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English Woodlands Burrow Nursery Blog

  • Trees and shrubs for spring interest

    It's a fabulous time of year, if you don't mind the variability of April weather! From snow showers to sunny blustery days we have had it all so far.  So we've put together a selection of our favourite plants for spring interest, take a look:

     

     

    Ornamental cherry trees steal the show at this time of year, they come in all shades of pink and white flower, and a variety of shapes and sizes for every garden - the choice is yours. Amelanchiers can be grown as single stem trees or shrubs and Viburnums add wonderful scent to the garden at this time of year.

    For other ideas of trees, shrubs and climbers for spring come and visit!

     

  • Easter Opening Times

    We are closed Good Friday

    Open 8am-4.30pm Easter Saturday

    Closed Easter Monday

    Open as usual 8am Tuesday 29th March

  • Special offer on our Hedge Pack!

    Don't miss out on our great quality bare-root plants this season!

    Mixed HedgeIf you are planning to gap up a hedge or plant a new one with bare-root plants we are close to the end of the season (End of March or early April). Once spring is here and growth starts bare-root plants should be in the ground and ready to grow! So don't leave it too late to order.

    Our ready Hedge packs of 25 native species 60-80cm are always popular and are now a special price of £31 while stocks last. 

    Browse our full range of species supplied bare-root for trees and hedges here.

  • Aromatic plants now in stock!

    Thyme in variety

    New stock of Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme now available -
    and the fragrance is wonderful!

    Ideal for a sunny site and well-drained soil - or in pots and troughs. Design with herbs in a kitchen garden, in between stone slabs or use as edging plants. And just wait for summer!

     

  • Cold and wet weather planting advice

    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. It's been wet and it's getting colder so do delay planting if necessary.

    Wet conditions

    If the ground is waterlogged wait until surface water has drained away before planting, this is likely to be quicker on light soils based on chalk or sand but can be very slow on heavy soils such as clay. Plant roots need aerated soils - total waterlogging can cause fine roots to die off making it less likely for plants to establish well. In addition digging soils in very wet conditions can ruin the structure of the soil making it compacted and harder for roots to penetrate in the future.

    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.

    For further details see our previous blogs in the category Cold Weather Planting and Storage

  • Christmas closing and New Year opening times

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    We close at 1pm Thursday 24th December and re-open 8am Monday 4th January.
    English Woodlands

  • Need some Christmas present ideas?

    ??????????Do you prefer to do your Christmas shopping in the fresh air? Know someone who loves plants or are you just looking for something to make the front door a little more welcoming? We have a few ideas...

     

    Skimmia japonicaSkimmia rubella, looks like a bunch of flowers all winter, pink in bud with small white flowers in spring. A small evergreen shrub which prefers some shade, neutral to acid soil and ultimately grows to approximately 1.2m.

    Sarcococca ruscifoliaSarcococca ruscifolia or Christmas Box - this is a small evergreen shrub with a fabulous fragrance, thrives in the shade and ideal in a border near a path or doorway to bring a scent sensation to late winter. Grows up to 1m.

    Camellia japonicaCamellia japonica - spring flowering Camellia, with lots of buds ready to flower, evergreen, prefers some shade and neutral to acid soil. Grows to 3m depending on variety.

     

    Azalea JohannaEvergreen Azalea Johanna - lush dark evergreen foliage, orange red spring flowers, also prefers neutral to acid soil and some shade. Does well in a pot  - always use ericaceous compost!

     
    Variegated Holly half standardIlex acquifolium argentea marginata - Holly - a traditional plant for Christmas with a variation - variegated foliage which brightens up an entrance, bright red berries, slow growing and very hardy. Prune to retain shape in summer.

    Picea pungens EdithPicea pungens Edith - one of the best colour blue spruce's. Christmas tree shape, slow growing to approximately 3m in 20 years. Likes well - drained soil and a sunny site.

     

    Many of our customers give fruit trees and small ornamental trees as gifts, we would be happy to advise a suitable choice. Do visit the nursery or contact us if you need some ideas!

    Alternatively, we also sell Gift vouchers!

  • Christmas Trees now in stock!

    Christmas Trees

    Our Christmas trees are now in stock. We sell great quality cut trees and appreciate that many of our customers return to us year after year.

    We sell the traditional Norway spruce with the lovely fragrance - so evocative of Christmas's past...

    We also sell the ever popular 'non-drop' Nordman Fir which keep their needles so well. Make sure you cut an inch off the bottom of the tree and use a stand with a water reservoir to prolong the life of your tree.

    Prices start from £15 and are sold as labelled in the nursery - you can choose your tree in the dry and we are open during normal nursery hours plus Sundays 10am - 4pm.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Bare root and Rootballed Hedge Plants now available!

    We aim to supply great quality hedge plants! Our field grown bare-root and rootballed plants are available and it's now prime tree and hedge planting time.

    HawthornsNative hedges are valuable for wildlife as they provide nesting sites, shelter and habitat, and seeds and berries for birds and small mammals. For Rural Hedge Mixtures in quantities up to 150 plants (for approx. 30m) we offer a popular mixture of 2-3 year bare root plants 60-80cm in height pre-packed in bundles of 25 containing hawthorn, field maple, hazel, spindle and blackthorn.  We also supply larger quantities from a selection of your choice or our recommendations.

    a line of yewWe supply bushy evergreens as Rootballs - Yew and Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar) - both make great evergreen screens, they can be trimmed to great effect in formal gardens as partitions, or a backdrop to herbaceous borders. Yew does require good drainage so Thuja plicata is a good alternative in heavier moister soils.

    Have a look at some of our previous blogs with advice on choice of plant, soil preparation and care of bare-root plants - happy planting!

     

     

     

  • Autumn just gets better

    Two trees that keep their leaves well into November (and sometimes December!) are Crataegus lavellei and Pyrus Chanticleer.

    Crataegus lavalleiToday the sun shone (briefly) on Crataegus lavellei showing off the glossy orange berries and deep green leaves.  This little known hawthorn is hardy, tolerates most soils and grows to around 7m. It makes it a perfect tree for providing privacy at this time of year.

    Pyrus Chanticleer fthPyrus Chanticleer - an ornamental pear - also keeps its leaves well into autumn and then shows autumn tints of yellow to orange/red. This tree tolerates heavy soils and windy sites - even coastal sites. In spring it is covered with creamy white flowers - a real stunner!  In stock now are trees 4m high which make quite an impact.

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