Ornamental Trees Blog

14/01/2011
Around The Nursery Today, Fruit Trees & Bushes

Apple Bramley Seedling

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

12/01/2011
Around The Nursery Today, Ornamental Trees

Resplendent Reds

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.

11/01/2011
Around The Nursery Today, Autumn/Winter, Shrubs

Witch Hazel Hamamelis

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.

Winter Interest 10/01/2011
Autumn/Winter, Ornamental Trees

Trees for Winter Interest

There are many deciduous trees that give fantastic winter interest, from stunning bark to those that hold their berries or even flower in winter. Maples and Birch trees offer some of the best and most varied bark, but also consider Prunus serrula with it’s rich, glossy peeling bark. Crab Apple, Hawthorn and Mountain Ash trees can still hold their fruits into winter, whilst Prunus × subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ and Prunus × subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ may flower. Here are some of our favourite trees for winter interest. Click the image to view... Read More

07/01/2011
Around The Nursery Today, Autumn/Winter, Ornamental Trees

Dull Days and Bright Birches

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.

10/11/2010
Company News, Fruit Trees & Bushes

Primary School Competition Winners

We had a fantastic response to our ‘Win A Mini Orchard For Your Primary School’ competition, with hundreds of entries selecting the 3 top poems was a daunting task but we narrowed it down and here they are! Apple An apple could be as big as a elephant or as small as a ant It could be as spotty as a dinosaur or as weak as a noodle. An apple could be as rough as a tire or as smooth as a piece of silk and last of all it’s... Read More

03/11/2010
Fruit Trees & Bushes

Apple Tasting Success

Our apple tasting day was a real success with a great turn out and lots of interest in the different varieties available. Sue our accounts manager spent countless hours stewing apples which went down fantastically with everybody who joined us on the day. We kept a record of the most popular apples on the day and in no particular order, here they are; Greensleeves An excellent green dessert apple with crisp, tangy flesh. From Kent in 1966. Ashmeads Kernel A tasty apple with green/yellow, red flushed skin and crisp yellow flesh... Read More

04/10/2010
Fruit Trees & Bushes

Family Fruit Trees

A family fruit tree is a great choice for those with room for just one tree. The family fruit tree consists of 2 or more varieties of a fruit grafted onto one tree. Grafting has been practised for thousands of years and is a method of asexual plant propagation where the tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with those of another. The grafting technique is used to ensure that varieties are true to type. Living, viable material, called the scion, is removed from the variety you wish to... Read More