It's my favourite time of year on the nursery when everything is flushing with new delicate leaves and the spring flowering trees are putting on a show. We have some fabulous Crab Apple trees out at the moment, some of the cherry trees are also still blossoming.
We are careful to leave some of the nursery un-mown, the banks as you come in have been bursting with primroses which are now giving over to bluebells and frothy cow parsley. We have added a new wildlife pond to one of the fields and sown wildflower seed and planted some new flowering trees. Hopefully, we are giving the all-important pollinators a helping hand.
We have also replanted our orchard area again this year, we were badly hit by deer damage last year from browsing and rubbing the bark and also from rabbit damage. We took the decision to remove the maidens we planted last year and replace them with 2-year-old trees that we had grown on in pots. We have planted a range of local variety trees that we hope will make good bud wood in the future as well as providing some much-enjoyed fruit for our family and staff.
The cold dry spring has held us back a little, we have sown seed in the field and also for the first time we are trying some seed in cells. We are starting to see some germination now which is most exciting.
We are open for nursery visits, its a good idea to let us know you are coming or call to make an appointment if you need help choosing your trees. We are often out and about on the nursery at this time of year so letting us know you are coming can be really helpful.