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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Top Spring Shrubs Trees And Perennials for Colour Now

These are just some of my favourite flowers that provide spring interest.
So much is bursting into flower after the cold spell and some thing are a little late

Malus blossom (Crab Apple Tree)
A lot of the cherry trees and Amalanchia 's blossom are just opening and the Malus are not yet out, this time last year they were.

Dicentra formosa 'Alba'

All the dicentra's including the classic bleading heart Spectabils are just fantastic. Such incredible show stoppers. I do love these little formosa s though they are more closely related to the wild plants. They are lovely with ferns and hostas, Polemonium (Jacobs Ladder) primula, bluebells, Aquligia and the usual woody shady mix.

This Erysimum linifolium 'Bowles' Mauve' below has its well deserved Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. It grows and flowers so well in the alkaline soils around Buckingham. Its highly recommended by us for producing such a lots of flower and not just in the summer months. I don't think it has stopped in my garden. Its not surprising that lots more varieties of Erysimum are arriving.

Pieris 'Silver Flame'

Pieris is a hardy plant with not only excellent fiery juvenile foliage its also evergreen and has very pretty flowers. Four good reasons to choose it for your garden. Here I grow it in a pot because it doesn't like the Rhododendron it doesn't like lime and my soil is exceptionally alkaline. It is n excellent choice for containers.

Pulsatila (The pasque flower)

Pulsatila is such a a sweet little alpine. It must have a well drained position but it is hardy. Its so photogenic, I love the fluffy seed heads after its flowered.

English Blue Bells
The blue bells are almost out in my garden, its like waiting for a theatre performance to start.

Viburnum tinus

We have to celebrate the viburnum tinus and all the new varieties with slight variations. Those like 'Spirit','French White' and 'Gwendllian' All are lovely and bring us long lasting early flowers and a strong lush green shrub.

Quick note: If your are unlucky enough to get a touch of viburnum beetle. Get some air into the plant. I cut my bush into a lolly pop which is idea because the little pest require

the dark undergrowth beneath the plant to thrive. Cut off the messy leaves and take as much as you can from underneath. Thin out the foliage a least to allow some air flow through the bush. Mine has recovered really well.

Viburnum Burkwoodi

The viburnum family is quiet big and provides us with some lovely big shrubs with blousey fragrant blooms. I am a big fan of the evergreen Viburnum Burkwoodii for its lovely Autumn colour as well as its sweet scented blossom also out now.

This list could go on forever the Magnolias are in flower the ribes (flowering current) are gorgeous the cistus praecox and forysytha are all out but I shall finish with chaeomeles or flowering quince. Its out in its full glory now. Some varieties are japonica which mean comes from Japan it is not the actual name of the plant as we are frequently asked for a japonica. Quiet often customers do mean Chaeomeles or Skimma.


This plant is often seen grown as a self sporting wall shrub where it does very well. It come in different colours including pinks and whites. The red is striking ('Crimson and Gold') It also produces the ornimental pear in the Autumn which you can eat after a lot of cooking as it rather hard. They can be grown as a in a border or against a wall. Sun or partial shade. They flower on old wood so never prune them in early spring or you will cut the flowers off but you will want to prune them because they make long branches, so prune after they have flowered. If you train the branches out of you wall shrub you will get more flowers as you do with most shrubs and fruit.

Spring Blossom Open This Week

Exochordia Blossom

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Some Of My Own Favourite Low Maintenance Planted Containers

There are so many plants that lend themselves to containers. Whilst we have some beautiful pots of annual bedding looking gorgeous its good to take time and look at some of the simple alternatives and often fairly permanent pots.

Acer Palmatum

The foliage colour of this small Japanese red acer tree positioned against a back drop of green foliage is uplifting an also very structural.

How To Make A Summer Hanging Basket

Relaxed workshops where you make up your own basket. Refreshments and an easy going atmosphere. We charge only for plants and materials used.

How To Make Up Your Summer Basket 

How To Make A Summer Hanging Basket

Here are some step by step photos of us making up a basket
There are different ways of potting up baskets and we don't always follow the same pattern but here is one Peter made up.
 You will need:

Friday, 13 April 2018

Heucherella Make Perfect Partner Plants For Acers

Acer Palmatum the Japaneses maples are about to look fantastic. Why not under plant them with equally fantastic foliage. 

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Garden Notes For April

Now we enjoying warmer days the garden is waking up. You can see the signs everywhere. Spring buds are all around. Bulbs are emerging, the daffodils will soon be exchanged for Tulips, then alliums and camassia and then the Bluebell woods will spring into life.

Plant Thugs Make Useful Ground Cover

Though we all complain about some plants we do actually need a few thugs. These are plants that will survive in more restricted positions where others would perish. They can populate a bit of rough ground ahead of the weeds or tolerate parched dry soil. There are numerous quiet tolerant plants but true thugs  are a category to pin down and often unexplored. There are extremes of dry and extremes of shade. The difficulties a plant may have to tolerate in a one gardeners interpretation of shade or dry I find vary a great deal. 

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Growing Herbs

Start your ‘Home Grown’ project with culinary herbs.
They quite simply equal flavour

April Gardener's Calendar

Here our are are some ideas of what you could be getting on with in the garden this month

Premium Clematis From Raymond Evison

Rebecca (Picture courtesy of Raymon Evison Clematis)

Raymond Evison bred Clematis are simply premium plants. They come from a breeder with 28 gold medals from Chelsea. His new varieties have good saturation of colour long flowering periods so its not suprising they are winning medals.

Some Of The Raymond Evison Varieties In Stock

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Vegetable Plants Available Now

This is a list of Vegetables plants that have been seeded and are available to plant now. More plants will become available as the weather warms up.
Seed potatoes, shallots, onion and garlic bulbs are also in stock.
In the shop we have a full compliment of Kings vegetable seeds.

Reduce Pest And Diseases Naurally And Encourage Beneficial Predators

Catch problems early so they don't multiply and put good practices in place.

Insect Hotels benificial predators
An Insect Hotel For Beneficial Predators

Supporting The Bees In Spring

Here are a few ideas of what we can plant to keep our gardens interesting in early spring and support our beautiful bumble bees.

Dealing with slugs : Garlic Wash

This was recommended by a Hosta grower on Gardeners world.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sping Flowering Clematis

Many of the best spring flowering clematis are alpina and macropetala varieties. The macropeta varieties are coming out now and the alpina will follow in a few weeks.
These clematis are perfect for scrambling and a burst of early spring colour. They do not get clematis wilt as it is not in the rootstock.
Clematis alpina Jacqueline du Pre

Reorganizing and Replanting Snow Damaged Borders

Reorganizing and Replanting Snow Damaged Borders

Most of us have lost a few shrubs and perennials to the cold weather. Unfortunately when the freezing temperatures have damaged the roots it may not be completely apparent what has been affected until the weather warms up and the plants try to grow. I’ve lost my Ceanothus that I had enjoyed for years, Rosemary and Lavender. Luckily it’spring and that means it is time to plant some new interest and reorganise a few shrubs which are perhaps not positioned in the best place.

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