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Friday, 1 February 2019

A January Day At The Sublime Evenley Wood

We were lucky enough to pop over and see our friends and ramble into the magnificent 60 acre wood on our doorstep at Evenley yesterday and whilst it was very chilly and many of the snowdrops were hanging their heads it was wonderful.

The little snowdrops and aconites scattered under the trees are simply stunning.
Here are a few pictures for now. I shall be back as soon as I can. I believe the camellias and rhododendrons are breathtaking.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Winter Plant Combinations

Successful and fabulous gardens are rarely about one plant, its about combinations and groups of colour in the same way we put an outfit together. 

Heavenly Hellebores

We are loving our new range of marbled leaf hellebores. 

Monday, 21 January 2019

Late Winter Almost Spring Gardens

Spring Is On Its Way Despite the cold we have felt the iit's first breath and a lot of us are back in the Garden preparing for the forthcoming year. We don’t need to wait for warmer weather to have  interesting borders as there is a lot of exciting stuff going on now. We already have colourful flowers, foliage and bark so there is no excuse for a gloomy border. Early flowers and catkins are crucial as they not only give us a lift they have an important roll in the life cycle of our struggling bees, providing the necessary sustenance for the Queen Bumble bee as she emerges from hibernation.

How to Make Winter Hanging Baskets.

This week we've been making up original winter baskets. We have been using sedums,evergreen ferns and grasses, small evergreen shrubs, herbs and violas. Come along and have a peruse in our tunnel dedicated to this seasons container and basket plants.

How to Make Winter Hanging Baskets

Half  line a basket with moss and place a circle of plastic on top to act a a reservoir of water.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

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.

Friday, 28 December 2018

Trees With Colourful Winter Bark

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

Shrubs and Trees with great winter colour

Cornus under planted with nandina
Shapes and colours can look quite dramatic this time of year, frosted silver foliage in particular.

Top of my list for early winter flowers would be hellebores. They are so pretty, really good for wildlife and now we have so many new varieties.

There are lots of silver evergreens I would choose to plant for winter interest. Silver foliage can disappear in bright sunshine on summer days but it really stands out in winter. Plant and enjoy simple colourful evergreen shrubs like Silver Pittosporum and Euonymus jap.Pierrolina. Rubus thibetanus Silver Fern is a slightly more unusual shrub, well worth planting for its silver stems which look almost like frost on red stalks.

Pittosporum tenufolium
It surprised me how lovely Eucalyptus leaves appear in a mixed border. Keeping evergreen shrubs a reasonable size is important unless you want a triffid but it’s easy to trim the tops out and keep them as shrubs and most are very resilient.

Viburnum tinus is the most attractive flowering winter evergreen. Great as alarge shrub pehaps at the back of a border because it can get tall.
Viburnum Tinus

Friday, 23 November 2018

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.

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.

British Christmas Tree Prices 2018

Christmas Tree Price List 2018 

Hedging Prices 2018-19

Hedging prices reduce with quantity.

To see the full price list click below.

Friday, 16 November 2018

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. Go shopping on a mid winters day and you will then appreciate we have colour all winter. The second responsibility for this travesty is Monty Donn and the Beechgrove team as they stop broadcasting in November, thus implying the garden is closed until spring.
Winter Majoram Seed Heads

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Winter Hanging Baskets

Winter Hanging Baskets

Gardener's World may have finished prematurely but the garden certainly hasn't. We make up some beautiful winter containers every year that take us right through the gloomy months. Pots are easy to make for the winter and we run regular workshops. Baskets such as these are packed with evergreens are winter 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

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. 

Planting Colourful Winter Containers

Hang on to your Hanging Baskets
Plant up Your Containers with a fusion of rich winter colour

Our wonderful summer displays of Geraniums and Fuchsia have fizzled out with the first frosts. Now is the time to replenish our pots with some more interest. With winter waiting in the wings, we need colour ready to welcome us at our front door and on the patio and as we look out from our kitchen window. What better than rich vivid plants to lift us up and take us through the winter months ahead?

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 mailorder or can be chosen and collected from the nurseries.

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.

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