February, new stock.

Seasonal opening times:

Watton: Open as normal.

Bengeo: Opening 1st March.


 

As of right now, things get busy on the nursery. At the growing site we start planting young plants for spring, at Watton we begin to pot bare-root hedging, trees and roses.

The stock levels are fairly low until about mid-February, when some really interesting acers arrive, such as,

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Acer Japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’

….Which boasts an astounding autumn variegation. Yet the most interesting part of the small tree, for me are the flowers. Yes! they’re showy enough to warrant a mention in their own right, giving an incredibly varied interest throughout the season.

We’re also stocking far more trees this year. Native species are beginning to rally in a big way, and I expect our oaks, maples, and birch varieties (among others) to be a very popular addition.

We’re growing 7 varieties of dicentra (Goldheart being my favourite still), and the young bare-root plants of D. ‘alba’ are already promising to be a real showstopper.

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Roll on Spring…

There is so much more to mention. I would advise waiting until the end of the month, or even early March for the best selection. If, however, you need to pre-order anything in quantity, or else wonder if we have that specific, hard to find, or rare plant, do send me an e-mail or pop by. I’m always happy to help.

 

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Christmas and the New Year

Seasonal opening times:

Watton: Open until 20th December. (Unless the trees run out before that…)

New Year: Opening 15th January.

Bengeo: Open until 15th December.

New Year: Opening 1st March.

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Christmas trees are up and ready. Cut (non-drop) Nordmann Fir is £45 for a 6′ + tree. Other sizes and prices are available, and I always suggest coming to have a look at the weekend, not least because we usually have a BBQ up and running (you might even be lucky enough to be on time for a hot-dog and some mulled wine!)

The same goes for Bengeo nursery, particularly this Sunday 10th, I’ll be around the BBQ, helping with trees and generally being merry (depending on how much help I receive with the mulled wine, anyway).

The best fresh Christmas Wreathes are also on sale at £20.00 with a tree, and these are truly lovely, made by the family, and a worthwhile festive addition to any house.

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These come in a range of colours and designs.

I look forward to seeing you all, and if I do not, have a merry Christmas and a happy new year 🙂

Max.

November

Notice: Our winter opening hours are,

Weekdays and Saturdays- 9:00-16:00,

Sunday: 10:00 -16:00

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A quiet month.

The last of the pansies and violas are still looking good, but be quick! as they tend to run out quite fast these few weeks.

November is a good time of year to plant nursery stock for a gap in a border, or else hedging plants. We have a good stock of large laurel, red robin, and yew.

We still have a good range of plants in 9cm pots, up to 3 litre size, and in fact, I think this November will be one of the best to see small evergreens, and interesting border plants on the nursery. One such example is a new heather (relatively speaking) which I think has foliage to rival any of it’s flowering counterparts, introducing:

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Calluna Skyline

The gold variety being a particular favourite.

If I don’t see you this month, then there’s always time in December. Already thinking ahead to holly, pine, and the smell of Christmas on the nursery.

 

September.

We’re stocked again (mostly).

Pansies, Violas, and the first of the Autumn colour is starting to show through. Cyclamen have arrived, Chrysanthemum is budding, and plenty more besides.

Our 3 litre-pot size shrubs are all rooted and out for sale. A couple in particular are worth mentioning. We’ve grown 5 different Weigela this year, my favourite of which is …

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Weigela Rubidor

We also have plenty of late season perennials. The star of that particular show right now is…

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Salvia ‘Amistad’

Both varieties, alongside over a hundred more, all at roughly £6.00. Pretty good value!

Tubs and baskets are planted daily, so if your summer plants are beginning to fade, come along to either nursery any time until the end of October, and there’s going to be an excellent choice to see you through the winter.

I’ll likely not update until November now, so until then, I’ll see you ate the nursery.

Max.

 

July, looking ahead.

Notice:

Watton Nursery open as usual.

Bengeo Nursery will be closed for the School Summer Holidays, re-opening September 1st.

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This month, we are potting.

There are still a few odds and ends left from the Spring season. We’ll keep planting baskets and tubs (whilst stocks last), and although this time of year is very empty (as it should be!) we’ll always try to find something appropriate if there’s a gap in your border, or an empty hanging basket bracket.

But back to potting. There’s a few varieties this year which I’m excited about, firstly: Digiplexis.

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Not the best picture… but you get the idea!

It’s a bi-generic hybrid of Digitalis and Isoplexis (I’m not sure which one, but I’m guessing Canariensis?) Regardless, it’s great. It’s vegetative, doesn’t go to seed, meaning flowers all summer long, hardier than isoplexis, uniform to type, and all round superstar. I’ll be potting a few, but more likely buying it in when I can from auction. Expect to see a lot of these in the coming years.

On the shrub side of things, I’ll be growing lots more Weigela this year. I wont bother including a picture, but suffice to say if you can google a leaf/flower combo, chances are we’ll be able to match it. There’ll be dwarf Buddleja (The series ‘buzz’ is excellent), and a range of new Hydrangeas.

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Hydrangea ‘Miss Saori’

Including the above, which I’m sure must have won a fleuroselect or RHS medal at some point! One more before I stop… lot’s of ferns this year, including the wonderfully named ‘Arachnoides’

 

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Arachnoides Simplicior Variegata

A very worthwhile alternative to most Athyrium varieties- especially considering that it’s evergreen.

Those are just a few of over a 100 varieties. We’ll be potting in a week or so, so expect to see a good number of young plants growing on site.

Realistically, it’s probably best to visit either nursery From early September onward, especially considering that Bengeo will be closed during August. It’s a quiet time of year, more preparation than anything else, so if you can wait, I would advise that you do.

Until then, enjoy your summer!

June: Late Season

We still have seasonal plants, and will have until the end of the month… We still have a particularly good selection of hanging baskets. So we have plants, yes…

But not quite all the varieties. It’s a natural progression of the season. Impatiens (Bizzie Lizzie) ran out particularly early this year, and remains a difficult crop to plan. A few years ago Downy Mildew affected Impatiens Walleriana plants across England. The virus has (through breeding and better plant care) been mostly controlled- and so planning for a curious mix of wariness and renewed fervor for the crop has been complex to say the least…. Suffice to say, next year we’ll be growing more!

As our seasonal stock reduces, I like to replace it with larger flowering perennials such as-

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Agapanthus Africanus spp.

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Lupin ‘Gallery’

You’ll also see a variety of flowering foxgloves, delphiniums, echinacea, veronica etc. Maybe even a few other interesting pieces, if I can get my hands on them.

Our roses are beginning to flower after a VERY slow start budding. We have plenty of hedging plants such as laurel and yew.

The only stock I would perhaps advise waiting for are the more niche variety shrubs. We grow these from liner in July, and I’ll go into the more interesting stuff to do with that next month.

In the meantime, enjoy your garden, and enjoy the summer!

 

What to expect in May…

The nursery is at its absolute best.

So much work happens behind the scenes in preparation for this month. Our growing staff at Netherfield nursery are responsible for 90% of everything you’ll see, and credit to them.

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Osteospermum ‘tradewinds white’ – one of 16 colours.

Quite likely I’ll reminisce later about some of the excellent lines we’ve grown. A favourite of mine on the nursery right now is Petunia ‘Damson Ripple’. It has a good colour break, and even when the warmer temperature brings its ‘purple side’ out, it develops a delicate blackcurrant scent.8873613099038

Those are just two of hundreds.

As usual I’m looking ahead. I’m working on our Autumn growing schedule right now, with some exciting new biennials and shrub liners in line for production. Look out later for a new range of hydrangeas, scented primulas, and much more.

But enough about that- Spring has hit the nursery with a punch. We are FULL of the very best that our nursery can offer. I’ll be around every day until mid June or so, and if there’s something you particularly want, chances are good we’ve got it.

There’s no month quite like May.