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Seasonal News2019-09-19T14:20:31+00:00


Seasonal news from our various departments here at Nicholsons.

Seasonal News

Bare Root Bonanza

By Jonathan Diaper Winter is the time to make the grandest changes to a garden. Deciduous plants are dormant, making it the ideal time for planting. Trees, hedges, roses, fruit bushes and canes – all manner of woody plants can be planted easily and economically as bare-rooted stock. It’s an inexpensive and satisfying way of re-sculpting a garden, or of planting large areas of landscape. Bare root plants are sold, as the name suggests, Read more »

Planting an Orchard

By Lorraine Spooner I was recently asked by a customer to define ‘a traditional orchard’ and was surprised to learn from my research that this may contain as few as 5 trees to be classed as such. All the more reason to plan a visit to the Plant Centre, where you will find a variety of our very own home-grown fruit trees. These strong trees in 35 litre pots are already 1.75-2.00 metres tall Read more »

Gardening Life in Winter

By Jonathan Diaper On these dark days it is hard to imagine any gardening jobs that need attention. The garden seems still, parts of it even appear dead, and there is an urge to bring indoors those plants which still seem alive, such as evergreen holly and ivy. However, there are still jobs to be done. It is an ideal opportunity to prepare the garden for the take-off in spring. It is a useful Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

An Award Winning Year for Nicholsons Brings Another Exciting Announcement

Nicholsons are celebrating their 40th birthday this month. We have come a long way since the 5-acre plot established in 1979 by Roderick Nicholson. In 1987, Nicholsons moved to The Park, where we remain to this day. Roderick’s son Niel joined in 1992, and his wife, Liz, followed shortly after in 1997. With Roderick now in happy retirement, Liz and Niel comprise two of the five directors at the company – and in this, the company’s Read more »

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 »

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