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English Woodlands Burrow Nursery Blog

  • 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.

  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    We look forward to seeing you at the nursery this year.

    Open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and

    8am to 4pm on Saturdays

  • Season's Greetings + Closing & Opening times.

    English Woodlands

    The whole team at English Woodlands would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas
    and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

    Thank you for your custom during 2017 and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

    We close at 1pm on Friday 22nd December and
    Open again 8am Tuesday January 2nd 2018

    English Woodlands

  • Christmas Trees - Sold Out !

    Our great quality Christmas Trees  -  all sold out!

    Thank you to all our customers this year and Thank you for all your lovely comments about our trees!

    Nordmann Fir - the 'non-drop' tree that retains its needles well, beautiful glossy foliage. 4' - 12' trees starting at £35

    Norway spruce - the traditional one with the fragrance of Christmas! 4'-12' trees starting at £26

    Some potted plants also available including some very neat potted Picea conica - ideal for a small decoration at £19.99

    Picea conica Picea conica

     

    We are open Mondays to Fridays 8am to 5pm
    Saturdays 8am to 4.00pm

  • Bare root plants available!

    Plants for hedges are supplied bare root from November to March when they are dormant. This is an economical way to plant new deciduous hedges. Our plants are well rooted, strong plants you may see cheaper on the web but would find it hard to get better quality.

    Our Hedge Packs of 25 plants are ideal for small quantities (one pack is sufficient for 5 metres planted in a double staggered row) or are ideal for gapping up an existing hedge. Available in a 60-80cm size comprising 12 Hawthorn, 4 Field Maple, 3 Hazel, 3 Spindle and 3 Blackthorn.

    Hedge packs are now available in the nursery at the larger size 90-120cm comprising 13 Hawthorn, 4 Field Maple, 4 Hazel and 4 Hornbeam.

    For larger quantities our classic Country Hedge mix is available with 50% hawthorn and a combination of other species supplied in bundles of 25 plants.

    Single species such as beech and hornbeam make attractive garden hedges . A variety of sizes are available, the largest usually used for hedging is 125-150cm. Evergreen plants are supplied at small sizes such as Yew 30-40cm and Box 20-30cm - well branched sturdy plants.

    Need advice? Follow the links above and telephone or visit to discuss your requirements.

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