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Plant & Design Inspiration2019-01-11T14:04:52+00:00

PLANT & DESIGN INSPIRATION

Inspiration from our Creative Team here at Nicholsons

Plant & Design Inspiration

The Importance of Topiary

By Lorraine Spooner Topiary is the horticultural practice of training perennial plants into clearly defined ornamental shapes, by clipping the foliage. Typically, these are geometric shapes, but they can also be abstract or resemble the appearance of birds, animals, chess pieces and other fanciful forms. Highgrove House Levens Hall The gardeners at Highgrove House were given free reign by Prince Charles to customise his topiary to their Read more »

By |November 13th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on The Importance of Topiary

Blazes of Colour

By Jonathan Diaper Hooray for the bonfire colours of autumn. It is best to see autumn as a rejuvenating sight, rather than as ‘dead things dropping off’. The heavy swathes of green foliage in late summer are so abundant we can easily take trees and shrubs for granted. With the onset of autumn the greenness changes. The green pigment in chlorophyll breaks down, revealing the pigments of carotenoids (yellow-orange) and anthocyanins (red-purple). Read more »

By |November 8th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on Blazes of Colour

The Positive Effects of Gardening on Our Mental Health

By Ruby Simpson (Nicholsons CAD Technician) Winter is on its way… Sparkling frosty lawns, evenings snuggled up on the sofa with hot chocolate and old movies, fairy lights and bright crackling fires come to mind. Everyone starts planning for all the various social occasions and other festivities over the Christmas period. There is a happy and excited atmosphere in the homes and workplaces of most people. Sometimes, however, Read more »

By |October 10th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on The Positive Effects of Gardening on Our Mental Health

Planning for the Autumn Part 2

By Lorraine Spooner Following on from Part 1 of the 'Planning for Autumn' blog which focused on ‘The Right Plant in the Right Place’, this week, Part 2 provides plant recommendations for different soils with a particular emphasis on autumn colour. Clay soils A heavy clay soil is often viewed with despair by the gardener, but once this type of soil has been improved with organic Read more »

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on Planning for the Autumn Part 2

Sunny September

By Jonathan Diaper Hang on to summer. It’s meteorologists who would have us believe it is autumn. They divide the year equally into four seasons, making September 1st the start of autumn. Astronomers define the season by the length of the day, the equinox being when the hours of daylight and darkness are in balance. This makes the beginning of autumn September 23rd. Every cloud has a silver lining. Borders Read more »

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on Sunny September

New Season Ornamental Trees

By Lorraine Spooner This week, I am featuring a selection of my favourite ornamental trees currently growing on our Nursery beds, which will be available for you to reserve, in advance of their availability for purchase from September. With so many features extending interest through the seasons, your preference could be unusual peeling bark, a cascade of spring blossom, fiery autumn foliage colour or a silhouette of branches set against the winter setting sun. If you Read more »

By |July 11th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on New Season Ornamental Trees

The Efficient use of Watering

By Jonathan Diaper All that rain! The unpredictability of the weather, though, reminds me of the importance of water in our gardens. It has been the driest winter and early spring I can recall. February saw me giving first aid, with a can full of water each, to some lacklustre laurels. Plants lose most moisture through the leaves by the process of transpiration, the process that makes woodland a cool haven on a hot Read more »

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on The Efficient use of Watering

The importance of Weeding

By Dan Lazarou-West The importance of weeding around newly planted trees cannot be understated. Weeds compete for light, nutrients and, most importantly, available water in the soil. In addition, weeds provide cover for bark-gnawing rodents and taller or climbing weeds. Bramble, for example, can smother and topple small transplants. Without an adequate weeding regime trees can suffer poor growth rates and in some cases die. Replacing recently planted bare root trees can be costly and is Read more »

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs, News & Media|Comments Off on The importance of Weeding

Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

By Lorraine Spooner The term ‘evergreen’ can be misleading. All leaves will eventually be discarded when they are shaded out by emerging new growth, but this is a gradual process of renewal and is nature’s efficient way of keeping the tree in good health. The purpose of a leaf is to capture sunlight, which is converted into food through photosynthesis.  When access to sunlight is restricted, the ability to carry out this important function is reduced, Read more »

By |June 7th, 2019|Categories: Gardening Blogs|Comments Off on Evergreen Trees and Shrubs
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