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Dawlish Countryside Park Orchard – October 2020

Somewhere different and never been too before, and it has 2 orchards. This is Dawlish Countryside Park in Devon, UK. Continue reading

A big apple ‘Lanes Prince Albert’ 30th Oct 2020

variety that does not need any sugar adding when used in cooking. The sizes of our fruit can be over 15cm diameter and a weight over 500 grams Continue reading

Most Popular Sold Rootstocks, Scions and Trees

We are very often asked which rootstock and scion varieties are most popular. So we finally got our heads down and worked it out. The percentage given is over the previous 3 years to the current date. ROOTSTOCKMM106 – Apple … Continue reading

Greenhouse Fumigator or Vapourizor – electrically operated – August 2020

personal views on an electrically operated Greenhouse Fumigator. Continue reading

Testing of Greenhouse Fumigator – August 2020

READ THE MANUFACTUERS INSTRUCTIONS FIRST There has been a lot of discussion on the internet forums as to the value for money of Greenhouse Fumigator (the ones you set light to). The main discussion seems to be the amount of … Continue reading

Sorbus – Sorbopyrus. ‘burka’ – Hybrid – August 2020

Sorbus – Sorbopyrus. ‘burka’ – Hybrid is extremely hardy hybrid between Sorbaronia alpina (Aronia arbutifila x Sorbus aria) and Sorbus aucuparia, cultivated with an eye on the fruit production. Carrying large red/purple fruits that are sweet when ripe, 2 cm … Continue reading

Plum – Black Diamond® (USA) ripe 8th August 2020

Plum – Black Diamond® (USA) ripe 8th August 2020. Our tree is still quite young, and it is not growing in the most ideal location. These are the first fruits that we have harvested off this variety. The fruit is … Continue reading

Plum – Aleksona (Lithuanian) ripe 8th August 2020

Plum – Aleksona (Lithuanian) ripe 8th August 2020. Our tree is still quite young, and it is not growing in the most ideal location. These are the first fruits that we have harvested off this variety. It is of average … Continue reading

A new apple variety ‘Agra’ from Latvia, ripe 24th July 2020

This is a new variety that we purchased from Latvia a couple of years ago. Breeder: Rudolfs DumbravsBreeding place: Iedzeni, Madonas county, LatviaHolder: APP Darzkopibas institutsApproved on: 31/01/2002Future expiration date: 31/12/2032 A very early summer variety from Latvia. The fruits … Continue reading

A new variety to us – Apple – Pirja 23rd July 2020

A Finnish breed from 1981, which is a cross between the varieties ‘Huvitus’ and ‘Melba’. A slow-growing tree that has medium-sized, flat-round, green-yellow apples with a red to red-striped cover colour that covers almost the entire fruit. It has a … Continue reading

Sea Buckthorn


Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides)

Can be a prickly deciduous shrub or small tree, it can sometimes be evasive and can sucker. It is noted for its plentiful edible (somewhat sour) orange berries which are very high in vitamins and antioxidants, commonly found in coastal positions but which also does very well inland, even in very cold positions.

For a good supply of berries, it needs to be in a sunny situation, with a separate male and female plant. But the sex is not distinguishable until flowering - male flowers are conical and conspicuous, female are rounder and smaller.

Its very useful in wet sites (it does not like dry soil) and can fix nitrogen in the soil so its helpful in improving poor soils.



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