Always First!
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
Rhododendron Cosmopolitan There is something rather satisfying about having the first Rhododendron in flower in your neighbourhood.It is not completely down to chance though. Here are my selections for the first Pink, White and Red large flowered varieties for your garden. Make a real show in the garden by extending the season! Cosmopolitan A superb, bright pink hybrid that emerges from the green stage into a striking candle of pink buds ready to burst into spectacular bloom. This is a rhododendron that revels in being planted in the garden rather than in a pot. Rhododendron Cunningham's Wh ..read more
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Wet Spring?
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
Rhododendron Hoppy Sometimes Winter and Spring can be very wet. When this happens it is vital to keep an eye on your plants. Plants in free draining and nutritious soil will have loved this weather and be really happy but if they are in heavier soil then give them a check up as they hate getting wet feet in soggy ground. Azalea Mary Poppins Check that they are not planted too deep, the top of the rootball should be 3cm proud of the ground.  If they are recently planted you can easily raise it yourself by putting a spade under and packing soil underneath.  Cover with the soil around ..read more
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Work Never Stops
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
Even in the depths of winter the work doesn't stop on the nursery. Here is Keith wielding a blower to remove snow form the foliage of young rhododendrons. All the team were out in the snow either with blowers or soft brushes making sure no damage to our precious crop was done.  Hardy Hybrid rhododendrons are actually tough and winter hardy despite their rathe exotic large leaves. In the garden you will only ever need to remove snow in really heavy snowfall. In the meantime you can browse our gallery of pictures to choose a new variety to fit into that gap in your winter garden. Spring i ..read more
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Scottish Beauties
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
Razorbill in a fabulous galvanised container in a corner of the Osberton yard The bubblegum pink flowers of Razorbill. Scottish rhododendron grower, hunter and breeder Peter Cox visited the garden of a neighbour and the world reknowned plant hunter George Sheriff when he arrived in Scotland in the 1950s with his collection of plants. Peter was so inspired by a yellow rhododendron he spotted that he was allowed to take pollen home to create hybrids. This started a long challenge to grow dwarf rhododendron suitable for today's smaller gardens and the tough Scottish climate. The results were a ..read more
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Planting in Your Garden - 10 Easy Steps
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
I constantly keep my eye on the latest research and test it out myself in the garden back at the nursery to make sure you get the very best advice on how to plant successfully. 1. Decide where you want to plant and remove any weeds growing in the area. 2. Water your plant well in its pot before planting. Letting it sit in a bucket of water until it is well soaked is very effective.  3. Dig a hole twice as deep and three times as wide as the root ball (this is the compost around the roots of the plant) in the pot and then loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole to improve the drai ..read more
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The Perfect Present!
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
Dr King in flower in the spring 15,000 Camellias ready to sell this spring Ask any experienced gardener and they will confirm that Camellias are some of the best plants to give as presents. They look luxurious and exotic and long established gardeners love them but they are easy to grow so new gardeners will find them very rewarding. They grow in pots or in the ground so they suit all sizes of gardens. They love some shade so they work in difficult spots. They keep their handsome foliage all year round, they live for years and years and years and they flower in the early spring - what more c ..read more
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Five Star Treatment
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
Filtered sunlight is perfect for rhododendrons. Sometimes you can be made to feel that gardening is really complicated and hard work. Knowing what conditions your plant likes will save you time, money and heartache. Soil pH Most people know that rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias belong to the group of plants called ericaceous plants along with heathers, pieris and magnolias but what does that really mean? A lot of people see it as “lime hating” but it's not really quite like that. It means that they are unable to use certain essential foods in the soil if the pH (a measure of how acid or a ..read more
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Get Winter Ready!
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
This pot needs raising off the paving to stop the holes getting blocked in cold weather.  We know you love your Rhododendrons, Camellias and Azaleas but are they ready for the winter weather? Pots and Containers Plants in pots and containers are more vulnerable to problems than those planted in the ground. We all worry a lot about the cold temperatures and, although these can be an issue if they get too extreme, actually it is the wet weather that can do the most damage. This is because the plants rate of transpiration (breathing through the leaves) slows in colder weather and so the pla ..read more
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How to Plant in a Pot
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
A beautiful large textured container planted with an elegant evergreen Azalea. The great news about Rhododendrons, Camellias and Azaleas is that they are so adaptable that they grow really well in pots and containers. Sometimes we grow them there because we have the wrong soil, sometimes just because we want colour in pots.  So how do you go about it?  First, look at the size of your plant and choose a pot where the measurement across the top is about 10-20cm smaller than the width of the plant branches (called the canopy). This stops the compost getting too wet in rainy weather.&nb ..read more
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A Little Christmas Cheer
Osberton Nurseries
by Will Murch
8M ago
Delicious pink tinted flowers as they first open. On frosty nights protect with frost fleece when the buds have opened. Christmas Cheer is the first of the traditional Rhododendrons to flower in the year but under its own steam, it will miss Christmas by just over a month. Early February onwards, large coral pink buds will open slowly to long lasting white flowers throughout February and into March, marking the beginning of spring along with camellias, daffodils and crocuses.  One of the great values of this early flowering variety is as the weather is cooler, the flowers come out m ..read more
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