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English Woodlands Burrow Nursery Blog

  • Don't miss out on rootballed Hedge Plants

    50% OFF USUAL PRICE THIS WEEK !

    Available until the end of April while stocks last:

    quality hedge plants that have been field grown, pruned and supplied with soil round the roots protected by  hessian.

    Evergreen Yew - Taxus baccata is available from 60-80cm tall up to 150-175cm tall (and sizes in between) from £15 (10+ rate for smallest size). A classic for traditional hedges and topiary, a beautiful backdrop to herbaceous borders and ideal on well-drained soil.

    Evergreen Western Red Cedar - Thuja plicata - more tolerant of heavy clay soils than Yew, clips just as well and tolerates some shade. Available in sizes from 150cm tall to 225cm from £34.80 (10+ rate for smallest) depending on quantity.

    Yew and Thuja Rootballed hedge plants
  • Ornamental Cherries

    Prunus Umineko - Snow Goose

    In flower now, beautiful white ornamental Japanese cherry - Prunus Umineko. Reaching approximately 6-8m in maturity it is an upright shape when young maturing into a vase shape when older. Pure white single flowers and good autumn colour makes this a lovely tree as a single specimen or for an avenue.

    Available in the nursery as a small standard approximately 150-175cm tall or as standards approximately 300-350cm tall.

  • April - Ornamental Cherries

    April is a wonderful month for flowering cherries.

    We will be featuring some of these during the next few weeks. There is an ornamental cherry for every garden - small to large trees, upright or spreading in shape. The only decision to make is what colour flower you prefer and what ultimate height is suitable for your garden.

    Prunus cerasifera nigra or cherry plum is one of the earliest flowering varieties starting in late March and early April.

    It has dense purple foliage in summer and pale pink single flowers in early spring. It reaches approximately 8m ultimately. Tolerant of most soil types including chalk, it prefers a sunny site.

    It is available either as single stem trees or multi-stem (in the nursery) up to 3m tall.

  • April flowers

    It may be a cold and wet Bank Holiday but there is lots to look forward to this month in the garden!

    Magnolias are in bud and some are starting to flower already. Magnolia Stellata is one of the first, with white star-like flowers, it is a hardy shrub and reaches approximately 2.5-3m ultimately.  They are tolerant of most soils except shallow chalk.

    Magnolia Stellata Magnolia Stellata

     

    We stock Magnolia Stellata in three sizes of established shrubs from 60-80cm tall in a 10 litre pot for £38.40 . Please phone us for details of the largest size.

    After that the star of the show is Magnolia soulangeana, the classic pale pink flower with the dark pink/purple base. It reaches approximately 4-8m ultimately.  It tolerates clay soils as long as they are not waterlogged. Both Magnolias thrive in full sun or partial shade.

    Magnolia soulangeana Magnolia soulangeana

     

    We stock Magnolia soulangeana starting at £38.40 for a 80-100cm tall plant in a 10 litre pot and more established specimens at £144 for a 150-175cm tall plant.

    And there'll be more flowers when the ornamental cherries start to blossom, more information to follow about them next week ! ...

    We re-open in the nursery on Tuesday 3rd April at 8am after the Bank Holiday weekend. 

     

     

  • March offers and Easter Closing Times

    *** We are closed Good Friday and Easter Monday ***

    Open Easter Saturday as usual 8am to 4pm

    (Closed Easter Sunday as usual)

    Last month for bare root hedge plants!

    Are you planning to gap up a hedge or plant a new one? We can supply  bare root hedge plants up to the end of March (and maybe just into April depending on demand). So don't leave it too late if you want to order this season. We are happy to advise about species and quantities or you can browse our website.

    We are offering our convenient hedge packs of 25 mixed native species at a special price while stocks last £31 for 60-80cm plants (normally £36) and £43 for the 90-120cm plants (normally £48) - a special incentive to get planting!

    We advise you to telephone prior to collection to check the plants you want are available.

     

     10% off Plant of the Month - Camellias 

    Evergreen...Hardy...  Autumn/winter and spring flowering varieties....Prefers neutral to acid soil....Red, white or pink flowers

    C. japonica varieties in the nursery include Purity (white), Mrs Tingley (Pink), Black Lace (Dark Pink), Nuccio's Pearl (white with a pink edge), Kramer's Supreme (Red). Sizes from 60cm tall to 3m!

    C. sasanqua include Hiryu (Red) and pink.

    Large specimens include multi-stem and half- standard Camellia japonica and bonsai Camellia sansaqua.

  • Weather conditions update

    *** Updated Saturday 2nd March 2018 ***

    Main roads are fine in Cross in Hand, the lane to English Woodlands is passable only by 4x4's and with extreme care by other vehicles. Please telephone if you are considering visiting.

  • 20% off small trees until 28 February

    Do you love trees? We do!

    That's why we are offering 20% off our small container trees and fruit trees during February.

    We say 'small' to distinguish them from our semi-mature standard trees but they are 175-200cm established 3-4 year old trees in a container. Our fruit trees are approximately 150cm tall and pruned to encourage low branches for easy harvesting. These trees can  be collected from the nursery as they fit into most cars.

    February is an ideal planting time. So have a good look on our website, come and visit or telephone for advice - there is a tree for every tree lover with 20% off during February (subject to availability at time of order).

    Ideal for small gardens are - ornamental cherries such as Prunus Okame, crab apples such as Malus Evereste; Amelanchiers -  20% OFF - LOVETREES18

    Larger trees (in maturity) available as small standards include Birches, Oaks, Willow, Maples - 20% OFF  - LOVETREES18

    Fruit trees include Apples, Pears, Plums, Cherries,  Hazel nuts, Walnuts, Figs, Medlars and Mulberries - 20% OFF - LOVETREES18

    Offer ends at midnight 28th February 2018, orders with payment can be placed up to this time, collection and delivery can be later.

  • Stunning mature specimens

    Looking for something special?

     

    Specimen trees We have some stunning new specimens in stock to view now.

    Mid-winter is a great time to appreciate form, structure and evergreens in the garden. Topiary can be used to great effect in both formal and informal gardens. Evergreen yew can be clipped to many shapes - balls, cones, half standards and we have a great selection which can be used as single specimens or in groups.  For a less formal look, we have mature 'multi-stem' Cryptomeria japonica and Holly - Ilex Nellie Stevens.

    Also valuable in the winter garden are trees with interesting bark including Himalayan birch and winter flowering shrubs such as Hamamelis, Mahonia and Daphne.

     

    Also new in stock are multi-stem 2.5m+ evergreen oak and Camellia - suitable for contemporary urban gardens and traditional gardens alike. Use as a stunning centre piece or a symmetrical pair.

     

    Other new arrivals include half-standard pleached evergreen Elaeagnus and deciduous Pyrus Chanticleer (ornamental pear).

    Come and visit to view!

  • Cold and wet weather advice - planting

    Autumn to spring is the ideal planting time for most trees and shrubs as they are not actively growing and there is likely to be less stress to the plant. However, it is best to avoid planting in waterlogged or frozen ground.

     

    Wet conditions?

    If the soil is waterlogged do wait until surface water has drained away before you plant. If the soil consistently remains very wet consider improving the drainage before planting or the plants could suffer in the long term. Walking on or digging soil when waterlogged can also damage the structure - compacting it and reducing the aeration which is necessary for plant roots to thrive.

    Cold conditions?

    Generally, if there is snow on the ground or the ground is frozen for several days it is advisable not to plant. Do not remove pots or containers from the root ball during freezing conditions as the small roots can be damaged.

    Storage

    Bundles of bare-root plants can be kept in the bags they are supplied in, in a shed or garage for about a week prior to planting, if the delay is longer they are best ‘heeled’ in the soil in their bundles or in a free draining container with compost around the roots. Rootballed plants are best left out of drying, cold winds with straw or hessian over the rootballs. Container grown trees and shrubs are fine in the containers they come in until planting conditions are suitable – just secure them safely where they won’t blow over.

    see our blog on Bare root plants for hedges for more information on care for bare root plants during and after planting.

  • Plants for winter interest

    Hamamelis - Witch hazel

    A lovely addition to the winter garden. Hamamelis is a hardy deciduous shrub with spidery flowers in winter. Depending on the variety the flowers are yellow, orange or red and some are scented. In some years the autumn colour is a fiery orange or yellow.

    Witch hazel Jelena Hamamelis Jelena

    They thrive in a sheltered position and tolerate partial shade. Plant in any moist but well drained neutral to acid soil.

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