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Preparing for winter…

You don’t need me to remind you that apart from March, 2012 has been one long cold soggy year. It has been easier to get some plants established and harder for others. At least it is one of those years where forgetting to water your newly planted trees did not matter. The initial growth of […]

Cercis planting time…

We have been asked a number of times which time of year is best for planting bare rooted Cercis. There is a body of opinion which suggests autumn is best since the soil temperatures are still relatively warm, while in early spring they are much cooler. This of course is true, but whether these warmer […]

‘Redbud tree, shelter me’

A quote from a recent track on a well known British musician reminds me that the common name for the Cercis tree in the USA is the ‘Redbud Tree’. This is because in the spring time the brilliant red shining pea like flowers which occur before the leaves emerge are seen as a harbinger of […]

Improved Forest Pansy -Merlot

The Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy has become a garden favourite for any discerning gardener. However in spite of its magnificent foliage colour it can be disappointing in having very few flowers, being difficult to shape and not performing well in more exposed and colder areas.. We are often asked if there is a new cultivar […]

All about the weather!

It has been a crazy spring season. A mild Christmas and January, followed by a very cold spell in February, record highs in March, record wet in April with 6 weeks of below temperatures,  sometimes even lower than the Christmas weekend. If we feel confused then it is no surprise that plants also do not […]

Planting Cercis

February and March are the ideal time for planting bare rooted Cercis. The worst of the winter is hopefully behind us and any cold snap rarely lasts for long and even in the event of a long , cold period it is not so difficult to mulch and protect one tree. The Cercis cultivars which […]

Enjoying Cercis flowers:

The flowers of Cercis appear in the early spring before the leaves unfurl and the pea shaped flowers are a very beautiful sight. There are many cultivars available with flowers of white, pastel pink right through to very dark pink—almost red. However there is a great variation in the amount of flower and this is […]

Winter hardiness of Cercis

One of the major concerns when planting a tree is its winter hardiness. This aspect was largely forgotten for the first 10 years of the new millennium when winter was but a slightly colder period than the autumn, but now after 2 of the hardest winters in memory it has risen back to the top […]

Homegrown Cercis!

One of the joys of having Cercis is appreciating the wonderful colours the leaves turn in the autumn.The Merlot shown here was planted in a patio pot in the spring and has shown rich dark red leaves throughout the year which are now starting to turn orange and yellow.