Monthly Archives: June 2008

  • A Recent Order for Hedging Plants

    You recently sent me an order of 100 conservation mix hedging plants and I thought I would drop you a line now that I have finished planting my hedge. From the first contact with your company  I had good information, good service and excellent value.  A request to get the...
  • June Jobs

    There are a number of (relatively) early flowering trees and shrubs that prefer to be pruned immediately after planting as it gives them more time to produce new wood on which they will flower next year.  The list includes Deutzia, Kolkwitzia and Philadelphus. Trim/clip back Privet, Pyracantha and the hedging...
  • Elderflower Champagne Recipe

    When you have enough Elderflower Cordial (you can get to our favourite recipe here) you might like to think about Elderflower Champagne. By the way it is a good excuse to plant a few more Elder (Sambucus nigra) bushes - as you will find you have friends calling round in...
  • Negative Equity - Reduce it (or Hedging your bets)

    One way of profiting this and every future housing boom is to plant hedging to make your home worth EVEN more than it is now. Pushy salesman and endless fliers sing the praises of roof insulation and double glazing as being good investments. It is not for me to say they...
  • How do you tell a Dogwood - and who cares?

    The Dogwood family has many members some of which grow on practically every continent on earth. They can range from entirely insignificant to stunning beautiful such as Cornus Midwinter Fire and from very small to decent sized trees. Telling a dogwood is easy (provided it is in leaf).  Look for...
  • Ways to save water - Part 1 (with thanks to Ian Drury)

    For the gardener concerned with newly planted ornamental trees, hedging, soft fruit, fruit trees, lavender and the like, the probability is that water will become increasingly scarce. The weather may feel wetter, but as we build more (and we do) the area of land covered by housing, roads and industrial estates...
  • Why are there so few trees in Europe?

    Did you know…. why there are (relatively) so few species of tree in Europe when compared to North America?  Why are there so few varieties of trees in Europe? Well - European mountains go the wrong way… during an ice age, when ice sheets spread southwards, if the mountain ranges...
  • Hedgerow Jelly Recipe

    This an excellent recipe which can be adapted to accommodate almost any mixed hedge (and its fruit).  Please remember to check that something is safe (if you are not sure) before cooking and eating it..... With the exception of Elderberries (you can buy Elder trees separately from us at Sambucus nigra), all...

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