By Jill | May 16th, 2013

We are now into the final preparations for one of the biggest events of our year – The Suffolk Show.  This is our local equivalent of the Chelsea Flower Show and we aim to produce a fantastic display on our stand in the Flower Show marquee.

It is a huge logistical challenge to transport hundreds of plants from the nursery in pristine condition up the A12 to the showground on the outskirts of Ipswich.  Many trips using our entire fleet of vehicles will be required – and many hours of thought go into the best way to achieve this every year!

The terrible weather has also meant that plants are proving a real headache when it comes to selecting stuff that will look good for the show.  Many items are as much as three weeks behind in their normal flowering pattern – so a number of plants that have featured in previous years will be nowhere near ready for display.  Conversely some which would normally have finished flowering will be available for use – so it is certainly proving interesting putting the stand together this year!

Plans for our display will incorporate a very important theme – as we will be celebrating our 20th birthday!  It is indeed 20 years since Crown Nursery came into existence in it’s current form – and we hope our stand will reflect not only our celebration but will also showcase the huge range of plants we grow – and perhaps also inspire others to create their own ‘dream garden’.

Do come and see us – the Suffolk Show is on Wednesday and Thursday May 29th and 30th at the Trinity Park Showground, Ipswich.  We would love to see you!!




By Jill | May 11th, 2013

Wow – another week of extreme weather here at Crown Nursery!  From the balmy 24C on the Bank Holiday Monday to 14C today.   But our worst day was definitely Thursday when a 50mph gale blew causing all sorts of problems – which we are still trying to sort out now!

The nurseryman’s nightmare they call it – hot and windy!!  From damage to tunnels and the nursery infrastructure to broken tree lines and stakes to broken and snapped limbs of trees – climate change it may be – but it is extremely unwelcome at this time of the year.

Incredibly most of the blossom did manage to hang on – and the nursery really does look pretty with the trees full of blossom – particularly the Malus – the crab apples. They are stunning – a wonderful tree for a small garden.

It also looks like a bumper year for many plants – the Lilacs and Wisteria are dripping with buds – and frost permitting – it should be an exceptional year.

We are now in the countdown to one of the biggest events of our year – the Suffolk Show. Many of you will be familiar with our massive displays – and this year will be no different – more of this in the weeks to come.



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