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This May, we're celebrating all things Japanese!

18 April 2019 - Posted by Rachel Bannon, in Nursery, Cafe Jungle, Norfolk, Suffolk

This May, We're celebrating all things Japanese…

During the month of May at Urban Jungle, we're celebrating all things Japanese in our Nursery and Cafe, with plants and food carefully connected to the distinct and fascinating Japanese culture, promoting a feeling of zen and ikigai (finding your bliss).


1. Create your Japanese garden - including 7 Must-have Plants for Your Japanese Garden

Create Your Japanese Garden

At the centre of this month’s celebration is the Japanese garden and all it represents, that typically break all of the Urban Jungle rules of a big, bold, maximalist indoor and outdoor setting.

Read on to find out more about the many elements that make up a Japanese garden, why these will add something really special to your outdoor space, and the meaning behind them. 


2. A Japanese Dining Experience

Japanese Dining Experience

As part of the 2019 Beccles Food and Drink Festival's Fringe Events, on Friday 24th May, we will be hosting a Japanese banquet, celebrating this unique cuisine, enjoy 5 courses with an arrival drink.


3. Kokedama Workshops

Kokedama workshop

The beautiful Japanese garden art of Kokedama simply translates as Koke (moss) Dama (ball). Join our workshop and spend 90 minutes learning all about the history, origin and care whilst creating your very own delightful, dangling plant.

Suffolk - Thursday 2nd May, 6.30pm - Join us in the Jungle this May and create Japanese moss balls, with Sake and Sushi. 

Norfolk - Saturday 11th May, 10.30am - Join us in the Jungle this May and create Japanese moss balls, with tea and cake.

4. Bonsai Talk and Display

Bonsai talk and display

Visit the Jungle and enjoy the wonderful world of Bonsai as part of our Japanese themed month of May. The Japanese believe that miniature objects have mystical and magical powers concentrated within them, adding to the intriguing nature of Bonsai. 

Mick Hillocks from the Norfolk Bonsai Association will focus on outdoor specimens with Chinese elms, acers, cotoneaster and beech trees amongst others displayed and designed to inspire beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Norfolk - Sunday 5th May, Displays 10am-3pm, Talk 10.30am.

Suffolk - Saturday 18th May, Displays 10am-3pm, Talk 10.30am.

5. Drop in Origami Craft Workshop with Claree Fairee

origami drop in workshop

The ancient craft of Origami literally translated, means 'paper' 'folding', however we thing its more like paper magic...
Origami consists of folding a single sheet of square, coloured paper into a beautiful sculpture without using scissors, glue, tape or any markings at all!

During the May holidays, visit the Jungle and learn to create these wonderful masterpieces with Claree fairy. 

FREE for Nursery and Cafe customers, 10-midday

Now you have all the tools to create your Japanese space, indoors and outdoors. If you would like to find out more about our Japanese celebration, or attend any of our events get in touch with the team HERE. 


 
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Plug In Suffolk - Vehicle Charging at UJ Suffolk

25 March 2019 - Posted by EO Charging, in Suffolk


Plug In Suffolk - 'Fully open' charging

Plug In Suffolk

EO Charging, one of the UK’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging manufacturers, has today launched ‘Plug In Suffolk’ in partnership with Suffolk County Council and renewable energy provider Bulb.

This is the country’s first ‘fully open’ public fast-charging network for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, meaning EV drivers simply pay by contactless payment with no need to register with networks or become members of organisations.

The first ‘Plug in Suffolk’ charging location has today been unveiled at Urban Jungle Plant Nursery and Cafe in Beccles. The company offer two 7kW EO chargers alongside the EO Pay kiosk, allowing members of the public and employees to charge their electric vehicles.

‘Plug In Suffolk’ will see the installation of electric vehicle charging stations (up to 400 individual sockets) across the county at 100 key locations and business addresses. Once completed the charging network will be available for all plug-in vehicle drivers with each charging location listed on www.pluginsuffolk.org or searchable via Zap Map and Google Maps.

  1. Plug In Suffolk
Charlie Jardine, Founder and CEO of EO Charging, said:

“Suffolk’s existing charging infrastructure is simply not fit for purpose if we are to see the mass adoption of EVs across the county. The ‘Plug In Suffolk’ network will play a vital role in increasing the density of publicly available fast EV chargers and will ensure that driving electric in Suffolk is hassle-free. Charging should be as easy as buying groceries, simply tap-and-go!

“We want to support Suffolk County Council’s ambition of Creating the Greenest County and firmly believe that implementing this network is an important piece of the puzzle. We’re also pretty excited to be launching the network on our home soil here in Suffolk!”

Businesses that install the ‘EO Pay’ unit and become part of the ‘Plug In Suffolk’ network, will be able to charge visitors to charge their electric vehicle. Host businesses have the option to pay upfront for the chargers or alternatively can spread the cost through EO Charging’s new pay per day funding model – ‘Charging-as-a-Service’.

Plug In Suffolk

Councillor Richard Rout, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council, said:

We’re working to reduce the barriers that drivers face when thinking about switching to EVs here in Suffolk. Installing charging infrastructure that not only covers a large rural area but is also available to all electric vehicle drivers is most certainly a challenge! We’re confident, however, that the ‘Plug In Suffolk’ network will be a solution for many plug-in drivers.

“The network is another commitment towards Creating the Greenest County for Suffolk and will drive traffic to Suffolk’s businesses and provide them with the opportunity to financially capitalise on the increasing demand for EV charging in the region. Given their technical and local expertise, it is exciting to launch this initiative alongside Stowmarket-based EO Charging.”

EO Charging has also partnered with Bulb, Britain’s biggest green energy supplier, to offer Suffolk businesses the opportunity to switch to 100% renewable electricity. Businesses that become a part of the ‘Plug In Suffolk’ network will be able to switch to Bulb, who provide affordable renewable energy at prices on average 15% lower than standard energy tariffs offered by the ‘Big Six’.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Head of Bulb Labs, said:

"We're delighted to be partnering with EO Charging and Suffolk County Council to bring convenient EV charging to the people of Suffolk. We're on a mission to make the UK the greenest country on earth and are working to support the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in the UK. ‘Plug in Suffolk’ represents a significant step on the way towards building the infrastructure we need to make that happen.”

Suffolk businesses can now apply to become part of the ‘Plug In Suffolk’ network, by completing a simple application form at www.pluginsuffolk.org

EO Charging is currently in discussion with a number of other counties and local authorities across the UK to launch similar projects to support the growing popularity for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Urban Jungle Co-Owner Liz Browne added "We're electrified! This has made us feel really plugged in to the community! It's a real buzz! Feels good to be doing our bit for the reduction in use of fossil fuels, and pollution. It's so exciting to think that we're at the forefront of providing this technology that will make for a better, cleaner, safer future. And who knows - perhaps users will become new, Nursery and Cafe customers. Everyone's a winner!

If you would like any more information please get in touch with the team 01502 219110. 

 
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Pumpkins are for life, not just for Halloween...

02 November 2018 - Posted by Rachel Bannon, in Cafe Jungle, Nursery, Propagation, Suffolk, NewsLetter, Norfolk

It's no secret that we just love autumn and everything it brings. Cosy coffees by the fire in Cafe Jungle, hot spiced soups and cassoulets amongst the exotics and exploring the rainbow of reds, oranges, browns and golds throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk Nurseries. Make no mistake though, the real star of the show at Urban Jungle is always the pumpkin.



Acorn, Butternut, Turks Turban, White, Cheese and Blue Hokkaido pumpkins, squashes and gourds have all made Autumn truly awesome this year at the Jungle.


DID YOU KNOW? Once upon a time, it was tradition to carve turnips and potatoes. Now, we're eternally grateful to Cinderella adding a touch of glamour to gourds in the 17th century fairy tale, allowing us to unashamedly celebrate the beauty of the pumpkin every October.

Save our pumpkins

 Our beautiful British pumpkins can contain up to 500 seeds and take around 5 months to grow, yet in the UK we are wasting around 18,000 tonnes each year. So here's 5 easy ways to make the most of these marvellous vegetables...

1 Grow your own...
Great fun to grow and easy to cultivate. Save your seeds for spring and grown your very own pumpkins. Find out how.

2 Seed snacks...
They're high in iron, and can be roasted to eat. Spread the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes to dry them out. Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your favourite spices. Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden. Tip | The flowers that grow on pumpkin vines are also edible.

3 Compost them...
Create the most nourishing soil with your Halloween pumpkin. If you already have a compost area just add as you would other vegetable scraps. If not, find a sunny spot at the bottom of the garden, cover with leaves and let the worms do the hard work.

4 Make soup!
Café Jungle's Squash and Nigella seed soup is a real favourite this time of year, and if you're making at home it can be easily frozen and enjoyed at another time.

5 Feed the birds...
Birds and small mammals love dried pumpkin seeds, just leave them out in your garden. Or you canLarge birds and small mammals will eat pumpkin seeds if you offer them in your yard. Collect seeds from your pumpkins, before composting them, and let the seeds dry.

6 Turn it into a planter...
Post-Halloween pumpkins make for a unique addition to your winter garden. Cut a large hole at the top and hollow out the 'brains'. Drill a small hole at the bottom for drainage and fill the pumpkin half full with potting soil. Add some seasonal flowers or herbs, water thoroughly and enjoy.

If you would like to try any of these ideas, pop down to the Jungle and pick up a pumpkin for free. We'd love to see what you get up to with them too, so feel free to share on our social media channels.



#SaveThePumpkins #PumpkinRescue

 
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Pumpkins

09 October 2018 - Posted by Rachel Bannon, in Trade, Norfolk, NewsLetter, Suffolk, Propagation, Nursery, Cafe Jungle

Pumpkins

This year we've got lots of wonderful pumpkins for sale in the Jungle. We've carefully chosen to support local farm Algy's as our main pumpkin supplier, as being just down the road in Dereham the delivery miles are dramatically reduced. Algy's also use organic manure and each pumpkin is hand sown meaning that each and every one is completely unique.

We have small, medium, large, 'monsters' and white and warty ones too. Prices start from 1.50.

Pumpkins at Urban Jungle


Children's Pumpkin Event

Join us on the 25th and 26th October and Jazz up your Jungle Pumpkin. For £5, we'll provide the pumpkins, paints and accessories, and Claree Fairy will be on hand to help design and decorate beautiful pumpkin centrepieces for your home and garden.

Just drop in or book your space HERE.

Jazz up your Jungle Pumpkin Decorating Family




 
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Autumn planting - keep the 2018 summer alive throughout the winter!

31 August 2018 - Posted by Uhi Millington, in Norfolk, Trade, NewsLetter, Nursery, Suffolk

Autumn planting, and keeping the 2018 summer alive!

What are the benefits to planting in the Autumn?

1. The ground has heated up over the summer months and the soil retains that warmth, promoting root growth
2. The need for constant watering is reduced as the sun is not so intense, and daytime temperatures have reduced. We can also expect more rain and higher soil moisture levels.
3. Plants are not in active growth, they are not putting energy into making lots of foliage and flowers and can concentrate on putting down a network of roots.
4. Its a great time to plug those gaps you can see in the garden or ditch those plants that are not good value.
5. You'll be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour next spring and summer!

We recommend planting the following...


Acer palmatum osakazuki

Autumn is the best time to plant trees. They are able to establish a root system during autumn and winter which anchors them to the ground and gives them greater stability for when they begin rapid top growth during spring and summer.

Acers are one of our top picks, and with so many to choose from its hard to narrow it down. We love Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' - it's so modest during spring and summer, you would never guess that it ends the year in a huge explosion of vivid bonfire-red leaves.

We also love Acer palmatum 'Red Emperor' for its reddish-purple foliage and its ability to cope in a sunny spot. 

Acer palmatum red emperor
Acer palmatum 'Red Emperor'

And finally we love Acer palmatum dissectum 'Flavescens' for its delicate light green feathery foliage which turn to reds, yellows and oranges from late summer into Autumn.


Shrubs are invaluable. They're good all-rounders giving shelter for the wildlife in your garden, and colour and structure throughout the year. 

Crinodendron hookerianium
Crinodendron hookerianum


One of our favourites is Crinodendron hookerianum or the 'Chilean Lantern Tree'. It's suited to well-drained, acidic soils in sun or partial shade. It's evergreen, and in spring, and again in late-summer it produces exotic crimson lanterns which hang on long stems from the branches. 

Mahonia winter sun
Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'

If you're looking for winter interest, Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun' doesn't disappoint. It's an architectural shrub with spiny-leathery foliage, producing huge racemes of fragrant sulphur-yellow flowers to brighten up the darkest winter days.


Bamboos are great to plant during autumn. Planting in the cooler, wetter months means less watering whilst they establish themselves.  By the time spring comes, plants should have a strong root system to support the rapid-growing new culms. Bamboos are evergreen, hardy,  low maintenance, and have all year interest. They provide movement, sound and texture in the garden – and they provide excellent screening. 

Fargesia nitidia Black Pearl
Fargesia nitidia 'Black Pearl'

Some of our most popular bamboos are Fargesia nitidia 'Black Pearl', or Black Fountain bamboo.  These are clump forming, non invasive and upright with graceful arching tips. Dense, slender canes vary in colour from green and dark purple to black, with delicate fresh green leaves covering the plants in profusion. A great choice for a shady spot in your garden and near ponds.

Zig Zag Bamboo
Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. 'Spectabilis' (Zig Zag bamboo)

Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. 'Spectabilis' (Zig Zag bamboo), or as we like to call it 'wobbly legs', is vigorous but not rampant, tall and extremely wind tolerant. It's wonderfully ornamental, especially when the lower canes are stripped to expose bright yellow canes with vertical green grooves.


Pennisetum Black Beauty
Pennisetum 'Black Beauty'

For texture Pennisetum 'Black Beauty' is a beautiful grass. Darkly centred flower-heads with a haze of fluffy 'cats whiskers' extend from a mass of glossy green foliage. Water droplets form on the flower-heads like jewels. 

miscanthus sinensis malepartus
Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'

Guaranteed to stop you in your tracks is Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'. Emerging now are their silky, wine coloured flower-heads that burst into a creamy white. The arching foliage turns a lovely bronze in the autumn and winter. Leave the stems intact during the winter to provide shelter for wildlife during winter.


euphorbia blackbird
Euphorbia blackbird

Euphorbia x martini ascot rainbow
Euphorbia x martini 'Ascot Rainbow'

Punchy reliable Euphorbias never fail to impress. Easy to care for, they provide colour and structure throughout the autumn and winter. Choose from the striking deep-purple and zingy lime of Euphorbia 'Blackbird' = Nothowlee, and the warming tones of Euphorbia x martini 'Ascot Rainbow'

Euphorbia characias Tazmanian Tiger
Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'
For a dazzling display, the silvery foliage of Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger' will add a shining light in a sunny border.

Euphorbia grifithii fireglow
Euphorbia grifithii 'Fireglow' 

Euphorbia grifithii 'Fireglow' is perfect for banks and slopes, and coastal, cottage & informal gardens throughout the year. 


As the nights draw in with wetter weather arriving, now is the perfect time to give those shady areas of the garden a boost with ferns. We have an array to choose from. 

Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris erythrosora

Dryopteris erythrosora is one of our absolute favourites. Beautiful coppery foliage in the autumn matures to a glossy green. They also flourish in dry shade once established. 

Athyrium niponicum Burgundy Lace
Athyrium niponicum Burgundy Lace

For a splash of colour, Athyrium niponicum var pictum 'Burgundy Lace' is an enchanting, hardy fern with dramatic silvery-purple foliage, intensifying in a shadier position.


Phormiums add fantastic colour and drama to a pot or border in your garden, making it the perfect plant to help extend the summer. 

Phormium mauri sunrise
Phormium 'Maori Sunrise'

Phormium 'Maori Sunrise' is particularly striking, bronze-green leaves with hints of pink, apricot and yellow will bring a taste of the exotic to your garden. 

Phormium black velvet
Phormium 'Black Velvet'

Phormium 'Black Velvet' has wonderfully dark, bold foliage guaranteed to add drama and contrast throughout the autumn and winter, even when covered in snow!

Lots of these are available in the online shop, or if you would like to check stock and find out more, please contact us in the Nursery HERE. 

 
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