By Jill | 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!



By Jill | 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!



By Jill | 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.



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