ENGLISH APPLES ARE BACK IN TOWN!

By Richard | July 30th, 2011

One of my favourite times of the year has just arrived – the first of the english apples are in the apple tasting shed!

The season is running about three weeks earlier than last year – but this is probably down to the dry spring we experienced in this area. That wonderful smell of sweet fruitfulness is one of the joys of my job.

From now until late March – early April – anybody can come down and taste the apples as they come into season. At the moment – the varieties available to taste are Beauty of Bath, Discovery, Vista Bella and Worcester Pearamain. Others will be added over the coming weeks.

Dont’ forget – our big Apple Celebration Day is on Saturday October 22nd – from 10am to 4pm – last year there were 107 varieties available – so I suppose I will have to aim for 110!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

PRUNING MADE PERFECT!

By Richard | July 30th, 2011

On Wednesday 27th July, 16 keen pruners came for an enjoyable morning at the nursery learning all about how to summer prune their fruit trees.

Pruning – particularly of fruit remains one of the great mysteries of the gardening world – and our courses continue to be very popular. This course was focused on trained fruit trees – espaliers,cordons, stepovers – fans and the like. These trees require their pruning at this time of the year – just as growth has slowed down and next years flower buds are forming.

We are fortunate at the nursery in having a large display area – with beds planted up allowing us to demonstrate all the techniques. This in turn allows course attendees to have very much a ‘hands-on’ approach – and several people enjoyed pruning the cordon rows – and training young plum and greengage trees into fans.

A good morning – much learnt – and hopefully a lot of fun too!!

If you would like to come on one of our courses – then check out the courses section of the website.

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

TAKING STOCK

By Richard | July 14th, 2011

This week has seen us busy stocktaking – going through all of the areas of the nursery and writing down all the plants and their specifications.

This is an important job to do – so although it takes a long time to complete – it is well worthwhile pushing on with. Heavy rainfall in the last few days has made it even more interesting so if we seem a bit more bleary-eyed to customers than normal – then please forgive us!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

TICKING ALONG VERY NICELY!

By Jill | July 9th, 2011

Well – I don’t know about you – but this showery weather of the last few weeks seems to suit me very well.  A nice mix of a bit of rain and some sunny days keeps us nurserymen and our plants very happy!

Back in May and early June – it looked as though we were in for a record drought – but most of June and now early July seems at the moment much more of a normal English summer.  Of course you cannot please all of the people all of the time – a lady was telling me yesterday how she wants the hot dry weather back – well yes – but at Crown Nursery that means hours welded to a hose pipe – so we are happy to settle with what we have got!!

Many plants are making a great show at the moment – and with the ground workable and with a bit of moisture – there is still plenty of time to inject colour into your garden this summer.  The Buddleias – Butterfly bushes are making a great show – we particularly like ‘Harlequin’ – this has variegated foliage and purple flowers – a smart plant – or there is Fuchsia ‘Lady Boothby’ – this is lovely trained on a frame or wall or fence – and is smothering itself in red and black flowers at the moment.  For a bit of scent – the evergreen Jasmine – Trachelospermum jasminoides is superb – we have some very nice plants of that at the moment.  Also it is an excellent year for foliage colour – one of our favourite new lines this year is Physocarpus ‘Lady In Red’ – this is a gorgeous dark purple leaf with the new leaves strong red-bronze – a definite winner – put it near Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’ – another newbie – a semi-evergreen with gold and silver and red foliage and scented flowers from July to September – and you have a stunning combination!!

There now – who needs boring old bedding plants!!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

RICHARD

 

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