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Tag Archives: Trees

  • Come and visit ?

     

    We hope you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend - don't forget to water your newly planted trees and shrubs in the hot weather.

    It's a great time to visit and see trees in blossom and with new spring foliage...

  • 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

  • Gift ideas

    Need a few ideas for presents?

    Fruit trees - grow your own Apples, Pears, Plums and Cherries or something more unusual? - Figs, Walnuts, Hazelnuts.

    Shrubs - Pittosporum in variety; Autumn flowering Camellias - in flower now! Sweet box - Sarcococca ruscifolia - sweet scented white flowers in mid-winter. Small box topiary cones; Evergreen Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

    Ornamental trees - to look forward to flowering in spring...

    Or just enjoy a browse around the nursery away from the rush !

    We hope you enjoy the run up to Christmas - do pop in and say hello.

     

  • Trees and shrubs for windy sites - Crataegus – Hawthorns

    Commonly called Hawthorns in Britain, Crataegus is originally a Greek name, Krataigos, which refers to the strength of the hawthorn’s hard wood.

    There are many varieties of Crataegus, featuring broad as well as lobed leaves. Aside from the native hawthorn, which produces thick hedges, there are also ornamental varieties of crataegus that can make for some lovely garden trees, due to the variety of flower colour on show – some feature good autumn colour too.

    One of the hardiest native trees is the Crataegus monogyna (or the common hawthorn), which is often seen wind pruned and durable; coping in exposed sites where other plants would suffer. Hawthorns are also notable for being able to tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, as long as the soil is not in drastically poor condition.

    Naturally, if left to grow as a tree, the hawthorn can reach heights of up to 6m (depending on the site). This, along with its dense branching pattern, means that hawthorn trees are generally good for screening.

    Traditionally used for hedging, either just as a single species or mixed with other plants, it is thorny and bushy enough to be made stock proof.

    The flowers of the crataegus monogyna in May/June are an important source of nectar for insects and the red berries (or haws), an important food source for birds and small mammals in autumn and winter.

    Finally, Hawthorns can regenerate effectively when cut back to the ground.

    Examples of Ornamental Hawthorns:

    Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’

    A small round headed tree that can ultimately grow to up 4-8m in height, with scarlet pink flowers in spring and small round haws in autumn.

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    Crataegus alba Plena

    A similar round-headed tree like the Paul’s Scarlet, but with double white flowers which age to pink.

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    Crataegus prunifolia Splendens

    A small round headed tree ultimately 5-7m in height, broad glossy leaves which turn, gold, orange and red in autumn at the same time as the plentiful berries that ripen to bright red. Good for screening. A real gem.

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  • Unusual Fruit Trees – 20% off!

    We love the classics. Apples, pears, cherries and plums are all great for bringing a little colour, structure and interest into the garden (all while providing some handy cooking supplies!), but stepping away from the crowd has its own benefits. You may not find these in the local shops, but there are still plenty of fun and unusual fruit trees to experiment with for jams, jellies, nuts and deserts. We’ll be looking at a few today.

    (Don’t forget, we’re also offering 20% off until October 31st, 2013!)

    First up is the Nottingham Medlar. An attractive, small tree with a flat top and semi-weeping habit. The small russet fruit are edible when from October onwards when fully ripe, while also great for jellies and jams. It’s said to have a picturesque and architectural appearance, even when young.

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    We’re following up with Quince Vranja, one of the UK’s most popular Quince varieties. It’s self-fertile, and you can pick the large green-yellow fruits in October, though they’ll keep until December and make brilliant jelly. When spring comes around, you’ll even be treated to attractive blossom.

    For a large and succulent fruit you might want a look at the Mulberry, we usually supply King James I. The dark red fruits crop early in the plant’s life, and intense flavour makes them an ideal syrup for ice cream! You can either get messy fingers picking by hand, or collect ripe fruit by shaking the branches over a sheet.

    The Broadview Walnut is currently your best option for UK growing. It fruits from a young age yielding large, quality nuts, and is even slightly resistant to frost during flowering time. It’s also more compact than many other varieties, so ideal when space is at a premium.

    Brown Turkey Fig is one of the most popular figs, with large, brown, pear shaped fruit possessing sugary, rich red flesh and a nicely compact habit. You can harvest it at any point between August and September, it’s self-fertile, and even received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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    Finally, we’ll introduce you to the Kent Cobnut. A tall upright tree, it produces plenty of catkins (small, cylindrical flower clusters) and yields nuts with thin shells and an excellent flavour. It’s self-fertile, but planting more than one can help due to the species being wind pollinated.

    That’s all from us for now, but there’s plenty to keep you going. All of the above are enjoying 20% off until October 31st, so if you’ve been pondering introducing a little variety and flavour into the garden there’s no better time to start.

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