Barlow Nurseries

Growers of trees, shrubs and hardy herbaceous perennial garden plants near Newport, Shropshire


October 21st, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 26

An autumn photo cliche, but we’re posting it anyway – these are our chestnuts, off our trees (and yes, they were very tasty!).

Chestnuts on autumn leaves

Castanea sativa, sweet chestnut (aka common/spanish/european/eurasian chestnut, and sardian nut).

Berberis ‘Red Chief’

October 20th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 25

Berberis ‘Red Chief’ spends most of its year providing a very dark red full stop in the border;  in the autumn it brightens up a bit.

Berberis Red Chief autumn shades

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea  ‘Red Chief’ comes alive in October

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’

October 19th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 24

Carol Klein did a feature from the arboretum at Jodrell Bank on Gardener’s World last night, enthusing about Sorbus in general, and S. ‘Joseph Rock’ in particular.

We can’t argue with her;  they’re looking pretty damn good here right now too.

Sorbus 'Joseph Rock'

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ photographed in our tree aisles this morning


Acer freemanii ‘Autumn blaze’

October 18th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 23

A telephoto shot of some of our tree aisles – can you guess which trees are Acer Freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’ (there’s a clue in the name)….

Acer freemanii Autumn Blaze

Named in honour of Oliver M Freeman who worked at the US National Arboretum in the 1930’s

Euonymus alatus ‘compactus’ gets into its stride

October 17th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 22

This autumn is proving to be a slow burner, with lots of plants still hanging onto their summer foliage, but the Euonymus are getting into the autumn groove…

Euonymus alatus compactus autumn colour

Always an autumn colour favourite (and yes, that is Hydrangea arborescens ‘Anabelle’ still doing its stuff in the background)


Salvia x. sylvestris ‘Mainacht’

October 16th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 21

Vigilant dead heading, and pretty benign autumn weather conditions, means that many plants are still looking good. Photographed just this week, the Salvia x. sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ in our front garden still have fresh blooms:

Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' deep purple-blue flowers

Salva x. sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ – presumably first named by a german botanist, and so retains its german name – although you’ll often see it listed as Salvia ‘May Night’


Courgette’s last hurrah

October 15th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 20

Just when you think you’ve enjoyed the last of this years Eliza Acton’s vegetable mulligatawny soup, another courgette emerges from beneath the foliage:

Courgette parador fruit nestled amongst foliage

Spotted just in time – anther couple of days and it would have been a marrow. The courgettes have been productive rather than prolific this year, so we were very happy to have one last chance to eat some.

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ AGM

October 14th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 19

Possibly the longest named plant we grow, but worth it for its elegantly layered branches smothered in large white flowers in early summer, and then the wonderful deep red autumn leaf colour:

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii' AGM glorious red autumn leaves

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ AGM

Parrotia persica fights back

October 13th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 18

Obviously unhappy that autumn colour arch rival Koelreuteria paniculata got extra attention yesterday, the Parrotia persica has put on some new clothes (or at least, re-coloured some old ones):

Parrotia persica autumn leaf colours

Parrotia persica, making a pretty good fist of getting all the colours of the rainbow onto one branch

Who’s the (autumn colour) Daddy?

October 12th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 17

We can’t decide whether Koelreuteria paniculata, or Parrotia persica is the best for autumn colour;  here’s todays vote for Koelreuteria :

Koelreuteria paniculata autumn colour

A sunny day, a polarising filter, and some implausibly bright leaves…

Quercus rubra will be along soon, and then we’ll have a three horse race

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