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English Woodlands Burrow Nursery Blog

  • Early autumn colour

    It's a great time of year - early autumn brings fruit, berries and foliage colour. In the nursery at the moment, crab apples look stunning - this year we have a new variety in stock called Malus Jelly King - obviously a great choice to make crab apple jelly with!

    Acers have begun to show their autumn colour too,  both the Japanese Acer palmatums as well as the larger Acer rubrum varieties such as October Glory.

    Autumn has begun with the promise of lots more interest in the months to come.

     

  • See us at the Woodfair!

    Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September 2017.

    If you are going to the Bentley Woodfair this weekend do come and say hello.

     

    We will be on the Bentley Lawn stand A15 as usual and look forward to seeing  you there.

  • Colourful climbers for autumn

    In late summer and early autumn there are some beautiful climbers for flower, fruit and foliage colour.

    The semi-evergreen climber Passiflora caerulea (passion flower) has wonderful exotic looking flowers but is relatively easy to grow, it is happy in clay, sandy or chalky soils and thrives in sun but will tolerate light shade. Ornamental orange fruit follows the flowers.

    Ornamental vines are quick growing deciduous climbers that thrive in a sunny site with well drained soil. Quickly covering a pergola for shade or adding interest to a wall or fence. Vitis cognetiae has large leaves with good autumn colour and Vitis Brandt has dark blue blushed fruit.

    You can also keep vines in large terracotta pots and train them up walls and pergolas on patios. Just keep them watered and fed during the growing season.

  • Hydrangeas for summer

    We think Hydrangeas are fabulous summer plants. Hydrangeas tolerate shade, flower profusely and can be used to great effect in flower arranging - fresh or dried.  All Hydrangeas like moist humus rich soil.

    Hydrange macrophylla - Traditional mop head Hydrangeas, can reach 1.5-2m in height depending on variety, they flower from June to September.  Hydrangea "Endless Summer®" can flower for even longer with an extended flowering from late spring into autumn.

    Hydrangea paniculata has long cone like flowers that are white or cream and fade to pink on varieties such as "Pinky Winky" or "Mega Mindy" they prefer more sunlight than H. macrophylla types and are very hardy.

     

  • Sussex Heritage Trust Award

    Highly CommendedWe are very pleased to announce that our customer service building has won a 'Highly Commended' in the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards commercial category entered by English Heritage Buildings.

    The competition was high so this is great news! The judge's comments were “A simple design, well executed in a delightful working environment.  An impressive modern building constructed from oak and slate.”

    We have had very positive feedback so far from customers and staff alike, so well done to English Heritage Buildings.

  • Sun loving plants

    Summer's here and these are some of our plants that are just loving the sun today.

    Monkey puzzle tree Araucaria araucana

    The Monkey puzzle tree, star jasmine, and Agapanthus.

  • Our favourite Trees

    Simon Johnson our Commercial Manager's favourite tree of the moment - Elaeagnus Quicksilver - silver foliage, fragrant yellow flowers, a lovely small tree growing to approximately 4m. It likes a sunny site!

    Elaeagnus Quicksilver Elaeagnus Quicksilver
  • 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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