The UK butterflies need a little help!

By Jill | July 22nd, 2015

Three-quarters of UK butterflies are in decline and one-third in danger of extinction.

The continued loss of their habitat is a major factor in their falling numbers. We can all help by simply planting attractive plants in our gardens, in pots on windowsills, on a balcony or indeed anywhere outside. The right plants can provide butterflies with a lifeline of food and shelter.

We are trying to promote the very worthwhile campaign to encourage people to help increase butterfly numbers. For further information please see www.bigbutterflycount.org.

Here at the nursery we have indicated which plants are particularly good for attracting butterflies – look out for our special butterfly signs!

Summer has arrived …. for now

By Jill | June 17th, 2015

We are loving this glorious weather and making the most of it, while it lasts!  The plants are all growing well and looking gorgeous.

We have received a few enquiries concerning thinning the crops of the younger and newly planted fruit trees.  The June drop will begin soon, when the fruits that are damaged or not fertilised properly naturally drop off.  After this has occurred, it is best to do a bit of hand thinning otherwise the tree may not have the energy to produce flowers next year.  If the tree looks healthy and green, then thin each cluster to around two fruit, or if the tree looks weaker, then make it only one fruit per cluster.

The sales areas have a wonderful variety of colours on display.  You can still have a think about any gaps you have in your borders and come and choose some plants which will give your summer garden a colourful and beneficial display.  The lavender and buddleia plants as well as many, many others will attract all those beneficial insects and bring your garden to life.  Enjoy the scent of the summer flowers and get the most out of the aromatic foliage present in plants available at this time of year.

Make the most of the great British Summer, which we believe normally happens for one day in July or August :)

 

Magnificent magnolia, wonderful wisteria and lovely lilacs!

By Jill | April 1st, 2015

We have recently taken delivery of lots of beautiful plants which will provide any garden with a profusion of spring colour.  With amazing names, such as Wisteria ‘Black Dragon’, Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ and Syringa ‘Maiden’s Blush’, these beautiful plants possess the most wonderful flowers and scent which will lift your spirit and enhance your outdoor space.  Call in and have a look for yourself.  We are open until 5pm tomorrow (Thursday), then we close for the Easter break, so there is still time to pop in , choose your favourite and plant over Easter!

Hope to see you very soon!

Winter wonderland, and not a bauble in sight!

By Jill | November 14th, 2014

Our fantastic range of evergreen plants have been moved to their winter home and are looking great.

There are some seasonally coloured, 3 metre tall Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’, aptly known as the Christmas Berry ‘Red Robin’.  The lovely standard Ligustrum stand like lollipops and the majestically weeping Cedrus deodara instantly command your attention.  The Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’ are striking because of their shape and colour, I often use pieces in Christmas decorations as the leaves are quite aromatic.

Some of the smaller shrubs deserve a mention too – the Phygelius ‘Fanfare Wine’ (cape fuschia) are covered in dark burgundy flowers and the Hebe ‘Karna’ look very pretty with their delicate pink blooms.

Pop in and see for yourself – it’s undercover too so you don’t even have to worry about the weather.

Hope to see you soon

Jill

Rain, rain, rain!

By Jill | October 8th, 2014

The huge amount of rainfall today has been a bit of a shock for us humans, but what very happy trees and plants we have got at the nursery.

With our annual Apple Day celebrations just ten days away, we are fully stocked and, even though I say so myself, looking fabulous.

I have been looking at our selection of espalier trained apple trees.  It fascinates me how uniformily they can be trained, enabling you to plant a few together and all the laterals will be at the same height.

The pot grown hedging is looking good too.  It is ideal for any gapping up needed or for those who are a bit too impatient to wait for the bare rooted plants!

This really is an ideal time of year to plant; the soil is warm, the sun’s heat has lessened and rain is becoming more frequent.

If you are stuck for ideas or just need a bit of advice, come in for a chat, the nursery staff will be only too pleased to help you.

See you soon,

Jill

‘Wow’ Plants!

By Jill | September 26th, 2014

“Wow, what fantastic plants!”

This is what one customer said to me this morning as he watched the lorry being unloaded with our latest delivery.

Each plant has been hand picked for us by Graeme, our Nursery Manager, and they are truly magnificent.  So if you are looking for some screening, a mature shrub or just a treat for your garden, pop in and see us, they won’t be here long!

Hope to see you soon,

Jill

We are on Facebook!

By Jill | September 18th, 2014

Crown Nursery has joined the realms of Facebook.  Do visit our page and tell us what you think.  Any suggestions for things you would like see added to the page will be gratefully received!

 

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Nature’s Larder

By Jill | September 18th, 2014

As I was walking around the nursery this morning, I was overwhelmed by how full and beautiful Nature’s Larder is at the moment. The selection of trees and shrubs that are dripping with fruits and berries is huge.

As a fan of all things pink, I was instantly drawn to the Sorbus vilmorinii with its deep, rosy pink berries hanging in clusters; these will fade to white through the winter. I love the crab apples too, it would be difficult to choose which are the most attractive fruits; the bright shiny, red flowers of Malus ‘Red Sentinel’ ,the slightly more delicately coloured Malus ‘John Downie’, the rich, dark purple Malus ‘Harry Baker’ or even the opulent golden beauties hanging from the Malus ‘Golden Hornet’, all so different yet so worthy of admiration. There are big clusters of pillar box red berries hanging from the elegant Cotoneaster ‘Hybridus Pendulus’, a semi-evergreen tree. The Rhamnus frangula, much loved by butterflies, are a mass of shiny, black berries. There are many, many more – come and see for yourself and perhaps your hardest decision will be …. crab apple jelly or sloe gin!

Hope to see you soon, Jill

Sorbus vilmorinii

A NEW SEASON OF ENGLISH APPLES!

By Jill | August 19th, 2014

Here at Crown Nursery we are passionate about fruit, and it is always an exciting time when the first apples of a new season are ready. There is something wonderful about picking a fruit off the tree when it is still warm from the sun.

Early-season apples will not keep for very long – often only a couple of weeks – so they are best enjoyed straight from the tree.  We have an Apple-Tasting Shed here at the nursery – which enables us to demonstrate to our customers the huge range of apples we grow – as well the opportunity to try before you buy!!

Discovery is always one of the early-ripening favourites – a local Essex apple – although originally raised in Suffolk – this is a cross between two old English apples – Beauty of Bath and Worcester Pearmain.  Completely covered in a red flush – the flesh is sweet and juicy – and turns pink-stained as the air dries it out.

Over the next few weeks, we will add more varieites as they come into season – so do come down and take a look – an ideal time to start planning your autumn planting.

UNTIL THEN,

RICHARD

AUGUST PLANT COMBINATION OF THE MONTH

By Jill | August 2nd, 2014

We just had to have a ‘plant combination’ of the month this time since there are two outstanding plants on the nursery at the moment – plant them near each other and they make a perfect contrast!

One is Russian Sage – Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ – a wiry silver-blue plant with spikes of blue flowers – not unlike a giant catmint – it will flower all of August and into September – a great plant for giving a vertical accent to any border.  But combine it with the new Hypericum ‘Magical Pumpkin’ and you really do have an eye-catching sight.  The yellow flowers of the Hypericum tie in superbly well with the upright blue Perovskia and this grouping will go on right into autumn and still look great.

If you want to see what they look like together – we have created just this combination outside the office door!  Come and take a look!

UNTIL THEN,

RICHARD

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