EASTER WEEKEND OPENING HOURS

By Richard | April 15th, 2014

PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO LOCAL PLANNING RESTRICTIONS – THE NURSERY WILL BE CLOSED OVER THE ENTIRE EASTER BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND – FROM GOOD FRIDAY TO EASTER MONDAY INCLUSIVE.

THE NURSERY WILL RE-OPEN ON TUESDAY APRIL 22ND AT 9AM.  WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.

NEW SPRING STOCK NOW IN!

By Richard | April 7th, 2014

We have had two huge lorries into the nursery recently – and out of the back of them have come some very nice spring goodies!!

Some old favourites such as Photinia ‘Red Robin’ – in lots of different sizes – and also Bamboos – both green and black-stemmed.  Some nice Texan Privets – and the Japanese form as well.   Griselinia – some nice size plants of these.

But we also have one or two slightly-more unusual items – a Japanese upright Euonymus – ‘Benkomasaki’ – very nice – also Euonymus alatus – Winged Spindle.  Several different types of Pittosporum – ‘Argyrophyllum’, ‘Variegata’, ‘Tom Thumb’, ‘Irene Patterson’ – and ‘Purpurea’ .

We also have some nice scented Viburnums – some lovely scented dwarf Lilacs – Syringa ‘Palibin’ – plus Exochorda ‘The Bride’ – and loads more besides!!

With the recent rain – this is a great time to boost your spring garden – get planting!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

BARE-ROOT ASPARAGUS CROWNS NOW AVAILABLE!

By Richard | March 29th, 2014

Asparagus – the Queen of Vegetables – we offer F1 Male-Hybrids with a much higher cropping potential than those of the past.  The two varieties we offer – Ginjlim and Backlim crop in succession – so the two together will gve a month’s worth of picking in the all-too short English Asparagus season.

Top-quality English grown 2 year-old bare-root crowns are available now – £3.10 each.

Check out out the Asparagus page on the website for more details – follow this link 

                                                                                                                                                    UNTIL NEXT TIME -ENJOY THE SUN – IT’S SPRING!!

RICHARD

 

 

 

 

BARE-ROOT HEDGING – IT’S ALL GONE!

By Richard | March 29th, 2014

We are now sold out of all of our Bare-root hedging and Mixed Hedging Packs.  We have had an incredibly busy winter – despite the wet weather.

Our bare-root plants will be available again from late November 2014 – but we do have a LIMITED amount of pot-grown hedging available at the moment – so if you are looking to plug a small gap – then we may still be able to help you!

Contact us to check on availability.

RICHARD

LAST CHANCE FOR BARE-ROOT HEDGING AND FRUIT TREES

By Richard | March 18th, 2014

We cannot hold it back any longer!!  The unseasonably mild weather – and lack of winter has got all the plants in a spin!!  Last year – in the Arctic spring – we were able to offer bare-root hedging well into April – but sadly we cannot do that this year!!

The plants are rapidly budding and coming into leaf – which means that they can no longer be lifted from the field and sold ‘bare-root’ – we have very limited stock now – just a few of our popular mixed packs remain – so when it’s gone it’s gone!!

We are also rapidy selling out of our bare-root fruit tree range – and they will only be available for a short period.  If you are planning to plant an orchard or hedge while the weather is still so good – do not delay – if you are looking for something in particular please contact the office to check on availability.

We do of course still have our huge range of container-grown trees available – and unlike bare-root these can be planted right into the summer – providing they are kept well-watered!! We do also have a limited range of potted hedging plants as well for filling in those troublesome gaps – so make the most of the lighter days – anything planted now will root really well with all the moisture in the ground – and will give many years of service in your garden.

I’m off to plant now while that sun is still shining!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

 

AN IDEAL TIME TO PLANT – GET OUT THERE!

By Richard | March 1st, 2014

A decent weather week for a change – we are now into March and spring really does seem to be on the horizon.

Even more reason then to crack on and get your trees and hedging planted as soon as possible. Our stock levels are rapidly going down – we have had an extremely busy week on the sales front and as we grow most of the plants we sell – and can only produce so much – to avoid disappointment – get planting while we still have quality trees for you to choose from.

We are already seeing the Bare-root plants breaking into bud – so the bare-root hedging and tree season will not last much longer  - do not delay – get them in the ground!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

NEW STOCK BARE-ROOT FRUIT TREES NOW AVAILABLE

By Richard | February 15th, 2014

Despite the awful weather, we have been very busy on the sales front – so much so that we had sold out of a number of our bare-root fruit trees before Christmas – but now we have re-stocked with some more superb quality trees – so if you are looking to plant some trees before spring – and there is still plenty of time – then come down and see us!

We have Victoria and Marjorie’s Seedling plum – Pear Conference,Concorde,Doyenne du Comice and Louise Bonne of Jersey.  We also have Damsons, Greengages, and Sweet and Sour Cherries.  If Apples are your thing – we have Bramley,Discovery,James Grieve,Braeburn,Blenheim Orange, Red Pippin and Red Falstaff.

This is on top of our huge range of container-grown trees – you have got plenty of time until the end of March to get these in the ground – so get planting!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

 

THE BEAUTY OF CATKINS

By Richard | February 8th, 2014

What a horrid week!  When will it ever end!! Although nothing compared to our friends in the West Country, the nursery has again been battered by gale-force winds and swamped by continuous heavy rain. Ground conditions for lifting bare-root hedging have been attrocious at times – but we have persevered and managed to continue to supply most of our customers requirements.

In this dull and depressing time – it is easy to feel very down – but one of the joys of gardening is that there is always new life and hope to look forward too – and despite the hideous weather – the days are getting longer – the nights and mornings lighter – and evidence of a new season can be seen – in the hedges the Hazel Catkins are looking great at the moment.

For some reason there is much snobbery about catkins – people say they don’t have pretty flowers – well we disagree!!  Take a closer look and you will see a fascinating flower – many of our trees have catkins on at the nursery at the moment.  From the Hazels and Cobnuts grown for their fruit – to the Alders – they are about to start – and have their purple tassels that lengthen each day.

And the even better thing about both the Hazel and the Alder – they are tolerant of very wet sites!  So – in current climates that is a most useful attribute!

UNTIL NEXT TIME – STAY DRY!

RICHARD

NICE WEATHER FOR DUCKS!

By Richard | January 25th, 2014

What a wet week!  Every day has been wet here on the nursery – we are apparently drier than Jerusalem in the summer – but not at the moment!

Although nothing compared to the problems our friends in the West Country are having – every corner of the nursery seems to have a puddle or flood at the moment.  The ground is saturated – and cannot take any more water – yet there is no let-up – and more heavy rain is forecast in the next 48 hours.

One of the few disadvantages of being on the Suffolk coast is that weather tends to hang over us and not clear as quickly as further inland – and so it has been this week.  We have peered out at blue skies only a few miles away – while we continue in the deluge!

Such is life – but I guarantee by July we will be in the usual Suffolk drought – and praying for rain!

UNTIL NEXT TIME -

RICHARD

NEW COURSE ADDED

By Richard | January 25th, 2014

As we come into February – our 2014 course programme gets under way.  We have SHRUB PRUNING on Tuesday February 4th – and FRUIT TREE PRUNING on Wednesday February 5th – the Fruit course is SOLD OUT – but we already have a waiting list – and if there is sufficient demand – we may run an extra course.

Following on from this – we have THE ANCIENT ART OF GRAFTING on Wednesday February 26th – and we have added a new course – PLANTING OF TREES AND HEDGES on Saturday 1st March.

If you have never been on a course – they are great fun – certainly nothing like being at school!! – they are very informal – and run from 10-12.30 – so nothing too heavy!  All places must be pre-booked – so if you are interested please contact the office on 01394 460755.

See you there!

RICHARD

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