and pansies are essential for a continuous supply of edible flowers in the winter months. Sow these from seed every year, again ensuring they are chemical free.

Edible Flowers

Edible flowers

Learn the art of preserving gluts.

Pickling is a pretty simple process and the practice recently has leapt from its wartime ration like reputation to the ultimate in cool upcycling of home-grown gluts. Pickle bars are popping up in most cities. A pickled mild chilli for instance is a taste sensation, cutting through the heavy flavours of rich cheese and the inevitable fatty textures of some cured meats. Tomatoes can become chutney, ketchup or even be fermented. Radicchios and spring onions are also wonderful pickled and who doesn’t love a side dish of some home-made kimchi?



Be quirky.

Its your space and should reflect YOU. Don’t be afraid to incorporate your own personal idea of garden art. Whether it be a planted welly, an old mirror, or some home-made vintage bunting just have fun.

Invest in some evergreen architectural plants.

Artichokes or cardoons are easily grown in any soil and give height and structure. Angelica is a visually stunning plant but take care to remove its seedlings as it can become a thug. For the larger budget I would recommend a bay tree or two and for instant impact invest in a mature olive tree.

Olive trees

Olive trees

Install some seating.

This is where you will sink, feel proud and will reflect on your achievements. Put it in a shady sheltered spot so there will be no hurry to leave on a searing summer day. It will be a great place to sit and watch those happy butterflies.

Sketch it out.

If you have any unwanted rolls of wallpaper these are perfect turned inside-out to start mapping out your design. A roll of lining paper works too. Map out the beds with care, hopefully they will be overflowing with produce so the width of pathways is important to get right first time. A metre is the smallest width advisable, as you will need to be able to push a wheelbarrow around your plot.

Kitchen garden design

Suffolk Kitchen Garden Plan

Happy gardening!


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Make your business a success in 2018, with plants...

08 January 2018 - Posted by Ustaine Millington, in Cafe Jungle, Nursery, Propagation, Suffolk, NewsLetter, Norfolk

Why every office and workplace should keep houseplants...

Research shows they can have a huge impact on businesses. Not only do they make the environment more aesthetically pleasing for staff and clients, like pets they can help reduce stress levels and also create the perception of a cleaner, more wealthy environment.

What can they do for your business?

There are numerous health and performance benefits too. The air inside modern offices and buildings is loaded with pollutants; commonly known as ‘sick building syndrome’. It causes a host of poor health problems such as allergies, headaches and fatigue. Houseplants can purify the air, some are able to remove contaminants, produce oxygen and even help raise the humidity. A rise in humidity is beneficial as it reduces vulnerability to viral infections. These factors combined lead to increased concentration levels and greater productivity with reduced absenteeism. It's a no brainer.

Here's six of the best houseplants for your workplace environment.

1. Rhapsis excelsa (The Lady Palm)

This office favourite is an upright elegant palm with a look of bamboo about it. It's slow growing, easy to look after and very adaptable so ideal for interiors. It has air purifying qualities and has been shown to actively remove pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene, and carbon dioxide from the air.

Rhapsis excelsa The Lady Palm

2. Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)

With an abundance of lance-shaped glossy leaves and white sail-like flowers this is one of the easiest to care for houseplants and dare we say it – tolerates a lot of abuse. It will tell you when its thirsty and will bounce right back when you give it a drink. It is one of the best to remove formaldehyde, benzene and certain volatile organic compounds that can be emitted by cleaning products. It also helps raise the humidity and produces oxygen.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is easy to care for and has some amazing health benefits. A great plant for keeping near the kitchen in homes, restaurants and cafes. It's full of vitamins and amino acids, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and the sap is excellent for healing wounds and burns. In addition to that, it also removes formaldehyde from the air.

Aloe Vera

4. Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)

The spider plant is tough and resilient. It likes to dry out between watering, to be pot-bound and is happiest in indirect bright light. It removes carbon monoxide and xylene, and also a solvent used in printing, making it a good all rounder for offices, homes and schools.

Spider Plant

5. Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii' (The Snake Plant)

An architectural and contemporary-looking plant, this undemanding workplace friend is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene. It also releases oxygen at night which helps improve sleep quality, not that we advocate sleeping at work of course.

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii' (The Snake Plant)

6. Monstera deliciosa

Easy to recognise, and best known for its huge jungle leaves, the Swiss Cheese Plant is forgiving and will flourish for decades on very little attention. It is one of the best all-rounders at improving air quality, removing formaldehyde and generating oxygen at night.

Monstera deliciosa Swiss Cheese Plant

For those of you who know Urban Jungle, you can now understand why our team are bursting with energy and never miss a day's work!

Visit Café Jungle in Norfolk and Suffolk and browse the indoor houseplants. Speak to us if you'd like some houseplants for your business.

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