1. November Species.
Our species of the month has to be the thorny Pyracantha. This evergreen hedging plant is a dense and spiny so it is ideal as an intruder deterrent. This variety is also chosen for its profuse, long lasting red berries in Autumn and we also love it for its highly scented creamy flowers in May.
It is a tough, hardy plant which grows quite quickly (approx 50cm p.a.) and should be pruned after flowering to expose the spent flowers, which will become berries, to sunshine. It’s very easy to grow in most soils and sun or partial shade but is not suitable for seaside gardens, very dense shade, or very windy sites.
The network of armoured stems make it a great nesting site for small birds – with “breakfast in bed” in Winter when they feast on the ripe berries.
We sell Pyracantha in 3 colours
2. Gardening Advice
Root ball hedging is now available to order with all species now being lifted. Bare roots are to be lifted soon, anyone expecting bare roots this season please bear in mind that there is a knock on effect from the drastic weather we had during the growing season, meaning that bare roots are generally smaller than they should be this year. The late, harsh winter followed by a long hot summer has had drastic effect on the planting conditions. This is a well known issue across the horticulture industry, this does not mean that plants are of a lower standard and once planted and cared for, they will soon catch up to their expectations.
Remember that bare roots need to be planted straight away before they dry out, but if you do need to wait a couple of days before planting, make sure you keep them in a cold environment, like a shed for example and keep them watered. Don’t forget you can still order pot-grown trees and shrubs for planting in the winter which will make more of an impact than bare root hedging.
This is also a good time to transplant trees and shrubs growing in unsuitable positions. However, if they are more than a couple of years old, you are unlikely to be able to remove an intact enough rootball to ensure the plant’s survival in its new position, and you may be best advised to leave well alone.taken from RHS
3. Garden Design
This month we are very much into the warmer tones of Autumn, in particular Red. Which is also suited to colours you will be seeing this bonfire weekend. Take a look how you can add reds into the garden. We suggest using Red Pyracantha, Dogwood Red and Dogwood Vivid Red Stemmed, Photinia Red Robin and Phormium Bronzed Baby.
5. Impact Plants Story Of The Month
A farmer who “liked the quiet life” has left more than £1 million to his local hospital to help people with cancer.
Douglas de Bootman, who lived in Thursford in Norfolk before his death at the age of 88 last year, made the bequest to Cromer Hospital.
His niece and executor of his will said Mr de Bootman told her days before he died she would have a “big job to sort out and he was right”.
Cromer Hospital said it was one of the biggest donations it had ever received.
Mr de Bootman had farmed at Pentney, near Swaffham, and his wife Janet had died in 2010.
“His wife had a few appointments there… but apart from that he just loved Norfolk and Cromer Hospital,” said his sister-in-law Patricia de Bootman.
“He farmed from the age of leaving school until he retired. That was his life… he didn’t go far, he just loved the land.”
Her daughter Karen Ballard, who carried out her uncle’s instructions after he died of a short illness, only discovered a week before his death that he wanted to leave most of his estate to the hospital.
“We never spoke about things like that before because we are a quite a private family,” she said.
“He had a few friends, very minimal – he didn’t go out much, hardly at all. He just liked the quiet life.
“[The hospital] decided as they are trying to build this new cancer unit that’s where they will spend the money.
“It will help thousands of people and we’re happy with that.”
Louise Cook, head of fundraising for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity, said: “Mr de Bootman’s legacy will undoubtedly help improve the facilities and services at the hospital and will be felt by patients, staff and visitors for many years.”
Taken from BBC