• Our Top Tips For The Season: No. 7


    Raspberries sprout up like weeds!


    If left to their own devices, raspberries will sprout up like weeds. So plant the canes in rows leaving enough of a channel so that you can walk in between the bushes and pick the fruit. And every time you seem one growing in between the rows or sprouting elsewhere, pull it up if it is in the way. Continue reading

  • Our Top Tips For the Season: no. 6


    Rowans: Choose your area carefully

    When planting a Rowan Tree, choose your area carefully. They like open un-shaded areas with lots of sunshine but they don’t enjoy too much heat. They are a tree that grows everywhere in the UK but is particularly prolific in Scotland, so much so that some people would like to see it designated as Scotland’s national tree.

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  • Our Top Tips For The Season: no.5

    When should I plant bare-root roses?

    Bareroot roses can last a long time and be incredibly good value as plants if cared for well. Plant bare-root varieties in late autumn to early spring. Never plant during a severe winter frost. It doesn’t really matter when you put containerised roses out, but plant them out as soon as you have purchased them.

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  • Our Top Tips For The Season: no. 4

    Love cats and want a bird friendly hedge?

    If you love cats and want to create a bird-friendly hedge, make sure you have a few thorny plants included, which we have done in our bird friendly hedging. Once the hedge is mature, most birds will be happy to build a nest in it and the cats will play elsewhere rather than risk pricking themselves on thorns.

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  • Our Top Tips For The Season: no. 3

    Keeping your Christmas Tree fresh To keep your Christmas Tree as long as possible, avoid putting it too near a radiator or fireplace. The hotter the interior the more likely it will be to start shedding its needles – part of its natural lifecycle. Buying it early? If you are...
  • Our Top Tips For The Season: no. 2

      Why isn't Holly prickly at the top? If you want to cut holly for wreaths, mantelpieces and other decorations, get out your ladder and cut from branches higher up in the tree. You will avoid puncturing yourself too much that way because the leaves are less prickly at the...
  • Our Top Tips For The Season

      Prune your apples and pears It’s time to prune apples and pears to ensure a good crop of fruit for the following year. The aim is to create a goblet type shape. Here's a video on how to prune your tree: Remove diseased and broken branches from trees and...
  • Create a winter wonderland

    The low golden sun shining and sparkling on frosty hedges, branches and foliage is a wonder of the season, and is something to be truly celebrated.

    The lyrics to "In the bleak midwinter" don't offer the best encouragement for getting out in the garden. But with a few thoughtful planting choices you can be "Walking in a winter wonderland!"

    Although you may not want to be out in the garden that much in the depths of winter, it is still important to provide yourself with enticing views from the house.

    Most important are front gardens and pathways to your doors. These are places that - in rain, sleet and snow - you'll be passing through on a daily basis.

    And it's where you welcome your visitors. These are places you want to feel proud of, and to get great enjoyment from, in all seasons.
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  • Our favourite Christmas evergreens


    The Christmas Tree

    For some Christmas is not Christmas without a Christmas tree (real or fake) but when did it all start and why?

    A matter of Germanic fashion...

    Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert

    The first use of Christmas trees as they're known today dates back to the 1500s. Some claim the tree originated in Germany in the mid 1500's, others claim it was Latvia in the early 1500's, and a few even believe in a legend that St. Boniface created the Christmas tree in the 7th century.

    The Christmas tree first came to England with the Georgian Kings who came from Germany. At this time also, German Merchants living in England decorated their homes with a Christmas tree.

    The British public were not fond of the German Monarchy, so did not copy the fashions at Court, which is why the Christmas tree did not establish in Britain at that time.
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  • Caring for bareroot plants in cold weather


    Frozen ground

    When the ground is frozen, please don't plant your
    bareroot trees, shrubs or hedges! They'll be much
    happier staying bare and dormant...

    Most of the damage caused to bareroot plants in cold, freezing conditions is to the delicate roots themselves.

    The roots are fine, fibrous structures with a high water content: moving them, or even the slightest touch whilst frozen, can cause damage.

    Almost all of a shrub or a tree's energy reserves are stored in the roots during winter. So broken roots mean that stored energy is lost, and this reduces the plant’s ability to establish. And poor establishment means poor growth in spring.

    Worse still, if root damage is serious, the plant may not grow at all.
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