Trivia (or are they?)

  • To Fedge or Not? Whether tis better in willow....

    Willow fedges are living structures made from closely planted willows.  Ornate structures can be built up; chairs, houses, pergolas and so on, but in its simplest form a willow fedge is just a living fence. Willow is a fantastic tree, it has adapted to survive where most trees will not...
  • Hawthorn Hedge Planting - Tip 2

    This may sound silly, but it is amazing how well it works. If you have a good number of hawthorn hedge plants to get in the ground, why not have a hawthorn hedge planting party. Obviously you can get everyone to help lay weed proof fabric and tuck the edges...
  • 101 uses for your Beech Hedge - No. 73 - Forecasting Spring

    An entirely random thought. I stumbled on a site that has kept a record of the date on which a hazel bush has come into pollen each year. The theory is that the date a hazel produces pollen indicates whether spring will be early or late (for the sake of...
  • Ten Years After

    The ten year old wood We went to stay with the in-laws this week-end. They live in Leicestershire, just outside Market Harborough. My father in law is a natural planter - one of those people who looks on themselves as being a custodian (rather than an owner) of the landscape...
  • How Black Walnut Trees kill the competition

    "Could my walnut trees have killed other plants nearby?" This is a question we often get from people who bought trees and shrubs from us that died when planted near Juglans nigra.  When you sell as many plants as we do, this happens sometimes (and we replace them under guarantee so...
  • Why choose a Boysenberry Bush?

    There is an increasing variety of hybrid berries on the market, which has led to a bit of confusion between Tayberries, Loganberries and Boysenberries to mention three. If you were choosing just variety, then we think Boysenberry plants have some real advantages over the rest. But first to parentage, as...
  • When is a Gage not a Gage

    There is actually not much difference between gages and plums.  Gages are generally considered to be green to yellow, while plums are red to purple.  But there are yellow plums such as Prunus domestica Pershore.  And Prunus domestica Jefferson is almost red.... What is certain is that the first "gages...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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