Summer Pop-up Dining by the Lake is Back!
Lime Cross
by Helen Soudain
4M ago
We are excited to announce that pop-up dining by the lake is back !  We have the following dates confirmed: Pop up Dining Dates: Friday 7th June, Field & Flame Friday 12th July, Pioppi Pizza Friday 19th July Spec & Bear Friday 2nd August Pioppi Pizza Friday 16th August Mo Mo Nepalese  Friday 30th August Pioppi Pizza  Food is served from 6:00pm -8:30pm, the booking page will go live soon.  Come along with all the family and sit by the lake enjoying delicious food, wine from The Secret Vineyard and local beers ..read more
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What is a Cacao Ceremony ?
Lime Cross
by Helen Soudain
6M ago
To welcome in the new month of February and in celebration of Valentines Day, we are running a 'self love' half day retreat in our newly appointed Dome.  The retreat will be hosted by Adele, who is a vision of radiance and positive energy and has a background in horticulture!  The retreat starts with a cacao ceremony, which is a spiritual ritual that revolves around the consumption of ceremonial grade cacao. In this case, the ceremony is in a group situation, to facilitate connection, healing and self love.  This ancient ritual originates from Mayan and Aztec traditions and has ..read more
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2022 Summary at Lime Cross Nursery
Lime Cross
by Vicky Tate
1y ago
Happy New Year! Whilst everything here at the nursery is a little slower in January, we thought we’d take the opportunity to write a quick update on everything we are working on here at Lime Cross and a recap on what's happened in 2022. Vineyard Update Last year saw some big milestones completed; firstly, we started in 2021 moving conifers into the retail area, disposing of dead plants, moving slabs, stakes, cars, and irrigation from the fields so they were ready for us to then start the ground preparations for the fields to be turned into our Vineyard. This started at the end of 2021 and carr ..read more
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Ideal Conifers to Grow and Display in Pots
Lime Cross
by Helen Soudain
1y ago
We love displaying conifers and plants in pots as it allows you to create a manageable and creative display you can keep evolving throughout the year no matter how much space you have. Conifers don’t just have to be your bog standard Leyland they come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. They can grow as much as 1m a year or down to 1cm per year depending on the variety, so there is one for every garden and pot size. Most conifers are evergreen so you can have colour and texture all year round amongst your pot display as they make great feature plants. Here at Lime Cross our conifers ar ..read more
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Why Buy and Plant Conifers in Bulk?
Lime Cross
by Helen Soudain
1y ago
Although its lovely to have a varied selection of plants in the garden, sometimes to create a more dramatic effect it is worth considering repetitive planting, as this can draw your eye through the garden creating rhythm and a backdrop to which you can add colourful perennials and shrubs. Structure in a garden, a bit like life can also create a calming effect in the garden making a more tranquil space. For example you often see groups of tall conifers placed together in Mediterranean gardens creating a warm, peaceful and private space. Groups of tall upright tress with uniform shapes and habit ..read more
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The Best Fast Growing Conifers
Lime Cross
by Helen Soudain
1y ago
Our customers often ask for our advice with regards to fast growing conifers, which can be planted and used in various ways throughout out a garden, so we thought we’d share some snippets of info on our blog to. Some conifer varieties like shrubs can grow quickly which can be very useful, for example if you are looking to create a natural private space in your garden. The most commonly planted conifer for hedging is the Leyland which has a reputation for growing fast, they can put on approx 1m of growth in a year. The Leyland which does make an excellent hedge or windbreak is brilliant for fas ..read more
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The Magical OOD House - a place to unwind surrounded by nature. 
Lime Cross
by Helen Soudain
1y ago
The OOD house (a mirrored glass building that’s situated by our lake here at the nursery, you can take a look around here: www.limecross.co.uk/ood-house) has been open to guests since August this year and we have been blown away with the wonderful guests we’ve had so far.  Our guests have enjoyed the tranquillity of the surroundings and spotting the local wildlife from buzzards, kingfisher, heron, wagtails, wrens and swallows while enjoying a peaceful swim around the lake and relaxing in the warm wood fired hot tub whilst taking in the stunning views. An evening stroll around our pinetum ..read more
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Golden Conifers great for warm winter colour in the garden.
Lime Cross
by Helen Soudain
1y ago
Golden conifers are a bit like marmite you either love them or hate them. Of course here at Lime Cross Nursery we love golden conifers as there are so many inventive and modern ways they can be planted within a garden landscape. Why wouldn’t you want beautiful golden or bronze tones throughout the garden all year round especially in the winter when everything else has died back. Back in the 70’s and 80’s when the island bed conifer and heather gardens were at there height, and Lawsons were being sold by the 1000’s you can understand why they might have got a bad rap. But that was then and you ..read more
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Blue Conifers for that colour pop in the winter garden
Lime Cross
by Helen Soudain
1y ago
Finding a plant that has a natural blue colour in nature is very rare - nothing else in the plant world produces striking blue tones quite like the needles of blue conifer varieties. With the added bonus of displaying their blue colour all year round in the garden unlike the few flowering blue plants. From bright powdery blue spruces and firs to the more subtle blue green pines, conifers go from one end of the blue colour spectrum to the other. Their strong structure and attractive shapes are a real feature throughout the year thanks to their unique colours. They also create a serene look ..read more
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Best Conifers for Hedging
Lime Cross
by Helen Soudain
1y ago
Conifers especially Leyland have not always been the most popular conifer over the years as without maintenance they can quickly become to big and out of control in small gardens. But with the right maintenance and care they can be a great asset to a garden, giving privacy and framing your garden with beautiful evergreen foliage providing a dense screening all year round.  To keep a conifer hedge looking its best we recommend pruning yearly which should be done on a dry day in spring or mid-summer to prevent disease and dieback, a little tip - for best results pruning on a dry day applies ..read more
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