JULY – PLANT OF THE MONTH – COTINUS ‘YOUNG LADY’

By Richard | July 12th, 2014

There are so many fantastic plants on the nursery at the moment – it is difficult to single out one – but there is one shrub that has really caught the eye and survived pretty much all the weather can throw at it!

The Cotinus or Smoke Bushes have long been a favourite – particularly the purple-leaved forms – but their rather gaunt habit and height has pushed them into the larger gardens – however Cotinus ‘Young Lady’ is a new compact variety specifically bred for it’s flowers.  The name ‘Smoke Bush’ refers to the plume-like airy grey-red flowers it is smothered in at the moment – and it repeat flowers – so a continual display all summer.

They are very tolerant of most sites and situations too – we have a big display of them outside our office door at the moment – in combination with Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’ and very fine they both look too!

RICHARD

JULY – HIGH SUMMER

By Richard | July 12th, 2014

Long sunny days – warm evenings – well that is what it should be like!   At the moment at the nursery, we had a very heavy overnight thunderstorm which has caused widespread flooding on local roads.  There is thick fog hanging over the nursery – and the plants look rather damp and bedraggled – let alone the staff!

The forecast is for more of the same – it seems to be it is rather nice to have more of a ‘traditional’ English summer than the drought of recent Suffolk summers.  The plants certainly seem to be enjoying it – things are looking really good at the nursery at the moment – a bit of sun and a bit of rain keeps everything ticking along!

RICHARD

EMAIL NEWSLETTER

By Richard | July 12th, 2014

Due to ongoing e-mail problems we are currently unable to send out our monthly newsletter – hopefully this problem will be rectified as soon as possible – but in the meantime many of the features from the newsletter will be incorporated into a larger blog.

UNTIL THEN,

RICHARD

E-MAIL PROBLEMS!

By Richard | June 21st, 2014

We are experiencing some problems with our e-mail server at the moment – so if you have recently sent us an e-mail and we appear to be ignoring you – we are not!

The situation is being resolved as fast as possible – but if you have not had a response after a couple of days – please ring the office on 01394 460755 – it may be that we have received your e-mail but we are unable to respond!

UNTIL NEXT TIME – DON’T YOU JUST LOVE TECHNOLOGY! PLANTS ARE SO MUCH SIMPLER!

RICHARD

SUMMER COLOUR FOR YOUR GARDEN

By Richard | June 17th, 2014

This is turning out to be a very nice June at the moment!  We have had a few days of really warm weather – and with the ample moisture in the ground – there is some excellent growth on the plants.

The fruit crop looks superb – the June drop is now taking place when the fruits that are damaged or not fertilised properly naturally drop off – if there are still a lot of fruits left on the tree – particularly young trees – then it is best to do a bit of hand thinning otherwise the tree may not have the energy to produce flowers next year.

The nursery shrub sales area is packed full of colour at the moment – and not just from the flowers!   A highlight of our Suffolk Show stand was Physocarpus – and their radiant purple foliage stands out from a distance.  Another favourite at the moment is Hebe ‘Midsummer Beauty’ – a most attractive – but tough Hebe with spikes of a beautiful blue fading to white  - the plants are packed with bees sipping the nectar.

And if you are on the look out for something a bit different – then the Bottlebrush – Callistemon ‘Crimson Tail’ – looks fantastic – the flowers really are strange – but they are crimson in colour – and again smothered in bees.

These are just a few highlights at the moment – but everywhere looks great on the nursery – come down and see for yourself – there is still time to fill those gaps in the borders – and get colour all summer long!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

SUFFOLK SHOW GOLD AND BEST IN SHOW!

By Richard | June 2nd, 2014

Last week at the Suffolk Show – we were absolutely delighted to receive a Large Gold Medal and the Perpetual Challenge Cup for Best in Show for our stand in the Flower Marquee.

The months of hard work and planning that goes into the Show – the headaches over plant selection and the worries over the extreme weather – they all paid off!  To have impressed the judges so much was a great honour – and their comments were much appreciated.

To those of you who came and saw us at the Show – we again would like to thank you for all your kind words and appreciation – it really does mean a lot to us.  The set-up period was in some of the worst weather we have seen – with a monsoon-like rainstorm that caused severe flooding across much of the showground on the day before the show – it really was quite something to see rain coming into the marquee horizontally from the gutters!

If you were unable to get to the show – then photos will appear on the website and at the nursery very shortly.  We are selling some of the plants from the stand at the nursery – so if you want to you can buy your very own piece of our award-winning stand!

It is wonderful to receive such acknowlegment on the day – but it is a real team effort – every single member of Crown Nursery staff contributed to the stand – from design skills to planting and set-up – to plant selection and labelling – and creating the much-admired mirrors – let alone the transport of all those plants up the A12!!

So a real-team effort – well done everybody!

RICHARD

COUNTDOWN TO THE SUFFOLK SHOW 2014 BEGINS

By Richard | May 10th, 2014

A useful drop of rain at the nursery in the last few days – this is very welcome indeed. It is incredible that in January and February we were under water almost constantly – and yet in March and especially April – virtually no rain fell at all!

This time of the year we turn our attention to the Suffolk Show – and our huge stand in the Floral Marquee.  Hard landscaping and planning has been underway since January – but the plant side of it has to be left closer to the show dates.  Last year was a challenge since everything was a month behind in flower – so we had to force a great deal of stock to ensure plenty of flower – but this year it is the opposite!  The warmth of April and lack of any hard frost in winter – has pushed all of the spring flowers out in one great glorious rush – our old show favourites such as Wisteria and Laburnum are all out now – so will be long gone by the end of the month.

It is amazing to think that we had a Model Orchard stand last year – with apple blossom fully out – this year most of it has already gone over!!   It seems that there is going to a lot of colourful foliage in this year’s display – still it keeps us on our toes!

The Suffolk Show is on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th May at the Trinity Park Showground, Ipswich – do come into the Floral Marquee and say Hello – we would love to see you!

UNTIL THEN,

RICHARD

THE SCENT OF SPRING

By Richard | April 28th, 2014

The nursery is full of scent and colour at the moment – the fantastic weather has brought the plants into flower in one big rush – quite spectacular really!

From the heady scent of Lilac – to the subtle fragrance of Apple Blossom – we have many beautiful plants in flower  - and the way this spring is going – they will be over and gone before we have a chance to really enjoy them!  These lighter evenings are great for getting out in the garden after work – and that is when the scent is at it’s best – as the cooler dampess of evening arrives!

Make time – inject some scent into your garden this spring!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

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 

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RICHARD

 

 

 

 

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