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Blossom

Sunday April 20th 2014

It’s been a corking year for blossom; most of the trees on the nursery, and in the neighbourhood, have been weighed down with the stuff. And even the Acers, never grown for their flowers, have had a go:

Acer Crimson King flowers

When most of their neighbours are weighed down with frothy pinks and whites, it’s nice to be able to rest our eyes on the altogether more subtle charms of Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’ AGM

Acer Crimson King blossom

Tiny, but delightful! And enough of them this year to be a genuine spectacle.

And it’s not just the trees – all our plants are looking lovely! It’s an early season,and the exuberance and enthusiasm that we normally see in May seems to be here already.

Colourful foliage and spring blooms in Barlow Nurseries shade tunnel

The shade tunnel a few days ago – and improving day by day!

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How many ways can you photograph a beech hedge?

Monday November 18th 2013

We love our beech hedge.

We’ve nurtured it from a row of pencil thick whips, planted around the turn of the century, to the 8 ft behemoth it is today. We walk past it many times a day (it lines the route from house to nursery) and rarely fail to be impressed by its functionality (it forms a very dense barrier between our garden and the nursery car park) its hospitality (it’s a munificent host to myriad birds and mammals) its huge enthusiasm for growth (it needs trimming twice a year) and its always-interesting apparel – not evergreen, but never bare of foliage, either spring and summer greens, autumnal golds, or winter browns.

Our enthusiasm for recording its rugged good looks and seasonal gyrations is undimmed, it’s made more than a few appearances on this blog already, but we’re wondering how many more photographic contrivances  we can can come up with….

Beech hedge autumn depth of field

A long lens, a wide aperture, and very narrow depth of field!

Autumn, half done

Saturday November 16th 2013

It’s been a long slow autumn.   Lots of the deciduous trees and shrubs have been very slow to turn this year;  most of the oaks in the neighbourhood are still entirely green.

But the pace of change is increasing, we’ve had a few frosts and some windy days, and there’s now as much autumn colour under our feet as above our heads.    Another couple of weeks and the trees will be bare, and it will be leaf mould time.

Acer campestre autumn colour Nov 2013

Acer campestre, the common field maple, half way to naked.

Sorbus Joseph Rock

Thursday October 31st 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 36

For just a couple of weeks in autumn, the newly reddened leaves of Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ contrast beautifully with its yellow berries…

Sorbus Joseph Rock autumn leaves and berries

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – one of the best Sorbus for autumn colour

Carpinus betulus

Tuesday October 29th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 34

It’s not always plants in the garden or nursery that catch our eye;  this Carpinus betulus is in the hedgerow alongside our car park.   Its foliage looks particularly striking against the cloudless deep blue sky doesn’t it?

 

Acer campestre autumn shades

Carpinus betulus, the common hornbeam; in a week or two all the leaves will be deep yellow.

Cotinus ‘Grace’

Monday October 28th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 33

Size is everything.

All Cotinus leaves turn lovely shades in autumn, but Cotinus ‘Grace’ has the largest (and possibly reddest) leaves of all:

Cotinus Grace autumn colour

Cotinus ‘Grace’, positively luminescing in one of our polytunnels.

Rhus typhinia ‘Dissecta’ AGM

Sunday October 27th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 32

Rhus typhinia ‘Dissecta’ AGM shouts “take my photo” every time you walk past it in autumn. We nearly always oblige, and have obviously been doing so for a while – if you Google image search Rhus dissecta, our 2009 blog post is number one match.

So here’s our favourite 2013 image (so far) :

Rhus typhinia Dissecta autumn leaves

Rhus typhinia ‘Dissecta’ AGM – yet another image in a series which will run and run

Cercidiphyllum japonicum AGM

Saturday October 26th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 31

There are 2 good things about Cercidiphyllum japonicum AGM in autumn :

1. The leaves smell of burnt sugar – we’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve heard visitors exclaim “oooh, toffee apples…”

2. And their foliage, always delicate, turns the gentlest of autumn shades….

Cercidiphyllum japonicum autumn colours

Plant it where it’ll be between you and the sun on autumn afternoons….

Euphorbia griffithii

Friday October 25th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 30

The downside of Euphorbia griffithii in our light and sandy soil is that it tends to run about a bit, and needs attention at least every couple of years to keep it in bounds; the upsides are its striking spring blooms, attractive architectural form through summer, and in autumn – yep, you guessed :

Euphorbia griffithii Fireglow autumn colour

This is Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’. We also grow E.g. ‘Dixter’ but frankly, there’s nowt to choose between them.

It’s no good, we can’t resist a close up:

Euphorbia griffithii Fireglow autumn colour close up

Not a close up as such admittedly – just a serious crop from the photo above.   But pretty striking, huh?

Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’

Thursday October 24th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 29

This season’s “Blimey what a lot of berries” theme concludes (possibly) with a plant from our sales benches :

Pyracantha Orange Glow

Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’ surprising even itself at just how many berries you can get on one plant

 
 
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