BANK HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS

By Jill | April 26th, 2011

Our Opening Hours over the Bank Holiday Weekend will be as follows –

THE ROYAL WEDDING – FRIDAY APRIL 29TH – CLOSED

SATURDAY APRIL 30TH – OPEN – 9 -5

SUNDAY AND MONDAY – MAY 1ST AND 2ND – CLOSED

TUESDAY MAY 3RD ONWARDS – OPEN 9- 5 AS NORMAL.

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

 

EASTER OPENING HOURS

By Jill | April 20th, 2011

Happy Easter!!

We would like to wish all our customers a very Happy Easter!   It has been a very busy period since Christmas and we thank everybody for their custom.

Just a reminder that due to local planning restrictions –the nursery is CLOSED over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.   We close at 5pm on Thursday April 21st and reopen on Tuesday April 26th at 9am

The weather looks set fair over the Easter period – so make time to enjoy the garden!  And don’t eat too many of those Easter eggs!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

DONT’ GET CAUGHT IN THE RUSH!

By Jill | April 16th, 2011

Wow – have you ever seen such a spring as this??   Blossom is coming out thick and fast – all the Prunus and the Crab Apples are flowering at the same time – the apple blossom is flowering about three weeks earlier than normal – I have never seen it so early – it’s lovely to look at – but it does worry me that we may still get a late frost which may destroy the young fruitlets.

On the nursery this week – David and myself have at last finished building the new tree bay – it has taken weeks of banging in stakes into rock-hard ground – and now thankfully it is all in.   It will not be very long before a new crop of ornamental trees are installed – and another cycle of life up there begins.

Preparations for the Suffolk Show are beginning to step up a gear – again the weather is causing problems – since some of the items that we put in the tunnels to bring on – aare now getting too forward and have been brought out again to cool off!!  

Liz and Sue have been busy potting up young plugs of shrubs ready for late summer and autumn sales – we are always looking ahead – you get nothing for being behind in this game!!

New specimen stock has also arrived this week – lovely framed Ceanothus,Clematis armandii and Pyracantha – along with standard lollipop Photinia Red Robin and the ever-popular Bamboos – both black and green stems.  

We are going to launch our e-mail newsletter in May – and we already have a number of interested people – if you would like your name to be added to our list to receive info on what is happening at the nursery – and topical tips –  drop us an e-mail.

It is a very busy time – and sometimes it can be easy to miss out on all the lovely plants that are coming into flower – I always try and find time to just stop – and take half an hour to wander round the nursery – and my own garden at home  -to admire all these spring delights – if you don’t – summer will soon be here – and they will be gone for another year – don’t get swept away in the rush  – make time to enjoy it!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

THE HEAT IS ON!!

By Jill | April 8th, 2011

Phew – what a scorcher of  a week!!   A really warm week at the nursery – temperatures have peaked at 23c – nice to lay out in – but from the plants point of view – they do not know which way to turn!

Do they think that summer has actually arrived early – or is is that this is just a blip with a nasty cold spell waiting in the wings to catch them out?

One thing for sure it is very dry!!! Only a few mm of rain – and a strong wind has meant that we are now in a full irrigation schedule that we would usually run in July! All the drip irrigation is now on all the tree lines – this is such a godsend – we could never be able to water all these trees by hand! – and all the tunnels are running full-pelt.

Planting of container-grown trees can continue in April – but you must ensure adequate water is available to make sure that there is no stress to the new plant.

Asparagus and soft fruit is very popular at the nursery at the moment – we have now potted all our bare-root fruit plants up – and they will be available throughout summer.  A summer of soft fruit – now there’s something to look forward too!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

 

ASPARAGUS CITY!!

By Jill | April 1st, 2011

It’s here!!   Our Asparagus crowns are now available!    We have bare-root 1 year old crowns of the superior Dutch varieties – Gijnlim and Backlim.  

Read our ‘Guide to Growing Asparagus’.

Asparagus is one of the joys of the summer – and is jolly expensive to buy – so why not grow something different for a change – and grow your own!!

The Asparagus season is very short – so an advantage of Backlim is that it is a fortnight later in cropping than it’s sister variety – so by planting these two it will at least give you a longer season.

Our stock is now lifted and ready to be planted – but it will not last long – so grab them while you can!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

 

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