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English Woodlands Burrow Nursery Blog

  • Time to trim Viburnum tinus

    Viburnum tinus is a versatile evergreen shrub that can be used for hedging or pruned into topiary shapes - spheres or half-standards.

    Pink buds stay on all winter and cream flowers show in spring. After the flowers have finished they can be pruned to retain the shape.

    Viburnum tinus half-standards Trim Viburnum tinus now
  • Newly planted trees and the weather

    The weather continues to keep us guessing!

    We have had a very dry winter, a very warm spell in spring and also some hard frosts at night. Recent showers haven't penetrated the soil to any great depth.

    Newly planted trees will need watering, even after rain, check the soil moisture a couple of inches down and water appropriately, click here to read our watering advice information sheet.

    The warm weather in spring encouraged fresh new growth that was vulnerable to frost damage - and we had at least a couple of nights of very hard frost.  Luckily hardy trees and shrubs can cope with short periods of frost but you may see symptoms such as browning or scorching of the leaves.

    Advice for young plants Frost damage on Hydrangeas

    For example, this year we have seen evidence of frost damage on Acers, Davidia, Photinia and Hydrangeas. If there is damage to the whole leaf this can be pruned off but leave only partially damaged leaves on the plant as they will continue to photosynthesize. As long as the plant has sufficient water and nutrients and as temperatures warm up new growth should continue.

  • Closed Bank Holiday

    We are closed Bank  Holiday Monday 1st May - we hope you enjoy the weekend! Open again 8 am Tuesday as usual.

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  • Aromatic plants

    Aromatic plants now in stock:  English Lavender Vera and Munstead, Rosemary officinialis and mixed Thymes.

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    Also just arrived in the nursery Apricot 'Aprigold' bushes.

  • Easter Opening Times

    We are closed Good Friday

    Open 8am-4.00pm Easter Saturday

    Closed Easter Monday

    Open as usual 8am Tuesday 18th April

    Happy Easter!

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  • Early flowering ornamental cherries

    We have recently had some warm, wet and cold days all in quick succession  but it is officially spring!

    At the end of the winter early flowering cherry trees are especially welcome. Some of the best include Prunus Okame, Prunus cerasifera nigra and Prunus blireana, next comes Prunus Accolade. The autumn flowering cherry 'Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis' flowers in spring too. There is a cherry tree for every garden - and patio!

     

     

     

     

  • Don't miss out on bare root plants

    We are nearly at the end of the season for bare-root plants. When the sun comes out and temperatures increase plants start new root and shoot growth and should be in the ground!

    We can supply bare root trees and hedge plants up to the end of March and maybe just into April depending on demand and weather conditions.

    So if you have a new hedge to plant or an established hedge to gap up, don't miss out this season, contact us by telephone, on the web or visit the nursery. We generally like some advance notice for packing but we can often supply small quantities at short notice.

  • Winter foliage

    Evergreen shrubs Evergreen foliage

    When the sun comes out in late winter, it feels like spring is just around the corner. When the leaves are still off deciduous trees and shrubs the value of evergreen plants is obvious.

    Every shade from silvery to dark green and purple can be used to great effect in the garden for all year interest. Evergreens include hardy palms too - for an instant tropical feel even if the temperatures deny it!

  • Something special

    We have some fabulous new specimen plants in the nursery.

    Drawing many comments is the shrub Edgeworthia chrysantha which has silky buds in late winter opening to yellow sweetly  scented flowers in spring before the leaves appear.  Also called the Chinese Paper bush, it prefers a sunny and sheltered site, well-drained but moist soil and grows to around 1.5m with a 2m spread.

    Chinese paper bush Edgeworthia chrysantha

     

    Edgeworthia buds Edgeworthia buds

     

  • Pruning Wisteria

    January or February is an ideal time to winter prune Wisteria. The leaves are off the plant and the framework can be clearly seen.

    The aim is to create a framework that shows off the flowers in May.  On established plants older branches may be taken off if they are too crowded,  dead,  diseased or crossing. You can then cut back all new growth from the main framework to two buds - these become the flower bearing spurs.

    In summer, pruning of long new shoots to five or six leaves encourages bud formation. Young plants are trained to the framework required, tying in shoots as horizontally as possible.

    Wisterias can be trained along walls, pergolas and arches, or trained into standards or a bonsai as pictured.

    Wisteria bonsai Wisteria bonsai

     

     

     

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