Archive for August, 2012

Tackling Taxus Baccata

One of our best selling species is English Yew – or to use the latin name, Taxus Baccata.

It makes a beautiful dark green hedge and it’s slow growing so it’s very easy to maintain, giving a sharp edge when just trimmed.

It has another wonderful attribute in addition – which is the ability to re-generate from very hard pruning.

Often old hedges get a bit neglected and they can get too thick or full of weeds.   Not every species of hedging plant will recover from a very hard prune (by which I mean cutting back the width by up to 50%) but here are a couple of photos showing how this very old Yew hedge has recovered during the first and second year’s after a really severe prune (not that I’d really recommend that a hedge is treated this severely without being done by an expert!).   In the first year, the main stem of the plant – which is almost a tree trunk – is clearly visible and there’s a bit of nice new growth.

 

Yew hedge in first year after hard pruning

Yew hedge in first year after hard pruning

In the second year, the main stem is almost covered in lush new growth, and it’s back to being a hedge again.

Yew hedge in second year after hard pruning

Yew hedge in second year after hard pruning

Although Yew is the most expensive species we sell (because it’s so slow growing it takes years longer in the nursery to reach a decent height than most other species of hedging plant) it’s an aspect that’s worth thinking about for those investing in an important hedge (prestige properties for example).

June

We love Lavender!

How about this for a beautiful Lavender hedge.   This driveway has a double row of Hidcote Lavender on each side of the drive – immaculately kept and punctuated with Irish Yew (Taxus baccata Fastigiata) which is available to order on our sister website www.ornamental-trees.co.uk where if you use the discount code HD54DF2 you’ll get a 10% discount of any tree(s).

Hidcote Lavender hedging plants in double rows

Hidcote Lavender hedging plants in double rows

We have Hidcote Lavender in P7’s (7cm pots), 1.5 litre pots (they’re the most popular), 5L (gives a very quick result) and normally we’d have 10L

pots (currently sold out) which give an instant effect.   We sell plants individually, on pallet deals (for 75 plants) or for huge projects, you can have a lorry load!

We also have English Lavender (Hidcote is an english variety too but we call the other one English to differentiate it – the latin name is Lavandula angustifolia), and a lovely white variety (Lavandula Arctic Snow), the one with the rabbit ears (Lavandula Stoechas) and a very compact variety (Lavendula Little Lady).

We love Lavender!

June

In the lap of luxury!

Here’s our new despatch building, with a 7.5ton Parcel Force van to give it some scale.   It wouldn’t all fit on the photograph!   The inside shot shows Rick and a few boxes before the carrier van arrived.  In busy season, the whole barn will be full of packed boxes – it won’t seem like a big barn then.

 

New despatch building at Hedges Direct

New despatch building at Hedges Direct

 

Despatch building internal view with Rick

Inside the new despatch building with Rick

The team are quite pleased!   Packing plants is hard physical work and we’ve now got big workbenches to make it a bit easier.   Roll on bare root season!

In the meantime, there are plenty of container grown plants ready in tip top condition – this photo shows Photinia Red Robin and Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata).

Photinia Red Robin and Western Red Cedar plant ready for new homes

Photinia Red Robin and Western Red Cedar plants ready for new homes