There are some glorious flowering dogwoods out there and now is the time that they are looking fantastic. The cornus kousa chinensis with its creamy white bracts looks good grown as a bush or single stem tree. For something a little different Cornus florida Cherokee Chief has large pink bracts that smother the branches in abundance. Cornus kousa China Girl is a slightly finer form of chinensis, the white bracts are more reliable as chinensis is often grown from seed and genetic variations can occur such as pink blotches over... Read More
Around The Nursery Today
It is part of our environmental policy to avoid the indiscriminate use of toxic pesticides. To do so, we believe, is wasteful and endangers wildlife. Instead, we operate a system of IPM, (integrated pest management), and a level of tolerance. We use biological pest control, (one beasty to eat another); in our composts to control vine weevil, and in our growing tunnels to control aphids and red spider mite. We tolerate some insect damage to the trees as long as it does not adversely affect the overall wellbeing of the... Read More
Its May, the world is green with fresh new growth, fruit trees have flowered, the sun is warm. There is still time to plant pot grown fruit trees, but this wasn’t always so. Until the 1960’s all plants were either sold bare rooted in the winter months, or as rootballs in the spring and autumn. In both cases the plants were grown in the ground. Growing plants in pots originated in America, indeed, they still call pots ‘cans’, as it was old tin cans that were used before commercial production... Read More
It is a wet and windy Friday afternoon and I’m sat here thinking about food! In particular the Apple Bramley Seedling. The Bramley Apple is widely recognised as the very best of the cooking apples for its reliable flavour and texture. A veritable goddess in the kitchen Delia says ‘I am quite definitely a Bramley lover… the Bramley is a star: it has an acidic yet fragrant apple flavour and it cooks to a fluffiness that is very much part of English cooking through the ages – as English as... Read More
Pretty in Pink – A lovely selection of some of the top pink plants for the garden! From deep pinkish/purples to palest candy floss, pink plants make a statement and suit lots of colour schemes. For more pink plants click here or click a picture for further information on the plant.
Red is fiery and hot. It’s a vibrant colour that evokes a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from passion and love to violence or danger. In the landscape red adds an eye-catching splash! Here are some of my top picks for red themed plants. Click a photograph for further information on that plant.
Now is the time that the winter flowering shrub Hamamelis unfurl their ribbon like petals. These Witch Hazel shrubs boast a choice of red, orange and yellow scented flowers all of which are vibrant and fiery. Hamamelis are of great value to wildlife and with their glossy green spring/summer foliage and vivid autumn colour they make a big statement year round. Take a look below at some of my personal favorite Witch Hazel varieties. Click a photograph for further information.
It’s dull grey weather like this that brings the bright white bark of white stem birches out! The white barked birch trees on the nursery look amazing against the greying sky! Many customers ask us, which is the very whitest of the silver birches? And the resounding answer is always Doorenbos. This popular white stem Himalayan birch is snowy white all year. Click here for more information Just take a look at this multistem form in our carpark at the nursery.