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Saturday, 4 January 2020

More Winter Interest Trees You Might Not Have Spotted

Prunus sub Autumnalis (a cherry tree in flower now)
I have just been looking round the nursery trees and a couple of unexpected trees aside from the regular birch and Prunus serrula winter bark have really had a chance to shine.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Shrubs and Trees with great winter colour

Cornus under planted with nandina

Trees With Colourful Winter Bark

Prunus Serrula, Acer Griseum, Betula jacquemonti
These are just some of the lovely barks we can enjoy.

January Gardener's Calendar

As true winter hardy gardeners we know there are some very beneficial outdoor hands on winter jobs from which your garden will truly benefit this month. Many suggested gardening task lists may seem limited to preparatory jobs and whilst these are important, I urge you to get your wellies on grab a spade and show that wheel barrow some action. A gardeners work is never done. 
We have had the shortest day so herald spring is on its way and lets be ready.

Top January Bloomers

Plants flowering This Month

Don't miss out on the early flowers

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Creating A Good Winter Garden

Grumbles about winter gardens are not justified. The fault lies firstly with us and our fair weathered nature. We shop when its warm and buy what we see in flower in May and June and miss the winter flowers. I am generalising. Go shopping on a mid winters day and you will then appreciate we have colour all winter.

Saturday, 28 December 2019

How To Grow Rhubarb

When it comes to important jobs in January as someone who was born in the famous Yorkshire Rhubarb Triangle I must remind you to put your rhubarb forces over your rhubarb and bed some farmyard muck round the base.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Plants That Make Christmas

Capture The Essence Of Christmas With Plants

Simple steps to a beautiful festive home and garden

Christmas containers, hanging baskets, twinkling lights and a beautiful Christmas wreath adorning the front door.

Getting Ready for Christmas in the Shop

Choosing A Christmas Tree.

The three main commercial Christmas trees are: Nordmann the Caucasian Fir (Abies Nordmanniana), Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) and Norway Spruce(Picea Abies.)

Preston Bissett Nurseries have sold Christmas trees since 1984 and can tell you with confidence the most commonly asked questions are: 

December Gardener's Calendar.

It’s all about taking a few sensible steps to protect the garden from the unpredictable weather we may have to come over the winter.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Help Choosing The Right Hedge

It is now the bare root hedging season, when it is much cheaper to plant a hedge and a good time for establishment. Our winter stock has arrived and can be sent out mail order or can be chosen and collected from the nurseries.

Bare Root Hedging Prices 2019

The bare root hedging season has arrived
Between now and late March you can plant bare root hedging. 
Hawthorn(crateagus), beech (fagus), hornbeam (carpinus) and hazel (corylus) being the most popular choices. Evergreen popular choices are Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitainica Angustifolia) laurel (Prunus rotundifolia), privet (Ligustrum) and yew (Taxus baccata.) 

You purchase each plant by the stem with it's roots exposed ready to plant.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Planting in Shade Particularly Dry Shade


One of the most difficult spots to plant is shade.  Here are some suggestions that should help to carpet the ground accompanied by cyclamen corms a mixture of spring bulbs and ferns such as asplenium, polypodium and polystichum. Those in bold are particularly good choices.

November Gardener's Calendar

  • Its a very good time to plant hedges, trees, shrub and fruit. To give your garden the very best head start continue the tradition of autumn planting and plant as much as possible now. Planting in autumn conditions is recommended because the ground is favourable and if we establish plants now we can enjoy them next year. Plants benefit from having time to create a solid root system through autumn, winter and early spring, when they are not under pressure to flower and produce leaves. Work now while the soil is still warm and moist and not yet frozen.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Spring Bulbs You May Not Have Thought To Plant

The Spring Bulbs Are Coming Out Many Can Be Planted Now In The Green.
There are some magnificent daffs and tulips bulbs we are familiar with but there are also are some really choice flowers you may not have yet considered growing.

Planting Spring Bulbs

If you plan spring bulbs well and its not hard, your bulbs can begin in Februrary and take you into June when the summer bedding takes over.

Spring bulbs are planted from September all except tulips they wait until November. That means plant your snowdrops, dafodills, narcissi, hyacynths, sillas, iris, crocus, alliums, fritillarias, muscari, camassias etc to enjoy next spring.

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